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The Baker's Apprentice (Bread Alone #2)

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The sequel to Judith Ryan Hendricks' absorbing debut novel, Bread Alone

Having found her calling, Wynter Morrison is blissful about her new career in Seattle as a baker -- cherishing the long days spent making bread and the comforting rhythms of the Queen Street Bakery. Still, she struggles with the legacy of her failed marriage and with her new boyfriend Mac's reluctance t
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ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Heidi
Mar 30, 2010 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Most likely due to my feminist reading of the past couple of weeks… I find myself done with Judith R. Hendricks. (Good thing she’s also done with me as I’ve read all of her work.) Though I have enjoyed her books, I can’t say that The Baker’s Apprentice did much for me as far as sequels go. It felt too much like a Romance Novel and not enough like a Woman’s Lit. Novel. That said, I was hoping for a prequel… a story of Wyn’s time in France. Instead she cops out of a trip to Paris with her BFF to a ...more
Jami
Jun 20, 2010 Jami rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If there's not a third book coming then this book sucks. Tolerable story with an ending that killed it or lack of ending that is.
Grace Harwood
Jan 15, 2013 Grace Harwood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm never a big fan of sequels - they generally disappoint and something about them smacks of "writer unable to think up new and original characters and therefore recycling old ones" - this one was more disappointing than others because the original book, Bread Alone, was so hugely enjoyable. Wyn Morrison is back, but this time her broken heart has healed and she's lost a considerable amount of her charm along the way. Now she's seemingly more obsessed with sex than with her baked goodies. The r ...more
Laurel Osterkamp

The Baker’s Apprentice, by Judith Ryan Hendricks, is the sequel to Bread Alone, which is the story of a woman named Wynter, who moves to Seattle after her marriage with a Los Angeles hotshot ends. In the Pacific Northwest she finds happiness through simplicity, and that includes baking bread professionally and finding love with a free-spirited guy who delivers firewood.
In The Baker’s Apprentice, Wynter is presented with a whole new set of problems. Her love interest, Mac, can’t open up or commit
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Margaret
Feb 02, 2010 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a sequel to"Bread Alone" and Hendricks third book as "Isobel's Daughter came in between. She has become a much better writer. I probably gained 3 pounds reading about the food and the bread. The book begins with her and Mac sort of together but only sort of as he goes off to alaska. the descriptions of Seattle and of the tiny town in Alaska just make you want to go there. Wyn takes on an apprentice, Tyler who she teaches to be a baked. Over the course of time she becomes more like a moth ...more
Tina P.
UGH!!!! I'm SO MAD that I just spent all this time reading this sequel book! I can't stand books when there are so many unanswered questions. I won't spoil it to those that are reading but I basically got to the last page thinking that there HAD TO BE some pages missing. What ever happened to X? What was X about? Oh man. I was so invested in this story from Bread Alone to this book and it just kills me that I don't know what really happened. It got so weird at the end, it felt so rushed. And the ...more
Nicki
I really did like this although it was a bit different to the first book Bread Alone. One thing I did find strange from the offset was the name change for Cody to Tyler. I couldn't work that out at all, in fact I had to look back at the other book to make sure I wasn't imagining it. The writing is great lots of descriptions of people and places, although I did find the 'Mac' chapters a bit laborious, maybe because his character was annoying me. All in all it was a good story and I feel satisfied ...more
Kathryn
Nov 07, 2015 Kathryn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
First sentence: A bread baker's life isn't for everyone.

Favorite quote: The stillness is mesmerizing. I hear the wind in the same instant that I feel it washing over my face. Grace notes of a few birds. Dust particles suspended in a shaft of sunlight. A bumblebee hovers somewhere outside my line of vision, and I don't even have the energy to turn my head.

I read Bread Alone when it came out several years ago and loved it. Baker's Blues will be coming out soon, so I thought I had best get this one
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Emily
Jun 07, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read. This author does an excellent job characterizing female bonding/relationships as well as romantic entanglements (and portrays them with all the messiness and conflicted emotions that typify my own experiences.) I loved both the bread/bakery and the musical focus (different characters have those two things as their passions) as a backdrop for the plot/story line. Kept me more focused and interested than I otherwise would have been. I will read other books of hers if I come across any. ...more
nimrodiel
Sep 14, 2011 nimrodiel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't checked yet, but I'm really hoping that there is another book chronicling Wyn's life. The book spiraled up to it's ending, and left me hanging wanting to know what happens next. I love it when a book grabs my attention like that.

