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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451644299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451644296
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Harmel manages to deliver an immersive and evocative tale of generations struggling to survive. Recipes sprinkled throughout the book allow readers to experience firsthand the sweetness of Hope's journey."
--Publishers Weekly

"THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING is absolutely enthralling and full of twists and turns that add to the drama and keeps the tale moving along. Author Kristin Harmel does a magnificent job of telling this saga of one family's search for understanding. She also handles her approach to Alzheimer's disease with gentleness and understanding. Readers will remember THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING long after the final page is turned." (Fresh Fiction)

"Kristin Harmel's novels are written with a lot of heart and soul. She has a way of bringing the reader into her stories in such a powerful way that they can often forget they're reading at all. The Sweetness of Forgetting may just be Harmel's best book yet." (Lisa Steinke SheKnows Book Lounge)

“Kristin Harmel writes with such insight and heart that her characters will stay with you long after you’ve finished her books.”
New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin

“Kristin Harmel...[is] one of my favorite authors!”
–Melissa Senate, bestselling author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School

About the Author

Kristin Harmel is the author of four previous women’s fiction novels, as well as two young adult novels. She also writes for People magazine, and her work has been featured in Glamour, Woman's Day, Men's Health, and Runner’s World, among many other media outlets. She lives in Orlando, Florida.

More About the Author

Kristin Harmel is a novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. Visit her at www.KristinHarmel.com.

A longtime reporter for People magazine, Kristin's other magazine credits include Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, American Baby, Men's Health, American Way and Runner's World magazines. She also appears regularly as the travel expert on the nationally televised morning show "The Daily Buzz." Kristin's novels include: HOW TO SLEEP WITH A MOVIE STAR (Warner Books, Feb. 2006), THE BLONDE THEORY (Warner Books, Feb. 2007), THE ART OF FRENCH KISSING (Hachette Book Group, Feb. 2008), WHEN YOU WISH (Random House/Delacorte Books For Young Readers, Feb. 2008), ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS (Hachette Book Group, Aug. 2009) and AFTER (Random House/Delacorte Books For Young Readers, Feb. 2010). Her new novel, THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING, will be out in August from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Translation rights for the novel have already sold in 12 territories.

Kristin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. She has lived in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Miami and now resides primarily in Orlando, Fla. Visit her at KristinHarmel.com, or follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/kristinharmel.

Customer Reviews

This book is a page turner, for sure.
Amy Ballot
Hope was a well developed character, and it made the book more meaningful that the story of the book had a very personal impact on her life.
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It is a beautiful and heart-wrenching love story.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Mommy Booknerd on August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 Alzheimer's through Rose's voice which is an amazing element to this novel. I absolutely loved EVERYTHING about this novel; the title, the cover, the story, the characters and the ending. This story has become a new favorite, by a new favorite author. If I could I would rate it 10 stars!!! I highly recommend it to EVERYONE, especially book clubs!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Wiles on August 14, 2012
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A charmingly compelling tale, skillfully told. The bakery's role in Hope's past, present and future adds an appealing extra dimension, but it was Mamie's personal story which really had me hooked. Kleenex required.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Wilkes on August 13, 2012
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Kristin delivers a beautiful and insightful story that takes you on a journey through Holocaust history, family and love from the past and present. The story draws you in as Hope uncovers generations of her family's history and how their loss and struggle brought them to where they are today. The Sweetness of Forgetting is a book you won't forget!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Woodland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 13, 2012
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Hope McKenna- Smith finds herself buried in stress; she has recently divorced and her daughter is blaming her for the breakup. She moved back home to Cape Cod to care for her mother who was dying of cancer and to care for her grandmother who has Alzheimer's disease. She has taken over the running of the family bakery and finds that she is about to lose the business if she doesn't find an investor or some ready cash soon.

With all of this on her shoulders a visit to her grandmother presents her with information that will rock the foundations of her life. She visits and finds her grandmother having a very lucid day and is asked to go to Paris to find out what happened to the people on a list. Who are these people? Her grandmother's family - taken by the Nazi's in WWII. Hope finds out that her grandmother is not a French Catholic immigrant but rather a Jewish girl smuggled out during the war. Her whole history changes in the course of a single conversation. What will she find in Paris? Should she even go?

What follows is a very moving story of one woman's search for who she really is and why the women in her family seem unable to love. As the horrors of the German occupation of Paris unfold for its Jewish citizens small miracles occur in the least likely places. And it's the bakery and the family recipes that help to lead Hope to answers she needs. The story was fascinating and I found myself racing to the end to find out how it would play out. I think these types of stories need to be told and told again so we, as a society don't forget the horror of Hitler's regime.

The characters were, for the most part believable. The only one that really irked me was Hope's daughter. This character seemed forced.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Howell on August 10, 2012
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I have a couple of books by Kristin Harmel on my bookshelves but I've never read anything by her before. If all of her books are as touching as this one was, then I can't wait to read them.

This was such an emotional book--both happy and sad. I have always been drawn to Holocaust stories. My grandfather was Jewish and while I was not raised in any religion, I have always found myself interested in this period in history. I've done reports on the tragedy when I was in school and I've read tons of books on the subject- both fact and fiction. So I knew right away that I wanted to read this book. I've also always loved a good love story and this one was heartbreakingly beautiful. So I pretty much devoured this book. I couldn't put it down.

The background that Hope finds out about Mamie was just fascinating and engrossing. I was just so drawn into her past life. But then the current life of the three women, Mamie, Hope, and Annie, was just so real, in a sad way. Yet the book was heartwarming at the same time.

It slightly reminded me of a Nicholas Sparks book but with a intriguing history to it. This book was just what I needed right then and I adored it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pupfoley on August 10, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. My mother suffers from dementia, so I could relate to the feelings of the main character when dealing with her grandmother's "good" and "bad" days. I've also spent many years on the Cape, so I enjoyed the setting. I thought the premise was great. Imagine discovering a completely different family history than the one you grew up believing? What feelings of loss would you feel? What would you feel you'd gained? I've read other books by this author and I'm glad she's been able to branch out into another genre. I think you'll like this book (and the food)!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KC on August 10, 2012
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I'm a big fan of Kristin Harmel's books, and I've been eagerly anticipating the release of The Sweetness of Forgetting. I wasn't disappointed! I loved how the story was told from multiple viewpoints in both the past and present. The book was extremely engrossing and the end left me in tears. Highly recommend!
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