The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel

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 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 be...


Details The Sweetness of Forgetting

TitleThe Sweetness of Forgetting
ISBN9781451644296
Author
Release DateAug 7th, 2012
PublisherGallery Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit
Rating

Reviews The Sweetness of Forgetting

  • Chelsey Wolford
    2012-09-11
    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 fee...
  • Dale Harcombe
    2013-12-15
    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 o...
  • Oana
    2015-05-04
    2.5 starsHow can a book go so utterly downhill in the last few pages I just cannot comprehend.
  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    2012-08-03
    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 ...
  • Soobee72
    2012-11-16
    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 more 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 i...
  • Elyse
    2012-09-18
    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 know...I'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 'alt...
  • Leslie Lehr
    2012-05-09
    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 h...
  • Christina
    2012-12-02
    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 b...
  • Liliana Rio
    2014-04-29
    Que história magnífica!! Que amor grandioso...que sofrimento inexplicável.Um livro que nos enche o coração, onde a esperança nunca morre e nunca é tarde para sermos felizes, basta acreditar.Enquanto houver estrelas no céu... nunca deixarei de te amar!5.0*
  • lanalang
    2012-11-20
    Una lettura così così. 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'è una ricerca da compiere e un mistero da svelare, ma poi tutto alla fine era molto prevedibile. Ho apprezzato la presenza delle ricette dei dolc...
  • Dion Ribeiro
    2018-01-31
    Em uma palavra: encantador!Trata-se de uma história triste que coincidiu plenamente com o meu estado de espírito...“Amar-te-ei enquanto houver estrelas no céu.”
  • Margie Senechal
    2012-08-19
    I picked this up on a B&N 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 f...
  • Irene
    2017-07-31
    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 leído de esa época. Me explico, salvo las recetas de cocina y algún dato curioso, no aporta nada nuevo. Sin embargo, me ha gustado y he disfrutado su lectura. Muy agradable. Deja buenas sensaciones.
  • Bea
    2017-08-21
    3.5⭐ una bonita novela con una historia de amor preciosa... 3.5⭐️ una bonita novela con una historia de amor preciosa...
  • Fabi
    2017-06-26
    Adorei este livro. Esperava que fosse bom, mas foi melhor ainda do que eu pensava!
  • Cindy
    2012-07-02
    Very charming, sweet , and a bit heartbreaking. Recommend.
  • Veronica
    2017-02-20
    Avevo già letto "Quando all'alba saremo vicini" e mi ero innamorata della penna e della dolcezza con cui la Harmel dà 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'è un'approfondita ricerca. I temi trattati non sono leggeri ma vengono presentati al lettore in tutte le loro sfumature, sia quelle più scure che quelle p...
  • Laura
    2014-10-23
    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 ...
  • Sónia
    2014-06-08
    Romance contemporâneo e romance histórico que se cruzam de uma maneira formidável! Uma estória incrível, tecida por uma escritora talentosa, e que nos leva aos meandros do amor, desgosto, sofrimento, segredos e segundas oportunidades. Afectos, religião, doçaria, Holocausto, Alzheimer pode parecer uma "mistura" estranha mas que resulta num romance formidável. A busca incessante pela procura das origens de uma família, que nos leva a uma a...
  • Carmen
    2013-08-12
    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 na...
  • Joy
    2012-08-07
    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 happ...
  • Jen Murray
    2012-08-05
    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 more 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).
  • Luchi Rzezak
    2014-12-26
    Maravillosa. Simplemente maravillosa historia de amor en medio de la irracionalidad de la Segunda Guerra y como hay decisiones que deben ser tomadas y vivir con las consecuencias. Como dice Jacob, no se puede perder tiempo pensando en como modificar el pasado pero sí en como queremos vivir el futuro, haciendo frente a los miedos. y anhelo que el príncipe siempre encuentre a la princesa.
  • S M M A M
    2014-04-29
    Completamente arrebatada...livro maravilhoso...
  • Nirit
    2018-01-09
    הספר הזה פרט לי על מיתרי הלב. נכון שהוא בסך הכל ספר נוסחתי, עם סוף טוב שסוגר את כל הקצוות הפתוחים, אבל היה כ"כ כיף לקרוא אותו! גיבורה שמרגישה פגומה, עם בת מתבגרת, עם סוד משפחתי מתקופת מלחמת העולם השניה. מסע לגילוי העבר המשפחתי שהופך גם למסע גילוי עצמי. ב...
  • Susan
    2014-11-29
    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 ...
  • Maria Carmo
    2015-02-01
    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...
  • Carla Geraldes
    2014-06-10
    FABULOSO!!!Este livro é mais um daqueles que me vai marcar. Uma viagem entre o presente e os desencontros da segunda grande guerra. As recordações do Holocausto, as memórias de uma doente com Alzheimer. Uma amor que sobrevive 70 anos.Um livro que mexeu com as minhas emoções com uma facilidade incrível. emoções que me levaram da ternura ás lágrimas. Do terror à revolta, e novamente a um sentimento de ternura enorme.Tudo isto escrito de...
  • Donna Bossin
    2013-12-19
    I give this book 2.5 stars. It was a good read but...1. 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...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    2018-07-23
    Easy reading (no language or violence) family-centered story, light histfic, engaging and bittersweet plot but mostly predictable, some stereotypical characters. It was an ok read about an important subject. For all my reviews visit my blog: readingladies.com