Novels that jump back and forth over the span of 60 years are difficult to do well, but this one shows how to make it work.
The historical story of an ordinary teenager trying to survive in Nazi Germany is very well told, with an appealing character in young Elsie. Elsie’s family loves their country, if not everything that is happening there. Elsie is growing up and trying to come to terms with the (genuinely) nice young Nazi officer courting her, the absence of her sister, and her changing relationship with her parents.
That was then.
60 years later, Elsie and her adult daughter live in El Paso, Texas, running a German bakery. Reba is a young reporter, out to write a puff piece about Christmas around the world. Now the story is about Reba and her fiancé Riki and the world they live in. Reba is also an interesting character, and someone I enjoyed spending time with and watching grow. Reba is an adult with a career and ambitions, but has no idea who she really is, and this affects her personal life, particularly her relationship with Riki.
On the surface, the stories don’t have much in common. Even at that, the book works, with the modern story breaking up the unpleasantness of WWII Germany, and raising questions and hope for Elsie’s future.
On further reflection, there are elements that echo, shedding light on one another. I suspect there are many I missed. This is a book that is well constructed
The Baker’s Daughter was readable and thought provoking, an excellent combination. I think it would make for excellent book club discussion.
I read this book for a TLC Book Tour. Thank you to Trish and Broadway for sending this book and giving me the opportunity to participate.
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