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Always the Baker, Never the Bride (Emma Rae Creations #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  5,509 ratings  ·  632 reviews
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 ...more
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Published March 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press
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It's kind of funny that the next NetGalley ARC I read is another book that has recipes and other cooking tips in them, but this time, the characters are way older than Ariel, M and Nicki from The Crepemakers' Bond were. I guess it's fate, or maybe even divine, as far as books go, because reading them almost consecutively gives me an idea on how different YA/MG chick lit is to adult chick lit.

You know another funny thing? There seemed to be a lot of Christian chick l
This is a very bland three stars for me, maybe more of a two and a half. Keep in mind that I am not a huge fan of Christian romances, so take my review with a grain of salt. Not really liking the genre is a huge bias.I requested the galley because of the blurb that it was about a baker with diabetes who could never eat more than a bite of her creations. I thought this was very clever, and could work as a metaphor for forbidden love or love that is ultimately bad for you, or a million other typic ...more
Loved it! I really enjoyed the friendship aspect between Emma and Fee more than I did the romance between Emma and Jackson. Fee was a hoot! This IS a Christian romance but it's very understated.

4 stars
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

Perfect balance of cutting Southern wit, sweet friendships and delectable romance (with some yummy recipes thrown in to coax us into a diabetic coma). This is a book based around relationships: parent-child, friends, spouses, siblings, and coworkers.

I love how realistically Sandra Bricker portrays the development (and sustainment) of each relationship in this book, avoiding most cliches that are usually rampant in chick-lit. Emma and
Trisha  Wilson
Apr 10, 2012 Trisha Wilson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys clean romance and humor!
When I started reading this book, I really didn't know what to expect since I had never read anything by Mrs. Bricker before. I was really sleepy when I started reading (about 11 pm)...I thought "I'll just read a couple of chapters, just get it started and finish it tomorrow." That's not how it worked!! I became so wrapped up in it that I finished it in one sitting. After each chapter, I'd say to myself, "One more." One more turned into another and another till I turned the last page about 3 a.m ...more
I am starting to draw the conclusion that with kindle books, you get what you pay for. If I had paid for this, I would've been upset. First, the editing needs work. The business of putting quotes from two different people in the same paragraph was annoying. The random italics (the "southernisms" from Jackson's sisters, Eliza and Prof Higgins when talking about My Fair Lady) - why? And why pray tell do only Jackson's sisters have a southern accent in print? Some of the word choices were odd as we ...more
Aug 05, 2010 Babs rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance, suspense
The book started out with Emma Rae at a young age and finding out she has diabetes. We then find out she is a terrific baker who lands a great job at the Tanglewood Inn. The hotel's owner Jackson Drake, hires Emma to be the head baker who in turns helps Jackson and his sisters run the hotel. They each have families that are dysfunctional and makes you fit right into the book. When Emma see's her old boyfriend from her teenage years, it is funny to see Jackson's reaction to it. As they inch along ...more
Darn, this could have easily been a 4 star book for me but the ending was so abrupt it lost a star right then.

Emma Rae is an award winning pastry chef and baker who is hired to work at a remodeled all inclusive wedding destination hotel in Atlanta called the Tanglewood Inn. Her boss, Drake, is a handsome yet serious widower who is slightly in over his head starting up his deceased wife's dream of owning and remodeling the inn. With the help of his eccentric older sisters and the sweet and beaut
I nibbled on this book in between review commitments and distractions. I really liked it! A lovely blossoming romance story with awesome recipes and wedding tips. It had interesting character dynamics, nice Southern setting, and a giggle-inducing non-preachy Christian chick-lit plot. A definite good find.

Totally scored on this ebook. I caught it on a Kindle freebie day ..caught the next two installments for free as well! Woohoo!! :)

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Emily  (ObsessedReader)
Loved everything about this book. Wonderful & believable romance. Very sweet, no pun intended ;)
Just know that this is a Christian Romance novel when going into it, and I think that if you typically enjoy those kinds of book, this one will in no way disappoint!
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The reason i picked up Always the Baker, Never the Bride was pretty simple. I was in a mood of a lottle fluffy. Turns out this dose of fluffy-ness is so much greater than I need. It is one of those books where you can feel how deep the characters can be yet the writing manages to keep the lightness. There's grief and there's heartbreak but Emma and Jackson find each other. This is clearly a Christian Fiction, which i an grateful for my bestie for mentioning it, (i don't really pay that much atte ...more
Kari Anderson
Emma Rae is one of, if not the, best bakers in Atlanta. And she has just landed an amazing gig as the head baker at a brand new hotel. This is a place for Emma to express her creativity, expand her horizons and fall in love? Of course Emma’s boss is a total hottie, but there are a couple of things holding them back. 1. Is is wrong to date your boss? and 2. Less than two years ago, his wife died of cancer. Is it too soon?

I have never really been one to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but rece
This is the first in a series of what I like to call "Always the (fill in the blank here), Never the Bride" by Sandra D. Bricker. There is just something about weddings that is sort of magical, isn't there. Unfortunately my wedding wasn't all that magical, so I think that is why I enjoy reading stories about them! I love living vicariously through my books!

At first glance, you might think that this series is going to be similar to that of Nora Robert's Series, The Bride Quartet. For those of you
Always the Baker, Never the Bride will make you hungry for sweet treats, as well as warm your heart with its sensitive romance.

