The Baker’s Daughter

An international bestseller and Best Book of 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee!

“A beautiful, heart-breaking gem of a novel written just the way I like them, with the past coming back to haunt the present, endearing heroines and a sunny, hopeful ending. You’ll wolf it up in one delicious gulp.” —Tatiana de Rosnay, international bestselling author of Sarah’s Key and A Secret Kept

 

In 1945, Elsie Schmidt was a naive teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she was 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 fiancé, Riki Chavez. Riki, an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, finds comfort in strict rules and regulations, whereas Reba feels that lines can often be 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.

The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy Publisher Mauri Spagnol/Nord, Italy

 

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Praise for The Baker’s Daughter

The Baker’s Daughter is both intricate and delicious.” —The New York Daily News 

“Replete with raw emotion and suspense, The Baker’s Daughter is a fascinating journey through a horrifying time in world history that will resonate long after you close the book.” —Historical Novel Society, May 2012 (Issue 60)

“A beautiful, heart-breaking gem of a novel written just the way I like them, with the past coming back to haunt the present, endearing heroines and a sunny, hopeful ending. You’ll wolf it up in one delicious gulp.”
Tatiana de Rosnay, international bestselling author of Sarah’s Key and A Secret Kept

The Baker’s Daughter was a constant warm companion to me during cross-country travels, a novel I looked forward to returning to night after night.  The rare book in which the modern-day story is as compelling as the wartime tale it contains, The Baker’s Daughter offers a look at Nazi Germany through the lens of the immigration issues of our own time.  El Paso, TX and Garmisch, Germany make for an unexpected harmony of flavors.”
— Jenna Blum, international bestselling author of The Stormchasers and Those Who Save Us

“A sensitive, multilayered novel, this is a moving examination of the effect war and the politics of exclusion, have on the human heart.”
Amanda HodgkinsonNew York Times bestselling author of 22 Brittania Road

“A haunting and beautiful story… Spanning sixty years, and taking on forms of human cruelty and indifference ranging from the Nazis to modern-day immigration reform, McCoy forces us to examine the choices we make. I was riveted from start to finish.”
— J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Commencement and Maine

“There is a reason we are drawn to such poignant and powerful novels as Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key and Jenna Blum’s Those Who Save Us. Sarah McCoy’s second novel, The Baker’s Daughter, certainly belongs beside them… she [McCoy] deftly explores how easy it is to allow first one’s integrity and then one’s humanity to slip away… a thoughtful reading experience indeed.”
Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Strangers and Skeletons at the Feast

“Sarah McCoy’s The Baker’s Daughter explores what happens when our loyalties (to country, cause, family, religion) clash with our intuition. A complex braiding of mystery, history, and personality, this novel is engaging and wonderful.”
Sheri ReynoldsNew York Times bestselling author of The Rapture of Canaan

“This is a beautifully told, richly detailed story that grabs your heart from page one and keeps its hold long after the last page. It is a book to discuss, to share and ultimately to savor.”
Sarah Jio, author of The Violets of March

“Elsie Schmidt is the brave and unforgettable heroine of Sarah McCoy’s beautifully written tale of family, friendship, and love. The Baker’s Daughter demonstrates how the past can teach us–if only we will listen.”
Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

Book Reviewers and Bloggers

“It’s a great one to curl up to with a mug of tea.” —Bethanne Patrick, executive editor of Book Riot on NY1

“A page-turner, right!” — Kristen Shaughnessy, NY1

The Baker’s Daughter reminds me of why I read fiction. Thinking about the ideas brought up in McCoy’s novel, I don’t get depressed. I feel rejuvenated, affirmed that caring is not wrong, that it matters to me to live by the tenets I hold dear and that what I do matters. Reading fiction isn’t hiding from the world. It’s gathering strength to carry on.” —Daily Kos 

“McCoy’s masterful characterizations make it easy to forget that The Baker’s Daughter is a novel. Readers form such tight connections to Elsie and Reba that we rejoice in their victories and let the tears flow at their sorrows. We learn the importance of opening our hearts to others and that the smallest acts of questioning, bravery and rebellion, can help change the world.” —SheKnows.com

