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The Baker's Daughter

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A routine interview between a reporter and an elderly baker brings out memories of darker times: her life in Germany during that last bleak year of WWII. As their lives become more intertwined, all are forced to confront the uncomfortable truths of the past and seek out the courage to forgive.

In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive teenager, as eager for her first sip of champag
Hardcover, First Edition, 279 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lacey at All Night Reading
I was unable to finish this book, and I desperately wanted to. Unfortunately, only half of the story was interesting. The story of Elsie was engrossing and well told. Her character was fully developed, and her life a window into a part of the Third Reich that is not spoken of frequently, that of a normal German woman trying to survive and follow her conscience. Her story, and that of her sister, shows the reader the place of women in Nazi Germany.

If the author had continued with Elsie's story, I
Saleh MoonWalker
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, historical, war
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Oct 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
ehhhhh, I thought this book was ok. I think the author had a theme (parallels that highlight that the moral high ground isn't always defined by a bright line, whether US border patrol or a German soldier or citizen--pretty ridiculous)and executed against it. The writing was really lacking for me. The parallels felt forced, the characters fell flat, and the book overall came across as a little contrived and even trite. The characters felt caricature-ish (southern writer with depressed dad has tro ...more
Diane S ☔
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with the character Elise from the very beginning. From the past, in her homeland of Nazi Germany to her current life in El Paso, Texas, the connecting thread a bakery and the baked goods that sustain her and her families souls. The present story is also interesting with a woman unsure of the future and her fiance, who works for the border patrol and like Elise in the past begins questioning if what he and his country is doing is right. The cruelty of Nazi Germany, the saving of on ...more
Angela M
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

It seems to be a trend - stories with alternating narratives of the past and present. I know that for some this mechanism has gotten tiresome but I happen to really enjoy the blending of the past and present, the connecting of stories and characters from different times. The place and the circumstances are almost always different and if this is done well, there is something that grabs me as the stories are brought together. Sarah McCoy has done just that in this moving novel set in El Paso Texas
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book ended up being very disappointing, although I thought the plot had a lot of potential. It read very much like Sarah's Key, switching back and forth between a modern story and a WWII story in Germany. But it had the same problem as Sarah's Key--the modern line was almost completely uninteresting, and I just kept waiting to get back to the WWII story.

I don't think this book was written very well, and it relied mostly on dramatic events to be exciting. I prefer books that are written in
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-purchase
I probably need to shy away from anything that is written about Nazi Germany, but there is so much potential for good material there and so much excellence in some of the things already written that I find myself being pulled in again and again. Can you say "cliche"? You cannot humanize a man who runs a concentration camp by having him kill a fellow soldier who kills a Jewish woman while arresting her husband. Why can't you tell the story of a normal German family who find themselves almost auto ...more
Sarah McCoy
Sep 16, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Can't wait to share this novel with you all!
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 3/6/12:

The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy is one of those books that grabs you and refuses to let you go. There are so many elements that rise to the surface with this one that I found myself having to put the novel down and walk away for a bit to digest it all. I went through a wide range of emotions while reading this one. The Baker's Daughter is a story that spans three generations and focuses not only on the past, but is
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
No one is good or bad by birth or nation or religion. Inside, we are all masters and slaves, rich and poor, perfect and flawed.

I really enjoyed this story about Elsie living in WWII Germany. The book shows that all Germans were not active in the atrocities, and that many families were trying to live their normal lives. Some of them were also affected by things like the Lebensborn program. The aim of this program was to increase the Germanic/Nordic population. It was basically a place where racia
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SARAH McCOY is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the novels MARILLA (forthcoming from William Morrow), THE MAPMAKER'S CHILDREN, THE BAKER'S DAUGHTER, THE TIME IT SNOWED IN PUERTO RICO, and "The Branch of Hazel," a novella in GRAND CENTRAL.

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