The Daughter's Tale

The Daughter's Tale

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 he...

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Title:The Daughter's Tale
Author:Armando Lucas Correa
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The Daughter's Tale Reviews

  • Katie B

    I know it's only January but I have a feeling this could end up being my favorite historical fiction read of 2019. This book gripped me pretty darn near close to the start and didn't let up until the last page. I highly recommend this one even if you feel like you have read one too many WW2 historical fiction books. It's worth reading.

    Eighty year old Elise Duvall has been living in New York for the past seven decades when she receives quite a shock. A woman has contacted her and wants to deliver

    I know it's only January but I have a feeling this could end up being my favorite historical fiction read of 2019. This book gripped me pretty darn near close to the start and didn't let up until the last page. I highly recommend this one even if you feel like you have read one too many WW2 historical fiction books. It's worth reading.

    Eighty year old Elise Duvall has been living in New York for the past seven decades when she receives quite a shock. A woman has contacted her and wants to deliver letters written to Elise by her mother during World War 2. Time has a way of helping you forget your past but now all of it will come back to the surface for Elise along with so much she never even knew about.

    I like when historical fiction books are able to teach me something. In this case there were two things I didn't know about prior to reading. One was the tragic massacre of a village in France in 1944. Another thing that was part of the plot was the ship that left Germany with refugees bound for Cuba. The way both were weaved into the plot made for a compelling story and I am thankful the author chose to include them as it made me interested in looking up more information about both after I was done reading.

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    by Kristin Hannah and I think if you enjoyed that one you should definitely check this one out. While I thought that book was well-written it took me until almost the end before I felt a strong emotional connection to the characters. With this one it was so easy to immediately feel for the character of Amanda and your heart breaks with the choices she and other characters had to make not knowing how history would play out. One of the themes of the book is what you would be willing to do for someone you love and the different scenarios that played out have left me thinking about them still even though I finished the book days ago. I love when stories just stay with you in your head and that's why this was just a really good reading experience.

    I won a free advance copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

  • Elyse Walters

    Amanda and Julius Sternberg were soon to be first time parents to a baby girl they would name Viera in 1933.

    They owned a book store in Charlottenberg, Germany. Amanda was supposed to get rid of all the books that were considered offensive, unpatriotic, or not sufficiently German. The intention was to eliminate all Jewishness from the printed universe.

    Julius had just started a new medical practice which was growing nicely.

    Amanda ran the bookshop.

    Bookshelves were piled high with Amanda brother’

    Amanda and Julius Sternberg were soon to be first time parents to a baby girl they would name Viera in 1933.

    They owned a book store in Charlottenberg, Germany. Amanda was supposed to get rid of all the books that were considered offensive, unpatriotic, or not sufficiently German. The intention was to eliminate all Jewishness from the printed universe.

    Julius had just started a new medical practice which was growing nicely.

    Amanda ran the bookshop.

    Bookshelves were piled high with Amanda brother’s books. He was a Russian poet but he had left Germany several years earlier for a Caribbean island.

    She also had many of her father’s storybooks that he had read to her when she was a child.

    She was trying to figure out which book she would save - only one. The others she was going to be burned.

    She decided to protect the French botanical album with its hand-painted illustrations of exotic plants and flowers that her father had given her.

    Getting rid of all the wonderful books felt like a mother casting her child into oblivion. Devastating!!

    “The era of extreme Jewish intellectualism has come to an end, and the German revolution has again opened their way for the true essence of being German”.

    National socialists were boasting the new era

    Frau Strasser was part of an army of women pretending to be soldiers. They never had actually been called to arms.....

    but Frau Strasser put the death of threat to Amanda - a last warning - she needed to burn all those books. Horrific bonfires of burning books were going up in flames around the city.

    Tears rolled down Amanda’s eyes as she began throwing books onto the floor preparing them for the worst.

    “Where they burn books, they will also end up burning people”.

