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Audrey Bofinger and her family’s life was turned upside down when Jack Mansfield reported a scandal getting Audrey’s husband kicked out of the church and causing her son to lose his college scholarship.  Then early one morning while she and her son were headed to the bakery that they started to get their life back on track, the unthinkable happened; car versus scooter.  Blood covered the ground, but there was no body to be found.  On top of that, Julie Mansfield, Jack’s wife, is missing and it is her blood that is covering the ground.

With everything slipping away from Jack, he does the only thing he believes is left to do.  He takes the bakery hostage with Audrey’s husband and son as well as two patrons and one of the workers.  He gives Audrey six hours to bring his wife back to him, or she will lose the men she loves the most.  With time working against her, Audrey along with a recently released criminal and Julie’s estranged daughter head off on a mission to find her before time runs out.

 

A story of loss and faith collide in an intense display of detail and emotion.  This book drew me in and refused to let me go.  Even when not reading it, I wanted to know what happened next. Erin Healy has a way of writing emotion so that you feel what the characters feel.  As despair and desperation were spiraling in on Audrey, I silently hoped and prayed that all would end up well.  And as the story neared its end, I was on the edge of my seat, sitting straight up, hoping the odds were in the favor of light overcoming darkness.

It has been a while since I read a book that pulled me so deeply in.  Healy has definitely outdone her self with this book, proving once again that she is a top-notch author.  The Baker’s Wife is my new favorite, and one I plan on reading again soon.  Read this book.  It is well worth your time.

 

This book was reviewed for Thomas Nelson Book Review  Blogger Program http://booksneeze.com/blogger

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The Promises She Keeps tells the story of Promise, who is a terminally ill girl with an incredible talent for singing and staying alive through unbelievable circumstances.  Enter Porta, a woman who wants to remain alive at all costs, and Chase, an autistic artist who ends up falling in love with Promise.  Two forces, each trying to show Promise the route she should take, one for selfish gain, the other out of selflessness.

Erin Healy surprised me again with a story filled with love, suspense, and utter sadness.  I loved the fact that she brought us into the world of autism and explained it in a way that will cause everyone to fall in love with Chase.  I did not see the ending coming, nor am I completely satisfied with it, although I understand the reasoning for going with it.  This book , however, drew me in and kept hold until the very last page.  I would definitely recommend this book to others, in fact, I already have!

This book was reviewed for Thomas Nelson Book Review  Blogger Program http://booksneeze.com/blogger

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Lexi has dealt with a lot of heartbreak in her life.  Her husband abandoned her and their daughter.  Her sister was murdered, and by the guy she was having an affair with.  Her father lost his mind and was put into a care facility.  Her mother traveled the world to escape it all.  In the span of a couple of weeks her life was shot.  The only thing that kept her going was the love she has for her daughter, Molly.

After seven years she finally thought that everything was behind her.  She was busy working two jobs trying to take care of her daughter, but it was worth it just to see a smile light her daughter’s face.  Everything was fine until the night the light above her Volvo went out, and all Hell broke loose.

In the span of one day, her ex-lover, her husband, and the man who ruined all their lives reemerged into Lexi’s world.  The ensuing battle that would follow is a battle that only true love could possibly penetrate.  Lexi will do anything to save her little girl from the mistakes of the past.

This story is an amazing display of having childlike faith; in believing that your parents will do anything to protect you.  It is a story of love and forgiveness.  Of trusting those you hate the most.  Bust most of all, it is a story of second chances.  Erin Healy has done an amazing job of building up her characters and the imagery, making you feel as if you were there, watching the events of the book unfold.

Never Let You Go is an amazing start to her solo career.  She wowed me from start to finish.  It was a hard book to put down when life needed to get in the way.  This is definitely a book I will recommend to anyone and everyone.  I look forward to reading more from this author.

This book will be available May 4, 2010.

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Janeal Mikkado is tired of everything; the gypsy life, of wintering in California and summering in New Mexico; the carnivals; the boyfriend who seems more attracted to her best friend than to her, and she just wants an escape.  She wants to see the rest of the world, and the only thing that is holding her back is her father, the leader of this band of gypsies, who would be devastated with the loss of another family member after a tornado took the rest just a few years before.

Little did she know of the events going on behind the scenes of the camp; of the deals that her father was making.  That is until the day Salazar Sanso walked into her life.  He made her an offer to save her father’s life and to make a little money on the side.  It was then that she realized the money that Salazar offered would be her way out of the gypsy life.  It would be her chance to explore the world, but what would she do in order to get the money?

After the loss of her friends she tries to rebuild her life and forget everything.  When her past raises its ugly head again with the fact that she might not be the sole survivor, she has to decide whether or not to go back and get wrapped up in it all again.

Burn is a story that deals with the deepest part of ourselves. What we would do to achieve what we want; what we would give up.  It is a battle between good and evil; life and death; light and darkness; love and pain.  The choices Janeal makes will decide her ultimate fate.

This is the second corroboration between Ted DeKker and Erin Healy, and it is amazing.  I was excited after reading Kiss (a story of a girl who loses her memory and wants nothing more than to remember) to hear that they were working on a second novel (in which all Janeal wants is to forget) together, and they definitely performed.  Burn is leaps and bounds better than Kiss which I thought was absolutely amazing in and of itself.

The imagery, the plot, the characters all blew my mind.  I do not think I have ever been drawn to a villain as much as I was drawn to Salazar Sanso.  Dark and mysterious, he is the perfect bad boy type that every girl dreams of, but knows that they would never be happy with.  This is a book that draws you in and holds on with a fury.  I am excited to see what Erin Healy is like in her first solo novel Never Let You Go.  These are two authors that should definitely be on everyone’s to read list.

(PS: I received this book from The Gathering this summer.  The release date is January2010.)

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