In Wyn Morrison’s world a 5 A.M. phone call is rarely good news. It usually means equipment trouble at her bakery or a first shift employee calling in sick—something annoying but mundane, fixable. But the news she receives on a warm July morning is anything but mundane. Or fixable.
Mac, her ex-husband, is dead.
He’s not just in a different house with another woman, but actually, physically gone. Ineligible for widowhood, Wyn is nonetheless shaken to her core as she discovers that the fact of divorce offers no immunity from grief.
As Mac's executor, Wyn is now faced with not only sorting his possessions and selling the house, but also with helping his daughter Skye deal with financial and legal aspects of the estate--a task made more difficult by Skye’s grief, anger and resentment.
Ironically, just when Wyn needs support most, everyone she’s closest to is otherwise occupied. Her mother and stepfather have moved to Northern California, her best friend CM has finally married the love of her life and is commuting to New York, and her protégé Tyler is busy managing the bakery and dealing with her first serious love affair. They’re all sympathetic, but bewildered by her spiral into sadness. After all, it’s been three years since the divorce.
On her own, she stumbles at first. For the last several years Wyn has been more businesswoman than baker, leaving the actual bread making to others. Now, as she takes up her place in the bread rotation once more, she will sift through her memories, coming to terms with Mac and his demons, with Skye’s anger, and with Alex, who was once more than a friend. Soon she will re-learn the lessons that she first discovered at the Queen Street Bakery in Seattle…that bread is a process--slow, arduous, messy, mysterious--and best consumed with the eyes closed and the heart open.
|Publisher:||Judith Ryan Hendricks|
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About the Author
Armed with a degree in journalism and a short attention span, Judith Ryan Hendricks worked as a journalist, copywriter, computer instructor, travel agent, waitress and baker before turning to fiction writing. Her first novel, Bread Alone, was a national bestseller and a BookSense 76 pick. It was followed by Isabel’s Daughter, set in Santa Fe, and The Baker’s Apprentice. The Laws of Harmony was published in February, 2009 and was nominated for The Santa Fe Reporter’s “Best of Santa Fe.” Baker's Blues, part three of the bakery trilogy, will be available in August 2015. Hendricks’ fiction has been translated into 12 languages and distributed in more than 16 countries. She lives in New Mexico with husband Geoff and dog Blue.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A bakery in Los Angeles with a baker who's personal life implodes and she must take a break from the bakery to handle it all. Wyn was a great character and the first few chapters showed the present day as she finds out that her ex husband and dies, but then the book quickly goes into the past and into their relationship as she reflects on how things went down hill and if maybe she could have made different choices. This was for me the big theme. You can reflect back on past relationships or just decisions and see if you could have done something differently, but you would have ended up somewhere different and is that a good thing? I loved how the author gave the deceased ex husband some chapters to tell his side of the story and give the reader some context as to why he was acting the way he was while at the same time seeing Wyn's reaction to his actions.