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Sweet Forgiveness

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,811 ratings  ·  383 reviews
#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 N
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Plume (first published April 1st 2015)
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Sweet Forgiveness is a women's fiction novel written by author Lori Nelson Spielman. The overall theme of this story is the value and power of forgiveness. I've always heard the phrase, "forgive and forget"...we move on, we start fresh, the wrong never happened, right? Well, yes, that may be the spirit of forgiveness. It's hard to believe that true forgiveness has been granted is the offended keeps bringing it up. But Ms. Spielman wrote two particular quotes on the matter that altered my perspective a bit:
"I beli
Julie Timmer
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one even more than Spielman's first book, The Life List (but you should read both!). Spielman has such a gift for creating living, breathing characters -- even the minor players are so well formed. I love that about this author. She also has a knack for cliff-hanger chapter endings and plots that always keep you wondering, so you have to read "one more chapter" before you can put it down. Then one more chapter. And soon, you find the day is over and all you've done is read this book ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you were given the Forgiveness Stones: a pouch of stones with a chain letter asking you to forgive and seek forgiveness? The forgiveness stones are a good concept and if it were real, would cause you to think. After all, “ If forgiveness were easy…we’d all be sleeping like babies.” (chapter 19).

In The Sweetness of Forgetting, Hannah is forced to confront that question and thus begins her journey to seek forgiveness and confront her past. This quick, emotional read is filled with theme
Sherri Thacker
WOW! Another wonderful book by this great author. She is on my list of new favorite authors!! I loved this book just as I did her first book "The Life List". Just like her last book I did not want this one to end either. This book is all about forgiveness. Throughout the book, I wondered aloud if there is anyone I need to tell I'm sorry to. It still has me thinking the answer to that question and because of that, I think this is a FABULOUS read!!! I highly recommend it being your next book to re ...more
Samantha Bailey
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lori Nelson Spielman is one of my favorite authors because she writes with heart, power, humor, and wit. I gobbled up "Sweet Forgiveness" in a few days, both laughing and crying, and applauding Spielman for tackling such difficult subjects. With impeccable skill and beautiful prose, she deftly pens a story of forgiveness, acceptance, and love, creating such fully developed characters that I could feel them next to me. I didn't want the story to end, but when it did, I was thoroughly satisfied an ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: book clubs, anyone wanting a light book that is well written
Recommended to Dorie - Cats&Books :) by: NetGalley
Shelves: literature
Ms. Spielman's book is about relationships, family dynamics, trust, forgiveness and so much more.

We meet Hannah Farr, a local New Orleans celebrity and star of a talk show, as she is trying to sort out her relationship with the Mayor. He has been her boyfriend for quite a long time, always promising that he will marry her, but never really projecting a date for the wedding. He is a selfish man who it appears is using Hannah and her celebrity status to help him in his upcoming run for the Senate
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Sweet Forgiveness by Lori Nelson Spielman is a beautifully written and thought-provoking novel about forgiveness. In this powerful novel about granting and seeking forgiveness, talk show host Hannah Farr is thrust into the uncomfortable position of revisiting a very painful time in her life. Her journey leads to an unexpected reconciliation but it also causes her to doubt her perception of long events. Confronting the past is often a double-edged sword and Hannah learns this lesson first han/>Sweet
Laura Rash
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Honestly one of the best books I've ever read about forgiveness. A book that will make you think about who you need to forgive & what you need to let go. Amazingly beautiful story.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Wow I'm surprised this is so highly rated. The book is about Hannah, a woman who was wronged in her childhood by the now-famous Fiona. Fiona has taken the world by storm with her "forgiveness stones," and has asked Hannah to forgive her. In forgiving Fiona, Hannah needs to ask forgiveness from someone to complete the forgiveness cycle. Long story short, Hannah is morally corrupt, stupid and pretty hateable. She accused her mother's boyfriend of molesting her when she was a teenager. Then he didn ...more
Janice Langanke
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
This was one of my most highly anticipated books after reading & loving The Life List. But Sweet Forgiveness fell a bit shy of my expectations. Too many things felt unbelievable. That Hannah, a wishy-washy, self-doubter would have her own TV show is one of them. And the coincidence of who RJ is...really? And Abby's sudden change in behavior in her last encounter with Hannah...not realistic. Nor was I a fan of how the author dealt with the child molestation issue at the end. I did enjoy readi ...more
Sep 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is one of those well written books that I enjoyed during the first 2/3rds of the story. Then, the subtly of the author's apologist stance toward sexual criminals - particularly one focused almost exclusively toward females, teaching them that they should neither trust their perceptions nor their memories - an agenda that is both misogynistic and treacly, came pouring forth. For the countless individuals who have experience sexual abuse of all forms and flavors, this is a particularly distur ...more
Scott Southard
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recently on WKAR’s Current State, I reviewed this new novel by bestselling author Lori Nelson Spielman.

