The Daughter's Tale by Armando Lucas Correa

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 her in. Along the way, a refugee ship headed for Cuba offers another chance...

Details The Daughter's Tale

TitleThe Daughter's Tale
Release DateMay 7th, 2019
PublisherAtria Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II, Cultural, Germany, France, Adult, Holocaust

Reviews The Daughter's Tale

  • 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...
  • 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 sho...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    ***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 poli...
  • Susanne Strong
    3.5 Stars* (rounded down) A Story of Heartbreak, Loss and Family. 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, t...
  • 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...
  • Tammy
    Multitudes of families were decimated or shattered by the holocaust. Based on a true story, this is a fictionalized account of one of them. We bear witness to a mother’s anguish and desperation as she tries to save her two daughters. Substitute families, in various forms, are constructed in order to survive and the outcome is nothing short of astonishingly miraculous. One of the most traumatic scenes occurs as the villagers of Oradour-Sur-Glane...
  • Berit☀️✨
    𝔖𝔱𝔯𝔢𝔫𝔤𝔱𝔥. ℜ𝔢𝔰𝔦𝔩𝔦𝔢𝔫𝔠𝔢. ℌ𝔬𝔭𝔢. This was a compelling story about love, heartbreak, and sacrifice. No matter how many books I read about WWII I am always shocked by the horrors of war and The resilience of humans. Amanda was a happily married mother and the owner of her family bookshop. Then things begin to change. The books were ordered to be burned, her husband was sent away, and her d...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    A mother’s heartbreak, impossible choices, desperate circumstances, and a daughter’s secrets to survival. The Daughter’s Tale is an unforgettable heartbreaking family saga that follows The German Girl. It explores the heart-wrenching decisions of one mother’s choices made out of love and for survival. The story pulled at my momma heartstrings and I could feel our main character’s Amanda’s desperation to save her daughters and her stre...
  • Will Byrnes
    The soldiers are fleeing, ashamed of the crime they’ve committed, Elise dared to hope. She was sure they wouldn’t come back just for her. The German soldier must have thought she was a ghost. Or maybe he didn’t see her because she no longer existed. She had died several hours earlier...She had also died two years earlier, that night in the forest, before she woke up burning with fever in Maman Claire’s arms. Now she was living another of ...
  • Cheri
    Like his ‘The German Girl’ this story includes the historic voyage of the S.S. St. Louis which left Germany with the intention to deliver these passengers, most all of whom were Jewish, to Cuba. Political issues prevailed upon their arrival, and a small handful of passengers were allowed to disembark, taking a smaller boat to come ashore in Cuba, but the rest were turned away. The release of ‘The German Girl’ brought forth survivors w...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Told in two timelines, The Daughter’s Tale is another captivating story involving WWII. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The first timeline is Berlin in 1939. Amanda and Julius Sternberg have big dreams for their daughter that are dashed when the Nazis take over Berlin. Their bookshop is burned to the ground, and Julius is sent to a concentration camp. Amanda is fighting for her daughters’ lives, so she heads towards the south of France where a family friend...
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:Elise tried to stand up, but could feel her heart failing her. She was losing control over herself, over the life she had so carefully constructed. She could see her own face at a distance, staring at the scene from afar like another witness in the room.Since his schooldays in Leipzig, Julius had been fascinated by the heart—its irregular rhythms, its electrical impulses, its alternating beats, and silences. “There’s nothing...
  • Erin
    A series of letters, a time of war and a mother's devasting choice The Daughter's Tale takes readers from Berlin, Germany in the 1930's to New York City in 2015. Much like Suite Française, The Daughter's Tale shows the brutality, resistance, and cowardice of ordinary people during a time of war. The central event that Armando Lucas Correa brings to this tale is that of the Nazi massacre in a French village in 1944. A heartbreaking book, Correa's...
  • Jennifer
    I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program.A powerful book of the Holocaust, from the perspective of a young girl. Heart wrenching in the honest examination of lives forever changed by the brutality of the war. And yet through it all love, hope, and determination survive.
  • Esil
    Barely 3 stars.It feels a bit sacrilegious to say that a book that is meant to depict the horrors of WWII felt dull and uninspired, but that was my reaction to The Daughter’s Tale. The story focuses on Amanda Sternberg and the plight of her two daughters during WWII. After Amanda and her daughters are forced to leave Poland, there are no good choices for Amanda to ensure the survival of her daughters. Early on, she sends one daughter off to liv...
  • Brenda
    Berlin 1939 was the beginning of a terrible time for Amanda Sternberg and her two young daughters, Lina and Viera. After her heart specialist husband had been taken away to a camp and had subsequently died, Amanda knew she had to flee the city with her daughters if they were to be safe. The original plan was for both girls to board a ship and be taken to their uncle. But Amanda decided to keep Lina with her, entrusting a stranger with her elder d...
