Friday, September 30, 2011

The Baker's Wife by Erin Healy * A Review


If what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, why is Audrey growing weaker by the day?

When her husband Geoff, a pastor, lost his job after a scandal rocked their congregation, Audrey's never lost faith.

They decide to resurrect a failing bakery as a way to heal family wounds and restore their place in the community.

Running late to the bakery one foggy morning, Audrey strikes a vehicle. Emerging from her car into the fog, she discovers she hit a motor scooter. But there’s no rider in sight. Just blood.

The absence of the driver is a mystery, especially to Sergeant Jack Mansfield, the detective and church member responsible for firing Geoff from his pulpit. The scooter belongs to Jack’s wife, Julie, a teacher at the local high school, who has vanished…like morning fog.

Though there is no evidence to support Jack’s growing suspicion that Audrey and Geoff were involved in Julie’s disappearance, the detective is convinced of their guilt. When he takes the tiny bakery and its patron’s hostage, Audrey must unravel the secret of Julie’s disappearance and her own mysterious suffering before Jack hits his breaking point.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 4, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595547525
ISBN-13: 978-1595547521
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

Erin Healy is an award-winning fiction editor who has worked with talented novelists such as James Scott Bell, Melody Carlson, Colleen Coble, Brandilyn Collins, L. B. Graham, Rene Gutteridge, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Robin Lee Hatcher, Denise Hildreth, Denise Hunter, Randy Ingermanson, Jane Kirkpatrick, Gilbert Morris, Frank Peretti,Lisa Samson, Randy Singer, Robert Whitlow, and many others.
She began working with Ted Dekker in 2002 and edited twelve of his heart-pounding storiesbefore their collaboration on Kiss, the first novel to seat her on “the other side of the desk.”
Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. She lives with her family in Colorado.

  This is the first book I’ve read that Erin Healy wrote alone. I’ve read her other books she wrote with Ted Dekker and loved those as well. The Baker’s Wife by Erin Healy is just a superb book.
     Audrey and Geoff have such a strong faith and know God will see them through everything. They have been through so many hard times and experiences that trusting in God with it all was just natural.
 Diane another character in this book just got out of prison and goes to her home town to see if any of her family or former friends are still there. She has people to ask to forgive her, but she isn’t a Christian.
  Jack blames Audrey and Geoff for everything bad that has happened and wants them to pay. Even though he is a police officer can he get justice?
Then Jack’s wife Julie is missing and he blames Audrey and Geoff.
  These are just a few of the plots in this magnicient story. The last half of the book is such a suspenseful ride that you won’t put this book down. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat hoping that all things would work out for the best, but I couldn’t see how that would happen.
 The Baker’s Wife is about family, love and forgiveness, but also shows us what we do in our lives doesn’t just affect us, it affects everyone around us. We can help to make or break another person’s life. Also you really don’t know or realize what other people are going through. We need to see others with a lot more compassion. I believe The Baker’s Wife shows all of this and much more in this book.
I highly recommend this five-star book. Another keeper!

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1 comment:

Wendy Newcomb said...

Sounds like a good book even though it's out of my normal catagory.