On Sale: August 7, 2012
Featuring: Hope McKenna-Smith
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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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