Baker's Blues - Judith Ryan Hendricks
In Wyn Morrison’s world a 5 AM 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 and the news
ignites a firestorm of memories and regrets. 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, she is
now faced with sorting his possessions, selling his house and trying to
help his daughter Skye deal with financial and legal aspects of her
inheritance--a task made more difficult by Skye’s grief, anger and
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.
again the bakery becomes her center as she places herself back in the
bread rotation. In the cool, gray light just before dawn, enveloped by
the familiar smells of wheat and yeast and coffee, the hypnotic rhythms
of Bach, the radiant warmth of the ovens, the borderline softens,
becomes a permeable membrane letting her pass freely between past and
present. She might be Jean-Marc’s apprentice at the Boulangerie du Pont,
washing bowls and pans, shaping clumsy beginner’s loaves and learning
to make levain. Or working nights at the Queen Street Bakery in Seattle
with the ever-obnoxious Linda, teaching Tyler to bake, experimenting
with different flours and techniques, testing, searching for the
ultimate loaf of bread.
Now she will sift through her memories of
Mac and their life together, eventually coming to terms with who he was
and why, with Skye and her anger, and with Alex, who was once more than a
friend. Soon she will re-learn the lessons of bread that she first
discovered at the Queen Street Bakery in Seattle… that bread is a
process--slow, arduous, messy, mysterious--and should be consumed with
the eyes closed and the heart open…
Series: The Bread Alone Series
Paperback: 412 pages
Publisher: Chien Blue Press; 1 edition (July 8, 2015)
MY THOUGHTS: This is the 3rd book of this series. I'm not sure if it will be the last. The first book, Bread Alone introduces you to Winter. She's living in Seattle and trying to find her life after a divorce. Book 2 is The Baker's Apprentice and introduces you to Winter and Mac as a couple. You can see my reviews by clicking on the titles of the books. Book 3 is about Winter tying to face Mac's death I really enjoyed reading this series of books. The characters are so real and the areas they are living in so real I can almost smell the ocean breeze. If you like reading about a woman's life, the ups and downs, this is a great series to read. I give this book and series 5.....