Thursday, December 22, 2011

Always the Baker Never the Bride, by Sandra D. Bricker

Overview: Emma is a 36 year old specialty cakes and melt-in-your-mouth pastries baker who is also, ironically, diabetic. She can only taste minute portions of her creations. However, that has never stopped her. And now she has won he Passionate Palette Award for her crème brulee wedding cake.
Enter Jackson Drake, who bought The Tanglewood Inn to honor his deceased wife wishes of converting it into a wedding destination. For that, he needs a baker, but little did he anticipate that the baker who got on his nerves a week before would be the front runner.
Can they put their differences aside and work together on this new business venture? Will they survive the first wedding and maybe have one of their own?

Review: Light, entertaining. It isn't without flaws, but it was mostly enjoyable and all around nice. Emma is a great character, as well as Jackson and Fee, Emma's quirky assistant. Jackson's sisters are too much for me: too loud, too in-your-face, too sweet. A few things here and there that were not necessary and an ending that left me wanting better closure. I don't want to give anything away, but I must in order to be understood (SPOILER!): I don't see the point on making a big deal about how Jackson advances in showing affection towards Emma, and then retreats because he freaks out, leaving her wondering, and then, when he finally tells her he loves her and that he is not retreating we jump ahead a month. There's no next day to see their actions in front of everyone and everyone's reaction. And there's not much else really. It just left me hanging. 
However, the characters are nicely developed, and the plot is nicely paced. It is actually pretty well written, so that almost makes up for the not-so-thrilled-about-ending.
3 1/2 stars out of 5.

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