The Baker's Daughter

The Baker's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2012
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In this New York Times bestseller, two women in different eras face similar life-altering decisions, the politics of exclusion, the terrible choices we face in wartime, and the redemptive power of love.

In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she is for her first kiss. She and her family have been protected from the worst of the terror and desperation overtaking her country by a high-ranking Nazi who wishes to marry her. So when an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsie's doorstep on Christmas Eve, Elsie understands that opening the door would put all she loves in danger.

Sixty years later, in El Paso, Texas, Reba Adams is trying to file a feel-good Christmas piece for the local magazine, and she sits down with the owner of Elsie's German Bakery for what she expects will be an easy interview. But Reba finds herself returning to the bakery again and again, anxious to find the heart of the story--a story that resonates with her own turbulent past. For Elsie, Reba's questions are a stinging reminder of that last bleak year of World War II.

As the two women's lives become intertwined, both are forced to confront the uncomfortable truths of the past and seek out the courage to forgive.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Paperbacks, 2012
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780307460196
Branch Call Number: F MCC NVD
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 14, 2017

Good book. Some things a bit contrived but interesting and the depiction of what it may have been like to live in Germany was well written.

Aug 29, 2016

A very engaging read. Well written and well paced. I love stories that flip between two time periods, and in the end, brings them together.

May 31, 2016

A memorable story that will have you returning to it in your mind, time and again.

Sep 20, 2015

Elsie Schmidt is the baker's daughter in war-torn Nazi Germany's Bavarian village of Garmisch. Her family is able to remain open due to kind-hearted Joseph, part of the local Gestapo. Her sister Hazel is part of the Lebensborn organization. Reba is a young journalist in El Paso today, looking for great stories and love with kind-hearted Riki, part of the border patrol. The novel follows their parallel lives and intersection at a German bakery at Christmas. I won’t deny this is a page-turner, but following McCoy’s 'The Mapmaker’s Daughter,' her work now seems formulaic and a little too predictable. A better book with similar 'secrets’ themes is Jenna Blum’s 'Those Who Save Us,' another wartime story with a bakery location.

Jan 30, 2015

Great read!

Jan 08, 2015

I couldn't put it down. Fascinating and human.

Feb 20, 2014

Amazing book. Loved it. A book everybody should read.

RACINE2000 May 01, 2013

Great book. I was totally engrossed in it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Worth a read.


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booklady413 Apr 09, 2013

This book goes back and forth from Nazi Germany to modern day Texas. The main character, the baker's daughter, is sheltering a young Jewish boy. How will she keep her secret? In 2007 Elsie is being interviewed by a young reporter at her Texas bakery. How will the past and present merge? Great read if you like this time period.

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