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The Baker's Daughter Audiobook

The Baker's Daughter

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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 in the dead of night 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. Reba is perpetually on the run from memories of a turbulent childhood, but she’s been in El Paso long enough to get a full-time job and a fianc, Riki Chavez. Riki, an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, finds comfort in strict rules and regulations, whereas Reba feels that lines are often blurred.

Reba’s latest assignment has brought her to the shop of an elderly baker across town. The interview should take a few hours at most, but the owner of Elsie’s German Bakery is no easy subject. Reba finds herself returning to the bakery again and again, anxious to find the heart of the story. For Elsie, Reba’s questions are a stinging reminder of darker times: her life in Germany during that last bleak year of WWII. 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.

©2012 Sarah McCoy (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-15-15
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-15-15 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "great story"

    First time author for me. My wife and I listened to this together and both thought it was great. It was well crafted in how the author went back and forth from Garmisch, Germany during the war to present day El Paso, TX and sometimes in between, telling the story of the different characters at the different times. There were parallels during the different times but an overriding there was forgiveness and forgiving oneself. It was a very touching story and I recommend it highly. I read one review as I started the book where the reviewer commented that World War II themes were getting worn out and I disagree with that statement. There were so many different aspects to that war, the different stories that can come out of that dreadful event will likely never stop. Enjoy

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-03-15
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-03-15
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    "Two intertwining stories"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Elsie's story much better than Reba's; I couldn't understand Reba's motivations, but Elsie's progression was natural.


    Any additional comments?

    I do agree with one reviewer that Reba as a character was really self-involved, and I couldn't understand why Ricky would put up with her. I loved Elsie as a character, because she cut through all the crap and got right down to business.
    Elisabeth Rodgers was a good narrator, though I found her German pronunciation was clunky in places.

    This is a worthwhile read, intertwining, bittersweet, and well-done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 06-10-15
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 06-10-15 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "All that's Ugly About War & a Big Dose of Courage"

    One of the best WWII stories yet, written about a normal German family who owns and runs a bakery and is trying to survive during the war . . . the story takes place in beautiful Garmisch, Germany, surrounded by the Bavarian Alps and where just a few years earlier, in 1936, the winter Olympics were held. Now, in 1945, it's a different Germany and a different world . . . Elsie, the youngest daughter of the baker, just seventeen years old is invited to her first Nazi ball . . . her parents are so proud . . . and a tiny young Jewish boy, brought out of the concentration camp to entertain the Nazis, sings like an angel at the ball . . . what a voice!!! Are they really going to send that boy back? Elsie begins a journey that Christmas Eve that changes her life forever . . . no longer a naive girl, the choices she makes may cost her everything. This is a well written story, correlating between two time frames, the 1940s and sixty years later in El Paso, Texas. It boils the brutal truths of war down to simple choices that each person makes, one day at a time. Shows us that we each have a responsibility, even when the whole situation seems enormous and out of our control. That if we each do what we can, when we can, it really does matter. This book will stay with me for a very long time.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-18-13
    Jennifer 08-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the characters developed. While growing their characters in the present tense and with sneaking glimpses of their past, we see how all of these experiences shaped the people they became--always evolving.


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    Elsie-- strong and courageous during a dark time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It was hard to put down.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Being 11-26-15
    Being 11-26-15
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    "Decent story ruined by the performer."
    What made the experience of listening to The Baker's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    The alternating between two character and two different times in history was very effective.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Elisabeth Rodgers’s performances?

    No. Never. I found her performance to be overly dramatic. Enough with the high school drama school voices. Just read the story, for crying out loud. If you can't do accents that sound authentic, please don't do them at all.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Micheka 08-08-13
    Micheka 08-08-13
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    "Decent Book"

    I really enjoyed Elsie's story. I thought it was fascinating. I would give those sections of the book 5 stars. I just couldn't get into the character of Reba, though. She annoyed me to no end and after a short while I found it torture listening to her sections of the book. I found her story boring and rather pointless.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Candy Watkinson Phoenix 05-11-16
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    "Engrossing story spanning multiple generations!"

    This story of human love, tragedy and perseverance keep me interested. I loved the humorous true to life interjections that made me laugh out loud. Anyone who is interested in historical fiction will learn something from this story!

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    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 02-13-16
    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 02-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Should've been shorter"

    I really enjoyed most of the book but it was rather long and drawn out. If it would have ended about 3/4 the way through it would have been much better. Elsie's story was good, Ruby's was mediocre.

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    Diana United States 02-04-16
    Diana United States 02-04-16 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good Book"
    Where does The Baker's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's hard to say, I've listened to so many books. Top 50, maybe. It's a very good story, and a very good narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elsie. She was a beautiful person who cared so much and her humor was so cute!


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    Jane, Elsie's daughter.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but a little long to read in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    It was very interesting to read a book about Nazi Germany from the side of non-Jewish German people. but mostly sympathetic Germans. I know there were also many non Jews in Germany who went along with the Third Reich, because they feared them.

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    Sheila Silver Halet 01-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very interesting story complete with recipes "

    As above listed, this story from the Holocaust time, was quite intriguing, brought me to tears.

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