In a small French village off the coast of Normandy, a baker cunningly helps the people of her town stay alive during the German occupation. Emma has lost all hope of the Allies coming to save them, and so defies the Nazis by baking more bread in secret, using an undercover network to make sure each person can last another day. Little does she know that, as hopeless as she feels, she herself is sustaining the life of the village and feeding the people hope, hope until the Allied Forces are able to storm the beaches just over the hills.
This story is told in little vignettes as Emma bakes throughout the day on June 5 — vignettes about characters in the village, village history, instances that occurred during the German occupation, and flashbacks and memories leading up to the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Emma is an inspiring character with quiet resilience. She is defiant and ruthless by necessity, but full of heart and love for the people of her village. This is a lush, engaging read, perfect for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Societyand the HBO show Band of Brothers.
Reviewed by lc, 06/17. Other reviews by lc.