The Baker's Daughter is a story that spans three generations and focuses not only on the past, but is laced with implications for the present. Reba's fiancee, Riki, is also an important fixture within the contemporary segments of the book. What Riki wants is to follow our immigration laws to the letter, but feeling maybe sometimes it's not so cut and dry. Like everyone else, they had their good and their bad,, were confused and conflicted, and missed the normalcy of their everyday lives. I cracked the spine of The Baker's Daughter late in the morning on Saturday and finished it as the sun peeked over the horizon announcing the arrival of Sunday. I went through a wide range of emotions while reading this one. In the El Paso segments, Elsie's story is subordinate to a plot line involving Reba, an American writer and Riki, a Latino border patrol agent.
I am inspired to go forth and make sure the marks I leave in my encounters with others will produce beautiful harmonies. I loved that the German language was sp This novel takes place in both Garmisch, Germany, and El Paso, Texas, from 1944 to the late 2000's. Don't worry too much about stirring the varied scenes and perspectives together; they blend together How to make a Baker's Daughter Multilayer Cake. And as Elsie, Reba, and Riki's lives become more intertwined, all are forced to confront the uncomfortable truths of the past and seek out the courage to forgive. Some of them were also affected by things like the Lebensborn program. I would give this book to anyone who is looking for a story that will touch them on a very human level. The ultimate confection should prove lightly sweet but also nourishing for the soul.
In French with English subtitles. Why can't you tell the story of a normal German family who find themselves almost automatically joining the Nazi party, but aren't fanatics, without having the story of a saved Jew interwoven? I have seen and looked at Sarah McCoy's other book, The Time it Snowed in Puerto Rico, but have never quite decided to read it. Overall, it was an interesting take on a tragic event and I look forward to discussing it with my book club soon. She may see those as two sides of the same coin, but it was ludicrous in my mind. Licensing The Baker's Wife for performance Music Theatre International provides a detailed description and ordering information for the production.
When intuition cracks the solid foundation of loyalty - to your family, your religion, your country, your job - how would you react? I'd recommend The Lost Wife, or Beasts in the Garden of Eden before this one. It really had the potential to be a great novel, but the non-chronological jumping around between families felt like a chore. Even knowing that death may be her ending, it doesn't stop her from loving and protecting this child. So many times I fell into the trap of believing that they all must have accepted Hitler and his agenda - and while this would hold true for some - there were just as many people in Germany who disagreed with Hitler. Four and a half stars. There are recipes in the back and I am interested in trying some of them out. This novel takes place in both Garmisch, Germany, and El Paso, Texas, from 1944 to the late 2000's.
One of Raimu's first customers is shepherd Charles Moulin, who is immediately smitten by the middle-aged baker's young, toothsome wife Ginette LeClerc. I was so thankful that I was the only one awake during those first early hours because I was able to be alone with my thoughts after I finished the book. Surely she has a good reason for leaving town. While learning about her life we a I really loved this book a lot. It must have been quite difficult believing in your country and Hitler, and then with time only realizing what exactly was happening, and what horrors was being committed. Inside, we are all masters and slaves, rich and poor, perfect and flawed. Border Patrol, finds comfort in strict rules and regulations, whereas Reba feels that lines are often blurred.
She seemed immature and disingenuous. When he finds her gone, he still thinks nothing of it — she probably went to explore the town garden. However, after many nights on the job and some heart wrenching moments he starts to realize that not everything is so black and white. It really had the potential to be a great novel, but the non-chronological jumping around between families felt like a chore. Thus the reader is introduced to the second story of the book, that of Elsie Schmidt and her family during the waning years of the Second World War. And in the present we are treated to Elsie's future as she moves beyond the war.
Then again, the descriptions of the baked goods just made me hungry all the time! In pursuit of this, she decides to interview Elsie Schmidt, a German immigrant and owner of Elsie's German Bakerie. Reba held up a mirror for me to explain my own flaws and think of ways to grow beyond what I see reflected. She is unhappy with her life, but can't quite put her finger on what's missing. Sarah McCoy takes what would seem to be two totally different story lines and blends them into an unforgettable story. All the interest is the characters and their dialogue. There were times during the story that I felt I was only getting a glimpse of the characters.
I don't pretend to have answers to how we can solve this conflict, but I do think generating discussion and thought around the topic is crucial. These notes make it clear that, contrary to the viewpoint of some critics, there are subplots in this musical. It's a book that you can't stop thinking about even after it's over. . At the party, Joseph asks Elsie to marry him, giving her a ring that has a Hebrew in it. The recipes at the end of the book are calling my name! I have read many stories of Jewish survivors of this horror.
However, the story meanders and becomes tedious. For more information on Sarah and her writing, visit her website:. Watching Hazel as she deals with the effects of this system was truly heart breaking and helped me see history from a different vantage point. This book ended up being very disappointing, although I thought the plot had a lot of potential. The historic part of the story unfolds in several ways - letters between Elsie and her sister Hazel, third person narrative and in what Elsie tells Reba.
In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she is for her first kiss. I love novels that teach me something, and this did - more than once. Getting the baker to bed, with the support of the priest they call a public meeting to discuss solutions. As the two lives intersect, this novel shows how the past can help heal the present - if we're willing to listen. Together they light the oven, so that the village will have bread in the morning. McCoy has provided a stirring and heartfelt story with The Baker's Daughter.