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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she is for her first kiss. She and her family have been protected from the worst of the terror and desperation overtaking her country by a high-ranking Nazi who wishes to marry her. So when an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsies doorstep on Christmas Eve, Elsie understands that opening the door would put all she loves in danger.Sixty years later, in El Paso, Texas, Reba Adams is trying to file a feel-good Christmas piece for the local magazine, and she sits down with the owner of Elsies German Bakery for what she expects will be an easy interview. But Reba finds herself returning to the bakery again and again, anxious to find the heart of the story—a story that resonates with her own turbulent past.



About the Author

Sarah McCoy

SARAH McCOY is the New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author of the novels MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES (forthcoming 2018) ; THE MAPMAKER'S CHILDREN; THE BAKER'S DAUGHTER, a 2012 Choice Award Nominee; THE TIME IT SNOWED IN PUERTO RICO (Random House) , and "The Branch of Hazel: a novella" in GRAND CENTRAL.

Sarah's work has been featured in Real Simple, The Millions, Huffington Post, Read It Forward, Writer Unboxed, and other publications. She has taught English writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. She currently lives with her husband, an orthopedic sports surgeon, and their dog, Gilly, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

You can find out more about her books at her website or reach her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @SarahMMcCoy.



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