Almost every day, Audrey Bofinger feels pain—other people’s pain. This empathic ability is what leads her to Cora Jean Hall, who is dying of cancer.
“In the most physical, literal sense, Audrey was regularly guided there, directed by an unseen arm, weighty and warm, that encircled her shoulders and turned her body toward the Halls’ house every week or so. A voice audible only to her own ears would whisper, ‘Please don’t leave me alone today.’ It was no pitiful sound, and Audrey never resented it, though from time to time it surprised her. In these moments she thought, though she had never dared to try it, that if she applied her foot to the gas pedal and took her hands off the wheel, her car would take her wherever God wanted her to be.” ~from The Baker’s Wife by Erin Healy~
Both Audrey’s special ability and her visits to Cora Jean become significant after a car accident sets in motion a series of events that endangers her family and tests her faith. As Audrey races against the clock to save her husband and son, she finds herself working through her own pain, as well as helping those around her. I loved that ultimately this book was about a spiritual crisis. And that the outcome presented a strong message about the healing powers of faith, forgiveness, and unconditional love.
Captivating, thrilling, and amazing are just a few of the words readers have used to describe The Baker’s Wife. The inspirational reviewer from The Romantic Times labelled the book a Top Pick. Want to experience what everyone’s talking about for yourself? Follow this link to pick up a copy. ***Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy for me to review.
Need more details? Here’s the book blurb from Amazon.com: Driving early one morning to the bakery, Audrey’s car strikes something 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 others’ pain. Continue Reading…