30 August 2010

Always the Baker, Never the Bride | Book Review

Pages: @288 pages Publisher: Abingdon Press
Scheduled release date: September 1, 2010
Genre: Romance | Christian Fiction

My summary: A lively cast of characters comes together to convert a historic downtown Atlanta hotel into a wedding hot-spot. The brood includes: an angry Italian chef, a goth sous-baker, three Southern Belles, two dueling parents, and an auntie with dementia who keeps escaping in a ball-gown and tiara. In the middle of this is, one super hot GQ widower/hotel owner (Jackson) and a never married diabetic baker (Emma). What a recipe!

My say: Always the Baker, Never the Bride is like a frosted cupcake with sprinkles.
The cake is the story. Soft, light, and fully flavored it has everything you can ask for; a good pace, great characters, and a story line that is more than just boy meets girl.
The creamy delicious frosting is the attraction and tension. Emma and the Jackson were a delight to read.
The light coating of candy sprinkles is the faith. It added to the story with out ever feeling preachy or overpowering.
My verdict: Try this cutie! Did I mention the recipes and weddings tips that follow every chapter?

My star rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My kiddie-o-meter: No sex, violence, drugs, drinking, or social commentary make this one safe for even the youngest readers.

My cover thoughts: Isn't it just pretty? It works with the story and catches your attention.

My final say: Cake or cupcake?

Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com

41 comments :

  1. Sounds yummy!! OO....I love cakes. Haha! Here's my latest review. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

    http://coffeecrackers.blogspot.com/2010/08/hunger-games-by-suzanne-collins.html

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  2. This review makes me want to eat cake, so thanks for that haha I've seen this book and wondered how it would be. Thanks for the lovely thoughts! (oh, and cupcakes beat cake any day ;) )

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  3. Sounds adorable! I love the fact that it's about cake... that's so delicious. I've got to check this one out!

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  4. I would have read this for the Atlanta setting alone but add the food and you've got me. This sounds really cute! My favorite store down here has a motto: Peace, Love and CUPCAKES! Yep, it's a cupcake store :)

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  5. Sounds fun. It also sounds like my family. My aunt does sometimes where bridesmaids dresses and tiaras to summer BBQs.

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  6. Para: Seriously! How cool. I bet she is one fun dame :)

    Ladytink: Peace, love, and cupcakes? I LOVE it!

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  7. Wonderful review! This one sounds super cute. I love books with food themes :) I’ll have to check it out.

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  8. I love books that have stories and recipes!!! Totally up my alley! Fabulously sweet review!

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  9. MmMm, cupcake :)~

    It sounds like a fun & sweet book! I guess I'll have one more for the TBR pile.

    Oh and that cover is just too cute! Love it :)

    ♥Isalys

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  10. That is totally cute! I have read one or two books with recipes on every chapters and this one sounds fantastic. Definitely a cake for me!

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  11. oh it sounds like too much fun! and set in Atl! that's my backyard!!!

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  12. and the recipes and wedding tips sound like icing on the cake/cupcake!

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  13. Do I have to pick?
    How about several cupcakes that are the size of a cake?

    Seriously, I'd eat them all.
    I almost want to eat that cover.

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  14. I love this cover, too cute! Nice review. :P

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  15. Makes me hungry for cake! It sounds like a great book!

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  16. So glad you enjoyed this one! I must say I LOVE how you did the review...so creative and yet fits perfectly! Although now I have a craving for cupcakes.... *yum*yum* ^_^

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  17. This is a read at my Netgalley...I cant wait to dive into it, lovely thoughts...:D

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  18. This is on my short list. I love the review Juju! As always, you made me pull a book & start reading!
    Thanks!!

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  19. This looks like such a fab book! I love the cover too - and your cupcake metaphor :) And I'd rather have a cupcake than a cake everytime! Great review, thanks for commenting on my blog btw :) :)

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  20. i'm needing a cupcake read lol :D, i'll check it out :D

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  21. This sounds delicious! (pardon the pun ;D)

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  22. Ooooh, this one sounds great, Juju! A fun story, a cool cover and it takes place in my hometown!
    Will be adding to my TBR list.

    Happy Monday!

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  23. I love the title and the yummy delicious cover! And now that you recommend it, I'm going to check out the book as well.

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  24. On my list. Love this kind of book :) As for cake or cupcake... BOTH!

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  25. Aw this one looks so cute. I love the cover too!!

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  26. Ooh, sounds really good. I love the cover, although it makes me crave cake. I'm definitely cupcake though, they're super fun to decorate.

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  27. Oh what a delicious cover and tempting review! I love this. I think I need some cake and this book :)

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  28. I MUST read this! Oh my! I just love it! You already know I'm a huge fan of food in books (although after my weekend writing conference I've learned how treacherous that can be to write about, grrrr!), especially when it's such a great part of the story. I'm in love with this book and I haven't even read it yet, that's bad! FANTASTIC review!

    Me...I'm a cupcake person. :o)

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  29. Hmmm...I've never heard of this one, but it sounds cute! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  30. I'd have to say CAKE because I love fillings! My mouth was watering the whole time I read this book!

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  31. This looks like such a cute read! Anything described as a cupcake is fine by me :)

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  32. mmmm, cake. Love the review style and wording. So much so that I am adding this to the tbr. Thanks Ju-Ju.

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  33. You made this sound so fun and yummy, I'm adding it to the list. I like to mix it up a bit. Thanks!

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  34. Definitely sounds like a fun (and tasty) read! :)

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  35. Kim: Yah :)

    Jenny: Thanks darling :)

    Kelli: Ooo true! There's amazing cupcake place I know that stuffs cupcakes. Pretty stellar :)

    1stDaughter: :) I love food in books too. I know it's hard to work in correctly, but it's so amazing when it's done right. :)

    Lizzy: Do you bake? :)

    Lori: You're from Atlanta? Very cool :)

    Gina: Ahhhhhhhhhhhh *hugs* :)

    Tina: Whoot whoot! :)

    Michelle: LOL :)

    Christie: Thank you darling :)

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