Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review: Sweet Forgiveness

Sweet Forgiveness
Sweet Forgiveness by Lori Nelson Spielman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sweet Forgiveness by Lori Nelson Spielman is a book that talks a lot about forgiveness and how it can affect those seeking and those offering forgiveness. The story centers around Hannah Farr, an ambitious local talk show host who seems to have it all--a great job, a prominent boyfriend. But what she is really seeking is a life with a husband and a family. The idea of forgiveness isn't on Hannah's radar until she decides to take a chance and try for a position in the Chicago market. She discloses in her proposal that she is one of the original recipients of a forgiveness stone, a book and a movement created by a woman named Fiona who Hannah used to know as a kid. From the moment she sends back the first stone, it is all about Hannah looking for and offering forgiveness in all areas of her life.

This book is a remarkably readable story because it deals with real emotions and real issues that everyone can relate to. Although in many parts of the book forgiveness seems to be too easily asked for and given that it doesn't ring true, the overall idea of forgiveness does present as honest. As a person that doesn't really see the point in the act of face-to-face forgiveness, even I was surprised and delighted with all of the twists and turns that this book took to get to a very satisfying ending.

*Review copy provided by Penguin First to Read

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