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The Daughter's Tale

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  6,060 ratings  ·  941 reviews
The internationally bestselling author of The German Girl delivers an unforgettable family saga of love and redemption during World War II, based on the true story of the Nazi massacre of a French village in 1944.

New York City, 2015: Elise Duval, eighty years old, receives a phone call from a woman recently arrived from Cuba bearing messages from a time and country that sh
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Atria Books
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Franny I agree with the other responders. We are never given information about Danielle beyond the fact that she was alive at the time she sent the letters t…moreI agree with the other responders. We are never given information about Danielle beyond the fact that she was alive at the time she sent the letters to Viera. This seemed something of a betrayal of the reader. (less)
Jennifer Questionable, probably not. I don’t want to give anything away but actions that Amanda must take to survive could be very upsetting to a young reader.…moreQuestionable, probably not. I don’t want to give anything away but actions that Amanda must take to survive could be very upsetting to a young reader. I’d highly suggest the book Refugee by Alan Gratz for an 11-13 year old. (less)
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Angela M
Horrible things happened during WWII as we know. Books were burned. Jews arrested. Millions were killed. Children were separated from their parents sometimes initiated by mothers and fathers in efforts to save their children. In this story, based on true events, a small village is destroyed with almost no survivors. This novel reflects the strength of the people in the French resistance and tells the story of difficult decisions a mother makes to save her children. Memories are pushed back and a ...more
Katie B
I know it's only January but I have a feeling this could end up being my favorite historical fiction read of 2019. This book gripped me pretty darn near close to the start and didn't let up until the last page. I highly recommend this one even if you feel like you have read one too many WW2 historical fiction books. It's worth reading.

Eighty year old Elise Duvall has been living in New York for the past seven decades when she receives quite a shock. A woman has contacted her and wants to deliver
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

I loved “The German Girl” by this author and was excited to read his new novel. From reading the blurb for this book I was hoping that there would be more and continued events and stories from people aboard the St. Louis. This is the ill fated ship that carried German Jewish families who had some funds hoping to land in Cuba. Unfortunately by the time the ship lands the Cuban officials refuse most of the passengers for political reasons and only a handful are allowed to disemb
Elyse  Walters
Amanda and Julius Sternberg were soon to be first time parents to a baby girl they would name Viera in 1933.
They owned a book store in Charlottenberg, Germany. Amanda was supposed to get rid of all the books that were considered offensive, unpatriotic, or not sufficiently German. The intention was to eliminate all Jewishness from the printed universe.

Julius had just started a new medical practice which was growing nicely.
Amanda ran the bookshop.
Bookshelves were piled high with Amanda brother’
Susanne  Strong
3.5 Stars* (rounded down)

A Story of Heartbreak, Loss and Family.

Amanda Sternberg is crushed when her husband is taken into custody by the Nazi’s. His fate is sealed. Amanda is left to care for her two children, Viera and Lina. Her husband left strict instructions for her to send them on a refugee ship (The St. Louis) to Havana. Amanda cannot bear the thought of losing both her girls. Viera is old enough to take care of herself, Lina is not, thus Amanda makes an impossible choice, sending Viera
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Multitudes of families were decimated or shattered by the holocaust. Based on a true story, this is a fictionalized account of one of them. We bear witness to a mother’s anguish and desperation as she tries to save her two daughters. Substitute families, in various forms, are constructed in order to survive and the outcome is nothing short of astonishingly miraculous. One of the most traumatic scenes occurs as the villagers of Oradour-Sur-Glane are savagely slaughtered and the town annihilated. ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story revolves around two little known, real life events that took place during the Holocaust. It is a haunting and moving story and an enduring one. I can't imagine how children who survived lived with all the hatred they saw acted out everyday and that was aimed at them. Another theme besides basic survival is how do you rebuild your life after everyone you love is gone? I highly recommend this thoughtful and perceptive book. ...more
𝔖𝔱𝔯𝔢𝔫𝔤𝔱𝔥. ℜ𝔢𝔰𝔦𝔩𝔦𝔢𝔫𝔠𝔢. ℌ𝔬𝔭𝔢.

This was a compelling story about love, heartbreak, and sacrifice. No matter how many books I read about WWII I am always shocked by the horrors of war and The resilience of humans. Amanda was a happily married mother and the owner of her family bookshop. Then things begin to change. The books were ordered to be burned, her husband was sent away, and her daughters’ lives were in danger. Amanda’s one goal now is the survival of her daughters and she will sacrifice what
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
A mother’s heartbreak, impossible choices, desperate circumstances, and a daughter’s secrets to survival.

