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The Baker's Apprentice by Judi Hendricks
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Nov 25, 2007

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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, her bakery is going under, and a young girl she works with is simultaneously pushing her away and clinging to her in a time of tragedy. Wynter has to decide what she is willing to put up with and whether her needs and desires outweigh her pride.
I was excited to read The Baker’s Apprentice because I loved Bread Alone. Hendrick’s descriptions of Seattle and bread baking were at once earthy and glamorous, and I really enjoyed reading about Wynter’s change in life style and her European way of doing things. There’s more of that in The Baker’s Apprentice, and Hendricks does a good job of writing about real-life situations. Mac is focused on more in this book, and his perspective is told with such compassion that even though I started the book not liking him a lot, by the end I was rooting for him 100%.
However, this book is sort of like part 2 of Back to the Future – not as good as part 1, and a clear set-up for part 3, with its completely unresolved ending. I found that frustrating, especially since I endured some slightly boring parts of this book in order to reach what I thought would be a payout at the end.
But I’m sure I’ll be reading part 3 despite it all.
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