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By Kristin Harmel

A baker in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, needs to shuttle to Paris to discover a family members mystery for her death grandmother—and what she learns may possibly swap every little thing. The Sweetness of Forgetting is the booklet that made Kristin Harmel a world bestseller.

At thirty-six, wish McKenna-Smith is not any stranger to undesirable information. She misplaced her mom to melanoma, her husband left her for a twenty-two yr previous, and her checking account is almost depleted. Her personal goals of turning into a attorney gone, she’s working a failing relations bakery on Cape Cod and elevating a preteen.

Now, Hope’s liked French-born grandmother Mamie, who wowed the Cape along with her superb pastries for greater than fifty years, is drifting away right into a haze of Alzheimer’s. yet in a unprecedented second of readability, Mamie realizes that until she tells desire concerning the previous, the secrets and techniques she has hung on to for thus decades will quickly be misplaced endlessly. Tantalizingly, she finds mysterious snippets of a sad historical past in Paris. after which, arming her with a scrawled checklist of names, she sends desire to France to discover a seventy-year-old mystery.

Hope’s emotional trip takes her throughout the bakeries of Paris and 3 spiritual traditions, all guided through Mamie’s fairy stories and the candy tastes of domestic. As desire items jointly her family’s background, she reveals awful Holocaust tales combined with strong tales of her family’s will to outlive in a global long gone mad. And to reunite fans torn aside via terror, all she’ll want is a splash of braveness, and the assumption that God exists all over the place, even in cake...

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