Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish (Blog Tour & Review)

Stones for Bread
by Christa Parrish
Christian Fiction / Contemporary
Available November 2013
Thomas Nelson
336 pages



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.

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My Thoughts
This review was due in November. My apologies to the author, publisher, and publicist for the delay in posting.

Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish was a good book. Not great, but good. I enjoyed the story but had a really hard time getting into the book and connecting with the main character. I think the writing style, while beautiful, caused a bit of a disconnect for me.

I will say that I absolutely loved the cover. I found myself attempting to wipe the flour off of the front of it ... on more than one occasion! And it tied really nicely into the story. I did enjoy reading about bread and will probably be attempting a few of the recipes that were included.

While this wasn't my favorite book, it was a good read. Others seem to have enjoyed it more than I did, so I would definitely encourage you to check out other reviews if the story interests you. [3 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About 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.

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