Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Always the Baker Never the Bride

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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.

My Take:

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.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If Always the Baker, Never the Bride was a movie, it would likely be rated PG

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Éimí said...

I'm reading this on my Kindle app for my win7 phone...I love it!

Beth said...

I reviewed this as well. I totally agree. It was a great quick read--no brainer that left me raiding the kitchen for a snack!

Gina @ bookcount said...

I enjoyed reading your review and I agree with your comments especially about reading while hungry. I also reviewed this novel in October last year. If you would like to check it out. I have included the link.


Cindy Swanson said...

This review really made me want to read this book--although I'll take your advice NOT to do so while hungry! :) I'm a Type 2 diabetic, so that aspect of the book interests me as well.

Like you, I enjoy slipping off into a bit of fluffy romance occasionally. Great review...it told me all I need to know and made me want to read the book

Jill Colonna said...

Great review article. Great to have a bit of soppy romance now and again! Good advice: not to be read on a diet. Thanks for sharing.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great review. I liked this one too.


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