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Send for Me

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Natasha Soudek

7 Hours 8 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

February 2021

Audio Book Summary

An achingly beautiful work of historical fiction that moves between Germany on the eve of World War II and present-day Wisconsin, unspooling a thread of love, longing, and the powerful bonds of family

Annelise is a dreamer: imagining her future while working at her parents’ popular bakery in Feldenheim, Germany, anticipating all the delicious possibilities yet to come. There are rumors that anti-Jewish sentiment is on the rise, but Annelise and her parents can’t quite believe that it will affect them; they’re hardly religious at all. But as Annelise falls in love, marries, and gives birth to her daughter, the dangers grow closer: a brick thrown through her window; a childhood friend who cuts ties with her; customers refusing to patronize the bakery. Luckily Annelise and her husband are given the chance to leave for America, but they must go without her parents, whose future and safety are uncertain.

Two generations later, in a small Midwestern city, Annelise’s granddaughter, Clare, is a young woman newly in love. But when she stumbles upon a trove of her grandmother’s letters from Germany, she sees the history of her family’s sacrifices in a new light, and suddenly she’s faced with an impossible choice: the past, or her future. A novel of dazzling emotional richness, Send for Me is a major departure for this acclaimed author, an epic and intimate exploration of mothers and daughters, duty and obligation, hope and forgiveness.

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  • Sharon H.

    Sorry but this book lacked so much for me. Narrator was terrible, almost stopped listening. Hard pass

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  • Anonymous

    I had hoped for so much more. It sounded great but I didn't see the struggle other than vanity of the main characters who were complaining about surviving the most horrific time in history on trivial, mundane things like food and crushes and actually having to work. Ughghgh. I'm sure the narrator is a nice person, but I felt she would be better in children's books.

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  • Jamie

    Good story, but I wish it was structured a little differently. I felt like it was all over the place.

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  • CatherineBrennon

    I loved this book. It gave an incredible insight into a terrible time but linked it to present day too. The characters were distinct and full of depth. Highly recommended

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  • Leigh E.

    Impossible to follow, confusing, no clear story-line or plot or characters. It’s like a bunch of random papers were just put together and read out about random events that aren’t even tied together. Easily one of the worst if not the worst books I’ve ever heard

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  • Michael P.

    The narration was beautiful and the characters definitely reminded me of the German immigrants I'd met from this time period.

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  • Hannah L.

    The plot moves at a glacial pace and nothing really happens… the book evokes zero emotion from the reader.

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  • Judy R.

    Very sad story

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  • Dan S.

    ugh... I thought I'd be reading about the Jewish problem in WW2, but got tired of reading about a mother and daughter cleaning and mending things. no action. very slowly developed plot. I quit about 60% theough.

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  • Patricia D.

    Interesting plot going back and forth in periods of time, but the story lacked interest and the ending was so abrupt!

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