The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristen Harmel

  • May 20, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Erica Uleski

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 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 fifty 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 seventy-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. . . .

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  • Brenda H.

    Laura, So sorry you had car trouble. We missed you, but know your hubby was happy with all those cupcakes. I'll bet they were Yummy!

    May 21

  • Jeanne B.

    I really liked this book.

    May 21

  • Billie Jean R.

    Good book !! Kept me interested !

    May 20

  • Laura H.

    I'm not going to make it ladies. I was on my way and the truck stopped on the interstate. I was able to pull over and start it again but I had to turn back.

    May 20

  • Brenda H.

    Melanie, I'll pick you up at 5:45. Don't have your phone number but you can call me if you need to at 496-0830. See you shortly.

    May 20

  • Laura H.

    Bringing the North star vanilla cupcakes.

    May 19

  • Billie Jean R.

    I am making Cape Coddler Cookies! Jeanne is bringing brownies!

    May 19

  • Brenda H.

    We will miss your smiling face.

    May 19

  • Elisa

    Sorry ladies! I am so busy with work! I have a meeting after school tomorrow so I can't make it again! I'll be at the next one!!

    May 19

  • Melanie

    I'll bring a fruit salad

    May 18

  • Cindy O

    I will bring a homemade onion dip and chips

    May 16

  • Billie Jean R.

    I will drive and am bringing one of the cookie recipies in the book!

    May 15

  • Jeanne B.

    I will be there if Billie Jean drives as I cant see at night any more.

    May 15

  • Brenda H.

    Hi Melanie, I just looked up the directions to Erica's and we should absolutely carpool. It will take around 35 to 40 minutes to get there. So glad you can make it this time. The book is really good. Should I pick you up at 5:45?

    May 15

    • Melanie

      That would be great, thanks Brenda!

      May 15

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm making pulled pork sandwiches with Carolina slaw to celebrate the warm weather. The pool is open so bring a suit if you'd like or wear shorts to dip your toes in :) Look forward to seeing you all there!

    May 14

  • Fran

    Not this time-I'll be there in July-miss you all!

    May 13

  • Melanie

    Brenda, we should carpool.

    May 5

  • Sharon L.

    Whole family is getting together. Kids are in town for 1 night.

    April 19

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