The Sweetness of Forgetting

The Sweetness of Forgetting A baker in Cape Cod Massachusetts must travel to Paris to uncover a family secret for her dying grandmother s and what she learns may change everything The Sweetness of Forgetting is the book that m

A baker in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, must travel to Paris to uncover a family secret for her dying grandmother s 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 A baker in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, must travel to Paris to uncover a family secret for her dying grandmother s 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 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

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  1. Kristin Harmel is an international bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world A former reporter for People magazine, Kristin has also freelanced for many other publications, including American Baby, Men s Health, Glamour, Woman s Day, Travel Leisure, and .Her latest novels The Sweetness of Forgetting, The Life Intended, How to Save a Life, and When We Meet Again are out now from Gallery Books Simon Schuster Her latest, The Room on Rue Am lie, a tale of three lives that collide in Paris during World War II, is due out in March 2018 from Gallery Books Simon Schuster.Kristin grew up in Peabody, Mass Worthington, Ohio and St Petersburg, Fla and she graduated with a degree in journalism with a minor in Spanish from the University of Florida After spending time living in Paris, she now lives in Orlando, Fla with her husband and young son.

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  1. Can I just start by saying that it is because of books like this one that I am a book blogger It is books like this one by Kristin Harmel, who I now love, that bring out my ultimate passion for submerging myself in a story I opened this book and I might as well have found a buried treasure I found so many intricate details and stories within the story that I did not expect from my first glance The words are so fluid and it almost makes me feel like writing something extraordinary myself Wow I de [...]

  2. Four and a half stars People are not always what they seem to be as Hope discovers Her grandmother Rose has Alzheimer s but in amongst the confusion she has days of clarity When she does, Hope finds her grandmother has had a whole other life Hope knew nothing about Meanwhile Hope, recently divorced is struggling o keep the bakery business that has been in her family for generations going She also struggles with the bratty, rude behaviour of her daughter Annie who changes in the blink of an eye S [...]

  3. The Sweetness of Forgetting moved me to the core This is probably one of the best books that I have read in well over a year Harmel is a gifted storyteller that weaves an amazing story with treads of love, hardship, secrets, second chances, heartbreak, baked goods and history This story will urge you to learn your family s story, to embrace your family s history I felt like I was on the journey with Hope to help uncover the truth of the past before it was too late Harmel gives a voice to Alzheim [...]

  4. It s not that this is a bad book It s not It s written well, and if you like Nicholas Sparks, this book is for you It s got that kind of a feel, you know I am not a Sparks fan so while the writing propelled me through, I found it to be predictable than enjoyable Slight spoilers ahead.I found Hope, the main character, a little too much Some of the plot was just really kind of unnecessary for the story There are two love interests It is immediately obvious who you are supposed to root for, but of [...]

  5. Que hist ria magn fica Que amor grandiosoque sofrimento inexplic vel.Um livro que nos enche o cora o, onde a esperan a nunca morre e nunca tarde para sermos felizes, basta acreditar.Enquanto houver estrelas no c u nunca deixarei de te amar 5.0

  6. This is one of those books that makes me angry It is so good, that the unique Holocaust angle alone should quantify it as literary fiction and be published in hardback with the big boys But alas, the romance aspects and fact it was written but the lovely Kristin Harmel seem to have destined it to Women s Fiction But DO NOT BE FOOLED This book is a wonderful read and Harmel wove the themes of family and history and romance with a masterful hand I read it in two days don t tell anyone who needed m [...]

  7. Una lettura cos cos Mi ha commosso a tratti, ma, diciamolo, come si fa a non commuoversi e soffrire quando si parla di deportazioni, separazione forzata dalle persone che si amano, camere a gas, sterminio di massa, come si fa L ho trovato a tratti anche avvincente, come tanti altri libri in cui c una ricerca da compiere e un mistero da svelare, ma poi tutto alla fine era molto prevedibile Ho apprezzato la presenza delle ricette dei dolci, il tema della memoria, del retaggio di una famiglia Ed ho [...]

  8. Bittersweet Holocaust Story with Bakery recipes Family history, past and present , loss, struggles, alzheimer s , a road less traveled is just that often the right choice The book is filled with life lessons At times heart wrenching or times heart warming.Its also a book about Love NOTE As many of my friends knowI m not a fan of seeing recipes smack in the middle of a novel why can t they be put at the END of the book altogether However, I decided not to judge the book by the recipes one way or [...]

  9. Em uma palavra encantador Trata se de uma hist ria triste que coincidiu plenamente com o meu estado de esp rito Amar te ei enquanto houver estrelas no c u.

  10. Initially, I was really enjoying the book but as the story developed, I found that I started skimming several sections at a time as the narrative was just long winded and unnecessary at times Particularly when I reached a Rose chapter, I would skim over the pages Ultimately, this type of story would have benefitted from a dual version narrative where Rose s and Hope s story overlapped as the end drew closer Given my increased skimming as the book progressed, I m annoyed that I spent nearly ten b [...]

  11. I picked this up on a BN browse through you know when you re going to have a snack and coffee and you just want to see if the book is any good Well, it was good It was so good I read the first few chapters, bought it, took it home, and finished it that night The Sweetness of Forgetting is wonderful I teared, smiled, and gasped with delight seriously I fell in love with true love all over again I wanted to bake the cupcakes or meringues from the recipes included before the Rose chapters One of my [...]

