I enjoyed ‘The Baker’s Wife’. It is a comfortable read with enough honesty to raise a few uncomfortable questions.
The story challenges institutionalized religion. It speaks of loss and of empty lives. Of the resilience of the human spirit, to begin again & to love relentlessly.
The story is set in a little town. A family is affected. Husband Geoff, a pastor, lost his job after a scandal rocked their congregation. Audrey, his wife, never lost faith, but it is hard & disappointing.
They decide to resurrect a failing bakery as a way to heal family wounds and restore their place in the community.
Running late to the bakery one foggy morning, Audrey strikes a vehicle. Emerging from her car into the fog, she discovers she hit a motor scooter. But there’s no rider in sight. Just blood.
The absence of the driver is a mystery, especially to Sergeant Jack Mansfield, the detective and church member responsible for firing Geoff from his pulpit. The scooter belongs to Jack’s wife, Julie, a teacher at the local high school, who has vanished.
This sets the scene for conflict, character development & a very interesting plot. Some characters finding restoration, while others pretty much live into consequences.
At the end of the story there remains unanswered questions.
But still the story is real enough & inspirational enough.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be so concerned about what happens, perhaps we should be more concerned about how we live amidst what is happening – that is the challenge with which I walked away from this story.