Stones for Bread by Christa Parish

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I’ve never read a Christa Parish novel.  The theme of bread and people, of pending loss and the hope to possibly gain, to overcome, this attracted me to this story of a solitary artisan, a legacy of bread-baking and one secret that could collapse her entire identity.

Liesl McNamara is this story’s main character.  Her life can be described in one word: bread. If we can see beyond the stuff bought from supermarket shelves and imagine something sustaining.  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 Liesl’s 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.  Add a few other surprising twists to this story and Parish creates a very real environment, filled with interesting characters, depth and even a little bit of hope.

If you love bread, or baking it, you’ll love the history, the recipes and emotion woven into this story.

If you love people, or stories about loss & gain & loss again, you’ll enjoy this one.

I enjoyed the diversity of characters, the honesty about love & faith & friendship, about our emotional disability & kindness & grace often making all the difference.

This is an easy read.

Something inspiring to encourage you to live life now.

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