Summary: Thirty-three year old Liesl McNamara is the owner of a small bakery in the small town in Vermont. Her life was simple. It revolved around bread: her history of baking with her mother, her love of crafting each loaf, and this love, this passion, was even instilled in her by generations of bakers before her. That is, until one of the employees of the bakery signed her up for a cooking show. Since then, nothing was ever the same: stories were revealed, ties were broken, and new bonds were formed. Bread isn’t as simple as one would think.
Rating: 4.5/5.0 First off, I absolutely adored the author’s writing style and language. Parrish is a very talented writer, and it is evident in her use of words. I didn’t think I would be able to sympathize or connect with a girl who bakes bread, but through her characterization, Parrish was able to make each character: Liesl, Xavier, Seamus, Cecelia – all come to life. It is in the little details: how Cecelia played with Little Pet Shops, how Liesl packages the bread she donates to the ministries each day. Each character has his or her quirks, and I find myself holding on to each word of the book as I discover each character’s strengths, weaknesses, and histories. The plot itself is very engaging, though the book starts off slowly at first. It’s a page turner, and within the book we find ourselves going along with Liesl on her journey to let go of her past and discover faith. The author ties off the end very nicely; leaving the readers wanting a little more, but mostly happy and satisfied. While the storyline is believable, and the characters are well-developed, there are certain parts that were hard to follow, and mainly like ‘fluff’ throughout the pages. There were bread recipes in between each chapter and the history of bread making… they seemed pretty irrelevant to me. It didn’t bother me all that much, but I’d really much rather have the recipes at the end of the book and maybe not the history of bread making at all. Still, a very nice read and a beautifully crafted story by Christa Parrish. Would recommend!
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