Title: The Baker's Husband: A Second Chances Book
Author: Jeannie Sharpe
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
Everyone says move on, he's gone. But Chloe Livingston just can't accept maybe for an answer.
Her idyllic life as a wife and baker at Camden Bake Shop crumbled when her husband, Jake, vanished one snowy night two years ago. Presumed dead, the investigation grew cold leaving her with more questions than answers and a hole in her heart that begs to be closed by knowing just what happened to her husband that fateful night. But life goes on. Two years later, Mitchell Terrison walked into her life. The handsome new detective for Knox County sparks a new investigation into Jake's disappearance. But that's not the only spark he ignites. New found friendship leads to feelings of guilt as Chloe reminds herself that, no matter what they say, she knows in her heart that he's alive. And she can't allow new love to find her until she gets closure.
But that's easier said than done.
However, when the new investigation turns over new evidence, everything is turned on its head, and Chloe is led down a path that will change everything.
Two years ago, Chloe’s husband disappeared, presumed dead after the police discovered his car in the river. The case has grown cold but Chloe has never lost hope. She wants answers and finally, she has her chance. She meets Detective Mitchell and he agrees to reopen the case. A friendship blooms between Chloe and Mitchell, a friendship that tempts Chloe to explore romantic feelings with him. But her faith complicates things. Until her husband’s case is solved, she must honor her marital vows. New evidence turns up and everything Chloe believes to be true is thrown out the window. Could her husband be still alive? Will the police find his body after more than two years of searching? What about these romantic feelings Mitchell and Chloe share?
This story is unique in that it’s a true suspense with a clear faith-based romantic fiction narration. Bible verses and praying are peppered throughout the plot. While, for some readers, this can appear heavy-handed, I found it very illuminating to Chloe’s personality and faith. Every thought, action and reaction are based on her faith and her beliefs.
I must admit, there were certain formatting issues which made it more difficult for me to dive into the story, like I usually do with romantic suspense novels.
The suspense was well-conceived but there were times when it took a backseat to what I thought were superfluous subplots. The whole mystery behind her husband’s disappearance leaves Chloe in limbo through all facets in her life. My heart went out to her and I kept saying aloud, “Just declare him dead already.” The ending surprised me but I was satisfied with the conclusion.
If you’re looking for an original Christian romantic suspense, pick up The Baker’s Husband today!
My Rating: 4 stars
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Jeannie Sharpe has a deep love to write. Her first attempt at writing resulted in two children’s books, Once There Was An Orange Truck and Orange Truck Helps Katie the Kangaroo Find Her Friends. She has sold 8,900 copies of these titles. Her love for romance came to life when she landed a publishing contract with Solstice Publishing and now she is with Foster Embry out of New York. Her first novel, From An Office Window, was released in July 2017, which is now in it’s second edition and has a new title, The Baker’s Husband. Her second romance novel is being released on August 1, 2018, Her Daughter’s Preacher. A career in writing is a dream coming true for this mother of two, Brent, 24 and Bailey, 17. Jeannie has been married for over thirty years to Vance Sharpe. But more than her admiration for writing, her love to sing out ways it all. She shares her talents with her husband in many venues around the United States and Canada. Be on the lookout for new books by this aspiring author.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N