Review & Giveaway: The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy of the book.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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. 

Review:

I’m still on a solid historical fiction kick. I’ve been alternating between time periods to keep it fresh, so after recently finishing a book about WWI, I jumped back into WWII with The Daughter’s Tale, and I loved it. It was an engaging read, one to completely immerse yourself in, took me to a new setting, and the pages flew by.

First and foremost, let’s chat about the characters. I felt a real connection with Amanda. She was strong and a fighter, despite everything she couldn’t control falling down around her. She epitomized the “mama bear” label we often toss around today. And while I know her behavior and actions were not the exception, it still felt important to bear witness to her doing everything in within her power to save the lives of her daughters.

I also appreciated the timeline of this story. The book starts in New York in 2015, then jumps back to Berlin in 1933. I’m a fan of this type of mixed timeline because it keeps me on my toes. I’m always looking for the connections, how the past is connected to this specific present. And when it all comes together, it’s such a satisfying feeling for me as a reader. I read books like this always holding my breath just a bit, waiting for the big things to drop and the impact it all has on the current characters. So those moments when everything starts to click into place feels so satisfying.

And finally, the setting and “learning something new” part of it. Part of Amanda’s story takes place in the French countryside, which was refreshing because so many WWII stories take place strictly in Germany and/or concentration camps. It’s difficult to find a story that hasn’t already been told, so any new little tidbit piques my interest. There are some things that happen in the story that I can’t mention, those impossible choices referenced in the synopsis, but I can say this: eye-opening, emotionally intense, verging on mind-blowing depending on your frame of mind as you’re reading. Oh, and it bears mentioning that this book is based on the story of a woman Correa met in real life. That type of inspiration will always grab my attention.

My final verdict: a great addition to the WWII historical fiction genre. I’ll be seeking out Correa’s previous novel, The German Girl and adding it to my summer TBR pile. His writing style is easy to get lost in, and I’m looking forward to doing it again.

Highly recommend. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Book stats: Hardcover, 320 pages, Atria Books, May 7, 2019

**GIVEAWAY**

I’m partnering with TLC Book Tours and Atria Books to share a copy of The Daughter’s Tale with one of you. To enter is really simple: share a recommendation below of a book that taught you something. Read a book that taught you something about history? I’d love to know! Read a biography or memoir that taught you about a way of life you’d never known before? Tell us! Read a thriller that made you aware of how terrified you are of reading after dark? Yes, please!

Giveaway nitty gritty: US/Canadian addresses only. Giveaway will close on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at 11:59 PM CST. Winner will be notified via email early next week and will have 48 hours to respond or the copy will be forfeited to the next name drawn. Good luck!

Thanks to TLC Book Tours for organizing this tour. Follow the rest of the tour stops Here.

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  1. I loved BA Paris Behind Closed Doors as it mirrored my real life with a malignant narcissist and was just so close to reality it was scary. I was so enamored by her books that we later became friends and had her facetime us from London at midnight to conduct a book discussion at 6pm EST in USA (Pennsylvania).
    She is so amazing! I’d give anything to meet her someday.
    More than just an author and so talented! Wow!
    Highly recommend her for any thriller reader and more as she’s moving to a new genre (I hear) so stay tuned for her next latest and greatest works…

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  2. Teresa Schichler May 10, 2019 — 12:32 pm

    I recently read Beneath A Scarlet Sky which taught me about the horrors of Nazi controlled Italy. I must admit I didn’t know that so much hatred and violence was also experienced in Italy until I read this book. Very enlightening!

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  3. Lately I’ve been learning a lot about WWII, a recent favorite was The Lost Girls of Paris, I got to learn about the secret female agents who were deployed in France!

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  4. Just finished Saturday’s Child by Deborah Burns, a stunning memoir about a mother-daughter duo. It taught me so much about finding one’s identity, the pressures of perfection and how our perceptions can change unexpectedly once discovering the answers to hidden secrets. Definitely recommend if you’re looking to read a memoir!

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  5. Reading A Woman is No Man taught me how differently women may be treated depending on their culture. I was very saddened by behavior towards women such as domestic abuse and oppression. The book was also full of hope giving voice to women who might otherwise not have the opportunity.

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  6. I learned so much about Cuba’s history from Chanel Cleeton’s books, Next Year on Havana and When We Left Cuba. This history around their revolution and Cuba. Missile Crisis had been glossed over in school. Her books made appreciate what a player or pawn Cuba became in those Cold War years.

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  7. I’m reading Girl, Wash Your Face and it has taught me not to do things or act a certain way because of what people might think of me. We should choose our actions and live our lives doing things that will make us happy and celebrate our accomplishments instead of belittling them.

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  8. I have a couple books that taught me some history. Lisa See’s Dreams of Joy educated me on the history communism in China and what it did to the population. And Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein about female spies and female aviators in WWII.

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  9. WWII historical fiction is really hot this year and I’m so glad this one is on par, even surpasses some others. I’m really glad that you enjoyed this book. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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