Sep 4, 2011

The Baker's Wife by Erin Healy

What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, so why is Audrey weakening day by day?

It’s been a tough year for Audrey's family. Her husband Geoff, a pastor, lost his job after a scandal rocked their congregation.

Audrey hasn't lost faith. She's held her family together. Their attempt to resurrect a failing bakery is an effort to heal the family wounds and restore their place in the community.

Late to the bakery one dim, foggy morning, Audrey turns into the intersection in front of the shop and strikes a vehicle that she can’t see even after the collision settles. Emerging from her car into the fog, she discovers she’s hit a motor scooter. There’s no rider in sight. There’s blood, though, so much that she slips in it, injuring her wrists.

The absence of the scooter driver is a mystery, especially to Sergeant Jack Mansfield, the detective and church member who drove Geoff from his pulpit. The scooter belongs to Jack’s wife, Julie, a teacher at the local high school. She 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. Jack’s ability to reason slips as the leads on his wife dry up.

When Jack takes the tiny bakery and its patrons hostage, Audrey must find Julie and unravel the secret of her own mysterious suffering before Jack comes undone.

Erin Healy is the best-selling co-author of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for numerous best-selling authors. She has received wide acclaim for her debut solo novels, Never Let You Go and The Promises She Keeps. She and her family live in Colorado. Erin can be contacted through her website or through Facebook at erinhealybooks.

The Baker's Wife is a very different kind of story, and I honestly couldn't put it down. I was baffled at times, but the pieces of the puzzle eventually started to fit together, and I didn't expect the final outcome.

Geoff and Audrey, a pastor and his wife, are devastated when a scandal involving their son rocks the community. They lose their position in the church, and their reputation is damaged beyond repair. They fall back on their second love, which is baking bread.

A mysterious traffic accident directly in front of the family bakery starts a roller coaster of drama, danger and personal discovery for many of the characters.

I really enjoyed this book, it is a captivating mystery with an underlying focus of faith, love for family and friends, and sweet redemption and forgiveness. This is the first novel I have read by Erin Healy, but I will definitely be checking out earlier titles at my first chance.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher Thomas Nelson. I was not compensated for my thoughts.

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