This was just as good as Bread Alone was. I'm really glad that I was recommended these books.
Jean
Jan 30, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy
Mar 25, 2014 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Only made it through the first 183 pages and just couldn't go on. I didn't realize it was a sequel when I bought and began it, but it was soon clear by the many references to past events. Even so, I doubt that this book would have engaged me if I had read the first. The character is a married woman, divorcing a man who has treated her badly, and is dating a man who treats her badly. She has a moderately interesting circle of friends, a mother who exists to provide a source of income, and a busin ...more
Marleen
Nov 14, 2014 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a strong believer in personal growth, independence and self-development, whether it applies to women or men, that's the same. The idea that we are (per definition) always happier in a couple is not sold on me. There are blissful couples, of course, but some people need to sort out their personal issues or problems or deficiencies first, before they can open up to someone else and be able to contribute positively to a partnership. It is certain that we are all in a constant growth process – ...more
Melissa
Feb 15, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
I read the first book in this series, Bread Alone, and enjoyed it. This book I didn't think was as good. It wasn't terrible by any means, but it just didn't hold the charm that the first one did. And I wouldn't recommend reading this one without having read the other one first.

Wynter is now a part owner of the bakery where she churns out Artisan bread. She's got a boyfriend, Mac, who runs hot and cold at the best of times, but she's crazy about him. Even though her divorce isn't final she's pick
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Heidi
Apr 26, 2012 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finally finished reading The Baker's Apprentice by Judith Ryan Hendricks. I must clarify saying finally finished. A couple of years ago, I read the first book of this series called Bread Alone. The book was in a word ... fabulous! I hated closing the book after the last page. I loved the characters and Wyn was a worthy person to cheer on in life. I loved the chemistry between her and Mac. I loved the setting of the Queen Street Bakery in Seattle. It was like the feeling you get inside when you ...more
Sue
Jul 16, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2012
Wyn is passionate about breadmaking, and is co-owner of a small, specialist bread shop. She is in a fairly new relationship with the evasive Mac, a struggling writer. She's still coming to terms with her recent divorce, and not getting anywhere with her attempt at financial settlement, and she's not entirely comfortable with her new stepfather, either.

It took me a few chapters to get into this book, at which point I realised that the names and situations felt oddly familiar. My only excuse is t
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Linda
Jan 16, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are books you settle into. For me, and for the most part, I am reluctant to read series.

However, after reading Bread Alone, I immediately went to the library and borrowed The Baker's Apprentice. Even with mixed reviews that I read, I really enjoyed this book.

Where do I start with the enjoyment or the few disappointments?

The enjoyment was in the continuation of the story. It is a "lazy story", life moved on as it does, love, work, friendships are the same themes as in Bread Alone. Some cha
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Victoria
Feb 24, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the continuation of Wynter's story as she continues to work at the Queen Street Bakery. As co-owner, Wynter is in charge of baking the bread so she works the night shift, as she prefers. When she and Ellen hire a new cake baker, Maggie, sparks begin to fly as Tyler, the resident fill-in cake baker objects. If you read book 1, you remember Tyler, the young, blue haired barista who also bakes awesome if not flamboyantly creative cakes. The problem is she complained every second sh ...more
Debbie
Nov 02, 2014 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not nearly as good as Bread Alone. This book lacked the charm of the first book and I was so annoyed at all the references back to Bread Alone. I know its a sequel but the first third of the book was just a lot of rehashing the first. I think with all the background you can definately read this book without reading Bread Alone but I would recommend you read it and forget about this one.

I had a hard time wrapping my brain around the name change of one of the characters from Cody to Tyler. I almo
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Margaret Pinard
Apr 28, 2014 Margaret Pinard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-love
This is a wonderful novel about vulnerability, discovery, forgiveness, fortitude, ... all that and a loaf of bread! I really liked the main characters, except for the bratty younger assistant, the 'apprentice,' who isn't really the focus of the book. Great love story, felt so believable that I was turning back page after page that felt like my own thoughts... also, great sense of humor. Definitely recommended for enjoyment and comfort.
Tracy
Aug 26, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended, kindle
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Amanda
More about Wyn and her friends at the Queen Street Bakery. She's still baking the bread, but after Linda retires, she winds up taking on an apprentice.