    Being Jewish themselves - with friends in France - Amanda and Julius could secure a safe passage and leave everything behind starting new in Paris or some small town. However, Julius felt he could not abandon his cardiac patients.

    Viera was born in 1934 in Berlin.....born into a hostile world.

    Amanda had saved that botanical album and would often read to her baby in French or Latin.

    A year later, in 1935, another daughter, Lina, was born.

    Lina had the most prominent blue eyes with golden curls.

    Viera had reddish hair and honey-colored eyes.

    Julius was worried about Lina. She was tiny and weak. She had little interest in food.

    Lina was smart-as-a-whip though and seemed more mature than Viera.

    The city was in uproar. Things were getting worse. People rushing and bumping into each other.

    Frightening times.

    A Jewish synagogue went up in flames.

    Julius was nowhere to be found - was kicked out of his medical building.

    When Amanda was nervous-afraid - or worried she counted in silence.

    One..two..three..four..five..

    six—( she later taught her children this calming exercise).

    Eventually- Amanda learned the unspeakable - shocking truth.

    Julius was in Sachsenhausen: “a forced labor camp on the outskirts of Berlin. No one came back from Sachsenhausen.

    My heart continued to break as this story went on.

    Amanda received a beautiful letter from Julius. He could no longer walk.

    I wanted to cry ....

    This story is soooo intimate...

    Julius was in a dark cold place where you knew he was going to die - but the way he expressed his love to Amanda and their little girls - just wrecked me.

    The last thing Julius said to Amanda was:

    “My Amanda, I want you never to forget we were happy once. Your Julius”.

    The cruelties of war are impossible to fully climb out of. I’m always left with war is war is war ... HORRIFIC - i never understand it. It’s NEVER GOOD!!!

    Innocent people - German children - have been shunned by the whole world . Jews are still recovering.

    Generation after generation innocent people have been wiped clean.

    It’s just SAD!!!!

    I’m going to stop here as I don’t want to give any of the main specifics away of what happens as the story continues.

    .....You’ll meet 80-year-old Elise Duval in the year 2015.... and learn how she fits into this story. BASED ON TRUE EVENTS!!!

    Thank you to Goodreads friends, Katie and Tammy. When I read their wonderful reviews- I knew I wanted to read this.

    Thank you -to my reader- friends before me. I was inspired.

    Glad I didn’t miss this story. The ending was so deeply felt. The authors notes excellent too.

    Page turning! It’s easy to inhale this book in one or two sittings.

    Thank You Atria Books, Netgalley, and Armando Lucas Correa.

  • Angela M

    Horrible things happened during WWII as we know. Books were burned. Jews arrested. Millions were killed. Children were separated from their parents sometimes initiated by mothers and fathers in efforts to save their children. In this story, based on true events, a small village is destroyed with almost no survivors. This novel reflects the strength of the people in the French resistance and tells the story of difficult decisions a mother makes to save her children. Memories are pushed back and a

    Horrible things happened during WWII as we know. Books were burned. Jews arrested. Millions were killed. Children were separated from their parents sometimes initiated by mothers and fathers in efforts to save their children. In this story, based on true events, a small village is destroyed with almost no survivors. This novel reflects the strength of the people in the French resistance and tells the story of difficult decisions a mother makes to save her children. Memories are pushed back and a life of secrets was led for decades by Elise Duval. I read a lot of WWII books and it seems there is always something to learn. In this case, it was the horrific fate of the people who lived in a small French village, Oradour-Sur-Glane. While it has its merits and is meaningful in that it based on real events, I have to judge this book against other WWII novels I have read. This is important and sad, but I can’t give it more than three stars. The writing style, flat and straight forward at times didn’t captivate me. There are several very positive reviews and I recommend you read those as well.

    This was an ongoing monthly read with my lovely book buddies Diane and Esil.

