The Baker's Secret

The Baker's Secret

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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On June 5, 1944, as dawn rises over a small town 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 first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again. But in the years that her sleepy coastal village has suffered under the enemy, Emma has silently, stealthily fought back. Each day, she receives an extra ration of flour to bake a dozen baguettes for the occupying troops. 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 village is more than these few crusty loaves. Emma gives the people a taste of hope—the faith that one day the Allies will arrive to save them.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2017.
ISBN: 9781443438919
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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.

Dec 30, 2017

I think the story is a bit “cheesie.” After reading The Baker’s Secret, I read The Boat Runner. Also Historical fiction, but so engaging. I finished it in one day.

Aug 25, 2017

In a coastal village in Normandy in June of 1944, we meet a baker's apprentice who is forced to bake bread for the German army. Emma stretches the required 12 loaves per day to 14 by adding finely ground straw to the dough to share with the starving townsfolk. She knows that at some point her secret will be discovered. Life is brutal, neighbours belonging to the resistance are caught and shot or simply disappear. Emma believes help will never come. By novel's end, it's June 5th, 1944 and there is an appearance of Allied bombers overhead but Emma still believes there is no hope. A bit slow moving at first, but a very satisfying ending.

Jul 22, 2017

Relative to WWII books based on fact, this is an engrossing story that pulls one into the life of Emma - and her mission to protect as many of her fellow villagers as possible. I would recommend this book.

JCLSarahA Jun 09, 2017

For fans of All the Light We Cannot See and World War II historical fiction, this is a well written and engaging story of what day to day life was like in a small Nazi occupied French Normandy village just prior to and during the D-Day invasion.

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