Aug 8, 2010

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?

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Emma is a prize winning baker who is offered an incredible job opportunity by Jackson, a new hotel owner. She takes over as the head pastry chef of the new exclusive wedding event hotel. Surrounded by Jackson's family, Emma soon finds herself drawn into the lives of Jackson's entire family. Emma's estranged parents arrive on the scene, as well as her eccentric but senile aunt, and things get very interesting, to say the least.

Always the Baker, Never the Bride
is a very enjoyable story of new beginnings, new-found faith, and the unbelievable support of family and friends. Sprinkled throughout the book are exceptional recipes used by the pastry chef, Emma. I can't wait to try out several of these recipes ... including red velvet cupcakes, cashew fudge brownies, cinnamon sugar cookies, and devonshire cream. Yum!!

This was a really fun and easy book to read ... and a fantastic way to spend an afternoon.

Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of Always the Baker, Never the Bride from Abingdon Press through Net Galley, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Always the Baker, Never the Bride
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1426707622
ISBN-13: 978-1426707629

1 comment:

  1. I loved this one too! Great review. I'm still working on mine :)

    Didn't you just love his sisters?