Finding Faith

Finding Faith by B. E. Baker Book Summary

"Despite the complexities [of] this tale, Finding Faith reads like the honeymoon stage of a relationship. It's filled with laughter, an idealized reality, and an endless craving for the story to continue. Luke's and Mary's love offers a temporary euphoria that shows romance is sometimes found where it is least expected." --Publisher's Weekly

★ Like mother, like daughter? Mary sure hopes not. ★

Two decades ago, Mary's mom walked out. A few days later, her dad started drinking. He never stopped. Mary swore off alcohol. She also decided she'd never have kids, just in case she took after her parents.

A year ago, Mary's boyfriend dumped her because she didn't want to have any children.

Yesterday, for the first time in a year, Mary met someone. Someone hunky. Someone smart. Someone who made her goofy smile. Someone who sent a shiver up her spine.

Tomorrow she's going on a first date. She won't find out he's a widower with two kids for at least two more days. Can she overcome her fear and find the faith to trust someone else. . .and herself?

**Author's Note: Titles are really hard! I struggled to find a good one for this book, and I've discovered that some readers think this book is Christian fiction. It's free of bad language and adult content, but it's not religious in nature. Make your choices accordingly. 

★ Trade Reviews and Author Recommendations ★

Publisher's Weekly said, "With an opening line that is both assertive and striking, the book begins with a strong narrator who claims her own story. As Mary tells her past, she becomes vulnerable with those in her life and her readers.

Baker's dialogue has the capacity to reflect the diction of a thirty-year-old and a five-year-old, encompassing a wide range of perspectives. Amy's and Chase's imperfect sputters and continual deviance paint an authentic picture of children's behavior.

The Christmas setting nearly typecasts this book with all the novelistic qualities of a Hallmark movie. The honeyed beginning and equally passionate ending provide a childish delight that kindles the spirit of a hopeless romantic.

Despite the complexities littered throughout this tale, Finding Faith reads like the honeymoon stage of a relationship. It's filled with laughter, an idealized reality, and an endless craving for the story to continue. Luke's and Mary's love offers a temporary euphoria that shows romance is sometimes found where it is least expected." 

USA Today Bestselling author, Elana Johnson said, "Finding Faith is a heartwarming and brilliant story about love, loss, and learning what you really want." 

NYT Bestselling Author, Victorine E. Lieske said, "A fun romance! I highly enjoyed it. Bridget knows how to tug at your heartstrings. A fantastic read!" 

Finding Faith by B. E. Baker Book Reviews

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- Finding Faith5 star

A great read! Great characters. Couldn’t put it down!

- Sweet Easy Read5 star

This book was a very easy read, with a sweet story line. I loved the self-discovery of the main character and the persistence of her suitor. Great fantasy ending. 💖

- Finding faith5 star

Read right through to the end. One day. Lovely characters and fantastic results for lovely people. My kind of story. Well written. Thanks.

- Finding Faith5 star

I loved this sweet story! The characters were great and so was the chemistry between them.

- Finding Faith5 star

Wonderful book page turner highly recommended characters are fun and down to earth humor is good I like the children in the book I could connect with Troy and his mom Trudy Mary learning about life we all need friends like she has, don’t stop reading it is a really wonderful book

- I loved this book5 star

This is one of those that made me read way too late at night & pick it right back up when I got up in the morning. I’m glad I found this author & I’ll surely buy more of her books. That’s pretty much the best thing I think anybody can say about a book, that it made me want more.

- Great read.5 star

I enjoyed reading this story. I loved reading about the children and the characters were fantastic and interesting.

- Finding Faith3 star

First time reading this author, and I would read her again. This was a clean story with interesting characters and real life problems and circumstances. I stayed interested throughout the story.

- Great book5 star

Very easy enjoyable read

- Finding Faith5 star

Good read, I love a book with humor and kids and an HEA. Recommend this feel good book. 8/8/21

- Love it!5 star

An emotional ride with awesome characters and Baker’s wry sense of humor keeps these real-world disappointments from getting too depressing. I want more!

