The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa: A Book Review

I’ve read a lot of books from the Jewish perspective of the Holocaust, but lately, I’ve been reading books about other stories of World War II, especially in Europe.

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I loved Resistance Women, and this week, I read The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa about a Jewish family living in Berlin in the 1930s.  The father, Julius, is a renowned heart doctor, and the wife, Amanda, is raising their two small daughters, Viera and Lina.

One day, Julius is snatched from his office by the Nazis, but only after a violent struggle, and taken to a camp.  Through his contacts as a heart specialist, he’s able to arrange a plan for his wife and daughters to escape Germany.  However, Julius’ contact can’t get visas for the entire family to go together; the best he can do is get to visas for the girls to go on a ship to Cuba to stay with their uncle and for Amanda to stay with a family friend in France.

The problem is that the daughters are only 4 and 6, and Amanda can’t bear to send them alone on the ship.  In the end, she takes a gamble and changes her plans, which has dramatic repercussions for all three women.

Historically, I appreciated that this story covered two lesser known events in World War II history and that Amanda and her daughters were swept up in both of them.  I also appreciated that this book reiterated how difficult and deadly this war was for millions of people and how capricious life is.  Some people in this book took measures that they thought would save their lives, but due to forces outside their control, they still landed in the hands of the enemy.

The majority of the book focuses on just one daughter, so I would have enjoyed hearing more about the other daughter’s story.  There was some information about her story in the periphery–namely the first few chapters and the last chapter, but I didn’t feel like this was enough.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.



Meals and Snacks I Made Ahead This Weekend, June 23, 2019

Usually when I make ahead food for the week, I make lots of snacks the kids can have in the afternoon.  Most of the snacks have some type of nut in them, and I usually also put in some protein powder.  Bookworm has had a big appetite for years, but now that PB & J Girl is heading into puberty, her appetite has ramped up, too.  I’ve discovered that if I make snacks with a heavy dose of protein, their satiated longer.

However, Bookworm has been volunteering as an assistant counselor at a kids’ summer camp, and because of different kids’ allergies, he can’t bring peanuts OR other nuts, so the snacks I made are still in the freezer.

This week, Sprout’s had grass fed ground beef on sale early in the week (the sale ended on Wednesday), so I focused on getting some meals and food prep done.

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I made 2 packages of the filling for Cornbread Taco Bake (this is one of my kids’ absolute favorite meals from My FreezEasy.)

I browned another pound of ground beef and divided it into two packages.  (I’ll use it to add to spaghetti.)

And I made a bowl of Taco Rice.  I don’t know what it is about this recipe, but I’m loving packing it for lunches when I take the kids to ABA therapy.  I simplify the recipe–it’s literally brown rice, ground beef, salsa, and Daiya cheese.

And I made Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars.  (My husband has been running A LOT in the morning, and he likes a “healthier” snack/sweet food at night.)

Do you do weekend meal prep?  If so, what do you usually prepare?

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