Monday, August 13, 2012

Review: The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel

The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: August 7, 2012

Hope McKenna-Smith has hard time the last few years.  She divorced her husband, lost her mother to cancer, is dealing with a moody 12 year old daughter, struggling to keep her bakery afloat, and is watching helplessly as her grandmother succumbs to Alzheimers.  When her grandmother presents her a list of people to locate in her native Paris and a check, she thinks it's just senile ramblings.  Giving in to her daughter's nagging, she agrees to attempt to find information about her grandmother's family.  Little does she know how delving into her grandmother's past will change and enrich her life.

Digging into her grandmother's past leads to a French organization which archives family histories and stories of Holocaust survivors and those who perished. Realizing she has Jewish heritage and seeing relics of the Holocaust gives Hope a renewed sorrow for those who suffered and shines some light on her grandmother's personality.  She also finds out about the alliance between Jews and Muslims which helped her grandmother to survive.  Hope cannot even fathom the choices her grandmother had to make and the consequences of those choices.  Each new piece of information Hope unravels gives her life own life greater meaning and appreciation for the events of her past..

The Sweetness of Forgetting is a great book about the way our choices can affect future generations.  Rose's decisions trickled down to her granddaughter Hope.  Hope's journey changes her and lets her know it's ok to travel the road less traveled. She is finally able to stand up to her exhusband and as she learns about the past she gains appreciation for her past and the rich history of her family. 

**This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.**

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