- Start of series4 star

This is the third book I have listened to by this author. While I still liked this story it didn’t appeal to me as much as the other series I have started. It was a clean, sweet, feel good romance. It was a more of a Christmas romance. While the romance took place at Christmas the focus wasn’t as much on the season as it was figuring out how to move on from past hurts and change what you think you want out of life. It bothered me that she focused on how her parents were the worst parents ever. And while being abandoned by one parent and having the other one abandon you emotionally while also neglecting your physical needs would be horrible I think there are too many children in worse conditions. It also bothered me that she couldn’t recognize that by refusing to date someone with kids was her right to do it did make her somewhat selfish. Those kids already existed and just wanted someone to love them. Over all I think it was a good story. I just think it was a little long. Too much focus on her wants. She like breaks up with him so many times even though she knows he plans to move. And her friends and sister wanting her to dump him in when he was leaving in a couple weeks really irritated me. Her sister and one of her friends have kids. It’s a little weird. With that said I wouldn’t write off the story. The underlying story was worth the listen. I really liked Luke even if I wasn’t in love with Mary.

- Finding faith5 star

This is a real life story. I enjoyed and understood Mary and Luke. Both had real life issues and good reason for their feelings from past experiences. One has a very unhappy childhood with the responsibility of a sibling at a very early age because of unhappy parenting issues. The other is a widower who is in need of a loving partner for his sake as well as his young family. I could not put this book down. I read it all in one evening. It has been a very long time since I read anything that made me want to see how the story ended. Surprises and tears as well as a lot of laughing. The author has a very good sense of humor. Looking forward to reading more stories like this.

- Great set of books5 star

These books are great! This is the best author I’ve found lately. Definitely read everything she writes!

- Love and healing5 star

The one thing Mary will never be is a mom. Not that she hates kids. But her childhood was so terrible that she’s determined not to follow in her mother’s footsteps, and she’s stuck to that decision her whole life. She even ended things with her handsome, rich fiancé when he wanted kids. Besides, she has plenty of kids in her life: her nephew, Troy, who needs as much love as he can get, and the hundreds she helps every Christmas with her Sub-for-Santa program. The kid thing puts a damper on her dating life. So when Mary bumps into a friendly, good-looking stranger, she politely but firmly says goodbye. Except that Luke doesn’t want to say goodbye and manages to talk her into a date. He seems to be everything Mary could want, so it comes as a terrible shock that he has two young children. These little ones tragically lost their mother already, so no way is she going to step in only to let them down again. But since they’re moving out of her life in a few weeks, maybe it would be okay to enjoy a taste of what-if…and to face the reasons why she can never have children of her own. Is it possible she could overcome her past? I love Mary’s character. She is strong, ambitious, and principled, but also generous and compassionate. She loves her sister enough to risk her own future. She feels deeply but is willing to do what is right despite how she feels. Luke is a perfect match for her, patient and kind and funny, and stubborn enough to wear down her defenses. It’s so much fun to watch their relationship progress. While they have plenty of learning and growing to do, they’re not teenagers struggling with angst and hormones. They’re looking for the rest-of-their-lives love that can raise children together, navigate life’s difficulties together, and bring out the best in each other. Finally, this review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning those two precocious but sweet children. Amy just melts my heart with her wise-beyond-her-years comments and firm love for Mary. Chase is adorable and seeing Luke be a loving dad is pretty much the cutest thing ever. As in any of Bridget Baker’s books, these characters feel so real. And while Mary and Luke may seem like an unlikely couple, given her stance on children, we’re able to see how deeply compatible they are, not just attracted to each other despite their differences as Hallmark movies tend to portray…they seem like they could actually do life together. I’ll be thinking about them for a while, happy that I got a glimpse of their lives.

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About B. E. Baker Wiki

Betty Jane Baker (née Phillips; May 6, 1927 – April 2, 2002) was a singer, songwriter and vocal contractor, who worked as a backup singer on recordings by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, The Righteous Brothers and Sam Cooke, among others. She also sang on the radio, with big bands and did voice work for television and films and appeared on television variety shows. Early life and career Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Baker was Miss Alabama in 1944 as Betty Jane Rase, and was 4th runner-up in the 1944 Miss America Pageant.From the 1940s, Baker sang in big bands and on the radio, and in the 1960s, she appeared in several television shows, including the variety shows of Dean Marti...

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