Emma Rae is a master baker. She's won awards for her wedding cakes. Too bad she's diabetic and can't really eat much of what she creates. Jackson Drake, with the help of his three southern sisters, has taken on a project to honor his dead wife. He's bought a hotel and is turning it into a wedding hotel -- offering any service a bride could possibly want. Emma Rae can't r
Sandy Duke
This was a yummy read! Great complex family relationships portrayed. The author includes several characters who are dealing with past relationships and seeking balance in order to live fully in the present. PLUS mouth-watering food described and some great recipes! What's not to love?!

There is a thread of God's loving watch-care over individual's lives, and the power of prayer throughout the book. The main characters are still grappling with their faith, and the secondary characters who are mor
So this book was not at all what i expected. As a baker i decided to read this as i thought that it would be about some kick ass baker chick with some romance on the side. What it turned out to be was a kick ass baker chick and God. To be fair i was given this ebook in a file with heaps of others so i only read the blurb on the back before i decided to read it, it wasn't until i finished it and realised that it is published by a christian themed publisher, that it clicked for me that i had been ...more
I don't understand people's resentment. Do we have to categorize everything that has Christian characters as a Christian book? The main characters in this one are just as annoyed by what they perceive as a pushy pastor as any of these reviewers are. They have just as much resentment against any talk of God. They are regular people who blame God for the tragedies they've been through and explore that a very little bit during this funny, well-paced book.

It makes me think of an an acquaintance who
Julie Graves
This book made me laugh out loud! I love a story that can do that. The dialog between characters was so witty and filled with humor. A very entertaining read.

Emma works in a bakery for a cranky boss. Emma has just won the prestigious Passionate Palette award for one of her mouthwatering wedding cakes. A cake that Emma has only had a taste of since she is a diabetic. Emma's eccentric friend Fiona also works at the bakery. When Emma reads about the Tanglewood hotel opening up and in need of a bake
Linda Bourg
This book was loaned to me by a friend, thanks so much Janine, i absolutely LOVED it. I is a cute love story and has a good sense of humor to it. Had me giggling at some parts. If you are looking for a light hearted book to read try this one out. Plan on reading the rest in the series.
Susan McEachnie
Great Easy Read On Our Valentine Week Away! Cute & Held My Attention! I Think I've Found Another Author I Really Like!
This was a sweet, light confection of a story; and yes, pun intended albeit a poor one.

Emma Rae is a thirtyish single woman doing what she does best. She bakes. Her culinary talent has won her several awards with only small mention of the bakery where she works. Her boss is not happy. So it is easy for Emma to walk away and take a fabulous job, along with her assistant, at a new hotel due to open as a "one stop shopping" venue for brides-to-be. Emma will be in charge of the wedding cakes, but as
A cute romance that had me drooling for cakes and sweets :) Jackson's sisters are a little over the top, but they add family cuteness to the story. Love Emma and Fiona's personalities, they were my favorite characters in the story. Even though this book is a light read, it offers charm, intrigue, and even a few secrets in the plot that I didn't see coming at all. I'm looking forward to reading Always the Wedding Planner, Never the the book covers in this series :)
Colleen Harris
Sandra Bricker has created a magical hotel and set of characters in that hotel that have just been a blast to read about, cheer for and want to read more. Emma was a main character you could relate to, and the whole series were just fun reads from start to finish.

I'll say I enjoyed this one so much (and got it as a free read) that I paid for the next one!
I really enjoyed this sweet little book. It wasn't the best book I have ever read or even the most thought provoking, but it was light and fun and definitely made me feel happy inside. I love these little Christian Romance books. This one didn't disappoint and it made me want to try one of the little recipes inside. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
This was just a bad book.
It starts out as a typical fluffy chick book about a single, sadsack female baker. Of course tepid sparks fly with the handsome inn owner and there's tension with his elegant, wealthy, typical Southern family. All the characters were one dimensional and stereotypical. Except that this baker has diabetes and can't taste her baked goods. Really? Who trusts a baker who doesn't taste the final product to know if it is sellable? She can work those tastes into her daily diet n
Always the Baker, Never the Bride
By Sandra D. Brinker

Emma Rae Travis has dreamed of being in charge of her own bakery since before she finished culinary school. To say that she is less than happy with the place she has worked since she graduated is an understatement. If not for the zany girl who is her assistant the job would be a complete bust. The thing is that Emma Rae is really talented. She has been recognized several times in the prestigious Passionate Palette contest and this past year
Nancy Bennett
I was torn on this one. On one hand I really enjoyed the interaction between all the characters, and though they weren't really deep I still felt connected to them. On the other hand, the editing was bad (2 people quoted in same paragraph, confusion among names and relationships) and the ending felt rushed. I also felt that this story was kind of a hybrid of sorts; was it a fun, contemporary romance or a Christian romance? I have read many wonderful Christian romances -- along with many other ro ...more
It was an ok read but the Christianity stuff really put me off. If you like that sort of stuff, go for it. The story would have been stronger, and more realistic without the religious reference.
This is a sweet romance with charming and quirky characters. I have read Always the Designer, Never the Bride and this one was just as good.
Good story, interesting characters! Not a christian fiction novel as it is marketed, but still an enjoyably funny read!
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