As I’m sure you’re aware by now, my typical reading preference is romance. However, I admit to enjoying a good mystery. Until I read the excerpt from The Baker’s Wife, I’d never imagined a Christian mystery.
I was hooked from the beginning…so much so that I carried The Baker’s Wife, by author Erin Healy, in the car with me on the way to Life Group one Sunday evening. It’s not that far to Life Group, but I couldn’t quit reading.
I told my husband that, if the ending was as good as the rest of the story, I would absolutely love this book. Now you’re wondering about the ending, right? It was good – not great, but not horrible either. It just didn’t quite tie up the loose ends as well as I would have liked. It was realistic, though, and I truly did enjoy the book.
About the book:
To save her husband and son, Audrey Bofinger must rescue her enemy.
The Bofinger family has lost their church ministry in a scandal exposed by Officer Jack Mansfield. Hoping to heal and to restore their reputation, Audrey, Geoff, and their son Ed take over a failing bakery in the small community.
Driving to the bakery one morning, blinded by fog, Audrey hits a motor scooter owned by Jack’s wife, Julie. The mangled scooter is crushed and bloody. But Julie is nowhere to be found. Her disappearance coincides with a sudden illness that nearly cripples Audrey.
Jack believes the Bofingers have hurt Julie to take revenge on him, but the evidence dries up and her trail goes cold. At a breaking point, Jack takes the tiny bakery and its patrons hostage, issuing only one demand: Audrey has six hours to return Julie to him, or lose Geoff and Ed forever.
With only an excruciating and intuitive gift, an ex-con, and Julie’s estranged daughter to help search for clues, Audrey starts the search of her life for a woman who has vanished like the fog.
I love the way the characters are intricately woven together from the very beginning. There are surprises along the way that will shock you and keep you turning pages. With relationships that are real and believable, the story flows in a way that makes it hard to put down.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.