Review: Sweet Forgiveness by Lori Nelson Spielman

Sweet Forgiveness by Lori Nelson Spielman

After reading The Life List I knew I had to check out this book right away. Lori Nelson Spielman has once again given us a wonderful mother-daughter story. This time it’s about forgiveness. In pursuit of an original talk show idea, Hannah lies about reconciling with her mother via the Forgiveness Stones, a chain mail type fad started by her grade school enemy.

Hannah is struggling to find confidence. She is desperate to become a wife and mother, but her mayor boyfriend is a total scumbag that’s just stringing her along. He is not at all supportive of her efforts to forgive her mother and seek forgiveness for herself.

Her friends, Dorothy and Jade, thankfully, are very supportive. Dorothy is the mother of Hannah’s ex-boyfriend, although it seems like Dorothy and Hannah were friends first. She has been a mother figure to Hannah, and I absolutely adored her. Jade is Hannah’s make up artist at the TV station, and she is a fiercely loyal friend. I enjoyed her as well.

Spielman was slow to reveal Hannah’s past, but that aided in the telling of this story. It helped me relate to Hannah’s own struggle to understand what happened when she was a child and broke ties with her mother. While the overall story was fairly predictable, I greatly enjoyed finding out the little nuances of the story. It’s a quick, fun read with a good amount of depth.

Hannah annoyed me at times – when she was being naive about her boyfriend or lying to herself about the past. But the new love interest, R.J., a vineyard owner, was adorable. He was a generous man, who is unafraid to follow his dreams, and he is very knowledgeable about wine, which was fun.

I appreciated the sentiment that you do not give up on someone you love. It’s a story of taking risks, putting yourself out there, seeking forgiveness, and ultimately of finding love. I definitely recommend it.

Rating: 4 Stars

This review was originally published on Mom’s Radius.

Sweet Forgiveness
Lori Nelson Spielman
Fiction
Plume
June 2, 2015
Paperback
368

#1 international bestselling author Lori Nelson Spielman follows The Life List with Sweet Forgiveness, in which a woman’s receipt of two “forgiveness stones” sends her searching for atonement

The Forgiveness Stones craze is sweeping the nation—instantly recognizable pouches of stones that come with a chain letter and two simple requests: to forgive, and then to seek forgiveness. But New Orleans' favorite talk show host, Hannah Farr, isn't biting. Intensely private and dating the city’s mayor, Hannah has kept her very own pouch of Forgiveness Stones hidden for two years—and her dark past concealed for nearly two decades. But when Fiona Knowles, creator of the Forgiveness Stones, appears on Hannah’s show, Hannah unwittingly reveals on air details of a decades-old falling out with her mother.

Spurned by her fans, doubted by her friends, and accused by her boyfriend of marring his political career, Hannah reluctantly embarks on a public journey of forgiveness. As events from her past become clearer, the truth she’s clung to since her teenage years has never felt murkier. Hannah must find the courage to right old wrongs, or risk losing her mother, and any glimmer of an authentic life, forever.

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