“McCoy nails it… This is a novel of mothers and daughters, sisters (and grandmothers), of romance, love, war, fear, insecurity, patriotism, cowardice, lies, despair, and, ultimately, truth and understanding.” —Sunny Solomon, Bookin’ With Sunny

“I could hardly put down The Baker’s Daughter. The vivid prose, fascinating characters, and suspenseful plot kept me turning pages long past my bed time. The present and the past are interwoven seamlessly, and I found myself reading as fast as I could to find out what happened in each time, though I loved reading both time periods equally.” —Erika Robuck, historical book reviewer and author of Hemingway’s Girl 

“McCoy paints a very honest and obviously quite well-researched story about how unveiling the past can help those in the present, how past traumas can be used as moments of inspiration and growth. The Baker’s Daughter is a story that I will forever cherish, a story that sparked hours of discussion with my husband (a history buff), a truly inspirational tale.  Highly recommended.” —Jenn Lawrence, Jenn’s Bookshelves

“This is my first ‘favorite’ read of the year. Great character development, picturesque historical descriptions, and skillful balancing of past and present are gracefully woven together like a cozy afghan that I wanted wrap myself in for extended periods of time.” — Heather Schmitt-González, Girlichef

”The Baker’s Daughter is, hands-down, the best book I’ve read so far this year, and I am confident that it will be on my ‘best of’ list for 2012… a perfectly crafted novel…”Anna Horner, Diary of an Eccentric

The Baker’s Daughter is a triumph of the human heart… I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction, women’s history, and those looking for critiques on families and love. I don’t think its possible for me to capture in this review how much I loved this book and how deeply it spoke to my heart.” —Reading Lark 

“The story in turns melted my heart and broke it… McCoy adds her beautiful and gentle prose to make it seem almost like a love song.” –Sandy Nawrot,

You GOTTA Read This! “The Baker’s Daughter is riveting and haunting and I loved every word… I can’t wait to get my hands on more from Sarah McCoy.” –A 5-star review from Novel Escapes

“…will go down as my favorites of the year and it’s not even the middle of February. The latest terrific novel that I’ve completed is The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy… an outstanding book club discussion…The Baker’s Daughter is sure to be huge… It’s a wonderful story with wonderful characters and it’s not to be missed!” —Julie Peterson, Booking Mama

The Baker’s Daughter is vividly written and highly entertaining; I couldn’t put it down…Whether you read this for a book club or just for your own pleasure,The Baker’s Daughter offers plenty for you to munch on.” —Melissa, The Feminist Texan

“… an engrossing, engaging, and moving exploration of love, family, obligation, and the terrible gray area we live in…This would make a great book club pick — so many facets to invite conversation and discussion — and it would make a good gift for someone who isn’t sure they like historical fiction.” —Unabridged Chick

The Baker’s Daughter is a multi-layered book with themes of war, immigration, and human cruelty.  It is also a story of full of love, food, compassion and survival. This is a book you will definitely want to savor. Gutenacht.” —Book Snob

“What an emotional powerhouse! I love books that make me weep with sadness and feel such empathy to the characters. This book does that and so much more… Her story will stay with me. I have her tucked under my heart.” —Life in The Thumb

“In Sarah McCoy’s fantastic novel, Elsie Schmidt and her family, the bakers of the title, are just these people and her portrayal of them takes the normal black and white morality and turns it into just about every permutation of grey possible… The book is well written and engaging and I found myself unable to put it down once I was fully invested in the story.” —BookNAround

“The historical research is accurate and so strikingly frightening… if you love history, love stories, or a story of love over hate, this book will stir in your heart for a long time.” —A Woman, A Wife, A Mom blog

 

The Baker’s Daughter Book Tour Events & Online Review Links

2013

Sunday, January 13 | Allendale, NJ
3:00 p.m.

SKYPE visit with the Page Turners book club.

Tuesday, January 22 | El Paso, TX
6:00 p.m.

German Community Center of Fort Bliss.

Book Clubs of Fort Bliss Evening with the Author.

A photo recap of the night.

