The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy
A Novel

86%

14 Critic Reviews

The story in turns melted my heart and broke it. I guess you have to expect this in a novel about the war, but McCoy adds her beautiful and gentle prose to make it seem almost like a love song.
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Synopsis

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In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she is for her first kiss. She and her family have been protected from the worst of the terror and desperation overtaking her country by a high-ranking Nazi who wishes to marry her. So when an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsie’s doorstep on Christmas Eve, Elsie understands that opening the door would put all she loves in danger.

Sixty years later, in El Paso, Texas, Reba Adams is trying to file a feel-good Christmas piece for the local magazine, and she sits down with the owner of Elsie's German Bakery for what she expects will be an easy interview. But Reba finds herself returning to the bakery again and again, anxious to find the heart of the story—a story that resonates with her own turbulent past. For Elsie, Reba’s questions are a stinging reminder of that last bleak year of World War II. As the two women's lives become intertwined, both are forced to confront the uncomfortable truths of the past and seek out the courage to forgive.

 

About Sarah McCoy

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SARAH McCOY is author of the novel The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico. She has taught at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. The daughter of an Army officer, McCoy spent her childhood in Germany. She currently lives with her husband in El Paso, Texas. Visit her at SarahMcCoy.com
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Broadway Books. 306 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Cooking. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Baker's Daughter
All: 14 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 1

Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Serena Agusto-Cox on May 18 2012

...the most unique aspect of the novel is the details about bread making...It will make readers’ mouths water and have them itching to try the recipes in the back of the book. "The Baker's Daughter" is a phenomenal historical fiction novel that illustrates the lessons we can learn today from the past.

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Historical Novel Society

Excellent

The Baker’s Daughter is a fascinating journey through a horrifying time in world history that will resonate long after you close the book.

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Daily Kos

Good
on Mar 06 2012

The Baker's Daughter reminds me of why I read fiction

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Bookin With Sunny.

Below average
Reviewed by Sunny Solomon on Jan 27 2012

The Baker’s Daughter is about as complex a novel as the title seems simple...McCoy doesn’t take the most direct route to her story, jumping ahead in Chapter One...

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Booking Mama

Good
Reviewed by Julie P. on Feb 09 2012

THE BAKER'S DAUGHTER is sure to be huge especially with book clubs. It's a wonderful story with wonderful characters and it's not to be missed!

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Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Mar 19 2012

Though The Baker’s Daughter is a novel that deals with heavy issues, it isn’t a difficult or weighty. McCoy’s prose flows smoothly, and the book as a whole is happily an easy one to read.

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Reading Lark

Excellent
Reviewed by Andrea on Mar 06 2012

Ultimately, The Baker's Daughter is a triumph of the human heart and the impressions we make on the lives of others...I don't think its possible for me to capture in this review how much I loved this book and how deeply it spoke to my heart.

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She Knows

Excellent
Reviewed by Candace of Beth Fish Reads on Feb 21 2012

McCoy's masterful characterizations make it easy to forget that The Baker's Daughter is a novel. Readers form such tight connections to Elsie and Reba that we rejoice in their victories and let the tears flow at their sorrows.

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Of Books and Reading

Excellent
Reviewed by thehungryreader on Apr 19 2013

There are some acts in life that are born out of humanity, some out of kindness, and some purely out of love. This story reflects that and makes us question our choices in times of need and how we behave and act. This is one of the times that I went back and reflected on the quiet power of storytelling.

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BookNAround

Good
Reviewed by Kristen on Feb 15 2012

The book is well written and engaging and I found myself unable to put it down once I was fully invested in the story.

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You've GOTTA Read This

Good
Reviewed by Sandy on Feb 07 2012

The story in turns melted my heart and broke it. I guess you have to expect this in a novel about the war, but McCoy adds her beautiful and gentle prose to make it seem almost like a love song.

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Diary of an Eccentric

Good
Reviewed by Anna on Feb 06 2012

McCoy deftly moves between the past and the present and mixes things up a bit with letters and e-mails between the characters, but never does the reader feel lost. Even the secondary characters are complicated and intriguing

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Boston Bibliophile

Good
Reviewed by Marie Cloutier on Feb 22 2012

I'd recommend The Baker's Daughter to readers looking for an engaging page-turner with winning characters at its center and lots to talk about to boot.

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Amused by Books

Above average
Reviewed by Amused on Mar 09 2012

I knew how Elsie, our leading lady grew up and mended herself and survived the war so for me, it was a much more well rounded story and I would highly recommend it for any WWII fiction fans out there as well as those who just like to dip their toes in it occasionally!

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