You can listen to my new review here:

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Reviewers love to talk about the sophomore slump. Whether it’s a musician, a film director or an author, critics can’t get enough of speculating if an artist will be able to hit it out of the park twice in a row. And it isn’t just critics paying attention. The follow-
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Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
I hate stupid heroines, and Hannah Farr is stupid. She's blind to the way her father treated her mother in the past, she's blind to the way her boyfreind treats her and she's blind to the way her coworker manipulates her.

The basic storyline about a detached daughter that tries to make peace with her mother and with her past, had a great potential. Unfortunately, this potential wasn't realized, mainly because of the subplots. At the middle of the book we were left with more than enough spirtual
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2015
Last summer, I read Spielman's first novel, THE LIFE LIST. I loved it and have been anxiously waiting for her second novel. Even with a very hectic schedule, I breezed through this one in just three days.

Remember receiving chain letters in the mail? You received a letter and then you had to send stickers, a recipe, or maybe a book on to the previous person on the list and then send the letter on to several other people. SWEET FORGIVENESS mimics that idea, but with two pouches of forg
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Hannah Farr has her own talk show and her boyfriend is the mayor of New Orleans. Over a year ago Fiona Knowles who used to bully her when they were in grade school sent her two forgiveness stones one is for Hannah to send back to Fiona when Hanna forgives her the other one is for Hannah to send to someone who needs to forgive her for a wrong she has done. Fiona Knowles has also written a book about forgiveness and the stones are becoming a phenomenon so of course this is a good subject for a tal ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, book-group
I certainly got sucked into this story (it was a quick read for me) and I enjoyed it overall, although I have some misgivings. I could have done without some of the chick-lit trope (what she's wearing, the designer purse, the foodie references, although the latter were perhaps meant to provide local flavor). The characters in this story all have various secrets, most relating to deception of some sort, that are gradually exposed through a self-help guru's "forgiveness stones" and a struggle over ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading Lori's first book , I knew this was going to be fabulous and I could not have been more correct. Not one ounce of predictability (as books can sometimes be). Found myself wanting to be friends with Hannah and jade and falling in love with RJ .
Suzanne Redfearn
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am such a fan of Lori Nelson Spielman. Like the Life List, the novel is so poignant in its simple perspective on what is important in life. Great read.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Will say more after I get some sleep--very thought-provoking!
Jan 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Editing after still thinking about this the day after: Don't read this book! The story is not good, and this book should come with a trigger warning! (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
quick, easy to read story but it fell a little bit short for me.
I guess there were too many themes to explore them properly. I feel like one of the main themes has been done way better in other books: like "Atonement" by Ian McEwan. I feel like the message from "Atonement" will stay with me way longer that the ideas for this book.
Also the main character was a bit annoying. For example she compares walking against the wind to self harm, says that "sometimes apologies are not enough to
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I was in the mood for a light and fluffy read but found there was a surprising amount of depth to this story. I will read this author again!
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, fiction
Up until the end, Sweet Forgiveness is a genuinely good book. The story follows Hannah Farr, a 30-something woman who hosts her own popular day-time talk show in Louisiana. When we meet her, Hannah’s show is struggling to maintain ratings, and Hannah is fighting to keep her job out of the clutches of her eager and conniving younger co-host. In an effort to boost ratings, Hannah agrees to have an old acquaintance, the now-famous Fiona Knowles, on the show to talk about Forgiveness Stones, a phenomenon Fiona ...more
M.G. Camacho
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: As a member of Penguin's First To Read Program, I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

Part 1: From the book cover

#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 a
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
For a television reporter, Hannah is remarkably obtuse. She can't see when a coworker is pulling an All About Eve, and she doesn't see clues so clear that they were all but dumped in her lap.

Then again, she is a woman whose job demands truth and honesty yet who repeatedly lies to herself and others. Some of those lies are more heartbreakingly destructive, yet even the more menial of them inflicts harm.

Hannah is forced to confront the breadth and depth of her lies when she
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having read The Life List by this same author, I was eager to dive into Sweet Forgiveness.

The storyline follows Hannah Farr, a thirty something talk show host who receives Forgiveness Stones from a former classmate who bullied her. This same old classmate has become somewhat of a celebrity after coming up with the idea of the stones and writing a book about forgiveness. The idea behind the stones is to accept one stone and someones apology and give the second stone away to ask or to
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
*Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman is one of my fave books ever and I was really excited when I got accepted for Sweet Forgiveness on NetGalley.

Hannah Farr, is the face of New Orleans TV world with her show, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, who also happens to be the mayor of the town and she has great friends. A letter including a forgiveness stone changes everything for her. She gets it from F
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
#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, Ha
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Lori Nelson Spielman lives in East Lansing, Michigan, with her husband and a very spoiled cat. A former speech pathologist and guidance counselor, she currently works as a homebound teacher for inner-city students. Lori enjoys fitness running, traveling, and reading, though writing is her true passion. She spends her winters cursing the god-awful Michigan winters, and her summers sailing the glori ...more