    An advanced copy of this book from was provided by Atria via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Susanne  Strong

    Amanda Sternberg is crushed when her husband is taken into custody by the Nazi’s. His fate is sealed. Amanda is left to care for her two children, Viera and Lina. Her husband left strict instructions for her to send them on a refugee ship (The St. Louis) to Havana. Amanda cannot bear the thought of losing both her girls. Viera is old enough to take care of herself, Lina is not, thus Amanda makes an impossible choice, sending Viera

    Amanda Sternberg is crushed when her husband is taken into custody by the Nazi’s. His fate is sealed. Amanda is left to care for her two children, Viera and Lina. Her husband left strict instructions for her to send them on a refugee ship (The St. Louis) to Havana. Amanda cannot bear the thought of losing both her girls. Viera is old enough to take care of herself, Lina is not, thus Amanda makes an impossible choice, sending Viera on her own to Cuba.

    Amanda and Lina are then taken by the Nazi’s into a Labor Camp, where Amanda endures and sacrifices for her daughter, until the day Lina can escape to a French Village. There, Lina, now known as Elise, learns what it means to survive, to exist, to persist and to love.

    “The Daughter’s Tale” is a novel that grapples with the relationship between mothers and daughters and sisters and the family you make in the most difficult of times. I had previously read Armando Lucas Correa’s “The German Girl” and loved it and while I liked “The Daughter’s Tale” I was not left with quite the same feeling after reading it. It lacked the same emotional bandwidth. Throughout the novel I desperately wanted to know more about little Viera’s story and unfortunately that story was never told and I felt that was a missed opportunity as Lina/Elise’s story didn’t captivate me. Armando Lucas Correa’s writing is however lyrical and lovely and I think this novel is to be enjoyed by lovers of historical fiction.

    Thank you to Mirtha Pena at Atria, NetGalley and Armando Lucas Correa for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 5.1.19.

    *Will be published on Amazon on 5.7.19.

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

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    I loved “The German Girl” by this author and was excited to read his new novel. From reading the blurb for this book I was hoping that there would be more and continued events and stories from people aboard the St. Louis. This is the ill fated ship that carried German Jewish families who had some funds hoping to land in Cuba. Unfortunately by the time the ship lands the Cuban officials refuse most of the passengers for political reasons and only a handful are allowed to disemb

    ***NOW AVAILABLE***

    I loved “The German Girl” by this author and was excited to read his new novel. From reading the blurb for this book I was hoping that there would be more and continued events and stories from people aboard the St. Louis. This is the ill fated ship that carried German Jewish families who had some funds hoping to land in Cuba. Unfortunately by the time the ship lands the Cuban officials refuse most of the passengers for political reasons and only a handful are allowed to disembark. This sent the rest to other countries that wouldn’t accept them and eventually back to Germany and for some concentration camps.

    The book starts with a phone call that an older woman Elise Duval receives from someone who had recently visited Cuba. A woman and her daughter visit Elise and bring with them an ebony box containing letters, photographs and more. It is such a shock that Elise collapses and has to be taken to the hospital.

    This book ultimately is a story of mothers and daughters and the difficult decisions that sometimes had to be made to protect their children. Some got sent away to live in another, safer country, some were sent to live in the French countryside which was felt to be safe. I thoroughly enjoyed these parts of the book and felt for the terrible decisions that people had to make.

    I read a lot of WWII books and unfortunately for me there wasn’t really anything new in this book that I hadn’t read about before, although I appreciate the extensive research the author must have done to write this novel and the fact that it's based on true facts.

    I already knew about the St. Louis from The German Girl and also had read another book about the terrible slaughter of women and children that was carried out in Oradour-Sur-Glane, by their own countrymen who were now following the Nazi’s and their rule of the country. Extremely immoral and unbelievable events.

    I think that this is a good book to read, particularly if you know nothing about the above mentioned events. I did think there were a few too many characters to keep track of and at times I found it a bit confusing. There isn’t much that takes us back to Elise in her older age, and I think that would have made it more interesting for me. It’s still a good book and I recommend it to lovers of historical fiction.

    I received a galley of this book through the publisher.

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