Saturday, February 2 | Milwaukee, WI
12:00 p.m.

SKYPE visit with the West Lake Ladies book club.

Wednesday, February 20 | Pepperell, MA
7:00 p.m.

SKYPE visit with book club led by Jane Carver.

Thursday, February 28 | Landstuhl, Germany
6:30 p.m. Central European Time

SKYPE visit with Army spouse’s book club of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

Wednesday, March 13 | Emerald Coast, FL
11:00 a.m. CT

SKYPE visit with Between the Lines book club.

Friday, March 22 | Charlottesville, VA
12:00 p.m.

New Dominion Bookstore, 404 E. Main Street

Virginia Festival of the Book 2013

Featured author on Fiction: Parallel Stories panel with lovely fellow authors Tara Conklin and Dana Sachs.

Tuesday, May 21  | Sugar Grove, IL
11:00 a.m.

SKYPE visit with Lifelong Learning Institute, sponsored by Waubonsee Community College.

Spearheaded by Professor Kim Carew.

Thursday, May 23  | El Paso, TX
4:00 p.m.

El Paso High School Library

Featured author visit with library-sponsored EP High student and staff book club.

Monday, June 17 | El Paso, TX
11:00 a.m.

Doris Van Doren Library Auditorium

The Third Monday Book Group visit as the featured June Book Pick.

Tuesday, June 25 | Mount Joy, PA
7:00 p.m.

The Milanof-Schock Library

SKYPE visit with the Mount Joy Book Discussion Group.

Monday, August 5 | Cloudcroft, NM
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Michael Nivison Public Library, 90 Swallow Place, first floor

“Meet Sarah McCoy Reception”

High Noon Book Club’s special event for The Baker’s Daughter, summer featured selection.

Sponsored by Michael Nivison Public Library, Imaginary Books Shop and the High Noon Book Club.

Cake, recipes from the book, tea and good discussion to be served. Free and open to the public.

Photo recap of the event festivities.

Wednesday, September 18 | Houston, TX
2:00 p.m.

SKYPE visit with Congregation Beth Israel Library led by Temple Librarian Judy Weidman.

Wednesday, September 25 | Providence, RI
6:00 p.m. registration.

7:00-10:00 p.m. event.

Reading With Robin‘s annual “Evening With Authors” extravaganza.

Robin has a fabulous bestselling author lineup for 2013! I’m humbled to be featured alongside the shining Jenna Blum and divine Jane Green.

Get your tickets NOW. This party sells out every year!

Tuesday, November 19 | El Paso, Texas
5:30-8:00 p.m.

Fort Bliss Sergeant Majors Academy Book Club

German Community Center, Fort Bliss

“Meet Sarah McCoy Reception” dinner and discussion.

Monday, November 25 | Detroit, MI
7:00 p.m.

SKYPE visit with the Motor City Mavens book club.

Saturday, December 7 | Miami, FL
8:30 p.m.

SKYPE visit with Pembroke Pines book club.

 

2012

Tuesday , January 17 | The Divining Wand

Featured Q&A: Larramie (a.k.a. the “author’s fairy godmother”) returns from hiatus to asks me some signature, divine questions.

Friday, January 20 | Magical Musings

Featured guest: I’m giving author Marilyn Brant a recipe from the book you won’t find in the book.

Tuesday, January 24 Goodreads
2 p.m. ET

Live video launch party with Jael McHenry (The Kitchen Daughter).

All readers are invited to the The Baker’s Daughter celebration. Ask questions online and chat live with the authors.

Wednesday, January 25 | Brava! with Beth Hoffman

Featured guest post: “Who is that Man in the Moon?” Popping in for tea on Beth’s purple velvet sofa to talk about The Baker’s Daughter‘s fathers and my own.

Thursday, January 26 | Great Thoughts Blog

Featured guest post: Writing about my first plane ride memory as a child in “The Journey is as Great a Story as the Destination.”

Friday, January 27 | Beyond The Margins

Featured guest post: “The Significance of Settings: Bee Mindful.

Saturday, January 28 | The Debutante Ball

Featured Q&A: Quirky and fun questions from the Debs plus my poetic answer to the question: “If you were an animal, what kind would you be and why?”

