“It’s 6:15 p.m. on a Thursday evening and I’m rushing around getting ready for my weekly Bunko night. Picking up old newspapers and empty pizza boxes, I shove them haphazardly into the oven. Quickly, I brush the crumbs off the counter into the palm of my hand before tossing them in the sink. Glancing around, I peruse the kitchen looking for anything else that might give away my penchant for messiness.”

Becca Thornton loves her thirteen year old twins, her husband Thomas, and her lovely home, but she is frazzled, exhausted, and longing for some time with her girl friends.

With the help of her three childhood friends, she starts a weekly Bunko group involving an eclectic group of women. Their original plan was for an evening of fun – indulging in their favorite foods while laughing and talking over a game of Bunko. Little did they know that they were embarking on a faith journey that would change their lives and perspectives forever.

Throughout the course of the year, these eight unique women come to depend upon one another in ways that will surprise them all. Beneath the surface of their everyday lives each woman is dealing with her own personal issues.

In the midst of ordinary routines, a weekly game night, laughter and tears, The Bunko Babes find strength and faith as they turn to each other in crisis with the bonds of friendship.

A book that goes way beyond spa trips and beauty tips to deal with the real issues women face like infertility, loss, the heartache of infidelity, and temptation. Whether it is something as common as aging or as devastating as addiction, these “Bunko Babes” find new strength through faith and friendship as they turn to each other in times of crisis.

In a society and time where role models are lacking, this is a book that teaches the value of women, mentoring women.

Leah Starr Baker: a Christian, a wife, a mother, a born storyteller. The daughter of a minister/author, Leah wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her mouth. No instead, she was teethed on the Gospel. Living in the hill country of western Colorado until the age ten, she spent many a night listening to the early beginnings of her father’s writings. It was there that she learned the true beauty of the English language and the power of the pen. From Colorado, her family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma and though the life of a preacher’s kid was challenging at times, Leah wore the mantel of “role model” well.

Leah Starr BakerLeah had big dreams and a multitude of talents. In 1994, she found her soul mate, Douglas Baker, and they were married later that year. He, like Leah, was a dreamer and a huge supporter of her dreams. With his help, she went on to be crowned Mrs. Oklahoma 1995 and to record three demos and one entire album in Nashville, Tennessee before turning her sights entirely upon the joys of being a wife and perhaps a mother.

But life as a wife was difficult for such a spirited young woman and before long Leah was immersed in the world of politics. But the birth of two children in less than 18 months put her political aspirations on the back burner.

Never one to rest on her laurels, Leah began a real estate career when Alexandria was four and Deuce was two. After a promising start, she was stricken with an unexplainable illness. After months of testing it was discovered that she had Systemic Lupus, a chronic disease that affects the immune system. Before long, she was forced to stop working entirely. Trapped at home in a body that refused to cooperate, she turned to her forgotten love…writing.

It didn’t take much time to rekindle the flames and within three months her first novel was complete and she began work on Bunko Babes. Without a doubt, Leah has a promising career as a novelist ahead of her and we look forward with great anticipation to additional stories from this shooting STARR.

Leah Starr Baker: a Christian, a wife, a mother, a born storyteller. That one sentence encapsulates her entire life. For that is what she is and what she will always be.


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