Friday, July 3, 2015

Wendy's Review: The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel


Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Gallery Books

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 running a failing family bakery on Cape Cod and raising a troubled preteen.

Now, Hope 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. 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 emotional journey takes her through the bakeries of Paris and three religious traditions, all guided by Mamie fairy tales and the sweet tastes of home. As Hope pieces together her family history, she finds horrific Holocaust stories mixed with powerful testimonies of her family 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...

I simply LOVED this book. If you want to read about a life journey with unexpected twists and turns that comes down to finding out who someone truly found it here. My heart went out to Hope who goes through so much in this story and continues to hold her head up and keep treading water. The story grabbed a hold of me and wouldn't let me go till I finished every last word of this extraordinary journey. So very glad I ran across this book! Buy it, your soul will forever be touched!
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