Stones for Bread KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway from Christa Parrish!
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Stones For Bread by Christa Parrish
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Format: Paperback - 326 pages / Kindle - 1085 KB / Nook - 916 KB
Genre: Christian Fiction / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Litfuse Publicity.
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.
My Book Review:
Stones For Bread is a poignant story that follows the generational legacy of bread making in Liesl McNamara's family that began with her grandmother, passed down to her mother, then on to her. It is a story that interweaves the fond childhood memories of baking bread with her grandmother and mother, with the tragic moments that occur in her life, and through it all bread has been the bonding element in Liesl's life. Now as an adult Liesl's world consists of everything bread as the owner/baker of Wild Rise, a bake house in Vermont. But Liesl's uncomplicated solitary life is about to change when one of her assistants enters Liesl in the reality show, Bake Off; and she unexpectedly meets Seamus, a divorced man and his six year old daughter Cecelia. As her business grows from the publicity of being on the reality show, Liesl believes that she has gotten everything she has ever wanted, until a mysterious woman calls claiming to be her half-sister, revealing a devastating family secret that shatters Liesl's world, leaving her to question everything about her life and family.
Author Christa Parrish weaves a wonderful tale written in the first person narrative that follows Liesl McNamara's emotional personal journey of discovering the meaning of life and love, alternating between the present and her childhood past, and lovingly interwoven with the generational legacy of baking bread.
While the main focus of the story revolves around Liesl's personal journey, I loved how the author seamlessly interwove her story with the fascinating history of the art of breading making. It is a wonderful story of life, family, and love all revolving around the bond that is created from the art of bread making, that provides nourishment for our heart and soul. As an added bonus, the author includes delectable recipes that had my mouth watering and desiring some freshly made warm Artisan bread with strawberry jam.
You can't help but get drawn into Liesl's life, she is a complicated woman with a past that includes happy and tragic memories, who lives a solitary and uncomplicated life revolving around baking bread, until an unexpected meeting with a divorced man and his daughter shakes up her world, coupled with learning to accept the growing notoriety of her bake shop due to the appearance on the reality show, that will notably change and reshape Liesl's world. I really enjoyed following Liesl on her personal journey of self discovery, it was inspiring and emotional to see how her story unfolds in a way that she is finally able to let go of the past, grow, open up and embrace life and relationships.
Stones For Bread is a warmhearted and touching story that will pull at your heartstrings, while providing a fascinating and soul nourishing lesson on the art of bread making.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
About The Author
Virtual Book Tour Contest Giveaway
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