  12. Es un libro adictivo, emotivo, esta bien escrito Muy bien ambientado, y con personajes amables Sin embargo, la historia se parece a muchas que he le do de esa poca Me explico, salvo las recetas de cocina y alg n dato curioso, no aporta nada nuevo Sin embargo, me ha gustado y he disfrutado su lectura Muy agradable Deja buenas sensaciones.

  13. Avevo gi letto Quando all alba saremo vicini e mi ero innamorata della penna e della dolcezza con cui la Harmel d voce alle sue storie.Questo romanzo non fa altro che confermare ampiamente l opinione super positiva che mi sono fatta di questa scrittrice Si vede che alla base di tutto c un approfondita ricerca I temi trattati non sono leggeri ma vengono presentati al lettore in tutte le loro sfumature, sia quelle pi scure che quelle pi chiare Nel buio si intravede uno spiraglio di luce.Nella rass [...]

  14. From the story description and the average 4 star reviews, I should have enjoyed this book but instead I found annoyance that grew with each turn of the page The first half dozen chapters were loaded with so much Debbie Downer personal drama that I presume I was doomed to develop a down in the mouth opinion The template this author used to outline her novel was predictable and tiresome This is yet another story where the pair of star crossed lovers experience a jolt of electricity when they touc [...]

  15. Romance contempor neo e romance hist rico que se cruzam de uma maneira formid vel Uma est ria incr vel, tecida por uma escritora talentosa, e que nos leva aos meandros do amor, desgosto, sofrimento, segredos e segundas oportunidades Afectos, religi o, do aria, Holocausto, Alzheimer pode parecer uma mistura estranha mas que resulta num romance formid vel A busca incessante pela procura das origens de uma fam lia, que nos leva a uma abordagem hist rica, de forma exemplar, de um per odo negro da no [...]

  16. A promising start involving a bakery, the relationship between different generations of women and a secret in Paris Who can say no to these And man, ain t I disappointed These are the reasons spoiler alert 1 It s the evil Nazis versus the GLORIOUS AMERICANS 2 Constant repetition of how America is the land to be, the DREAM And that only in America can everyone live freely without being labelled by their religion Yea, tell someone whose name is Ali, Mohamud or Jehad who want to get a visa 3 The ma [...]

  17. This is the story of a woman that escaped the holocaust and fled to America leaving her family and the love of her life, Jacob, behind Her parents refused to believe the warning that the Jews were going to be rounded up that very night After she left her home she asked Jacob to go back and try once again to convince her parents to flee He never returned As her mind gives in to Alzheimers she asks her granddaughter, Hope, to find out what happened to her family While I enjoyed the overall search [...]

  18. I picked this book up on a whim when getting ready for vacation, expecting a chick lit, by the pool read I was pleasantly surprised that it was than that very heartwarming, touching, both sweet and sad I definitely shed a few tears but loved the story and the characters It touches on the choices we make, the regrets we have but leaves you feeling hopeful I highly recommend this book and some of the recipes look amazing as well.

  19. I m waiting to post my review after the first of the year, but it was a great book 4.5 starsUpdate January 11, 2015A touching, beautiful story about a holocaust survivor who is losing her memory to Alzheimers Mamie was born in France and is renowned for her baking skills She has passed these treasured recipes down to her granddaughter, Hope, who runs a local bakery One day in a rare moment of clarity, Mamie hands Hope a note with some names of people and asks her to go to Paris to find them Hope [...]

  20. This book is oh so many things and I absolutely LOVED every aspect of it I had not read anything that gave me as much pleasure for a long time, from an Author I did not even know up till now The whole book is written in an enticing way that captures attention immediately and is never, ever boring The characters are believable and interesting and the wonderful smell of backed cookies permits the whole book At a certain point, what started as a simple routine of a broken heart woman becomes a real [...]

  21. FABULOSO Este livro mais um daqueles que me vai marcar Uma viagem entre o presente e os desencontros da segunda grande guerra As recorda es do Holocausto, as mem rias de uma doente com Alzheimer Uma amor que sobrevive 70 anos.Um livro que mexeu com as minhas emo es com uma facilidade incr vel emo es que me levaram da ternura s l grimas Do terror revolta, e novamente a um sentimento de ternura enorme.Tudo isto escrito de uma forma simples e com um cuidado enorme Um livro que irei recomendar futur [...]

  22. I give this book 2.5 stars It was a good read but1 The plot was highly unlikely2 The character development left much to be desired For example, why was Hope s mother so emotionally cold I guess one could extrapolate the reason from her life story but it wasn t developed, and of course this character was conveniently dead throughout the book so the author didn t really have to deal with it.3 From a literary point of view it was not well written Prose was dull and commonplace.The unraveling of thi [...]

  23. l umanit a creare le differenze Ma questo non significa che non sia sempre lo stesso Dio.Se fossi cos sciocca da giudicare un libro dal suo incipit, penso che avrei subito abbandonato quello della Harmel, impressionata negativamente dalla pateticit della protagonista Hope che non fa altro che ripetere a se stessa di essere una fallita Ma se si scorrono le prime pagine, ci si accorge che si davanti ad un romanzo che cattura, sconvolge emotivamente e ti mette nella condizione di non riuscire a int [...]

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