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.
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.
Weaving family tradition with romance, along with delightfully developed characters, I quite enjoyed reading this most recent release from author Christa Parrish. She writes with a lyrical style, which takes a bit to get used to but once you embrace the style you will engage with the book well. The recipes were a welcome addition with each chapter and I have even tried a couple of them out, with great success! The book's story line wove nicely throughout and I stayed up late reading this book, it was that pleasant of a read!
If you have a fiction fan in your life that you are shopping for this Christmas, I highly recommend this book and give it two thumbs up!
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***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of Litfuse Publicity Group and NetGalley, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***