Review of Erin Healy’s The Baker’s Wife

“You can’t do everything, Mom. And not everything’s that broken can be fixed.” The Baker's Wife
“Does that mean we shouldn’t try?”
“Yeah, I think it does. Sometimes we have to let things go. Jesus said it: “In this world you will have trouble.’ That stinks. And I don’t think we can avoid smelling it.”
 
Set in the high hills of California, The Baker’s Wife, published by Thomas Nelson, is a gripping and intense telling about conflict, distorted faith, and the hope for redemption and second chances.

The story centers around conflict between two families: The Bofingers, Geoff, a former pastor who is fired, Audrey his wife, and their son Ed; and the Mansfields led by Jack Mansfield, a local police officer who was the leader in the movement to fire Geoff, his missing wife Julie, and their daughter Miralee. Both are families in terrible pain and collide again under mysterous circumstances that creates a fast-paced situation that spins quickly out of control and into a heart stopping situation of life and death.

Alongside their story is the story of Diane Hall, leaving prison after twenty-five years who seeks to re-establish herself as she seeks to recover an item that was the cause of her sister’s death and Diane’s incarceration. Her story too, intertwines with the Bofingers and Mansfield’s in ways that will be teasingly shown to the reader as the story progresses.

This is a novel about what unresolved inner pain does to people and relationships. It is also a novel about how distorting faith can lead to serious issues and complications in life. And Healy does a masterful job of weaving the themes of spiritual conflict, relational conflict, and the possiblity of second chances even when faced with death. It is ultimately a story about love at any cost.

On my rating scale, I rate this novel a 5, a ‘great’ read.

Note: I recieved a free copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program. I was not required to write a positive review.

 

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