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The Daughter's Tale Paperback – 1 February 2020
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Australia (1 February 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1760851256
- ISBN-13 : 978-1760851255
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 126,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amanda owns her family book shop, and her husband Julius is a respected cardiologist.
The Germans burn down the book shop and Julius is sent to a concentration camp.
Julius had been worried about his families safety for sometime, he has secretly saved a large sum of money and has made plans for them to leave. A parent of one of his patients agreed to provide the opportunity for Amanda to flee Germany and she has to leave quickly and has no time to dwell on what will be her husbands fate.
Desperate to save her daughter's they leave Germany, and go to France.
Amanda has a chance to save her daughter's, to send them to Cuba and a ship called the St Louis, she decides her youngest daughter Lina is too young to make the journey and only sends her eldest daughter Viera. Part of her husbands plan was for Amanda to go to France, to stay with his friends widow Claire and her daughter Danielle.
Once Amanda reaches France life is not easy, she misses Viera and she has to come to terms with the death of her husband in the concentration camp, her future and her daughter's lives have been changed forever. She writes letter's to Viera, every letter is returned unopened and she has no idea what happened to her daughter and if she made it to Cuba?
Amanda and Lina are eventually taken from Claire's house to a concentration camp and Amanda will do anything to make sure her youngest daughter is safe.
In France, the German's round up all the people in the village, all the women and children are taken to a church in Oradour-Sur-Glane and the church is set alight by the German SS.
Lina is one of the lucky children to survive and the book is about what happens to her after the fire.
New York in 2015 , Elsie Duval receives a call from a woman who explains that she has letters written by Amanda to her daughter all those years ago and the shock causes her to have a heart attack. Ida Rosen and her daughter Anna deliver letters written to a girl called Viera by her mother almost 70 years ago. They fly to New York to deliver them to the person to a woman who they believe might be Viera and is she?
The Daughter's Tale, takes you from Germany, France, Cuba and New York. It's a journey of tragedy, sacrifice, betrayal, secrets, a mother's love for her daughter's, and about tough choices people had to make during WWII. Not only for themselves, for their families and others. I really enjoyed reading The Daughter's Tale, yes it's very sad, it's based on a true story, so many people never spoke about what happened to them during the war. They moved on with their lives as best as they could and you can understand why it was very difficult for them to be confronted by their past and not even their own family knew what had happened to them during this awful war. I enjoyed the book, five big stars from me and I was given a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
"You have to be able to anticipate sorrow, thought Danielle. So that when it catches you by surprise, you're ready for it."
The Daughter's Tale, is a journey of a time in the world when it was at its darkest. Though this is a work of fiction, it is based on a truth of events that took place. It is one that will not be forgotten and for every reason possible, it never should be.
This story spans over the years between 1939 to 2015. It starts off with the story being told through the voice of Amanda Sternberg, who has a husband and two little girls, Viera and Lina. After tragedy happens, Amanda and her two girls flee Germany to try and escape the Nazis. Arrangements have been made for the two girls to be safely put on a boat heading far away, but that is not the path the story takes as only one daughter boards the boat.
It is not just one person's story but a few who's lives are intertwined. The grief suffered makes this a gut wrenching read at times. I spent the last few chapters feeling so deeply for this story that I was covered in constant goosebumps all over me. The cold hard truths of war and the devastation that it causes are all too real. This story is one that will grab your heart and pull and tug at it in every direction, making you feel like you are really there with the characters, feeling what they feel and wishing you didn't.
"We live in darkness, but you can be sure the light will triumph in the end. No one can live forever in the dark."
There is such a rawness to this. Everytime I read a book based around World War ll, it's always a heartbreaking, devastating read, and this one is no exception. When we are told the name of the camp that is mentioned in this, it had such a profound impact on me. I had guessed it but the name was never mentioned except once, and that one time was enough to pack a powerful punch. I'm not sure if the author intended for this to happen, but it was well done if it was.
This beautiful but profoundly moving historical novel, The Daughter's Tale, is definitely one that will stay with you. I highly recommend it.
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I hate long reviews so I’ll go straight to the essential: Why did I love “The Daughter’s Tale”? For many reasons but the main one was that when I got to the last page I was not only crying for Lina and her struggle against persecution, death and oblivion. I was also crying for all the other characters I’ve got to love and whose stories now I needed to know. The author made me care for them and now I wanted more! What happened to Remi? And to Marie-Louise? And, above all, I wanted to see Danielle again. I needed more of her story and right here I’m starting a campaign to have a book about her. (I’m sure you are going to join me after you read “The Daughter’s Tale”).
I’m not going into details because I don’t want to spoil the story for you. But grab your book (or you Kindle) and a box of Kleenex and travel back in time. Go with Lina in her heartbreaking journey of loss and survival. And I guarantee you that along the way you’ll meet characters whose tales will stay with you forever.