The Sweetness of Forgetting
10th Anniversary Edition

Coming Oct. 4, 2022

Hope McKenna-Smith, divorced mother of a surly not-quite-teenage girl, runs her family bakery on Cape Cod, but is starting to wonder what might have been. What if she hadn’t abandoned her dreams of law school? What if she hadn’t quit her job to raise her daughter? What if she hadn’t caught her husband cheating on her with a cliched blonde bimbo? When her aging grandmother, Rose, summons her to hear a long-held secret, Hope finally has the opportunity to stop thinking “what if?” and start thinking “what now?”

Rose’s memory is ebbing rapidly due to the onset of Alzheimer’s, and she knows she doesn’t have much time left to tell Hope the truth about a secret she’s kept for seventy years. Giving Hope nothing but a list of names, Rose sends her on a journey of discovery that takes Hope to a synagogue and a mosque in Paris, to a history buried in the Holocaust, and to a long-lost love with secrets of his own.

The Sweetness of Forgetting is a story of family, love, honesty…and baked goods

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An immersive and evocative tale of generations struggling to survive.

Publishers Weekly

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 SteinkeSheKnows Book Lounge

Kristin Harmel writes with such insight and heart that her characters will stay with you long after you’ve finished her books.

Emily GiffinNew York Times Bestselling Author