Monday, January 30 | Caroline Leavitt’s Blog

Featured Q&A: The lovely Caroline has me over to Leavittville.

Tuesdsay, January 31 | BermudaOnion’s Weblog

Featured Q&A: My fellow Hokie, Bermuda Onion, and I will sit down for a chat.

Wednesday, February 1 | The Pencil Box

Featured guest on Someone’s Awesome Nightstand: Take a peek at my nightstand with Victoria Loustalot.

Thursday, February 2 | BethFishReads

Featured guest: Mrs. BethFishReads and I will have Thursday Tea together.

Friday, February 3 | Writer Unboxed

Featured guest post.

Monday, February 6 | Diary of an Eccentric

Featured review: “The Baker’s Daughter is, hands-down, the best book I’ve read so far this year, and I am confident that it will be on my “best of” list for 2012… a perfectly crafted novel…”

Tuesday, February 7 | You GOTTA Read This!

Featured review: “The story in turns melted my heart and broke it… McCoy adds her beautiful and gentle prose to make it seem almost like a love song.”

Wednesday, February 8 | The Feminist Texan Reads

Featured review: “The Baker’s Daughter is vividly written and highly entertaining; I couldn’t put it down…Whether you read this for a book club or just for your own pleasure,The Baker’s Daughter offers plenty for you to munch on.”

Thursday, February 9 | Girlichef

Featured review: “This is my first ‘favorite’ read of the year.  Great character development, picturesque historical descriptions, and skillful balancing of past and present are gracefully woven together like a cozy afghan that I wanted wrap myself in for extended periods of time.”

Friday, February 10 | Unabridged Chick

Featured review: “… an engrossing, engaging, and moving exploration of love, family, obligation, and the terrible gray area we live in…This would make a great book club pick — so many facets to invite conversation and discussion — and it would make a good gift for someone who isn’t sure they like historical fiction.”

Monday, February 13 | Book Snob

Featured review: “The Baker’s Daughter is a multi-layered book with themes of war, immigration, and human cruelty.  It is also a story of full of love, food, compassion and survival. This is a book you will definitely want to savor. Gutenacht.”

Tuesday, February 14 | Life in the Thumb

Featured review: “What an emotional powerhouse! I love books that make me weep with sadness and feel such empathy to the characters. This book does that and so much more… Her story will stay with me. I have her tucked under my heart.”

Tuesday, February 14 | Women’s Fiction Writers

Featured Q&A: In my second visit to WFW, Amy Sue and I chat about The Baker’s Daughter and more.

Wednesday, February 15 | BookNAround

Featured review: “In Sarah McCoy’s fantastic novel, Elsie Schmidt and her family, the bakers of the title, are just these people and her portrayal of them takes the normal black and white morality and turns it into just about every permutation of grey possible… The book is well written and engaging and I found myself unable to put it down once I was fully invested in the story.”

Thursday, February 16 | Dallas, TX
7:00 p.m.

a Real Bookstore, 113 Prairie Road, Fairview, TX

Sunday, February 19 | Concord, MA

3:00 p.m.

Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street

A recap of the afternoon by Dawn, hostess extraordinaire at Concord Bookshop.

Tuesday, February 21 | Clarksburg, MD
7:00 p.m.

Novel Places Bookshop, 23341 Frederick Road

A recap of the night by Savvy Verse & Wit.

Wednesday, February 22 | Literate Housewife Blog

Featured Q&A: The Literate Housewife and I are having a virtual Noke party.

Wednesday, February 22 | SheKnows.com

Featured author Q&A with SheKnows.com Book Lounge.

Thursday, February 23 | WTVR CBS’s ‘Virginia This Morning’
9:00 a.m.

Chatting live about The Baker’s Daughter on CBS 6’s ‘Virginia This Morning’.

Thursday, February 23 | Arlington, VA
7:00 p.m.

One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland Street, Suite 101

A recap of the night by USA Today Book Buzz.

Friday, February 24 | Richmond, VA
6:30 p.m.

