Audrey, a pastor's wife, finds herself a baker's wife when a self-righteous detective ruins her husband's career. Jack Mansfield single-handedly tries and condemns her entire family when his family implodes; and again, when his wife disappears. As he slips into insanity, she must find his wife before he does irreparable damage to both husband and son. The Christians span kindness to fanaticism. Geoff, the baker, acts like a man of God while Jack acts like the devil.
Without adding spoilers, I thought the author left a few loose endsâ€”for example, what happened with the coach's feet? Will the poor man be able to continue coaching?
The Baker's Wife is a well-written, fast-moving mystery with realistic, usually likeable characters. Audrey's spiritual gift gives new meaning to the statement, "I know how you feel."
The Baker's Wife by Erin Healy was a page turning book. Once you have started the book, it is hard to put it down. It is full of mystery, suspense, and drama. I found it amazing how the characters in the book interlock with each other from the beginning to the end. I really enjoyed the book.
Geoff and Audrey are the pastor couple at Grace Springs church until the police detective Jack Mansfield accuses Geoff of giving his daughter Miralee money for an abortion. Miralee and the pastor's son Ed did have an affair and she became pregnant. At that point, the pastor couple leaves the church and starts a bakery. Baking bread was something they enjoyed doing as a ministry for people in the church and the community so they felt at home baking bread.
One early foggy morning, Audrey and Ed drive to the bakery to help Geoff but they end up having a terrible accident in an intersection close to the bakery. They get out of the truck to see how bad the accident is and there is blood all over the street. They come to find out that it was a motorcycle that they had the accident with but there is no one around at all. Where is the body and who is it?
The blood is tested and it is discovered that the blood is from Julie Mansfield the police detective's wife. But where is his wife? I hope you enjoy this on the edge of the chair suspense as much as I did.
I could relate to this book because my husband is a pastor. Some people in a congregation can be judgmental and quick to accuse.
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This book was a great read. I love books that have some suspense, mystery, and a christian theme, and this book had all three.
The book begins with a pastor, Geoff and his wife, Audrey doing the Lord's work. On Geoff's day off, they bake bread together, and then Audrey delivers a loaf of bread to the individuals she feels the Lord has placed on her heart to visit and pray about.
When a scandal forces the pastor leave the church, this husband and wife duo open a bakery. During a foggy, early morning drive to the bakery, Audrey's car hits a scooter belonging to Julie, a teacher in town, and the police detective (Jack's) wife. Jack is a council member of the church where Geoff is the former pastor. There is no body to be found, but lots of blood. The police detective blames Audrey. Jack searches to find out what happened to his missing wife, with little evidence. Convinced he is doing God's work, Jack takes the bakery, with those inside, hostage. He makes an impossible request, for Audrey to bring his wife to him, or he will kill her husband and son, held hostage in the bakery. Audrey must work together with an ex-con and a unbelieving teen, to unravel the mystery of where Julie is and convince Jack of the truth before he does something to hurt her family.
Audrey tries her best to follow God's guidance to help her loved ones held hostage in the bakery.
Healy covers many different issues including...loss, acceptance, love, and forgiveness. I enjoyed this book because it had a great story, kept me coming back to the very end, and challenged the reader to define a sincere christian life.
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Audrey was a pastor's wife first and foremost. When a scandalous lie costs her husband, Geoff, his pastoral career she turns into a baker's wife. Their lives are starting to fall into place, at least on the surface. Then an early morning accident threatens to break apart everything they are trying to hard to put back together. The accident is complicated by the fact that the accident involves the family of the elder whose accusations cost Geoff his pastorate. This brings to the surface the deep scares that need to be healed, lies that need to be uncovered, and hypocrisy that needs to be revealed.
I really enjoyed this book. The mystery was interesting and not easily unraveled. The subplots were intriguing. The reminder that one simple act effects more than just one person, in fact, more often than not, one simple act forms a spider's web that tangles many lives in it's strands. It takes people working together to untangle the mess left behind by one event. Add good examples of courage and God's grace and you have a novel that is fun to read, yet leaves you with much food for thought.
I received a copy of The Baker's Wife for Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for this review.
The Baker's Wife will have you turning pages so fast that you will count it as speed reading! The plot is riveting and super exciting! Two families in a small town are constantly thrown together in undesirable ways. One family uses God given gifts to help others and the other uses God's Word to destroy.
Audrey and her husband Geoff run a bakery in the small town where they are known for scandal. Originally a pastor, Geoff was forced out of the church because of a scandal involving his son Ed and Miralee, the daughter of Jack and Julie Mansfield. Jack Mansfield is the town's lead police detective and his hate for that family grows stronger when Audrey runs over Julie's scooter. The mangled scooter is also covered in her blood, but where is Julie? Jack is convinced that Audrey has taken her wife and he sets out to prove it by any means necessarily. When her family's lives are threatened; Audrey and a Diane, a newcomer with a haunting past, strive to find Julie before Jack goes over the edge.
I really loved the way the writer expounded on spiritual gifts. She made me feel as if it were something that I could feel also. She also made such unique characters, especially in Jack. They way he thought that about the Bible and how it was his own personal weapon, reminds me of others. There is a great balance of good and evil in this book. But the best lesson of all is about forgiveness! Erin Healy really captures the damage a heart can have and how God's love shown through others can heal and restore! I really enjoyed reading every chapter of this book and I can not wait to read more of her work.
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