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The Baker's Daughter Hardcover – March, 1980


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books (March 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899661599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899661599
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,005,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anne M. Hunter VINE VOICE on November 14, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Originally published in 1938, one of D. E. Stevenson's earlier novels, The Baker's Daughter is set in the imaginary village of
Beilford, rural lowland Scotland, among the shopkeeping families. It provides a fascinating view into Scots culture just before
WWII will change it forever. Long-held class divisions, "racial" beliefs, and social expectations give the book a depth beyond the enjoyable but predictable romance. I enjoyed this book for its setting almost entirely among ordinary working people. One of the main characters is a modern artist. As usual, the author's settings are vivid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By June E. Dahl on February 27, 2013
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Without revealing the plot which is a story but none too complicated and driven forth through D.E Stevenson's keen observation
of human nature and the people in the border country near Scotland! Many goals are acheived in this book. A revelation of the
locality and geography of the housing and people who lived here and their attitudes towards each other at that period in history.
The book is not altogether a timeless classic although it seeks to be one through cleverly pulling us along an 1950's attitude
toward the marital "mores" of the times when separation was still scandalous, especially, in the conservative country circles
of Church going and Evangelistic Scottish people.
Our sympathies with the baker's daughter and the talented "artist" cannot be denied, however, D.E . Stevenson doesn't solve
our qualms of conscience for us on their behalf, but, leaves us with the consciences and qualms of the "GRANPARENT" generation! We are SUBTLY told that if we have qualms about obvious divorce or adultery then we are identifying with sweet, good-hearted, ignorant , Bible toting country people and NOT with the sophisticated, well-traveled intellectuals who reject that sort of "narrowness". There is a certain moral dilemma & cowardice in leaving the mystery of the new marriage unsolved/ for us to solve. Did the "rotten"nasty spendthrift wife die? and the doubtful French servant who had no morals but was greedy and a silly woman . . . did she dissappear?? conveniently . It was somewhat unfinished. The end was not satisfying. So there.

D. E. Stevenson's Publisher may have made her try and be more "current" in her ethics, thereby, updating to the late 1950's and
helping the growing trade of her romance novels. The tendencies of the early 1960's to "cross cultural lines" and "break down barriers" had already begun and popularity rather than propriety sells best. (June E.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alta Tweed on March 24, 2013
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I did not like this book quite as much as most of DE Stevenson's books. I guess I just didn't like the characters as well and the story line was a bit odd.
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