Fountain Bookstore, 1312 E. Cary Street

Saturday, February 25 | The Page 69 Test

Featured guest post: What’s on page 69 of The Baker’s Daughter? Come find out of it passes the test!

Sunday, February 26 | Lititz, PA
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Luncheon as Aaron’s Book Club pick of the month.

Aaron’s Books, 43 South Broad Street

Monday, February 27 | Philadelphia, PA
6:30-8:30 p.m.

An Evening of “Daughters” with Jael McHenry (The Kitchen Daughter)

The Spiral Bookcase, 112 Cotton Street

A recap of the night by Newsworks.org.

Wednesday, February 29 | What Women Write

Featured author interview.

Thursday, March 1 | The Lost Entwife

Featured review: “… contrasting current day Texas and the struggles with illegal immigrants with the struggles in Germany. A parallel is found between old and young, and the best part – it happens in a bakery where the most mouth-watering goods are prepared… I thoroughly enjoyed this story by Sarah McCoy. I found it to be extremely well-written, the characters to be easy to sympathize with, and the ending was one that left me with a good feeling of satisfaction.”

Sunday, March 4 | Blog Talk Radio

Featured radio guest: Hostess with the mostess, author Kristina McMorris and I chat about our new books: The Baker’s Daughter and Bridge of Scarlet Leaves.

Monday, March 5 | Books Like Breathing

Featured 5-star review: “…as close to perfect as you can get. I was equally engaged in both Reba and Elsie’s stories because they were both written with equal skill, researched well and balanced beautifully…This one is definitely on my keeper shelf.”

Tuesday, March 6 | Reading Lark

Featured review: “The Baker’s Daughter is a triumph of the human heart… I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction, women’s history, and those looking for critiques on families and love. I don’t think its possible for me to capture in this review how much I loved this book and how deeply it spoke to my heart.”

Wednesday, March 7 | Savvy Verse and Wit

Featured review: “Touching on family loyalty, mother-daughter bonds, father-daughter bonds, relationships of all kinds, plus the search for love and forgiveness, McCoy reaches deep inside the dough to knead the bonds of these women to help them grow outward and inward, allowing them to absorb more love and connections.”

Thursday, March 8 | A Cozy Reading Corner

Featured blog review.

Friday, March 9 | Amused By Books

Featured review: “… heart wrenching storyline that has me turning pages far into the night. Such is the case with Sarah McCoy’s The Baker’s Daughter!”

Saturday, March 10 | Reading With Robin Radio Show

Listen in from 7-8 a.m. EST or sign in as a Robcast Member to download the show!

Robin Kall and I are chatting about The Baker’s Daughter.

Saturday, March 10 | Tucson, AZ
1:00 p.m.

Capturing a Sense of Place in Fiction Panel with Ilie Ruby and Naomi Benaron.

The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona Campus, Student Union, Tucson Room

Sunday, March 11 | Tucson, AZ
11:30 a.m.

Family Stories: What to Use, What to Lose Panel with Daniel Roth and Kristina McMorris.

The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona Campus, Student Union, Catalina Room

2:30 p.m.

Keeping Secrets, Telling Lies Panel with Randy Susan Meyers and Kristina McMorris.

The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona Campus, Student Union, Catalina Room

Wednesday, March 14 | The Divining Wand

Featured guest post: I return to TDW to answer the question: “Why I Write?”

Thursday, March 15 | Indie Reader Houston

Featured guest: The Indie Reader Houston gets a peak inside The Baker’s Daughter‘s test kitchen.

Tuesday, March 20 | Romance Readers Reading Challenge

Ask an Author, Win a Book

Featured author: Three-day online Goodreads chat.

Wednesday, March 21 | Romance Readers Reading Challenge

Ask an Author, Win a Book

Featured author: Three-day online Goodreads chat.

Thursday, March 22 | Romance Readers Reading Challenge

Ask an Author, Win a Book

Featured author: Three-day online Goodreads chat.

Friday, March 23 | Denver, CO
7:30 p.m.

