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Sandra D. Bricker
When diabetic Emma Rae Travis wins the prestigious Passionate Palate Award for her innovative crème brûlée wedding cake, she is thrilled to be offered the position of pastry chef by the new proprietors of the Tanglewood Inn, an Atlanta institution being renovated into a five-star wedding-destination hotel. She is also attracted to its CEO. But Jackson Drake is still mourning his beloved wife’s untimely passing and is unable to reconcile his burgeoning feelings for Emma Rae with his loyalty to Desirée’s memory. Although both consider themselves blessed with supportive family and friends, Emma Rae and Jackson would rather be spared the well-meaning efforts at convincing them to return to their childhood faith. And when Emma Rae’s unappreciative former boss and her ex-boyfriend—the cad and his fiancée are about to become the Tanglewood’s first wedding clients—both suddenly want her back, Bricker’s contemporary inspirational romance really heats up! Topical recipes, menus, and how-to tips entice the reader with an insider’s perspective on the lucrative business surrounding all things bridal.
Sometimes I am in the mood for a dinky little romance to escape into, and Always the Baker Never the Bride fit the bill. Was the book extraordinary? Not really, but it was a sweet little page turner that got me through a stressful couple of days. The characters were typical, but sweet and endearing. I enjoyed the male love interest, because I am a sucker for widowers that have a hard time letting their wives go. I always find them tragic and so dang lovable! I think one of my favorite aspects of the book was that it appealed to the foodie in me. The main character's love of baking really shined through the pages, and a time or two my stomach started growling for want of the food I found described within the pages. This leads me to distribute a warning to the reader: DO NOT READ WHILE HUNGRY! This book will give you a sweet tooth, so beware :) There are quite a few yummy recipes littered throughout the book, and I actually tried a few to find they were quite scrumptious. If you a hopeless romantic foodie, you will definitely enjoy this book, but it won't necessarily change your life. With this in mind, I'm going to rate this book a 3, Find a Used Book Store.
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