By Sarah McCoy
In 1945, Elsie Schmidt used to be a naïve youngster, as longing for her first sip of champagne as she used to be for her first kiss. yet within the waning days of the Nazi empire, with foodstuff scarce and fears of sedition mounting, even the personal yearnings of sweet sixteen ladies have been topic to suspicion and suppression. Elsie’s courtship through Josef Hub, a emerging big name within the military of the 3rd Reich, has insulated her and her relatives from the phobia and desperation overtaking her kingdom. So whilst an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsie’s doorstep at the hours of darkness on Christmas Eve, Elsie is aware that commencing the door places all she loves in danger.
Sixty years later, in El Paso, Texas, Reba Adams is attempting to dossier a feel-good Christmas piece for the neighborhood journal. Reba is a rolling stone, endlessly at the run from thoughts of a turbulent youth, yet she’s been in El Paso lengthy sufficient to get a full-time task and a full-time fiancé, Riki Chavez. Riki, an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, reveals convenience in strict ideas and rules, while Reba understands that during each strong tale, strains can be blurred.
Reba's most recent project has introduced her to the store of an aged baker throughout city. The interview may still take a number of hours at so much, however the proprietor of Elsie's German Bakery isn't any effortless topic. Elsie retains turning the tables on Reba, and Reba reveals herself returning to the bakery time and again, nervous to discover the center of the tale. For Elsie, Reba's questions were a stinging reminder of darker instances: her existence in Germany in the course of that final bleak yr of WWII. And as Elsie, Reba, and Riki's lives turn into extra intertwined, all are compelled to confront the uncomfortable truths of the previous and hunt down the braveness to forgive.