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Always the Baker, Never the Bride: An Emma Rae Creation [Kindle Edition]

Sandra D. Bricker
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Book Description

They say you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

But who would want a cake they couldn’t eat?

Just ask Emma Rae Travis about that.  A baker of confections who is diabetic and can’t enjoy them.  When Emma meets Jackson Drake, the escapee from Corporate America who is starting a wedding destination hotel to fulfill a dream that belonged to someone else, this twosome and their crazy family ties bring new meaning to the term "family circus." The Atlanta social scene will never be the same!

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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. --Lynne Welch

About the Author

For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles and, while writing in every spare moment, worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. Since then she has written three novels for middle-grade readers and several romance novels, including unWANTED: Husband, Change of Heart, Sins of the Past, Wish I Weren't Here, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas and The Big 5-0h!. Visit Sandra on the web at  Follow Sandie on her blog at

Product Details

  • File Size: 391 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426707622
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00436EZYO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrumptious!!! September 3, 2010
In a word, Scrumptious! Sandra Bricker's latest release had me laughing out loud, craving crème brule, and aching for the hero and heroine as their faltering hearts brought them two steps forward and one maddening step away from each other. Always the Baker, Never the Bride is a story that will delight from first bite until the last delicious morsel. This contemporary romance left me cracking up with every chapter and growling when I had to put it down. I love the way the plot wove in unconventional patterns, and the rich complexity of characters had them jumping off the page. A second helping, please!
-Emily Hendrickson
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story from Sandra D. Bricker October 18, 2010
Emma Rae Travis, is a baker extraordinaire, she creates masterpieces in cakes. Only she really doesn't know how great they are, because she only usually takes a small taste, due to type one diabetes. That however does not stop her from creating new and better cakes.

A new owner has bought a local Atlanta hotel and is turning it into a wedding paradise and he hires Emma and her trusty assistant Fiona to come on board. There is an attraction between Emma and her new boss, Jackson Drake, but he is still in love with his wife who passed away. In fact this hotel was her passion and her dream and he is fulfilling it in her memory.

A parade of funny Southern belles throughout this story, keeps it interesting and hilarious even at times, between the "hens" Jackson's sisters and Emma's mother and her Aunt Sophie, there is so much southern charm in this story it oozes. A truly delightful story that you will not want to miss. Sandra Bricker satisfies again with her wonderful writing and story telling. I greatly enjoyed this book, and was pleased at her faith content in the story, and also pleased that the Southern belles did not taint the story. US $13.99 4 stars

This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected January 10, 2011
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The book started off interesting, but it never picked up. I kept waiting for the relationship between the main character and her love interest to pick up and it never does!!! If you wants lots of wedding advice...this is great. If you are looking for a love story....look elsewhere!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too sweet January 16, 2011
By North
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After the death of his wife, Jackson wants to realise her dream and remodel a hotel into a destination enterprise, based on weddings. Emma, famous for her wedding cakes, is hired by Jackson. Emma falls in love for Jackson but he runs hot and cold, something Emma's friend call after care.

The book if full of wedding advice, recipes and tidbits relating to weddings. It's fun but distracts from the story, not that's much of it to start with. I noted that the french translation at the end was clearly made by a computer. That a pet peeve of mine : if you don't speak french, at least find someone who does to correct your text or avoid it.

A problem with some christian fiction is that the characters never feel real. I think they are just too nice or they just don't react as normal people do. I never felt Emma and Jackson falling in love, their feelings for each other were just too sweet and lukewarm. Emma never gets annoyed when Jackson steps back. The other characters are not better : the Italian chef is a caricature, so are Jackson's three sisters in the role of southern ladies. Jackson lacks substance. He hides from his brother in law, also his pastor, because he does not want to talk about God. Why hide ? Anyone would have told Miguel to back off. Also, an experienced pastor should know better that to force feed God on unwilling ears as it is counterproductive and will probably push someone to the opposite direction.

