The Baker's Wife is about ex-pastor Geoff and his wife Audrey. After a scandal, Geoff lost his job as a pastor. He and Audrey opened up a bakery. One foggy morning on her way to work Audrey hit a scooter, but after quick investigation, did not find anyone at the scene except a lot a blood. Detective Jack Mansfield took on the case until finding out that the scooter belonged to his wife Julie. He is pointing fingers at Geoff and Audrey and it is up to Audrey to figure out this mystery before Jack hits a breaking point.
This is a very good story which falls close to a murder mystery. I was not sure whether Julie was murdered or disappeared. It was a fast read and I did not want to put the book down. I enjoyed the development of the characters and each point of view in the story. There are strong points about faith in God, faith in family, and the stark difference between a man who fears God and wants to follow Him vs. a man who believes he is following God but only has selfish motives. I do recommend this book.
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The Baker's Wife, by Erin Healy, is a spectacular book. It keeps you in suspense until the very end. You won't be able to put it down!
The baker's wife and her family, who used to be the pastor's wife and family, begin the day like any other. But on the way to the bakery, she and her son hit a motor scooter in the road. With lots of blood and no body, the mystery begins. The victim turns out to be the wife of the detective and church elder who instigated the baker's removal as pastor. Certain that this family is guilty and will produce his wife, the detective crosses the line and holds the people in the bakery hostage. The baker's wife, along with two unlikely assistants, must find the woman before time is up.
Although the story begins with several seemingly unrelated events, Healy connects them all skillfully as the plot progresses. By the end of the story, all of the characters' lives are intertwined. I enjoyed some of the side stories immensely, especially that of Diane Hall.
Even though I wish the story had continued just a little longer, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
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I chose "The Baker's Wife" for review out of author loyalty. I've enjoyed both of Erin Healy's other books ("Never Let You Go" and "The Promises She Keeps"), so I hoped I would enjoy this one, too, though it's description didn't really intrigue me.
Erin Healy did not disappoint me. This book turned out to be my favorite of the three. I'm happy to recommend it to you!
The baker's wife is a former pastor's wifeâ€”same husband, new career, brought on by unjust circumstances. The two, along with their grown son, continue their ministry of outreach to hurting people by turning their marriage hobby into a community business.
Unfortunately, when the baker's wife is involved in a mysterious accident resulting in a missing person's case, the man responsible for forcing them out of the church determines he must destroy them as well. The baker's wife and two unlikely allies must work quickly to solve the mystery and set things right.
I enjoyed the story and also appreciated Healy's subtle questions about and insights into what is a sincere Christian life. Diane Hall, the somewhat wrongly convicted murderess, was one of my favorite characters; I appreciated her side story and the message it contained.
If you enjoy a good mystery with a thought-provoking message, you'll want to read this book!
This is the story of a couple in the middle of a major trial in their lives. After losing his ministry due to a false accusation Geoff and his wife Audrey open a bakery using a skill that they had nurtured over the years of their marriage. Baking had been a means for them to strengthen their marriage and yet still serve those in their church and community who were hurting and need a little love in their lives - and now it was the means for them to make a living.
The main story focuses on the disappearance of Julie who is the detective's wife. The detective "Jack" believes that he is sinless and blameless before God and everyone else should be too. He believes that others suffer because they are sinners (depression, illness, death, loss of jobs, etc) and he believes that if the law won't take care of the problem then he will.
This outstanding book had only one thing that I am still trying to process and am unsure about. Audrey has the ability to connect with others and feel their pain. She believes this feeling comes from God and uses it to help others. To me this feeling is very close to what a physic does and I can't help but wonder if God would give that ability to someone. (Or is this the spiritual gift called discernment?) As you can see I'm not sure what to think here and have emailed the author to get some clarification.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'm sure you will too. It's very fast paced and you won't want to put the book down. Parent's I'd suggest that you read the book first if you're going to leave it around for your kid's to pick up. Your kid may have questions. There are also questions in the back for discussion and book groups.
What an action packed read. Just when you think you know what is happening, you don't! Pastor Geoff Bofinger has been made to leave his Church. The man who brought charges against him is Jack Mansfield, who convinces the members of the congregation that Geoff is not fit to be the Pastor.
The tale is really interwoven, and Geoff's wife, seems to take on the pain of others. She is always bringing some of the leftover bread from their new venture Bakery to others.
So many of the Character's seem to be suffering from some past hurt. You can see God working in their lives, and I see Satan working in others. Will Good over Evil win? You can't put this book down until you know the answers, and it takes some doing! Most have to accept God's power of Forgiveness!
I received this book from the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.