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The Baker's Secret - A Novel

Stephen P. Kiernan

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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell

Length:

9h 15m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

32:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

28:41


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

19:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:35


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

34:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

19:16


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

23:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:19


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

22:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

26:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

00:37