The Baker's Secret

From he critically acclaimed author of The Hummingbird and he Curiosity bring a azzling novel of World War II—a shimmering tale of braver, determination, optimism, and the esilience of the human spirit, set in th small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day

On June 5, 1944, as dawn rises over a small village on the Normandy coast of France, Emmanuelle is making the bread that has sustained her fellow villagers in the dark days since the Germans invaded her country.

Only twenty-two, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at thirteen, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the fourth of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

But in the ears that her sleepy coastal village has suffered under the enemy, Emma has silently, stealthily fought back. Each ay, she receives an extra ration of flour to bake a dozen baguettes for the occupying force. And each day, she mixes that precious flour with ground straw to create enough dough for two extra loaves—contraband bread she shares with the hungry villagers. Under the cold, watchful eyes of armed soldiers, she builds a clandestine network of barter and trade that she and the villagers use to thwart their occupiers.

But her gift to the tow is more than these few crusty loaves. Emma add the people a taste of hope—the faith that one day the Allies will arrive to save them.
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Published May 2nd 2017 by William Morrow

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Meanwhile I did egin to njoy this story but I ’ m so sure about this new trend of moondusting what the Nazis did.

There were one or two moments when the feelgood fairy story tone of this jarred.

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There eems to e an influx of WWII novels being written over the last while and it takes an extremely strong storyline along with excellen writing to stand out from the crowd.I liked Emma ’ s protagonist, but she ad such a harsh and bitter side to her personality she often came across very rough and tough.

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I ’ m really a bit annoye of novels that on the one hand deal with a historic event but on the other invent a location to set a story in.

For xample I ’ m neve sure All the Light We Can ot See would have been uite so bewitching had it been set not in Saint-Malo but instead in a made up town.

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Emma is n't clasping her hands over her reasts and looking all doe eyed and saying things like " Oh those nasty German soldiers are sure going to make it when the Allies, especially the fearsome Americans come and defeat them. " She is n't joining the Resistance, smuggling Jewish people or helping Allied pilots get back to Britain.

If you look closely at the five beaches-Gold,, Arrow, Juno, Omaha Utah, at all the war memorials and " welcome to our liberator signs " and no take the time to remembe to the tories of the local resident, you can come bac with one particular point the people of Normandy suffered under their occupiers.

Although his story takes place in fictional illage, The Baker 's Secret matches very much the tone of Suite Francaise, a ook that really wante to hav th character sketch of how people in thi time of war really do act.

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The Nazi kommandant notices the bakery and commands Emma to ring him 12 loaves of bread every day.

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It is awesom, just how much the human spirit can take during horrific times such as war and enemy violation/oppression, and actually, not only survive, but transform into a better person because of it.

" In war time beauty is a weakness.

Like a splinter of wood, festering beneath the skin, war and oppression forces to light the truth of what lies within.

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KiernanImagine living 5 Km/3 miles from the Normandy Beaches that will, unbeknownst to you, be the location for the Allied invasion, and thi startin of the nd to WWII.

Thi French have heard rumors of the Allied invasion that will rid the locals of the daily nightmare they endure.

The Normandy location for he story is what attracted me to bestselling.

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