The Daughter’s Tale is an unforgettable heartbreaking family saga that follows The German Girl. It explores the heart-wrenching decisions of one mother’s choices made out of love and for survival. The story pulled at my momma heartstrings and I could feel our main character’s Amanda’s desperation to save her daughters and her strength as she made the impossible, haunting decisions she had to
Will Byrnes
The soldiers are fleeing, ashamed of the crime they’ve committed, Elise dared to hope.
She was sure they wouldn’t come back just for her. The German soldier must have thought she was a ghost. Or maybe he didn’t see her because she no longer existed. She had died several hours earlier...She had also died two years earlier, that night in the forest, before she woke up burning with fever in Maman Claire’s arms. Now she was living another of her deaths. God only knew how many more deaths she woul
The Daughter’s Tale is based on a true story and one you won’t forget any time soon. The year is 1939 in Berlin, widower Amanda Sternberg must flee Nazi Germany with her two young daughters. Heading towards France, Amanda is hoping they will be safe, but sadly this may not be the case.

As the years go by we learn of the struggles, deaths and torture that so many went through during these times and I must say it was heartbreaking to read about this. Something most us have never been through and i

Like his ‘The German Girl’ this story includes the historic voyage of the S.S. St. Louis which left Germany with the intention to deliver these passengers, most all of whom were Jewish, to Cuba. Political issues prevailed upon their arrival, and a small handful of passengers were allowed to disembark, taking a smaller boat to come ashore in Cuba, but the rest were turned away.

The release of ‘The German Girl’ brought forth survivors who shared their personal stories with Correa, and out
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Told in two timelines, The Daughter’s Tale is another captivating story involving WWII. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The first timeline is Berlin in 1939. Amanda and Julius Sternberg have big dreams for their daughter that are dashed when the Nazis take over Berlin. Their bookshop is burned to the ground, and Julius is sent to a concentration camp.

Amanda is fighting for her daughters’ lives, so she heads towards the south of France where a family friend has offered to take them in.

But before she arrives there
DJ Sakata
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Elise tried to stand up, but could feel her heart failing her. She was losing control over herself, over the life she had so carefully constructed. She could see her own face at a distance, staring at the scene from afar like another witness in the room.

Since his schooldays in Leipzig, Julius had been fascinated by the heart—its irregular rhythms, its electrical impulses, its alternating beats, and silences. “There’s nothing stronger,” he told her when they were newlywed and he w
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
A series of letters, a time of war and a mother's devasting choice

The Daughter's Tale takes readers from Berlin, Germany in the 1930's to New York City in 2015. Much like Suite Française, The Daughter's Tale shows the brutality, resistance, and cowardice of ordinary people during a time of war. The central event that Armando Lucas Correa brings to this tale is that of the Nazi massacre in a French village in 1944. A heartbreaking book, Correa's strength is the way in which he is able to show th
Barely 3 stars.

It feels a bit sacrilegious to say that a book that is meant to depict the horrors of WWII felt dull and uninspired, but that was my reaction to The Daughter’s Tale. The story focuses on Amanda Sternberg and the plight of her two daughters during WWII. After Amanda and her daughters are forced to leave Poland, there are no good choices for Amanda to ensure the survival of her daughters. Early on, she sends one daughter off to live with her brother in Cuba, and the rest of the stor
Karren  Sandercock
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Amanda Sternberg lives in Berlin with her husband Julius, and their two daughter's Viera and Lina. Amanda owns her family book shop, and her husband Julius is a respected cardiologist. The family are Jewish, the Germans burn down the book shop and Julius is sent to a concentration camp. Julius had been worried about his families safety for sometime, he has secretly saved a large sum of money and has made plans for them to leave. A parent of one of his patients agreed to provide the opportunity f ...more
Berlin 1939 was the beginning of a terrible time for Amanda Sternberg and her two young daughters, Lina and Viera. After her heart specialist husband had been taken away to a camp and had subsequently died, Amanda knew she had to flee the city with her daughters if they were to be safe. The original plan was for both girls to board a ship and be taken to their uncle. But Amanda decided to keep Lina with her, entrusting a stranger with her elder daughter, Viera’s care. After staying with a good f ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vivid, stirring, and immersive!

