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“A beautiful, heart-breaking gem of a novel written just the way I like them, with the past coming back to haunt the present, endearing heroines and a sunny, hopeful ending. You'll wolf it up in one delicious gulp.” —Tatiana de Rosnay, international bestselling author of Sarah's Key and A Secret Kept
“The Baker's Daughter was a constant warm companion to me during cross-country travels, a novel I looked forward to returning to night after night. The rare book in which the modern-day story is as compelling as the wartime tale it contains, The Baker's Daughter offers a look at Nazi Germany through the lens of the immigration issues of our own time. El Paso, TX and Garmisch, Germany make for an unexpected harmony of flavors.” —Jenna Blum, international bestselling author of The Stormchasers and Those Who Save Us
“A sensitive, multilayered novel, this is a moving examination of the effect war and the politics of exclusion, have on the human heart.” —Amanda Hodgkinson, New York Times bestselling author of 22 Brittania Road
“A haunting and beautiful story… Spanning sixty years, and taking on forms of human cruelty and indifference ranging from the Nazis to modern-day immigration reform, McCoy forces us to examine the choices we make. I was riveted from start to finish.” —J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Commencement and Maine
“This is a beautifully told, richly detailed story that grabs your heart from page one and keeps its hold long after the last page. It is a book to discuss, to share and ultimately to savor.” —Sarah Jio, author of The Violets of March
“Elsie Schmidt is the brave and unforgettable heroine of Sarah McCoy's beautifully written tale of family, friendship, and love. The Baker's Daughter demonstrates how the past can teach us--if only we will listen.” —Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
“Sarah McCoy's The Baker's Daughter explores what happens when our loyalties (to country, cause, family, religion) clash with our intuition. A complex braiding of mystery, history, and personality, this novel is engaging and wonderful.” —Sheri Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of The Rapture of Canaan
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Visit her at SarahMcCoy.com --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B004W3IEI6
- Publisher : Crown; Reprint edition (January 24, 2012)
- Publication date : January 24, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 4884 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #183,568 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I give this book fours stars because the actions of one character near the end of the WWII story were so completely unrealistic that I was left shaking my head. Without revealing spoilers, I'll just say that this person would NOT have behaved this way after experiencing earlier trauma. I really had to suspend disbelief at this point.
Overall, a satisfying read.
I found that it was relatively easy to switch the story from WWII Germany to present day. However, I found that I really wanted to know more about the young Elsie and her family. I thought that her character was extremely interesting as was her family's. I would have liked to learn more about Hazel and Josef.
I thought that Reba's character was not defined well. She came off as superficial, confused and wishy washy, I don't think that she added much to the story.
I wish that we could have learned more about Elsie and Albert immediately after coming to the US. There was a large unfulfilled time gap.
I almost never cry when reading novels but the last few chapters had me very tearful. I was very concerned about Tobias and glad to see that he survived the war. However, we didn't find out until the very end as to what happened to him. I wish that he and Elsie would have been able to connect in the present.
I was very pleasantly surprised to find authentic German recipes at the end. The author did such a remarkable job of storytelling that you could actually "smell" all of that wonderful pastry and bread. As a baker, I will be definitely trying some of those recipes!
I felt the beginning dragged, and the parallel between the modern era romance and the stories of love (of several varieties) in the town of Garmish, Germany near the end of WW II felt forced and contrived, like the author was trying too hard to make comparisons between the ethical issues of US border patrol guards and the Nazi persecution of Jews was overplayed.
I also felt that the love between Riki and Reba was false...any really mutual attraction must have gone right by me.
Also, Jane's Texan drawl just drove me nuts.
But I stuck with it, mostly for the story of Elsie's long life, which was well done...except in the modern era, she melted into the background as Reba's and Jane's stories took over.
Anyway, it's good.
Top reviews from other countries
Arrived in time , looks like a new one
The book skips to the year 2007 and Elsie is now in El Paso, Texas, married to an American and running her own bakery. A reporter named Reba. comes there to interview her for a story about the tradition of German baked good at Christmas time. Reba becomes close to the family especially Elsie's daughter Jane.
What follows is the secret which Elsie has been keeping most of her life, how she hid a young Jewish boy behind the wall in her bedroom at the tail end of the war. But there is plenty more to entice you to read this well written and intriguing book of historical fiction. It's been days since I finished it and moved on to another book, but I constantly think about the people in the book and wonder how everyone is doing.