About the Book
Shaken by her parents’ divorce and discouraged by the growing chasm between herself and her serious boyfriend, Nikki Werner seeks solace at her uncle’s farm in a small Missouri hamlet. She’ll spend the summer there, picking up the pieces of her shattered present so she can plan a better future. But what awaits her at the ancestral farm is a past she barely knows.
Among her late grandmother’s belongings, Nikki finds an old notebook filled with handwritten German recipes and wise sayings pulled from the book of Proverbs. With each recipe she makes, she invites locals to the family table to hear their stories about the town’s history, her ancestors–and her estranged father.
What started as a cathartic way to connect to her heritage soon becomes the means through which she learns how the women before her endured–with the help of their cooking prowess. Nikki realizes how delicious streusel with a healthy dollop of faith can serve as a guide to heal wounds of the past.
In My Opinion
After her world is shaken up, Nikki Werner goes in search of her roots in The Divine Proverb of Streusel by Sara Brunsvold. And this is a search where you want to tag along.
While readers get Nikki’s and Wes’s points of view, there are so many more stories happening in this book. Stories of rising above or rooting around in bitterness, stories of the past, and stories that are being written as you read along.
Over two months, Nikki learns not only about her grandmothers, but about baking, community, family, and trust. She’s been hurt, as have the people who have gone before her. Through a notebook she finds at her grandmother’s farmhouse full of recipes, Nikki grows in her faith, in her character, and in her relationships.
And then there’s Wes. A quiet and stand-up man of wisdom and counsel who maybe holds himself back a little bit too (which really, just made him a flawed human).
Brunsvold’s sophomore novel is filled with emotions, healing, and family history.
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