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?
I love a book where the characters are funny and witty. “Always the Baker, Never the Bride” is both of these plus romantic without being nauseating. Sandra D. Bricker has given her readers a fantastic leading lady in Emma Rae Travis. She is witty, funny, quirky and overall a really genuine character. She is paired off with Jackson Drake. A man still in mourning but is capable too of being witty and funny. He and Emma play off each other splendidly.
When I finished this book I first though was this: Always the Baker, Never the Bride is one of the loveliest, sweetest, funniest books I have ever read. I went to sleep with a huge silly grin all over my face!
One of the best things in the book is the concept of Aftercare or Post-Operative Care in relationships. Don’t get what I’m talking about? Well read the book – it’s funny!