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La bonne étoile dElsie Sarah McCoy

La bonne étoile dElsie

Sarah McCoy

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In 1945, Elsie Schmidt was a naïve 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 teenageMoreIn 1945, Elsie Schmidt was a naïve 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.Sixty years later, in El Paso, Texas, Reba Adams is trying to file a feel-good Christmas piece for the local magazine. Reba is a rolling stone, perpetually on the run from memories of a turbulent childhood, but she’s been in El Paso long enough to get a full-time job and a full-time fiancé, Riki Chavez. Riki, an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, finds comfort in strict rules and regulations, whereas Reba knows that in every good story, lines will be blurred.Rebas latest assignment has brought her to the shop of an elderly baker across town. The interview should take a few hours at most, but the owner of Elsies German Bakery is no easy subject. Elsie keeps turning the tables on Reba, and Reba finds herself returning to the bakery again and again, anxious to find the heart of the story. For Elsie, Rebas questions have been a stinging reminder of darker times: her life in Germany during that last bleak year of WWII. And as Elsie, Reba, and Rikis lives become more intertwined, all are forced to confront the uncomfortable truths of the past and seek out the courage to forgive.ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE BAKERS DAUGHTERA beautiful, heart-breaking gem of a novel written just the way I like them, with the past coming back to haunt the present, endearing heroines and a sunny, hopeful ending. Youll wolf it up in one delicious gulp.”–-Tatiana de Rosnay, international bestselling author of Sarahs Key and A Secret KeptThe Bakers Daughter was a constant warm companion to me during cross-country travels, a novel I looked forward to returning to night after night. The rare book in which the modern-day story is as compelling as the wartime tale it contains, The Bakers Daughter offers a look at Nazi Germany through the lens of the immigration issues of our own time. El Paso, TX and Garmisch, Germany make for an unexpected harmony of flavors.”--Jenna Blum, international bestselling author of The Stormchasers and Those Who Save Us“A sensitive, multilayered novel, this is a moving examination of the effect war and the politics of exclusion, have on the human heart.--Amanda Hodgkinson, New York Times bestselling author of 22 Brittania Road“A haunting and beautiful story… Spanning sixty years, and taking on forms of human cruelty and indifference ranging from the Nazis to modern-day immigration reform, McCoy forces us to examine the choices we make. I was riveted from start to finish.”-–J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Commencement and MaineThis is a beautifully told, richly detailed story that grabs your heart from page one and keeps its hold long after the last page. It is a book to discuss, to share and ultimately to savor.--Sarah Jio, author of The Violets of March and The BungalowElsie Schmidt is the brave and unforgettable heroine of Sarah McCoys beautifully written tale of family, friendship, and love. The Bakers Daughter demonstrates how the past can teach us--if only we will listen.--Kelly OConnor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May AlcottSarah McCoys The Bakers Daughter explores what happens when our loyalties (to country, cause, family, religion) clash with our intuition. A complex braiding of mystery, history, and personality, this novel is engaging and wonderful.--Sheri Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of The Rapture of Canaan