Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Divine Proverb of Streusel by Sara Brunsvold

Posted January 19, 2024 by meezcarrie in 5 stars, Book Review, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Sara Brunsvold, women's fiction / 47 Comments


The Divine Proverb of Streusel book review

The Divine Proverb of Streusel by Sara BrunsvoldTHE DIVINE PROVERB OF STREUSEL by Sara Brunsvold
GENRE: Contemporary Fiction (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Revell
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2024
PAGES: 326

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.


“Stories are the universal heart language. They bring together what is scattered.”

Oh my goodness, y’all. The Divine Proverb of Streusel is such a richly told story. Sara Brunsvold’s way with words captured me from the very beginning and drew me indelibly to these characters and their poignant explorations of family and faith. There is so much I want to say about this gorgeous book, and I know already that my words will fail to do it justice.

I adored the plot elements through which Brunsvold elicits Nikki’s restorative work over the course of the summer – specifically, a seemingly innocuous notebook that turns out to be anything but ordinary and a handful of seemingly innocuous characters who turn out to be rather extraordinary themselves. There is so much to be unpacked around this notebook: the German heritage (and its historical trajectory), the spiritual insight as it relates to hospitality and the home, the recipes themselves (which honestly made me crave German food even though I’ve never liked it lol), and of course what she learns about herself and her family in the process. Perhaps what I craved more than the food was joining Nikki around that kitchen table, digging into her ancestry and the spiritual legacies left to her there. “Family history has a way of putting our own lives into perspective. None of us walk a path entirely of our own making.” It has been very illuminating for me personally to dig deeper into my genealogy and see how the paths my great-great-etc relatives took led directly or indirectly to the one I’m on in my own life. From Methodist church planters to coal miners to Baptist preachers to farmers to soldiers to Shakespeare and everything in between, I am grateful for their stories and how God used them to shape me too.

“Small towns were a trove of plot twists.” And oh what plot twists await in The Divine Proverb of Streusel! For starters, I absolutely loved Nikki’s Uncle Wes. It’s almost as much his story as it is Nikki’s, and I appreciated that while he is gentle and protective and loves the Lord, the author also gave him flaws. Flaws that need mending just as Nikki’s do … just as the farmhouse’s scuffs and wear-and-tear do too, a parallel that I found quite compelling. Wes at first glance appears to be the exact opposite of his brother (Nikki’s dad), and his quiet kindness is exactly what Nikki needs. There’s also a bit of romance with his story arc, and whew goodness I didn’t expect to swoon over him but there is a fantastic scene I can’t wait for you to discover that had me reaching for my fan. Another fave character in this book is Aunt Emma. What. A. Hoot. Her conversations with Wes and eventually with Nikki had me laughing out loud on several occasions, and she has some of the best lines in the book. I’m not even going to spoil anything for you beyond that – you just really need to meet her for herself!

Bottom Line: Life is messy, and The Divine Proverb of Streusel acknowledges this fact with profound grace and thoughtful insight. It’s a compelling story that never drifts into the cliché and is brave enough not to tie everything up with a perfect red bow. Oh don’t get me wrong – there IS resolution and it’s beautifully rendered, but we all know that some wounds cut especially deep and true healing takes time. There is great pain to be worked through on these pages, but there is also great joy to be found, great stories to tell, and great love to embrace. I fell in love with the characters – main and supporting – and I devoured every word as quickly as possible while also trying to savor them at the same time. I was captivated by the warmth that exuded from the author’s insightful and poetic writing voice, and any book she writes from now on will automatically go to the top of my TBR list.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / beautifully told!

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Sara Brunsvold

Sara Brunsvold is the author of the Carol and Christy Award-winning The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip. She creates stories that speak hope, truth, and life. Influenced by humble women of God who find his fingerprints in the everyday, she does the same in her life and her storytelling. Sara’s recognitions also include the 2020 ACFW Genesis Award for Contemporary Fiction. She lives with her family in Kansas City, Missouri, where she can often be spotted writing at a park or library. Learn more at www.SaraBrunsvold.com.

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47 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Divine Proverb of Streusel by Sara Brunsvold

  1. Perrianne Askew

    I was blown away by The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip, so of course I would LOVE to read her latest release. I would never dream that a book about the end of someone’s life could be so up-lifting. She definitely is very talented. I’m dying to know what she does with streusel!

  2. MS Barb

    I enjoy reading about what our ancestors did (especially frugal tips!) and cooked for their families & communities!

  3. Sandy Avery

    Thanks for your great review. I finished this book yesterday and it was everything you so wonderfully expressed, absolutely loved it too!

  4. Pam K.

    I enjoyed Sara’s first book very much so naturally want to read her next one. She has such interesting titles for her books!

  5. Kasi Walas

    I’m intrigued to read ‘The Divine Proverb of Streusel’ by Sara Brunsvold because of its intriguing title and the promise of a heartwarming, insightful story. Brunsvold’s reputation for weaving deep, emotionally rich narratives with charming settings makes me eager to dive into this book. The blend of culinary delights with life’s profound lessons in the backdrop of a quaint setting sounds like a recipe for a delightful and thought-provoking read. 📚🥧💭

  6. Kay Garrett

    “The Divine Proverb of Streusel” by Sara Brunsvold sounds like a fabulous book and one that I am waiting to read with great anticipation. It’s on my TBR list.

  7. Patty

    I’ve been looking forward to this release, even though I hadn’t even read what the story was about. Thanks for sharing your review with us!

  8. Winnie Thomas

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book! Thanks for the review and chance to win a copy.

  9. Regina

    I always enjoy reading your reviews. I’ve been purchasing as many of the five star books as I can. I love that this book includes an ancestral arc to it and the need for healing and restoration.

  10. Jeanne Bishop

    I never quite go over “The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip” and now here Sara Brunsvold is with another 5 star book. Having been raised in a “small Missouri hamlet”, I can’t wait to begin “The Divine Proverb of Streusel,” which is already waiting for me on my bookshelf.

  11. Teri DiVincenzo

    My heritage is German also, and I cannot wait to see all the delicious morsels this book has in store for us!

  12. Denise Turner

    I want to read this new book by Sara Brunsvold because I read The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip and loved it.

  13. Martha

    This premise of this book makes it sound very good. Also, I enjoy books which feature food as a central element of the plot.

  14. Nancy

    I would like to read to read The Divine Proverb of Streusel by Sara Brunsvold because I have not yet read any books by the author.

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