This is an excellent WW2 historical fiction. We see the experiences of a small village in the north of France, starting with the Nazi occupation as flash backs, and to the setting just before D-Day, which the villagers witness. Emmanuelle is the town baker, tasked with providing baguettes for the occupying officers, and secretly mixing straw into her loaves to make the batches larger so that she can provide for those in need in her village, either with bread or her bargaining abilities and freedom of movement. The story is a realistic and stark depiction of Nazi occupation and what those under occupation went through in a part of the war that is known primarily for that one final battle. It shows us yet another viewpoint of a chapter of history that is at once studied and forgotten, and reminds us of the depths to which people can go, as well as the heights, to make sure that those they care for are protected.
I love historical fiction, and this is one of many new releases I can add to my list of recommendations for historical fiction readers.