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The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy
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Jul 05, 2012

it was amazing

Sarah McCoy is one of the best and brightest of the new authors to immerge in women's fiction. Her novel, "The Baker's Daughter," is testament to her wonderful storytelling skills.

McCoy’s sophomore tale focuses on two women’s stories. Reba Adams is a journalist in El Paso, Texas who is desperately trying to find her sense of self-worth in both her work and her love life. She loves her fiancé, Border agent Ricki Chavez, but still has lingering doubts about their relationship that seems to stem back to traumatic events from her childhood. When she is assigned a fairly simple story about different Christmas celebrations in the area, she meets the owner of a popular German bakery who seems to have more than a few secrets about baking.

Elsie Schmidt was a beautiful teenager on the cusp of womanhood during World War II in Germany. The daughter of a baker, and the fiancée of a powerful Nazi officer, Elsie seemed to have it all, until one fateful night when she meets a young Jewish boy who is on his way to the concentration camps and her life changes for good. Giving the small boy shelter in a hidden room of her parent’s home, Elsie must live a life of lies and concealment that will haunt her even into her old age.

As Reba interviews Elsie for her article, she finds herself drawn to this courageous woman who sacrificed so much. As Elsie shares her story, Reba finds encouragement for digging deep inside herself for strength and guidance.

Sarah McCoy has created a moving, emotional tale with THE BAKER’S DAUGHTER. Weaving the two stories of these strong ladies together, along with an endearing additional cast of characters, McCoy pulls her readers into the heart of the story with her brilliant gift of storytelling. This novel is thoughtful, mesmerizing and powerful – all the key ingredients for a classical, well-written story.
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