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Monday, December 2, 2013

Stones For Bread and KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway!

Meet 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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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.

My Thoughts:
Christa Parrish's writing is beautiful!  Her lyrical style has given her a powerful voice.  I loved the way Stones For Bread was the perfect mix of spiritual journey, history, love story and cookbook.  And the best part is that she weaves these together with the Truth of the gospel with themes of redemption and forgiveness.  Parrish lends voice to her main character Liesl while sharing her backstory at the beginning of each chapter.  This lends such depth to the journey we are allowed to travel with Liesl in this book.  Parrish's characters all lend a piece to the story that gives this novel appeal in ways so many other novels miss.  And the artisan bread recipes are woven throughout the book.  This one will take a prominent place right alongside my favorite cookbook collection!

Thank you Litfuse Publicity for sending the book for this review and blog tour participation!

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