The Baker's Daughter - Sarah McCoy

The Baker's Daughter

By Sarah McCoy

  • Release Date: 2012-01-24
  • Genre: Historical
4 Score: 4 (From 231 Ratings)
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In this New York Times bestseller, two women in different eras face similar life-altering decisions, the politics of exclusion, the terrible choices we face in wartime, and the redemptive power of love.

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.


  • The Bakers Daughter

    I enjoyed it
  • Intriguing

    By Word Lover 70
    The Baker's Daughter is a superb read. Impactful and evocative story of the hardship of WWII on a German bakers family and how it impact on lives of two women in modern day Texas border town.
  • The Bakers Daughter

    By Rose Bud too
    Not all authors can write well in different time periods, Sarah McCoy can and does in this novel. The author leaves no loose ends, everything ties together well. Anxious to read another of her books
  • All about Nazis

    By Jfkwndmsndkdkslqa
    I hadn't realized the entire book was going to be about nazis. It was a part of history, but it was an awful unjust part and I don't like to read stories that speak of it like it was normal for Germans to act that way.
  • The Baker's Daughter

    By sgsoria
    Entertaining, thought-provoking
  • 100 Shades of Gray

    By Chilly.cow
    This is a tense, electrifying and inspirational story. The whole tale evolves from instinct - the gray areas that look wrong on the outside, but feel right on the inside. The characters are flawed, cracked and familiar. Risks are taken and growth ultimately prevails... Linda Anne