Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish
About the book: A solitary artisan. A legacy of bread-baking. And one secret that could collapse her entire identity.
Liesl McNamara's life can be described in one word: bread. From her earliest memory, her mother and grandmother passed down the mystery of baking and the importance of this deceptively simple food. And now, as the owner of Wild Rise bake house, Liesl spends every day up to her elbows in dough, nourishing and perfecting her craft.
But the simple life she has cultivated is becoming quite complicated. Her head baker brings his troubled grandson into the bakeshop as an apprentice. Her waitress submits her recipes to a popular cable cooking show. And the man who delivers her flour --- a single father with strange culinary
habits --- seems determined to win Liesl's affection.
When Wild Rise is featured on television, her quiet existence appears a thing of the past. And then a phone call from a woman claiming to be her half-sister forces Liesl to confront long-hidden secrets in her family's past. With her precious heritage crumbling around her, the baker must make a choice: allow herself to be buried in detachment and remorse, or take a leap of faith into a new life.
When I was offered the opportunity to review Stones for Bread, I signed up for two reasons. One I liked the title and two I liked the cover. Deep reasoning I know. As most of you who read my blog regularly know I read a lot of books. Many of them I choose because I like the topic or the time period. There was just something about this book that seemed different. I was not disappointed. Stones for Bread was a fantastic read!
I have never read any of Christa Parrish’s books before and boy do I like her writing style. I have added her other books to my to read list!
Stones for Bread is a more than a story it is a journey. Liesl’s journey. There are so many dynamics in this book. Her history with her grandmother and mother. Which is deep and difficult. The art of bread making that is passed down through the generations through these three women.
The story has sad and difficult and sad and beautiful all at the same time. The deep relationship Liesl shared with her mother. The story goes back and forth between the past and present as we learn about Liesl and her life as young girl and also her present life as an artisan bread maker.
Reading this book brought memories to the surface for my of my grandma and stirred something deep within me a need to revisit my own memories.
I loved the characters and how they all fit so well into the story. The descriptions were wonderful and I felt deeply pulled into the story.
Stones for Bread is more than just a story, there is a lot of history of bread and bread making within its pages which I thought added a wonderful and unique element to the story. Liesl is a true artisan. I also loved how Christian theology is woven throughout the story.
I was also delighted to find bread recipes within the pages of this book and I plan on trying some of them!
I highly recommend reading Stones for Bread and I daresay that it is my favorite book I have read in 2013.
Go pick up a copy you will not be disappointed.
Meet the author: Christa Parrish is the award-winning author of three novels, including the 2009 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year Watch Over Me. When she's not writing, she's a homeschool mother of three wonderful children. Married to author and pastor Chris Coppernoll, Christa serves with him as co-leader of their church's youth ministry as well as serving as a facilitator for a divorce recovery ministry. She is now also slightly obsessed with the art of baking bread.
Learn more about Christa at: http://christaparrish.com
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