Tattered Cover Book Store, Highland Ranch, 9315 Dorchester Street

Sunday, March 25 | Denver, CO

Focus with Irene Rawlings– 97.3 FM KBC

Irene Rawlings graciously invites me into the studio to chat about The Baker’s Daughter on her radio show.

Friday, April 13 | Jen Pooley’s Blog

My dear friend Jen Pooley asks me for the”13 Things That Make Me Happy.”

Monday, April 16 | NPR’s Hash Hags

Julie Klam, Ann Leary and Laura Zigman are my lovely hostesses.

Featured author interview. Click here to listen to the show!

Tuesday, April 17  | Seneca, IL
5:00 p.m.

SKYPE visit with “Got Books?” teacher’s book club at Seneca Grade School.

Spearheaded by book blogger Kathy Parker of Marian’s Library.

Tuesday, April 24 | El Paso, TX
7:00 p.m.

Visit with private book club.

Friday, April 27 | Cape Cod, MA
6:30 p.m.

SKYPE visit with “Can We Talk About The Book Now” book club.

Sunday, April 15-30 | The Next Best Book Club

Online author-reader discussion as the April featured book club pick.

Monday, April 30 | Literary New England Radio Show
8 p.m. ET

Hostess Cindy Wolfe Boynton invites me on the show for a special Louisa May Alcott tribute! I’ll discuss how Alcott and her work influenced my writing life as a child and adult.

Monday, May 7 | Holland
The Baker’s Daughter releases in Holland by Boekerij publisher!

Thursday, May 17 | Houston, TX
1 p.m.

SKYPE visit with Cy-Fair Lone Star College Library’s Book Club

Thursday, May 17 | Nashville, TN
6:30 p.m.

Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike

Saturday, May 19 | Gaithersburg, MD
2:40 p.m.

Featured Author

The Gaithersburg Book Festival,

  1. Scott Fitzgerald Fiction Pavilion, Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds

Sunday, May 27 | Hampton Roads, VA
2 p.m.

SKYPE visit with the Hampton Roads Literary Society book club.

Saturday, June 23 | Chicago, IL

Featured author at Women Authors Luncheon

Glen Ellyn Book Festival

Glen Ellyn Public Library

Monday, August 6 | Rhapsody in BooksFeatured review: “As Seamus Heaney observed when he accepted the 1995 Nobel Prize, ‘…the documents of civilization have been written in blood and tears.’ He cautioned, ‘We are rightly suspicious of that which gives too much consolation in these circumstances.’ And yet, he goes on to say, humans are also capable of heroic virtue and redemption. Admirably, the author shows us both sides of the coin, giving us much to consider about our past as well as our present.

I’m so glad my husband was out of town when I finished this, so he couldn’t hear my banshee-like sobbing wailing noises. Get some Kleenex and read this one!”

Tuesday, August 7 | I’m Booking It

Featured review: “The Baker’s Daughter was readable and thought provoking, an excellent combination. I think it would make for excellent book club discussion.”

Wednesday, August 8 | Girls Just Reading

Featured review: “The Baker’s Daughter  is a wonderful story told in two different points of view: Elsie and Reba… Ms. McCoy obviously has a great love for both Texas and Germany that she blends well in this wonderful novel. I can’t wait to see what she has up next for us and I will be going and reading her first novel, The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico.”

Thursday, August 9 | Colloquium

Featured review.

Friday, August 10 | Life in Review

Featured review: “The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy is a captivating story that is part romance, part family drama, and part historical suspense. I was hooked from the start until the very end… I very highly recommend this book! The writing is superb and the characters will steal your heart.”

Monday, August 13 | The Book GardenFeatured review: “I really loved this book a lot.  It is one of those books that I know I will be thinking about for a long time.  Sarah McCoy takes what would seem to be two totally different story lines and blends them into an unforgettable story… It was beautifully written, a joy to read.  By the end I was in tears and deeply moved by this book. 5 stars out of 5.”

Tuesday, August 14  | U.S. and Canada

Paperback release of the international bestsellerThe Baker’s Daughter!

Tuesday, August 14  | Chick Lit is Not Dead

The Baker’s Daughter is one of the best books we read this year.” ~Liz and Lisa

Five things I’d Tell The Teen Me plus a giveaway in honor of The Baker’s Daughter paperback release.

