The Baker's Daughter

The Baker's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Journalist Reba Adams, trying to file a feel-good Christmas piece for the local El Paso magazine, must interview the owner of Elsie's German Bakery--and she's no easy subject. Reba finds herself returning to the bakery again and again, anxious to find the heart of the story. For Elsie, Reba's questions are a stinging reminder of darker times: her life in Germany during that last bleak year of WWII. And as Elsie's, Reba's, and Reba's fiance ́Riki Chavez's lives become more intertwined, all are forced to confront the uncomfortable truths of the past and seek out the courage to forgive.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2012], ©2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307460189
0307460185
Branch Call Number: FICTION McC
Description: 292 pages ; 24 cm

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LoganLib_Phoebe Sep 13, 2018

This book is partly set in Nazi Germany and partly set in the present day in El Paso, Texas. All of the characters must face difficult choices. What is right? Does it mean acting against authority? And how hard is it to do the right thing? Elsie, the baker's daughter will use more than her cookery skills to make a life for herself. PS Recipes are included at the back of the book.

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Einer2
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.

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JaniceDeG
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.

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gimeade
May 31, 2016

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

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EmilyEm
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.

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nancyamsler
Jan 30, 2015

Great read!

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Ilantha
Jan 08, 2015

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

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KathleenStagg
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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