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The daughter's tale
2019
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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

"[B]reathtakingly threaded together from start to finish with the sound of a beating heart." -- The New York Times

"Searing." -- People

"Immersive, both heartbreaking and redemptive, steeped in harrowing historical events and heroic acts of compassion that will have you reflecting on the best and worst the human heart has to offer." --Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

From the internationally bestselling author of The German Girl , an unforgettable family saga exploring a hidden piece of World War II history and the lengths a mother will go to protect her children--perfect for fans of Lilac Girls , We Were the Lucky Ones , and The Alice Network.

BERLIN, 1939 . The dreams that Amanda Sternberg and her husband, Julius, had for their daughters are shattered when the Nazis descend on Berlin, burning down their beloved family bookshop and sending Julius to a concentration camp. Desperate to save her children, Amanda flees toward the south of France, where the widow of an old friend of her husband's has agreed to take her in. Along the way, a refugee ship headed for Cuba offers another chance at escape and there, at the dock, Amanda is forced to make an impossible choice that will haunt her for the rest of her life. Once in Haute-Vienne, her brief respite is inter­rupted by the arrival of Nazi forces, and Amanda finds herself in a labor camp where she must once again make a heroic sacrifice.

NEW YORK, 2015 . Eighty-year-old Elise Duval receives a call from a woman bearing messages from a time and country that she forced herself to forget. A French Catholic who arrived in New York after World War II, Elise is shocked to discover that the letters were from her mother, written in German during the war. Despite Elise's best efforts to stave off her past, seven decades of secrets begin to unravel.

Based on true events, The Daughter's Tale chronicles one of the most harrowing atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during the war. Heart­breaking and immersive, it is a beautifully crafted family saga of love, survival, and redemption.
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Amanda Sternberg has a comfortable life in Berlin with her cardiologist husband, Julius, and their two little daughters, Viera and Lina, until the Nazis come into power. Julius is arrested, but he has already set in motion a plan to keep his family safe. Passage has been secured onboard a ship bound for Cuba, but only for two, so arrangements have been made for Amanda to go to France. On an impulse, she sends Viera off to Cuba alone and takes Lina with her to a tiny village in Haute-Vienne, where they will be sheltered by a Catholic family. When the Nazis penetrate even that remote area, Amanda and Lina are rounded up and sent to a provisional internment camp. Just as Julius did years before, Amanda concocts her own plan to get Lina to safety. Even in retreat, however, the Nazis remain a threat, and Lina must find a way to survive on her own. As he did in The German Girl (2016), but focusing this time on occupied France, Correa offers a gripping and richly detailed account of lives torn apart by war.--Mary Ellen Quinn Copyright 2019 Booklist
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