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Book Review

Book Review

Author: Lori Nelson Spielman

Version: I read the German version as I got it as a gift from my Mum. I usually only read original versions.

Published: Penguin Publishing Group


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, the details of a decades-old falling out with her mother.

Spurned by her fans, doubted by her friends, and accused by her boyfriend of marrying 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.


Sweet Forgiveness is a thoughtful and sweet story written with love and warmth and likable characters which reminded me how important it is to forgive but also to seek forgiveness for things I did in the past, no matter how long ago. An important lesson everybody should be reminded of every once in a while!

Hannah, who carried a burden of a story with her all her life was about to open up about her story to herself and to the public. She didn't realize what the impact of her actions has done to her mother in the past years. Personally, I thought it was a great reminder to rethink your actions because they can affect others in a way not imaginable at that moment, one of our actions could potentially affect/shape the whole life, future and the character of that person.

At first, I couldn't relate to Hannah because she seemed very private and closed off. It was a few chapters into the book when I started rooting for Hannah and her forgiveness, love, and happiness. She was trustful towards other's who weren't interested in her life and she had to learn it the hard way. Confronting a story from her past that she had kept a secret for so many years has changed somebody else's whole life without her even knowing.

I loved the supporting characters like Dorothy and Jade who were beautifully blended into the story. While reading Sweet Forgiveness, I wished for everyone to have a Dorothy in their lives. When RJ came into the picture, I liked him straight away, being loving and genuine and the complete opposite of self-centered Michael.

Lori Nelson Spielman has written a loving and heartwarming story with an unexpected twist towards the end.  A story that makes you reconsider your own actions from the past and to focus on forgiveness. 

Rating: 4 Stars