Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Bakers Daughter

By: Sarah McCoy
Location: FIC MCC
Genre: Holocaust

I cant help it- this genre is my favourite- historical fiction that flicks back into a modern setting- from Texas to Nazi Germany- linked by bakeries!!! How good is this!!

In 1945, Elsie Schmidt was a na├»ve teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she was for her first kiss. But in the waning days of the Nazi empire, with food scarce and fears of sedition mounting, even the private yearnings of teenage girls were subject to suspicion and suppression. Elsie’s courtship by Josef Hub, a rising star in the Army of the Third Reich, has insulated her and her family from the terror and desperation overtaking her country. So when an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsie’s doorstep in the dead of night on Christmas Eve, Elsie understands that opening the door puts all she loves in danger, and yet, the boy–frail and cowering at the sounds of the Gestapo soldiers banging on her neighbors’ doors– cannot be turned away.

Sarah McCoy's THE BAKER'S DAUGHTER is a powerful story, and a delightful read. The story unfolds in two contrasting time periods, told by two very different women: young and reckless Reba, a journalist in modern-day Texas, and 1940's Elsie, navigating the complex world of WWII Germany. McCoy's writing is real. I could taste the baked goods from the bakeries in both worlds, and I felt strongly for each of the character's journeys. A powerful story, and a delightful read. Highly recommended, especially as a novel to talk about with friends. " Jennifer King- Goodreads.com"

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