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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.

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    Enjoyable!

    Love any stories involving people living through WW2. Nice change to read a German's story.

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    Mixed Feelings

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the parts which took place during the war years and despite the story having only one author, it felt like the parts of the story which took part in the present were written by a different person. The writing which covered the war years was wonderfully poignant . The reader really got a sense of how difficult it was for ordinary Germans to see what was happening in their own country during the war and the author was so successful in helping us to feel their repulsion and fear. I thought that part was brilliant but the part of the story which took place in the present felt immature and irrelevant and in my opinion could have been left out of the book entirely.

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    An interesting look at WWII

    A family of Bakers in Germany with 2 daughters. One is a concubine with the SS by choice but has a disabled son this son is disposed of and the sister has problems dealing with this. The younger daughter is living at home and helping her parents but has her own problems with the SS. It takes us to the end of the younger daughters death and how much your life can change. the constant is the bread making. Good story

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    The Bakers Daughter

    Started out good but then turned into a boring story with recipes at the end. Seriously! Disappointing.

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