Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Always the Baker Never the Bride - Sandra D. Bricker

Sandra D. Bricker brings us a sweet (pun intended) romance between a cake decorator and hotelier.  The author hit the bulls eye with the setting; I loved learning about the business of running a wedding hotel and cake decorating operation.  One thing that sets this apart from most other books (AHEM, but bears an uncanny resemblance to Sandra Byrd's "Let Them Eat Cake" which was released almost exactly 3 years prior) is the recipes inserted throughout the book.  My favorite, the Cashew Fudge Brownie recipe, is on my radar for this week's dessert choice.  In addition, there are tips on wedding planning, statistics, and (fictional) newspaper article inserts.  For ladies who wish fiction books had pictures, this is the next best thing! 
Some questions for discussion are in the back of the book.  That said, I didn't feel that it was jam-packed with edifying spirituality.  Take heed - this is not a criticism.  The book is fun and completely G-rated.  Not every book needs leave us with deep spiritual revelations. 
This particular choice makes for a relaxing evening because it is fun, easy reading.  The issues presented between the couple are realistic, which I appreciated.  This light-hearted, savvy romance tends to lack a little heat -- even by Christian fiction standards, but super hip conversation more than makes up for it. 

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