I liked the book, I like the way Hendricks writes. I just don't know anyone who lives like this...on the edge financially all the time, sort of drifting through life hoping things will work out. I know they are out there, but could not really identify with any of the characters. Nothing is really resolved at the end, everyone's lives are still in
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Diana
Dec 17, 2015 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foodie-chicklit
Was OK. The continuation of Bread Alone. I never get strong chemistry between the Wynter and Mac. I skipped all the Mac's part (somehow can't relate to him). Doesn't understand why she will need to bring Tyler if she moves to L.A. The ending is also hanging and open, something I'm not too fond of.
Ron
Jan 29, 2013 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to Judith Ryan Hendricks' absorbing debut novel, Bread Alone

Having found her calling, Wynter Morrison is blissful about her new career in Seattle as a baker -- cherishing the long days spent making bread and the comforting rhythms of the Queen Street Bakery. Still, she struggles with the legacy of her failed marriage and with her new boyfriend Mac's reluctance to share his mysterious past. When Mac abruptly leaves Seattle, Wyn again feels abandoned and betrayed, at least until intima
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Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
A sequel to Bread Alone and continues the story of Wynter Morrison. Wynter has stayed in Seattle and become a part owner of the bakery. The story explores her relationship with Mac and how she come to mentor/mother Tyler.

The voice is the same and the bread recipes sound delicious. Mac leaves and ends up in the Yukon and begins to deal with his own issues, but communicates to Wyn by letter.

Wynter isn't as self-absorbed in this novel as she was in Bread Alone. I found her much more likeable here,
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Bookfanatic
This is a sequel to Bread Alone so it helps to have read the first book. There are quirky small town characters and strong women. Overall I liked the book but it's not something I would read again. It's not as good as Isabel's Daughter which is my favorite Judith Hendricks' story. Baker's Apprentice dragged in the middle. I skipped several pages just to get past the boring section. The middle portion about Mac was definitely lacking something. It felt unfinished which is a shame because I think ...more
Ruth
Aug 15, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not good compared to Bread Alone. An the ending wasn't an ending. Left that way for a non-existent sequel? Too many loose ends.
Lizpeveto
This is the sequel to Bread Alone. Wyn Morrison has become a partner in Queen Street Bakery; but is still waiting for her divorce settlement to become final. Wyn's relationship with Mac McLeod, a frustrated writer, is in trouble and he takes off to Alaska where he struggles to overcome writer's block. Mac finds himself involved in his small town and learns what he really wants. In the meantime, Wyn struggles w/ missing Mac and decides to take on an apprentice who is an angry ex-cheerleader; but ...more
Jane Sibley
Oh second book in a series why are you often a let down! Somehow I really thought at times I was rereading the first book. It was all a bit tedious. I was looking forward to finding out what happened to the strong characters and I was so disappointed. I guess as such as in real life things always do not turn out how you would like them to.
Melissa
May 29, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cafe-novels

I was first introduced to Ms. Hendricks’ work through the novel Bread Alone, which I mostly read in a single night in a hotel in L.A. that had an extremely uncomfortable mattress. That book was warm and funny, and when I finished it, I was inspired to bake bread for the first time in years, so when I discovered that a sequel was published this year, I immediately added it to my Amazon wishlist, and then ordered it when I spent the birthday gift certificates I’d amassed.

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Judith Ryan Hendricks was born in San Jose, California, when Silicon Valley was the Santa Clara Valley, better known for orchards than for computer chips.
Armed with a degree in journalism, she worked as a journalist, copywriter, computer instructor, travel agent, waitress and baker before turning to fiction writing. Her experiences at the McGraw Street Bakery in Seattle led to her first novel, Br
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“Why the hell didn't we just stay friends? That felt reasonably good. We had fun. I could tell him anything. Of course, he never told me very much about himself, but it didn't matter as much then. Now look at us. Throw some sex into the mix and it's like putting too much yeast in bread. It's all very fizzy and light and wonderful, but then is rises too high and can't support it's own weight and the whole thing falls flat.” 6 likes
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