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    Fantastic read!

    This brilliantly-written story begins in New York City in 2015. Elise Duval received a phone call from someone who said they had letters that belonged to her. When they arrive at her home, Elise recognizes the box that contains the letters written in German by her mother in 1939, and she collapses. The story then goes to Berlin in 1939 where Amanda, a bookshop owner, and her cardiologist husband, Julius Sternberg are happily married. They have two daughters, Viera and Lina. As the Nazis descend on Berlin, Julius is taken prisoner and sent to a camp where he dies. He had made prior arrangements for his wife and daughters to leave Berlin and move in with a widow whose husband was friends with Amanda's father. From there the story takes on many different facets as the war begins and progresses until it finally ends. This is a story of love, survival, sacrifice and rebirth against the backdrop of devastating tragedy. I highly recommend this beautifully crafted novel to anyone who loves historical fiction centered around World War II. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this unforgettable book in exchange for an honest review.
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    Vivid, stirring, and immersive!

    The Daughter’s Tale is a gripping, moving story set predominantly in Germany and France during WWII, as well as present-day New York City, that follows the lives of the Sternbergs, a young Jewish family who at a time of horrific persecution and extreme brutality are forced to make unimaginable choices and heartwrenching sacrifices to keep those they love safe. The prose is perceptive and descriptive. The characters are anguished, courageous, and resilient. And the plot using a past/present style unfolds chronologically into a tale of life, love, loss, family, friendship, injustice, guilt, self-identity, ancestry, war, bravery, and survival. Overall, The Daughter’s Tale is a hauntingly tragic, insightful, heartrending tale that highlights the inconceivable hardships, suffering, and horrors endured during a heinous time in history and reminds us of the incredible power of familial bonds.
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    Enjoyable read

    The Daughter's Tale follows Lina through the course of the war, with a flash forward to her in current day. She is a victim of circumstance, of the decisions the adults in her life make in the name of saving her. As a fan of historical fiction, I truly enjoyed this tale. I was engaged from start to finish, not always sure which direction the book would take, but always up for the journey. It left me wondering what had become of the people who passed through her life during the war, Amanda, Danielle and Marie-Louise. But this was Lina's story and like her, once they were out of her life they were out of the story.
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    A fair read

    Plot is suspenseful and twisted. The writing is not very descriptive in sentence spruces and vocabulary however and is not up to the caliber of “The Alice Network” or “Code Name Verity” books of WWII.
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    The Daughters Tale

    What a story! I could not put it down. I loved the use of letters to add depth to the narrative. The sense of loss is haunting and the ever present threat of betrayal gives an urgency to the story. I’ve been to Oradur Sur Glane and as a memorial to a tragic day it is still unforgettable. The author managed to tie fact and fiction together seamlessly. A great story.
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