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The Sweetness of Forgetting Paperback – August 7, 2012
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"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
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A longtime reporter for People magazine, Kristin's other magazine credits include Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Travel + Leisure, American Baby, Men's Health, and Runner's World magazines. 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 in Orlando, Fla., with her husband, Jason. Visit her at KristinHarmel.com, or follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/kristinharmel.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is the story of a woman, living on Cape Cod, newly divorced, who flies to Paris to uncover her grandmother's past, discovering that her grandmother fled the Nazis and the love... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elaine G. Clements
Predictable and a little cliche but the story and the message was good. The storyline was different enough to keep me reading.Published 2 months ago by Ashley Hewitt
It took me a while to get into the story, but when it got to the Holocaust sub-theme, it got more interesting. The writing is fine, nothing too special.Published 2 months ago by Orit
This is a lovely book read, filled with surprises, as well as, recipes. It is the take of generations, hidden secrets, a past filled with obstacles and danger. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leslie Ben-kiki