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If you're looking for a book to restore your sense of hope, this is it. The book is first and foremost a book about hope. To know the ultimate end (D-Day) from the beginning. gives the reader a unique perspective to the struggles and general hopelessness of the villagers. I found myself wanting to encourage the heroine that she is wrong - help really and truly IS coming. It is literally one day away. Yet even with this perspective, I found myself anxious for the characters, wondering how many would actually live to see the liberation as that final day unfolds.
This device of shifting perspectives is what makes this book a five star work. While the reader has the advantage of history, the invasion is also described from a variety of other
vantage points. The enemy will view it from the false security of the bluff; the old soldier will view it from his barn loft, and the heroine will see it (or more accurately *not* see it ) from the ground. But it is the surprise perspective of the least likely spectator that will stay with you, and it will make you want to stand up and cheer.
Since I don't know much about this author, I don't know whether the implicit parallels between the story and the Christian concept of redemption were intentional or just something that a reader with a Christian world and life view would see underlying the narrative. I can't say enough how the depth of the story stuck with me and made me want to discuss it with others. (Which is why I ordered the hard copy immediately after finishing the audible so as to persuade friends and family to read it as well. Yes, it's that good. )
The Baker's Secret is a story for anybody. However, if you're in a place in your life where it seems that you're surviving without any real hope that anything will ever change, that help will never come, and that the only person you can count on is yourself, this is particularly the book for you. Hold on; help is really on the way.
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WW II with the main focus on a small French village, and how its people were affected by the war. A unique outlook on it. Emotionally gripping, with some real hard to hear scenes. Kept me glued. As always, Cassondra Campbell did an extraordinary job of bringing all of the characters to life, and had distinct voices for each and every one of them.
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