Sandra D. Bricker worked on her writing skills while working as a personal assistant and publicist to daytime television stars. What I like about her is that she is an animal rights activist and is very involved in fundraising for Lost Angels Animal Rescue.
Sandra says she is a Christian Woman and that clearly comes through in this novel without it being over the top.
Always the Baker Never the Bride is the story of Emma Rae (a good Southern name) who is a baker in Atlanta who has won the prestigious Passionate Palate Award for her crème brulee wedding cake (and it does sound yummy when she describes making it for a client). The twist is that she is diabetic and cannot sample her creations without making sure she has eaten and then she can only sample a bite or two. Emma is working at a bakery when she is lured away to work for the new Tanglewood Inn that is to become The Place to have a party or wedding. She had met Jackson, the CEO, when he stopped in her shop but didn’t realize who he was when she accepted an interview at the inn and she certainly doesn’t expect to fall in love with him either after their first encounter in the shop.
There are also some other fun and quirky characters including Emma’s parents, Jackson’s sisters and most of all, Emma’s assistant Fiona. All of these characters round out this story to make it fun and witty but still give the reader a message.
I really enjoyed this novel especially since it revolved around food and even more importantly, sweets! Emma’s no nonsense attitude makes Jackson think twice in several situations and to make him realize that he can’t tip toe around his feelings. I also like how Fiona appears to be the total opposite of Emma, at least in dress, but deep down they are really very similar. There is a Christian theme running through the novel to put your trust and faith in God and what is meant to be will be. This is laid out in several scenes in the book and fit in nicely considering the events that had just occurred.
Pick up this book when it comes out in September from Abingdon Press, you won’t be sorry!