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The Sweetness of Forgetting | [Kristin Harmel]

The Sweetness of Forgetting

At 36, Hope McKenna-Smith is no stranger to bad news. She lost her mother to cancer, her husband left her for a 22-year-old, and her bank account is nearly depleted. Now, Hope’s beloved French-born grandmother Mamie, who wowed the Cape with her fabulous pastries for more than 50 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. Arming her with a scrawled list of names, she sends Hope to France.
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Publisher's Summary

At 36, Hope McKenna-Smith is no stranger to bad news. She lost her mother to cancer, her husband left her for a 22-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 more than 50 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 70-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 torn apart by terror, all she’ll need is a dash of courage, and the belief that God exists everywhere, even in cake....

©2012 Kristin Harmel (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Lori 09-10-13
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    "the WORST narration I have ever heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    What would have made The Sweetness of Forgetting better?

    A different narrator. Kim McKean was horrible. She ruined the book for me. She tried to pass off a British accent as a French one. A friend suggested this book to my husband and myself, and prefaced it by saying that the narrator was very annoying, but eventually you got used to her. That never happened!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kim McKean’s performances?

    NEVER!!!!!


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    David Schmitz 06-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    I liked the story. It really made me appreciate my freedom and personalized the holocaust. It was very very intense.

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    Leah 11-06-14
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    "Sweet love story; I was captivated!!!"
    What did you love best about The Sweetness of Forgetting?

    The storyline was excellent ranging from emotion of tears to joy! Could easily have a sequel!


    What other book might you compare The Sweetness of Forgetting to and why?

    This is a book in itself!


    Have you listened to any of Kim McKean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I remember but the narration was very good!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Same as title of book.


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    I didn't want this book to end. The characters were enticing! It is a beautiful yet somewhat sad book. I recommend if you like relationship books and family!

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    Although not my all-time favorite narrator, Ms. McKean does a fine job bringing this story to life. I love a story that draws me in by the end of the first few chapters and this book did just that. The story was so rich and full, my emotions were extremely engaged, I cried several times throughout the course of the book. I definitely recommend this audible.

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