Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Stones for Bread Book Review

 About the Book
What do you do when the gift you thought was bread turns out to be stones?
Liesl McNamara’s Wild Rise is not only a popular bakehouse and cafĂ© in Vermont, it’s an extension of herself. Liesl is an artisan bread maker, like her mother and grandmother before her. Even though she lost her mother to suicide when she was eleven, she keeps this maternal bond alive as she bakes.
Liesl prides herself on living an uncomplicated, unattached life. But that changes when Seamus walks through the door of Wild Rise, lugging the large bags of whole wheat flour from the local food co-op. He and his daughter Cecelia have recently moved to the country seeking simplicity. Despite her best effort, Liesl becomes attracted to this teddy bear of a man who laughs easily and eats strange sandwich concoctions—on her bread, much to her dismay.
Her simple life is further complicated when a popular cooking show features her bakery. The publicity increases her business and brings several offers from larger businesses, all of which she turns down. But it also brings a completely unexpected phone call, one from a woman claiming to be her half-sister.
Liesl’s sense of identity dissolves as everything about her relationship with her mother—and the bread that held them together—comes into question. Has she been given stones rather than bread? And how can she ever take these crumbs and make them whole again?(Goodreads)

My Review
  First of all the cover of this book is wonderful! I was looking forward to this book because who doesn't love bread? The story starts out in a unique way, taking the reader back to life in a child's mind. From there the story moves forward in the life of Liesl and her Wild Rice bake house. I loved how the recipes are throughout the entire book and that there is a list on where to find them at the end! The writing in this book is very different and unique. Everything is short and to the point. Multiple sentences create one small thought or process. I like it because it is different. The only thing is the overall plot and story line didn't captivate me. I really wish I could say that it did, but it honestly did not. I didn't feel connected with the characters and found myself not really caring about the plot. 
In any case this book has gotten great reviews and I'm sure many will love it, it's just not the book for me. 

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."

Christa Parrish is celebrating her fourth novel, Stones for Breadwith a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway.
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