Friday, June 1, 2012

Review: The Baker's Wife by Erin Healy

As I began reading the first several chapters I found myself wondering if I even wanted to continue with the story, the overuse of adjectives was a little much to say the least.  However, I did find myself intrigued by the mystery.  This story has an odd mix of genres; Christian fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance.  What?....Yes, that was my thought exactly.  It felt as though the author was trying to cram everything into this one novel and the paranormal aspect was just a little to far fetched.

To be fair, there were a lot of faith based issues that were covered and would make for a great book club discussion; sin, righteousness, abortion, emotional abuse, love, God's forgiveness and unconditional love.  I did like the mystery/suspense to the story and continued turning the page for that alone.

All in all it was just okay for me.  Oh well, back to my library shelf.

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
Before Audrey was the baker's wife, she was the pastor's wife.  Then a scandalous lie cost her husband a pastoral career. Now the two work side-by-side running a bakery, serving coffee, and baking fresh bread. But the hurt still pulls at Audrey.  Driving early one morning to the bakery, Audrey's car strikes something-or someone-at a fog-shrouded intersection. She finds a motor scooter belonging to a local teacher. Blood is everywhere, but there's no trace of a body.  Both the scooter and the blood belong to detective Jack Mansfield's wife, and he's certain that Audrey is behind Julie's disappearance.  But the case dead-ends and the detective spirals into madness. When he takes her family and some patrons hostage at the bakery, Audrey is left with a soul-damaged ex-con and a cynical teen to solve the mystery. And she'll never manage that unless she taps into something she would rather leave behind-her excruciating ability to feel other's pain.

"We all hit tough times now and then.  It's easier if you don't go it alone."

"Not everything that's broken can be fixed."

"Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble."  That stinks and I don't think we can avoid smelling it."

"Being a good person is about loving other people well.  It's not about having all the right answers or doing all the right things."

"The value of a thing rarely lies in it's sale price."

"Sometimes mercy is the best weapon against evil."

"If someone is bleeding from the heart, is it their job to ask for help or our job to notice?"

"We hardly know how much we hurt the ones we love when our own hearts are split wide open."

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