This was a different story of WW2 for me. Set in a French village, it dealt with the troubles of ordinary people and how they endured. Very moving portrayal of the liberation and the sacrifices made by the Allied forces. Very good! 🤓
I would rank this between a pick and so-so. The first half of the book was wonderful and unique about Emma, a young baker in France in 1944 who bakes bread for the occupying troops and manages to also make bread to sustain her neighbors. Halfway through the book it started to feel like the same thing over and over. However, I kept reading because I really was invested in Emma and what happens to her.
Spending some time at a local coffee shop and trying to get some reading in today. Hope everyone is having a great Monday! 💜
Snowy Monday means having some extra time to start these two books. The Baker's Secret is for my Historican Fiction Book Club and it has been in my TBR pile for several months. Happy Monday!
Trying to beat the heat 🔥 so I am starting this one while sitting in the water.💦🤓
Kiernan does an admirable job fictionalizing a small French community in the lead-up to D-Day. Emma is forced to bake baguettes daily for German soldiers while becoming a silent resistor of Nazi occupation.
I finished the audiobook of The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan on my morning commute. Talk about a #gutsyheroine ! The protagonist, Emmanuelle is a baker in a small French village during WW2, and the story follows her trying to keep her fellow villagers fed and alive during the German occupation of her town. I thought this book was beautifully written with strong characters and a powerful message. #bookrecommendations #gutsyheroines
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Only twenty-two, Emma learned to bake w/Ezra at thirteen, she watched w/ shame & anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing 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.
Setting is World War 2 Occupied France so you know it's going to be sad. I made sure not to read it before bed. Didn't want those visions in my head while trying to sleep. Emma is such a strong young woman. Smart and Resourceful. I would have liked an epilogue. Would have been nice to know the effects of her experience on rest of her life.
#TBRtemptation post 1! June 5, 1944, in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day, 22-year-old Emmanuelle is making the bread that's sustained her community. She learned baking secrets from her mentor, Ezra, who was taken away by the Nazis. She has been thwarting the occupiers' efforts through her baking, and has given the area something that'll make a difference, hope. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎
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TODAY'S PROMPT: MUST READ
I have a quite a few MUST READS, but this book always comes to mind first. It was a favorite from 2017.
TODAY'S PHOTO: FAVORITE OF 2017
I had quite a few favorites, but the winner is: THE BAKER'S SECRET by Stephen P. Kiernan.
Today' Word: PURPOSEFUL
The Europeans during WWII needed to have determination and resolve to survive.
THE BAKER'S SECRET by Stephen P. Kieran is a tribute to the Europeans who endured and survived by their PURPOSEFUL actions.
THE BAKER'S SECRET is a favorite book for me for 2017.
https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-bakers-secret-by-stephen-p-kiernan... #YESvember #YESvember17 @Libby1
LOVED this book. My comments are this: If you read only ONE book this year, make it this one. Full review at this link on my blog: https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-bakers-secret-by-stephen-p-kiernan...
Picked this up at the Goodwill store for $1.87!!
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This book was beautiful and heart breaking and hopeful and just lovely. Kieran did an amazing job bringing the story of Emmanuel and her village during the Nazi occupation of France to life. Another great WWII era read. My reading buddies were right long side me as I finished this one up today.
So this pretty much explains my week that still has one more day to go. I've replaced my #bookandacuppa with a #bookandapint -uh. 😂. I may or may not eat the whole pint. Most likely not, but you really never know until you get in there. Ya know what I mean, Verne?
When her French village is occupied during World War II Emma discovers what she must do to stay alive. A study of survival and small acts of defiance that help to save. It just didn't keep my attention - the book was fine just don't think it was what I was looking for.
In a German-occupied town, a baker works with limited resources to feed and encourage hope among her neighbors. The town's treatment is cruel, and with each small act of #resistance and subterfuge, she risks her life for the sake of survival. Her behavior proves brave, dutiful, selfless amidst grim small-town realities of war—a story interesting and mesmerizing. #JuneTunz (I received a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.)
The boy would jump from a plane twice in WW2: D-Day & Market Garden. Wounded in Bastogne. My Uncle Warren. The girl? My mother. #MemorialDay
" They will never come " says Emma. This is what she tells her fellow villagers when they speak of the Allies rescuing them. Even without hope she, in her own quiet way, finds the means to survive. She forms a quiet network inside the village to keep her friends from starving. All of a sudden, it all starts to unravel. And then, come they do!! I loved this book but didn't know I loved it until I was done. No idea if that makes any sense to anyone