This is meant as a christian romance and as such, it delivers. For my taste, it lacked substance.
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59 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Free lobotomy! Get yours now! January 14, 2011
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It was free, and I still want my money back. I chose this, let's be honest, because it was free and I wanted something very light to read this time around. This is a trite story is about a diabetic baker, (Oh the irony!) who falls in love with her new boss, who, in turn is in love with his late wife and can't escape her memory. There is no point to making the romantic interest diabetic. She is healthy, thin, and beautiful. The men in this book are just like women in their reactions and emotions. I wonder if the writer has ever spoken to a man in her life. Jesus pops up every time a new minor conflict arises, like which outfit to choose. I don't know if this was a romance, spiritual book, or mental health test.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not enough character development January 18, 2011
By Mary F.
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I was drawn to this because I generally like stories with cooks or bakers as the main character, and Bricker has the basis for some interesting characters. But they are all only outlines, with little real development. I also thought a story about a Type I diabetic would be educational, but this book barely touches on the subject. This is supposedly set in Atlanta, where anyone who has lived there since birth does have a particular accent; Bricker kept emphasizing one character's accent with words in italics, which was annoying. Lastly, I don't mind some religious content in books, but the pastor, Miguel Ramos, was too young and priggish to be giving the sort of advice he was constantly handing out. Jackson spends much of the time avoiding Miguel; I wouldn't have listened to him for more than a minute. The plot was okay, but I found myself skipping whole religious passages toward the end because they did nothing to further the plot, and seemed awkwardly placed. Unless you like your romances with little passion and a heavy sugary dose of religion, I would not recommend this book at any price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great simple, romantic read!
Published 1 day ago by Tam
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Romance
This is a sweet book. Majorly romantic, minorly suspenseful. I enjoyed it for what it is. Not great literature, but definitely heartwarming and eminently readable.
Published 3 days ago by RoseEllen
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet book.
It took a while to read it because of my schedule but a classic love story.
I would read others from Sandra Bricker
Published 1 month ago by Hope Hale
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Very enjoyable....easy to read! I am not always a reader but I'm glad this book caught my attention. I am excited to read another.
Published 1 month ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!!!
This book grabbed my attention right away and I couldn't put it down! I love all of it. It was such an easy read that I absolutely loved!!!
Published 2 months ago by Tobi A Magruder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun story - made me wish there was more!
Published 2 months ago by Student2298
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, too sugary sweet and amatuerish for me.
Light, fluffy, formulaic and very amateurish writing in my opinion.
Published 2 months ago by Vicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Shelley
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read, happy ending
what more could one want?
This was a pleasant distraction while my daughter was playing
Hope everyone enjoys this book
Published 2 months ago by Julie A. Kent
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read
Just a fun read! Not too heavy or too light, just right.
Published 3 months ago by valerie a bacmeister
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More About the Author

"I'm going to be a writer when I grow up!" Sandra D. Bricker declared these words to her father on a Sunday afternoon in Slidell, Louisiana. She was 5 years old, and was referring to being able to string her cursive letters together to write her full name for the first time, but the declaration proved somewhat prophetic.

By the time she reached high school and her first article was published in The Cincinnati Enquirer, Sandie knew writing was what she wanted to do. For more than a decade, Sandie lived in Los Angeles and, while writing in every spare moment, she studied screenwriting and worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved cross-country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

"I guess most people would see my career as a publicist as a sort of dream job. But giving it up turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me!" she declares. "Not only was I given the gift of getting to know my mother as an adult woman before she passed away, but I was also afforded the blessing of being able to re-focus on writing novels in an effort to pursue my dream of a writing career."

That career weaves a web that draws in every age of reader. Sandie's interest in telling a story knows no boundaries. Three novels for middle readers carved out the beginning of the journey; then Avalon Books followed up with two hardbound romance novels in 2001: unWANTED: Husband (romantic comedy) and Change of Heart (romantic suspense). The response was tremendous, and Sandie was asked to pen a sequel to Change of Heart ... and so Sins of the Past was released in December 2003. Next up was another romantic comedy; Wish I Weren't Here was released in February 2005.

"I'm a Christian woman, first and foremost," she says. "So the last couple of years has been a bit of a dream-come-true. Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch their new Love Finds You line in October 2008 with Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas, a romantic comedy for the inspirational market. So the best of all worlds, as far as I'm concerned!"

More hilarity continued to follow from this award-winning author.

Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida (Fall 2009) and Love Finds You in Carmel, California (Fall 2010) for Summerside Press, and The Big 5-OH! (Spring 2010) and Always the Baker, Never the Bride (Fall 2010) for Abingdon Press.

Future books will include sequels, The Big 4-OH! and The Big 3-OH! for Abingdon Press.

After spending nearly 15 years dealing with her celebrity clients' fans, Sandie finds it amusing that she is suddenly the one getting fan mail! "When people were actually buying my books at a recent signing, I found myself wanting to go around and invite them all to dinner or offer to bake them cookies. Hey! In fact ... maybe I'll do that very soon."


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