Are you ready for the blurb? Well, I'm not giving it to you. Why, you ask? Have I become (even more) curmudgeonly in my advancing age? Maybe. But that's not the reason I'm holding off this time. There are so many different elements to this book that I want you to experience them the way I did - cold turkey. It just so happens that I never read the synopsis of a book before I read it. I want to be surprised. But as you also know, I usually post the recap in my reviews. And I certainly can't prevent you from checking it out before you start reading. In this case, I hope you would consider trusting me that the less you know beforehand, the greater the impact will be.
So is that the end of the review? One in which I have told you nothing? Okay, I will throw you a bone or two. Here are a few hints as to what you will read about in Sweetness:
1. Family-owned bakery (with recipes)
3. Germany-occupied France in WWII
5. True Love
6. Romance (different from true love)
7. 4 generations
8. Emotional lock-down
9. Religious collaboration
10. Discovery - of all kinds
This doesn't take into account the enormous amount of tears (real ones, not baby ones), chills, head-shaking, shoulder-slumping, eye-opening, expletive-yelling, and even some laughing, that I exhibited throughout. It also doesn't factor in just how gosh-darn well the book is written. Some of the passages are flat-out amazing.
What I am hoping will happen is that this blog post will open up a discussion about the book. Maybe we can do an online something (I am not too tech-savvy). Or maybe we can exchange comments. But even if none of that happens, I do hope you will read The Sweetness of Forgetting. I can't begin to tell you how glad I am that I did.
Here's that link I was telling you about: