The Sweetness of Forgetting

The Sweetness of Forgetting

Paperback - 2012 | 1st Gallery Books trade paperback ed.
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A baker in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, must travel to Paris to uncover a family secret for her dying grandmother--and what she learns may change everything. The Sweetness of Forgetting is the book that made Kristin Harmel an international bestseller.

At thirty-six , Hope McKenna-Smith is no stranger to bad news. She lost her mother to cancer, her husband left her for a twenty-two year old, and her bank account is nearly depleted. Her own dreams of becoming a lawyer long gone, she's running a failing family bakery on Cape Cod and raising a troubled preteen.

Now, Hope's beloved French-born grandmother Mamie, who wowed the Cape with her fabulous pastries for more than fifty years, is drifting away into a haze of Alzheimer's. But in a rare moment of clarity, Mamie realizes that unless she tells Hope about the past, the secrets she has held on to for so many years will soon be lost forever. Tantalizingly, she reveals mysterious snippets of a tragic history in Paris. And then, arming her with a scrawled list of names, she sends Hope to France to uncover a seventy-year-old mystery.

Hope's emotional journey takes her through the bakeries of Paris and three religious traditions, all guided by Mamie's fairy tales and the sweet tastes of home. As Hope pieces together her family's history, she finds horrific Holocaust stories mixed with powerful testimonies of her family's will to survive in a world gone mad. And to reunite two lovers torn apart by terror, all she'll need is a dash of courage, and the belief that God exists everywhere, even in cake...
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Gallery Books trade paperback ed.
ISBN: 9781451644296
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 353 p. ; 21 cm.


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May 19, 2019

If you care about good writing at all, this book is not for you. It was repetitive and utterly unimaginative.

The plot was predictable and the contrived sequence of events was laughable. Even the main characters name - Hope McKenna Smith- is just hopelessly cheesy.

Jul 25, 2017

I loved this book! Could not put it down. This book has it all... history, mystery, love, life lessons and real characters who are flawed and brave. I highly recommend this book.

Jun 17, 2017

I'm wavering between 4.5 and 5 stars on this bittersweet saga of a granddaughter who goes on a journey to discover her family's past. This book made me weep as new discoveries were made about Hope's family members and how the holocaust changed their futures. I also learned something new about how Jews were kept safe in Paris by an unexpected group of benefactors. Fascinating and convicting. Keep the tissues handy and clear your schedule. You will not want to put this one down.

Jun 16, 2017

Loved this story. Always enjoy getting a history lesson as well as being entertained with an interesting plot. Characters well developed.

Jul 24, 2015

This was a great read! I learn more about the world wars and history now that I'm 40 then I ever did in school.

Jan 28, 2015

I just finished this book and wished it wouldn't end. I read it compulsively from start to finish. Great story with a beautiful message we all could learn from. Can't wait to read more of her work!


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