About the Book
They say you can’t have your cake and eat it too. But who would want a cake they couldn’t eat?
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 creme brulee wedding cake that won her the Passionate Palette Award last year, but she never even had one full slice of it.
When Emma meets Jackson Drake, the escapee from Corporate America who is starting a wedding destination hotel to fulfill a dream that belonged to his late wife, this twosome and their crazy family ties bring new meaning to the term “family circus.” The Atlanta social scene will never be the same!
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 Jackson don’t trifle with each other or resort to silly games. Their relationship is rooted in friendship and grows naturally based on honesty and true affection. Jackson’s struggle with consolidating his love for his late wife and his new love for Emma is heartfelt and sincere.
Every woman would love to have an authentic friendship like Emma has with the unconventional Fee. Emma’s parents and lovable aunt, Jackson’s sisters and Chef Morelli appear dysfunctional on the surface, but beneath lies an unbreakable family bond. The discourse between characters is laced with dry humor and very fast passed, grasping the reader’s attention until the last crumb of cake has been consumed.
I highly recommend this book, especially if you love to bake. The recipes and tips at the end of each chapter will definitely be put to good use this holiday season.