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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Always the Baker, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker

Thirty-six-year-old Emma Rae Travis has been baking specialty cakes and melt-in-your-mouth pastries at The Backstreet Bakery in historic Roswell, just outside of Atlanta, for the last six years. But here’s the rub about her job as a baker … Emma is diabetic. When she tastes her creations, it can only be in the most minute portions. Emma is considered an artisan for the stunning crème brulee wedding cake that won her the Passionate Palette Award last year, but she’s never even had one full slice of it.
When Jackson Drake hears about this local baker who has won a prestigious award for her wedding cake artistry, he tells his assistant to be sure and include her in the pastry tastings scheduled at his new wedding destination hotel the following week. And for Jackson, that particular day has started out badly with two workmen trapped in a broken elevator and a delivery of several dozen 300-thread-count bed linens in the wrong size abandoned in the lobby. But when the arrogant baker he met a week prior in Roswell stumbles into the dining room with a platter of pastries and a bucketful of orders, he knows for certain: It’s going to be a really rotten day.
Can these two ill-suited players master the high-wire act and make a go of their new business venture? Or will they take each other crashing downward, without a net? And will the surprise wedding at The Tanglewood be theirs?" - GoodReads.
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romantic Comedy
288 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press

How much would it suck to be an awesome baker and not be able to taste more than just one small bite of your amazing creations because of diabetes? Well Emma is just such a baker. She has won awards for her treats but has never been able to fully enjoy them herself. Which would be awful if you ask me, I would probably end up in a sugar comatose because I don't have that kind of self control. But Emma has a lot of self control.
Even when it comes to Jackson, the good looking but kind of rude owner of a wedding destination hotel that has just hired her as the hotel's baker.
He can be incredibly infuriating, but this is an opportunity of a lifetime for Emma so she doesn't want to pass it up. Finally to have her own kitchen to create all her goodies in.

This story had me giggling late into the night. It was just such a sweet and fun story that I didn't want to stop reading, so I didn't. In one night I finished it. The characters felt so real, like people I would really like to know in real life. From Jackson's sisters to Emma's best friend Fee, I loved them all.
 And there are actual recipes scattered throughout the story. They sounded so good so I ended up highlighting most of them on my Kindle to go back later and attempt making myself.

Though there is an undeniable attraction growing between Emma and Jackson, they are both trying to get over things from their pasts. So the question of 'will they move on and get together' is always there.

Funny and oh so sweet. I loved this book.
If you like Christian fiction or romance with a bit of real life humor thrown in you should definitely give Always the Baker, Never the Bride a shot.


  1. This one sounds really really sweet - and not just because of all of the cakes featured :-) I don't actually read a lot of Christian fiction but I enjoy it when I do. Will have a look for this one.

  2. I loved this one too.

    BTW, your button is gorgeous! Seriously.


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