  • Zoe
    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...
  • Diane S ☔
    Thoughts soon.
  • Bev Walkling
    I've just had the privilege of reading The Daughter's Tale by Armando Lucas Correa. It is due to be published on May 7th, 2019. #NetGalley #TheDaughtersTaleMany thanks to #NetGalley and Atria Books for allowing me to read an advanced readers's copy in exchange for an honest review.I believe it is very important to read books that tell the stories of those who lived during the era of the rise of Fascism, the second World War, and the time afterwar...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I read The German Girl around 2 years ago and it was such a fabulous book that I was thrilled to learn that the author would release a new book with links to the first book. The Daughter's Tale is a good novel, just not as engrossing as the first novel. For some reason didn't I feel that this book had the same interesting story as with the German Girl. It is a good book and yes I would recommend it. However, the historical aspect of the story in ...
  • Carolyn
    A good historical novel, such as this one, enables to see events through the eyes of the characters we have gotten to know on the pages. This makes the facts laid out on a dry history text become more vivid and involves our emotional reactions. I became informed about two events with which I was unfamiliar. I had not heard or read about the massacre by the Nazis of the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in France, 1944. Six hundred forty-two men, wome...
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    This book is fantastic. I love Armando Lucas Correa's writing so much. Historical Fiction educates as well as entertains and Correa is a master of both. The writing is powerful and brings to life the characters and settings making the reader truly feel as if they were in the midst of the story. The subject matter wasn't light, but it was wonderful learning more about this time in history. I actually wasn't aware of all that happened. It is very o...
  • Candace Arnold
    Books that take place during WWII are some of my absolute favorites to read. May we never forget the horrific atrocities committed by Hitler and the German Nazi's. My heart breaks into a million pieces with every new story read but I find them so important to read. I just can't not read them. Thank you so much to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy of The Daughter's Tale. This story and these characters will stick wi...
  • Cortney (cortingbooks)
    “We live in darkness, but you can be sure the light will triumph in the end. No one can live forever in the dark.”Reading this precious book hurt my heart. Beautifully written but devastatingly heartbreaking and based on actual events that happened during World War II so prepare yourself before reading.Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.
  • TL
    I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own .---I loved this but wasn't in love with it.The author has a lovely style of writing and the imagery created was beautiful/haunting/horrifying.A powerful story in a quiet way.. if that makes sense? Another piece of history I now know about that I had no clue of before.I enjoyed (right word?) Lina's story. It broke my heart quite a few times, the ending...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01 you to @atriabooks and @dtrocker for this review copy! 🐝 Good grief what a read! I have spent the last few hours with “, The Daughter’s Tale,” by Armando Lucas Correa. @armandocorrea has weaved a heart-wrenching tale of a family’s struggle during WWII . This novel will linger with me for a long time. The terror that so many people lived through during the occupation is brought vividly to li...
  • Jessica Sorentino
    When you think about the millions of people who were effected by the Holocaust and World War II, it's no wonder that historical fiction novels continue to count the tales of the time period. This particular one (out Summer 2019, read early for work purposes) is about a German Jewish family, and how a mother must pick the lesser of two evils and either abandon her daughters to save them, or keep them with her as a family and risk being taken to a ...
  • Donna Hines
    It all begins in 1939 and ends in 2015 with an eye opening ending.Amanda's husband has just been taken away by the Nazi's while she's left to tend to two young girls Viera and Lina alone.Luckily Viera is old enough to tend for herself but Lina is not and the decision is made to send Viera to Cuba.While gone Amanda and Lina end up in a Nazi Labor Camp while Lina eventually escapes and flees to a French Village under a new alias as Elise.Elise now ...
  • CLM
    Can't get enough of World War II historical fiction? Here is an emotional story about a German mother trying desperately to save her family from the Nazis. Click below for the link to my review and to enter the giveaway for a copy:
  • Karen
    An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.New York, 2015: 80-year-old Elise Duval receives a phone call from a woman who has recently arrived from Cuba. The woman has letters written to Elise by her mother in German from WW2, unravelling secrets that have been left untold for 70 years.Berlin, 1930s: Bookstore owners Amanda Sternberg is fleeing Nazi Germany with her two young daughters. She ...