Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels including The Book of Lost Names and The Sweetness of Forgetting. She is published in more than thirty languages and is the cofounder and cohost of the popular web series, Friends & Fiction. She lives in Orlando, Florida.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of my first World War II novel, The Sweetness of Forgetting, which tells the tale of a bakery owner in modern-day Cape Cod who goes on a search to uncover her grandmother’s secret past in 1940s Paris. I’m thrilled that my longtime publisher, Gallery Books, is releasing a tenth-anniversary edition of the book with a new cover, some updates to the text, three new original recipes, and a brand-new author’s note.
Gearing up for the book’s release got me thinking about some of my favorite novels from the past decade. You may know that I co-host a weekly web show called Friends & Fiction with fellow New York Times bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and Patti Callahan Henry. Since we were all intimately involved in the writing of one another’s 2021 books, Mary Kay’s The Newcomer, Kristy’s Under the Southern Sky, and Patti’s Surviving Savannah will forever hold a very special place in my heart. Here are ten more novels that moved me, changed me, and inspired me to be a better writer (and in some cases, a better person!) over the past ten years.