Wednesday, August 15 | Literary Feline

Featured review: “My thoughts on this book can be summed up in three words: I loved it.  Sarah McCoy is my new favorite author… I felt like Sarah McCoy had gotten into my head and was holding up a mirror to me—’See?’  She was saying, ‘I know you.  I understand’… I took much away from this book and continue to think about it days—even weeks—after… The Baker’s Daughter, is not only my favorite so far this year, but also made my all-time favorite book list.”

Thursday, August 16 | Luxury Reading

Featured review: “The love and humanity that was also shown really helped cut through the bitter and left a feeling of triumph with a few emotional tears mixed in… I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves stories that meld history and the present and for anyone who just enjoys an emotionally touching story.”

Monday, August 20 | I Read. Do You?

Featured review: “… heartbreaking and yet inspirational. The choices the family is forced to make during that time may sometimes seem confusing to a modern day person, but author Sarah McCoy has done a wonderful job of explaining the circumstances that would have surrounded a non-Jewish German family of that time… And then the book actually does contain some FABULOUS recipes for traditional German breads and desserts! YUM!”

Wednesday, August 22 | The 3 R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness

Featured review: “I don’t read much historical fiction and I’m not sure I’ve read any that has this particular perspective on the latter days of World War II, but I was engrossed by McCoy’s depiction… The Baker’s Daughter is ‘about’ a lot of things–war, sisterhood, secrets, friendship, food…”

Thursday, August 23 | The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader

Featured review: “This book is so good and in some way is tailor made for me as a reader. There’s intertwined threads, both modern and historical. There’s delicious sounding food, there is plenty to think about and just a touch of romance… It takes a very good author to be able to keep the balance between these themes and McCoy does it seemingly with ease. I have now requested her first book from the library, and I will be keeping an eye out for her next book!

Thursday, August 23 | Crown Publishing Group Facebook Wall
7:00-8:00 p.m. ET

Featured author live discussion with readers. Come ask questions, comment and/or read my replies to others!

Thursday, August 23 | Dallas, TX
7:30 p.m. CT

SKYPE visit with A Real Bookstore‘s Girls Night Out monthly book club to discuss The Baker’s Daughter.

Friday, August 24 | A Chick Who Reads

Featured review: “There are some books that you read that you absolutely have to savor every last word of them. This is one of those books… The book is beautifully written and is a definite must read!”

Saturday, August 25 | Washington, D.C. Metro

Barnes & Noble “Progressive Signing” through the Metro D.C. area.

If you’re near one of these locations, come out! I’d be thrilled to meet you and sign your books. Bring your own copy or purchase at one of these fine bookstores.

2 p.m. signing only at Fair Lakes Promenade location12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax

3:30 p.m. signing only at Seven Corners location6260 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church

5 p.m. signing only at Potomac Yard location3651 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Alexandria

Sunday, August 26 | Fairfax County, VA
Luncheon.

Featured author at “Back-To-School” teachers book club garden party.

Monday, August 27 | Lit and Life

Featured review: “Would I recommend this book? Absolutely, it is a lovely book about women who must find their inner strength under very different but very difficult circumstances. It would make terrific book club selection with much to discuss. McCoy has written a book that is thought provoking on many levels.”

Tuesday, August 28 | Peeking Between the PagesFeatured review: “I love the way the novel alternates the past and present while bringing them both together. This was one of those novels that is still in my thoughts and while reading it I hated to put it down as I had become so entrenched in everyone’s past and present lives… This is one book that is heart breaking and yet hopeful as well. I’m very glad to have read it!”

Tuesday, August 28 | Live Read-It-Forward Spreecast with Mary Doria Russell
7:30 p.m. ET

The incomparable Mary Doria Russell (DocThe Sparrow) will moderate a live, video chat. Readers across the globe are invited to watch and post questions regarding The Baker’s Daughter. Mary will ask me your questions live!

Wednesday, August 29 | Life is Short. Read Fast.

