How does a diabetic bake such wonderful cakes and pastries
and not eat them? Emma Rae Travis is asked that question
time and time again. Yet she is the winner of this year's
most prestigious Passionate Palate Award for her crème
brule wedding cake and she has never tasted more than a
small mouthful of it.
Emma is making a leap of faith to a new job, at a newly-
reopened wedding destination hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The
owner, Jackson Drake, is trying to make a dream come true
that was his late wife's, not his, and he is having a tough
time of it. However, he is surrounded by his three loving,
but controlling, sisters who have everything completely
organized, he hopes.
Before the hotel's grand opening, Emma is paid a surprise
visit by her father, now living in D.C., and as far as she
knows, is divorced from her mother. Then she gets a visit
from her mother, now living in Savannah, but moving to
Atlanta to put Aunt Sophie in an assisted living facility.
Emma is overwhelmed as her somewhat dysfunctional family
arrives on the scene, just as overwhelmed as Jackson is by
his venture from corporate America into this wedding
destination business and his sisters' enthusiasm. Emma
feels this family reunion, if they cross paths, will be a
recipe for disaster.
As the plans progress and opening night gets closer, Emma
and Jackson are quite attracted to each other, but Jackson
is having difficulty moving on from his late wife's memory.
Can he learn to carry the past with him, yet also have a
Four love stories unfold on the pages of this delightful
inspirational romance. What a neat surprise at the ending!
An additional treat is added at the beginning of each
chapter. There is either a recipe that will make your mouth
water, or a wedding or baking tip for your enjoyment and
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 crème brulee
wedding cake that won her the Passionate Palette Award last
year, but she’s never even had one full slice of it.
When Jackson Drake hears about this
local baker who has won a prestigious award for her wedding
cake artistry, he tells his assistant to be sure and include
her in the pastry tastings scheduled at his new wedding
destination hotel the following week. And for Jackson, that
particular day has started out badly with two workmen
trapped in a broken elevator and a delivery of several dozen
300-thread-count bed linens in the wrong size abandoned in
the lobby. But when the arrogant baker he met a week prior
in Roswell stumbles into the dining room with a platter of
pastries and a bucketful of orders, he knows for certain:
It’s going to be a really rotten day.<br>
Can these two ill-suited players master the high-wire act
and make a go of their new business venture? Or will they
take each other crashing downward, without a net? And will
the surprise wedding at The Tanglewood be theirs?