On a warm summer's afternoon in the tiny town of Amicable, Iowa, the unthinkable happens.
A spark ignites the dust in the elevator and devastation rains down across the village. Struck by the loss of life and livelihood, the people of Amicable must come to grips with a new version of the future.
When Stedman Boswell, a young and arrogant insurance adjustor, is sent by Baker Insurance Company to negotiate the settlement, the townspeople are horrified by Butcher's assessment of Boswell. He has been sent to destroy the town.
Desperate to turn the tables, various groups take it upon themselves to make Boswell's life miserable in hopes that he will leave and a more sympathetic adjustor will be sent.
As the weeks pass, relationships are strained and Amicable is on the verge of collapse. Can Amicable be rescued? Or will life in this irenic small town cease to exist?
In the second book of the Amicable Circle, the reader encounters the episode of another outsider, Stedman Boswell, who has come to protect the interests of his employer, Baker Insurance, after the Amicable grain elevator explodes. Throughout the narrative, readers will encounter the same humorous and winsome foibles of the fictional Midwestern small town of Amicable, Iowa.
Baker is an entertaining continuation of the relational journey between outsider and insider, life and death, prophecy and its fruition. When the reader has turned the last page of Baker, she or he will be chomping at the bit for Candlestickmaker.
This character-driven novel is a delightful read, whether you are from a small town or not. The author brings the characters to life and you feel that you know each person. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Deceit, acceptance and humor - what more can you ask?
Not only is this book laugh-out-loud funny, Reid has managed to express the sense of community found in every small town in the world. It is a commentary of human compassion, decency and acceptance. Being able to look past mistakes made by others allows us to change our opinions of others and accept them into our lives and hearts. Well done!
If you come from a small town, you might "recognize" some of the characters. It is obvious that this telling is an exaggeration of the best and the worst of small town. It made me smile often and occasionally chuckle out loud. Kuddos to the author on his insight and apparent love for small town life.