In New York in 2015 80 year-old Elise Duval gets a phone call that will bring back the story of her past. One that she has left in the past and now she must relive it. The woman calling has messages that were long thought lost from her Mother during WWII in Germany.
In 1939 in Berlin the war is getting closer to starting. The Jewish people are being rounded up in Berlin. This is not good news for Amanda Steinberg and her husband Julius and their two daughters. Julius is soon taken away and sent to a camp. Amanda and her girls flee to a friends house in France. She gets the chance to send her two girls Lina and Viera to Cuba to live with her uncle and save them from the impending war. She can send them both. But at the last minute she only sends one of the girls Viera. She keeps the other Lina with her.
Soon the Jewish people in France are rounded up and sent to camp. Amanda has been writing letters to her daughter who she sent away but has mailed them. Once in the camp she makes a life-altering decision to try and save one of her daughters even thought it could cost her own life. From there we learn what happened after what Amanda did and how it relates to 2015 when Elise gets her mysterious call.
This is a great emotional story about a mother trying to do what’s best for her daughter’s during a terrible time in the world’s history. A Great Historical fiction story that will have you rooting for the characters and for them to survive. I found I couldn’t put the book down as it is a real page-turner of a story with twists and turns you don’t see coming right up to the end.
You can pick up The Daughter’s Tale from author Armando Lucas Correa, in stores on Tuesday, May 7th from Atria Books
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