Featured review: “I just can’t form the right words to express how much I felt while reading these pages. And as the then and now came crashing together I found myself cheering and crying for those that survived and those that were lost. This is an excellent story of perseverance, survival, and love. I highly recommend it!”

Thursday, August 30 | Drey’s Library

Featured review: “I loved The Baker’s Daughter… As much as I hate what the Germans did during WWII, The Baker’s Daughter reminds me that there were some very, very upstanding Germans who did whatever they could to save lives – at the risk of their own. Two thumbs up. Outstanding!”

Friday-Wednesday, August 31-September 5 | Amsterdam, Holland

I’m delighted to announce that my fabulous Dutch publisher Boekerij has baked up the most splendid book tour of Holland to meet the wonderful readers who put The Baker’s Daughter on the international bestsellers list and kept it in the top 15 since its debut. Dearest Dutch readers, bedankt!

Here’s a photo RECAP of all the sensational events in Holland on my blog fan page.

Saturday, September 1 | Amsterdam, Holland
15.30 (3:30 p.m.)

Signing at Boekhandel Vos & Van der Leer in Dordrecht.

Sunday, September 2 | Amsterdam, Holland
14.00 (2 p.m.)

Signing and interview at Department Store De Bijenkorf in Utrecht.

19.00 (5 p.m.)

Celebration reception on the Amsterdam canals. Drinks with fans and Amsterdam bookshops.
Monday, September 3 | Amsterdam, Holland

Interviews with Dutch media.

Tuesday, September 4 | Amsterdam, Holland
14.30 (2:30 p.m.)

Signing at Boekhandel Jaspers in Badhoevedorp.

17.30 (7:30 p.m.)

Signing and interview at Boekhandel Roodbeen in Nijkerk.

Tuesday, September 4 | Walking With Nora

Featured review: “The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy is one of those books that I couldn’t put down…”

Wednesday, September 5 | Bookstack

Featured review: “I finished the book about a month ago, and have since loaned it to several nearby friends, while recommending it to many more online. If you’re thinking of making Autumn 2012 your Season of Reading Historically, you won’t find a better place to start.”

Tuesday, September 11 | Read-It-Forward Historical Spreecast
7:30 p.m. ET

I’ll be participating in a LIVE broadcasted discussion of historical fiction that breaks down genre boundaries. My fellow panelist is the marvelous Vincent Lam (The Headmaster’s Wager). 

Wednesday, September 26 | Chicago, IL
7:00 p.m. CT

SKYPE visit with the Best Book Club.

Tuesday, October 9 | El Paso, TX
10:00 a.m.

Historic Woman’s Club of El Paso — oldest women’s club in the state of Texas.

1400 North Mesa Street

Featured book club review by Bonnie Brooks, interview and tea party.

Sunday, October 14 | The Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN
2:00-3:00 p.m.

Legislative Plaza, Room 31

Navigating the Past and Finding Forgiveness: Two Novels

A panel discussion with author Nancy Jensen (The Sisters).

Friday-Sunday, October 19-21 | Santa Cruz, CA

Booktopia 2012 Retreat sponsored by celebrated podcast Books on the Nightstand.

Featured fiction author.

Tuesday, October 23 | San Francisco, CA
7:00 p.m.

Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut Street

Wednesday, November 14| Writing Under Pressure

Book giveaway plus featured author interview with Christi Craig.

Monday, November 19 | Kansas
6:30 p.m.

SKYPE visit with the Sister Ups book club.

Tuesday, November 27 | Sam Houston State University, TX
11 a.m.

SKYPE with Dr. Diane Dowdey’s American Literature classes.

Monday, December 3 | Shelton, CT
8:00 p.m.

SKYPE visit with the Written Words Bookstore in-house book club.

Tuesday, December 11 | Knoxville, TN
6:00 p.m.

SKYPE visit with Word Runners book club.

Wednesday, December 12 | Salinas, CA
6:30 p.m.

SKYPE visit with Of Wine and Women book club.

Tuesday, December 17 | Washington, D.C. Metro
8:00 p.m.

SKYPE visit with “2012 Best Books to Give as Gifts” party.

 

 

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