Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

Liesl's world is bread. Bread has a beauty beyond eating and Liesl is an artisan. She is living out her legacy of bread-baking as owner of Wild Rice bake house. Her mother and grandmother passed down the mystery of baking and Liesl continues the tradition.

Liesl's life gets more complicated when her head baker brings his troubled grandson to the kitchen. Then a waitress submits her recipes to a popular cable cooking show for a potential contest. And there is a new delivery man who gets under her skin.

Liesl's quiet life disappears after her television appearance. And then a phone call from a stranger shatters the very foundation upon which she has built her life.

Parrish has created the character study of a young woman who is trying to survive her past as her troubled childhood continues to insert itself into her present life. Relationships are so very difficult for Liesl, she tends to sabotage the attempts others make at closeness. The narrative alternates between the present and her youth as we come to see why she is who she is – a solitary bread artisan.

This book will make you fall in love with bread. Real bread, not the packaged stuff you buy at the store. I was fascinated with the information about bread contained in this novel. Parrish has added vignettes of bread's history throughout the narrative. There are some bread great recipes included too.

I'm taking part of a blog tour of this book and you can see other reviews here.

Christa Parrish is the award-winning author of three novels, including the 2009 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year “Watch Over Me.” She is the wife of author and pastor Chris Coppernoll and homeschools their three children. She serves with her husband as co-leader of their church's youth ministry, serves as a facilitator for a divorce recovery ministry and is now slightly obsessed with the art of baking bread. You can find out more at http://chrisaparrish.com/.

Thomas Nelson, 336 pages. Purchase a copy here.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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