Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

Confession.  (Some of you will be pretty upset about this.)  Sometimes I read the ending pages of a book before I finish it.  I like to know if I should invest in the story and certain characters. I have often attached myself to wrong characters and then don’t like how the book ends.  So if I know how it will end then I guide my emotions properly.  Also.  I like happy endings.  I’m a sucker for stories that are happy.

But sometimes I want a story that is harder to read.  A story that gets under my skin and makes me read slowly and pause as I read.  This is one of those stories to me.  The writing draws me in.  I love how Christa Parrish chose to write this story.  There are a lot of hard things dealt with in this story: mental illness, grief, trauma, forgiveness…  But it also shows how God is with us in those moments.

The publisher shares this about the book,

“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 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.

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.”

I encourage you to check it out.  And be warned, it will also make you want to take a trip to the nearest bakery or get your own hands dirty in some flour.

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