I have a good book I want to tell you about called Stones for Bread written by Christa Parrish.
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:
Liesel thinks she knows who her true mother is, the one who committed suicide when she was just 12 years old, but there is another story there that she knows nothing about. It all begins to take shape when she is on the national TV show to show off her baking skills.
A girl calls who claims to be her half sister but that is not all she has to say. She tells her also that her mother is alive and well. What is going on? Liesl has every right to be confused and doesn't know what to make of this.
Complicating things is the new man in her life and his year old daughter. Liesel knows she loves the daughter, but can she love the father? He is not like any man she has known and he is clumsy and loud, something most women would not, but to Liesel, there is just something about him that soothes her.
You will love this story. It's a great healing story and I hope you take the time to read it.