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January 14, 2024

The Divine Proverb of Streusel by Sara Brunsvold ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts

"Cooking has a magic to it.  The taking of opposing raw things and step by step shaping them into something new and unified.  Discordance is chopped, sautéed, and stirred away until a melodious creation simmers in the pan," (p155)

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book cover of Christian fiction novel The Divine Proverb of Streusel by Sara Brunsvold
January 2024; Revell; 978-0800745608
audio, ebook, print (336 pages); Christian fiction

Nikki is at a bad place in her life.  She's barely getting through her days teaching literature.  Her father walked out on her mother and stopped communicating with her and her sister and before she can recover from this loss, she finds out that he has married the woman he was having an affair with.  Her boyfriend wants to take their relationship to the next level and she doesn't know how to tell him that she's not ready.  So, on the first day of summer vacation, she hops in her car and drives to the small town where her father grew up.  The family had only spent Christmas there every year but she felt like the time she spent with her grandmother was very special and she wanted to capture that feeling of love and acceptance again.  Her grandmother had died years earlier but she shows up at her uncle's home wanting to connect with family.  Her uncle allows her to move into the family farm for the summer to help get it ready for rental in the fall.  She finds a notebook full of good thoughts and German recipes that had been done by a great-grandmother and decides to make one recipe from the book every week.  (Yes, there are recipes included).  She gains more than learning how to cook German food because she pays close attention to the advice and affirmations that are written with each recipe.  Will she find forgiveness in her heart by reading her grandmother's advice?

My favorite character in the book was definitely Uncle Wes.  He was an old bachelor who lived in the town he grew up in and was pretty happy with his life...but there was this one woman at church who was very outgoing and beginning to occupy more of his daily thoughts but he was just too shy to do anything.  He was wonderful with his niece.  Nikki just showed up and even though he didn't know her well, he opened his home and his heart to her.

This is a story about family, love, and forgiveness.  There's a bit of romance and a lot of friendship.  For me, this book was a bit too preachy and I would have liked more story and less preaching but that's just my personal preference.  If you enjoy Christian fiction, you don't want to miss this book.

Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.   


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  1. Great review. You talked me into it. I just got the novel now. Thanks!
    I also read the Left behind series.