I really wanted to like Shauna Niequist’s new book, Bread & Wine . I love cooking, dinner parties, and fellowship and these are just the things Niequist writes about for 250+ pages. Her writing style is lovely and she has included several of her favorite recipes interspersed among her personal essays. I just felt that something fell flat for me here; there was nothing that drew me in and deeply engaged me. A good book, like a good date, requires chemistry and emotional impact. Perhaps it is because many of her essays focused on motherhood and pregnancy and miscarriages and I don’t have those shared experiences to bind us. Although this book doesn’t quite hit the right notes for me, I’ll be passing a recommendation for it it along to those I fellowship with who are mothers. I suspect they will better appreciate Niequist’s perspective.