Saturday, February 14, 2015

Book Spotlight and a Giveaway! The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel

I have sooooo many books! I have a ton of print books and probably even more e-books. The Book Spotlight feature that I am going to try to post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the books I have. There are a lot of different reasons that I might be letting some of my books go, the biggest one is that we recently moved and I discovered how many books I really do have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy them.

The book that I am featuring this week is one that I have both on my Kindle and in print. I am giving away the print copy for someone else to enjoy. And isn't this cover just beautiful? 

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

The Sweetness of Forgetting

The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Gallery Books 

A baker in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, must travel to Paris to uncover a family secret for her dying grandmother, and what she learns may change everything. The Sweetness of Forgetting is the book that made Kristin Harmel an international bestseller.

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...

About the author

Kristin Harmel is an international bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. After spending many years as a journalist (including more than a decade writing and reporting for People magazine) Kristin now freelances only occasionally, focusing on book tours, book club visits and, of course, writing her next books! THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING was a bestseller in many countries and in fact won the reader's choice prize for Romantic Novel of the Year in Germany in 2013. Her new novel, THE LIFE INTENDED, is out now from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Kristin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. She has lived in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Miami and now resides in Orlando, Fla., with her husband, Jason.

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  1. Oh my gosh! I looooove the cover of this book! I wish I was there right now instead of here with all of our snow.
    This book sounds very good, thanks for the chance to win :-)

    1. I love this cover too. It is beautiful! And I hear you about the snow. I just heard we are in for extreme cold and snow this weekend. Stay warm and enjoy a good book.

  2. I really want to read both this one, and her new one The Life Intended. Both of them have the most beautiful covers, and sound like my kind of book.

  3. Beautiful on the outside and the synopsis makes it sound just as good on the inside! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. It sounds like a very special story. I love the mystery and the secrets, and would enjoy reading it. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  5. The secret in Paris sounds intriguing.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. A captivating family saga which sounds unforgettable and memorable. Thanks for this great giveaway and wonderful feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. I love the cover too! And Hope's journey sounds intriguing, I wonder about Mamie's secrets. Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Sounds like a beautiful story with a beautiful cover to match.
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