Monday, March 20, 2017

The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan....Review & Giveaway!

You all know how much I love a good book.  There is nothing quite like curling up at the end of the day in a cozy spot with a new read.  It is how I unwind every, single day.  Many of my hobbies ebb and flow with their popularity in my life but reading is more of a way of life for me than a hobby I suppose.  I am pretty sure there has not been a day in my life that has not included  a book and I am not sure how I would fall asleep at night without one. 

The latest book I have to share with you was a wonderful read...The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan.  Here is the scoop...

From the multiple-award-winning, critically acclaimed author of The Hummingbird and The Curiosity comes a dazzling novel of World War II—a shimmering tale of courage, determination, optimism, and the resilience of the human spirit, set in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day.
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.
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.

My Thoughts:   I love historical fiction and this book was wonderfully written and one I couldn't put down.  Emma is an engaging heroine and Kiernan was masterful at bringing her and the other characters to life.  The story is that of Emma and the other villagers as they cope with the Nazi occupation of their town.  Emma is a true mastermind, coming up with ways to barter/trade and trick the Nazi's in order to help her neighbors.  It was  an exciting read about Emma's enterprising ways, the affect of the Nazi's as well as the moving sacrifices one will make to help others.  This book is truly historical fiction at it's best.  This would make a wonderful book club pick!

You can pre-order this book now (it comes out in May) on the Harper Collins website HERE.

I am thrilled to tell you that Harper Collins is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom reader a copy of Stephen P. Keirnan's The Baker's Secret!  Thank you to the sponsor and good luck!


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18 comments:

skkorman said...

I will read here, I will read there, I will read anywhere ... but most of all I love to read in bed!

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skkorman said...

I left a comment on your Facebook page (as skkorman)!

Renee said...

I read in bed most nights.

Alexandra Oller said...

My favorite spot to read is in bed or on the couch.

Ken Ohl said...

I would have to say my favorite spot is in bed

Audra said...

I love reading on my porch

Laura said...

I like reading cuddled up in bed.

Laura said...

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Edye Nicole said...

I like reading in a big, comfy chair.

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Edye Nicole said...

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Julie Waldron said...

My favorite spot to read is on the couch.

slb3334 said...

in bed.

Sherri said...

my favorite reading spot is on the couch

heyjudette said...

I love to read in bed!

Marty C. said...

I love to read in bed, under the covers, just like I did as a kid. Most days, it's about the only "me time" I get :-)

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I love to read in my loft, overlooking the living room.

Deborah Wellenstein said...

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Aleksandra Nearing said...

I love to read in bed! But I get reading in when I can, where I can!