The Daughter’s Tale is a gripping, moving story set predominantly in Germany and France during WWII, as well as present-day New York City, that follows the lives of the Sternbergs, a young Jewish family who at a time of horrific persecution and extreme brutality are forced to make unimaginable choices and heartwrenching sacrifices to keep those they love safe.

The prose is perceptive and descriptive. The characters are anguished, courageous, and resilient. And the p
Diane S ☔
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lor-2019
Thoughts soon.
The Daughter’s Tale

This is a tale of “what would YOU do????” as so many of the Holocaust stories become to those of us who are far removed from the horror and ever-present fear our grandparents had to daily face. A happy family is introduced at the beginning of the story and as it happens in happen family children pop out – in this case 2 daughters who are quickly the ones who need to deal with before and after. Before their father was taken, before they had to move, before everyone was killed,
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
When it comes to historical fiction based around war, I always find it difficult to review the novel. How can I review a story centred around an event in history that was so terrible and traumatic but was the real life for so many? Maybe it's just me but I always have that thought when I go into writing a review for a novel including war.

With all of that being said, although this novel was horrific in the aspect of war, it was a beautiful and emotional story in the midst of that. The story did
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
A Daughter’s Tale is Correa’s second book of historical fiction, following the publication of The German Girl in 2016. In ‘A Letter to the Reader’ penned by the author he explains the story was inspired by a conversation with a holocaust survivor, and his desire to tell another forgotten story of WWII.

Despite the troubling unrest in the streets of Berlin, and then the forced purge and closure of her bookstore, Amanda and her cardiologist husband Julius, naively believe their family, which includ
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
A family splintered by war and the strength of parental love is at the core of The Daughter’s Tale, the second novel from author Armando Lucas Correa. Corresponding between New York City in 2015, World War II Germany and France, this moving story chronicles the strength, endurance, sacrifice and love of a family during one of our worst periods in human history.

Inspired by the true account of a young girl’s life in World War II and modelled in part on the hor
Bev Walkling
I've just had the privilege of reading The Daughter's Tale by Armando Lucas Correa. It is due to be published on May 7th, 2019. #NetGalley #TheDaughtersTale

Many thanks to #NetGalley and Atria Books for allowing me to read an advanced readers's copy in exchange for an honest review.

I believe it is very important to read books that tell the stories of those who lived during the era of the rise of Fascism, the second World War, and the time afterwards. They have much to teach us and are still very
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I read The German Girl around 2 years ago and it was such a fabulous book that I was thrilled to learn that the author would release a new book with links to the first book. The Daughter's Tale is a good novel, just not as engrossing as the first novel. For some reason didn't I feel that this book had the same interesting story as with the German Girl. It is a good book and yes I would recommend it. However, the historical aspect of the story in the German Girl was much more interesting. And I t ...more
This is the second book I’ve tried to read by this author. The style of writing is descriptive. I struggled to get engaged with this story. However, there are others who appreciate this style of writing and they will reveal veracious reviews.
3.5 stars
I liked this story. It offered a unique telling of one German Jewish family's experience during the holocaust. It was a good look at how children were forced to hide their Jewish identity in order to stay alive. How families were literally ripped apart. We follow the Sternberg's, a family of 4, whose lives are drastically impacted as the Nazi's gain control. Mr. Sternberg, a successful heart surgeon, is one day taken away by the Nazis. However, suspecting that his family is in danger,
Carolyn Walsh
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good historical novel, such as this one, enables to see events through the eyes of the characters we have gotten to know on the pages. This makes the facts laid out on a dry history text become more vivid and involves our emotional reactions.

I became informed about two events with which I was unfamiliar. I had not heard or read about the massacre by the Nazis of the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in France, 1944. Six hundred forty-two men, women and children were slaughtered.

I knew of the sh
With the harrowing tale of a Jewish family being torn apart during WWII, this novel had the expectations of being a moving classic. I don't know whether I am just being cynical in my advancing years but sadly this story just didn't do it for me.

Spanning the years of 1933 to 1947 and modern-day New York we follow the Sternberg family who finds themselves caught up in the anti-Jewish sentiment from the emerging Nazi regime in Berlin. Starting as having to cull the books in her shop, Amanda and he
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Armando Lucas Correa is a Cuban writer. He lives in Manhattan with his partner and their three children.

Correa is the recipient of various outstanding achievement awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the Society of Professional Journalism.

His book En busca de Emma (In Search of Emma: Two Fathers, One Daughter and the Dream of a Family) was published by Rayo, Harper Col

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