The Baker's Secret

The Baker's Secret

A Novel

Book - 2017
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After her kind mentor is arrested because of his Jewish heritage, a young baker's apprentice in Normandy engages in discreet resistance activities, baking contraband loaves of bread for the hungry using surplus ingredients taken from occupying forces.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062369581
Branch Call Number: FIC KIER
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 22, 2020

I loved the novel. The majority of the story took place on June 5, 1944 And ended on June 6, 1944. If you enjoy WWII stories, you will love this one. Would recommend.

CCPL_Laura Jan 11, 2020

The story is told in little vignettes as Emma bakes throughout the day on June 5 — vignettes about characters in the village, village history, instances that occurred during the German occupation, and flashbacks and memories leading up to the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Emma is an inspiring character with quiet resilience. She is defiant and ruthless by necessity, but full of heart and love for the people of her village. It is a lush, engaging read, perfect for fans of Guernsey Literary, Snow on the Tulips, and the HBO show Band of Brothers.

ArapahoePaige Dec 16, 2019

In a French coastal village Emmanuelle baked bread in the bakery and fell in love. Then the Nazis invaded. During the years of the German occupation, Emma found simple ways to resist and complicated ways to survive until the Allies she’d never believed in finally arrived.

Nov 30, 2019

I found this book too formulaic for my taste, and the writing uninspiring. About half way through I skipped to the last couple of chapters just to finish it. It didn’t strike me as anything new or fresh about the French resistance and the nazis.

Jan 29, 2019

Really enjoyed the characters, story and the story telling by the author

Nov 02, 2018

I just finished this book and want to recommend it to all my friends. So many books I have read about war focus on the soldiers. We so rarely it seems remember the civilians, whose lives are completely turned on end during an occupation, during a bombing, during invasion. Having travelled recently to northern France, for WWI touring, and Normandy, it occurred to me finally to think about civilians. This book is a wonderful, if fictional, representation of the horror that is war as inflicted upon the locals. We follow the story of brave Emma and the rest of the village as Dday approaches. It is a moving and powerful story, beautifully written, and thought provoking. And as June approached in the story I found myself more and more nervous about the outcome. Who, if any, would survive? And I found myself caring deeply.

Jul 28, 2018

A very good little book of French Resistance during WWII. The main character, the village baker,after finally being excepted as a female baker, falls into the roll of a major player against the Germans, by stealing just enough not to be noticed...

Better than I thought it would be.. Read it...

May 03, 2018

Fans of historical fiction, during World War II will love this. Emmanuelle was so brave and gave her small town villagers so much hope. Definitely a page-turner.

May 02, 2018

Really loved this book - beautifully written of a very difficult time. I could visualize the characters and scenes easily, a rich tapestry of small town France under occupation. It ends with liberation by the Allies - satisfying read. Reminded me of "All the Light we Cannot See".

Apr 24, 2018

Set in Vergers, a small village in Normandy, on the eve of D-Day, this novel explores the impact of German occupation on a small farming and fishing community. Emmanuelle, "Emma", has been conscripted to bake daily baguettes for the German commander after her mentor, Uncle Ezra, has been killed for being a Jew. As Emma struggles to keep her grandmother and herself alive, she creates a clandestine barter system that helps most villagers. When her secret is discovered during the D-Day landings near her home, the full impact of four years of German occupation comes to a climax. By focusing his story on the people in a small village, the author manages to convey the horrors of war on a daily, human scale.

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