Sweet Forgiveness: A Novel
Lori Nelson Spielman
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#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.
been eating at me.” She straightens and stares off into the distance, as if she’s trying to escape from the memory. What is it with these stones? Instead of granting peace, they’re causing grief. “It was my sixteenth birthday. My parents threw me a party. I think Daddy was more excited than any of us. He wanted it to be perfect. He decided to spiff up the basement rec room before the party. Paint, new furniture, the works. When I told him I wanted white carpet, he didn’t bat an eye.” She looks
can’t decide which is worse. But I brighten when I realize what this means: I can contact him now. Yes! I have a valid, well-intentioned reason to look up the address of his vineyard and send him an apology and a check. In fact, it’s the honorable thing to do. I begin composing the letter in my head when I hear Michael. “Hannah, I take it that’s a yes?” he asks, his brows raised. “Yes,” I say, putting a hand to my mouth in an attempt to tamp down my smile. “A 2010 Michigan merlot if they have
one of those vacay-dates, you know, when you’re away and everyone you meet is suddenly über-exciting. We were in Cancún for four days, and she and Henry spent two of them together. I was so angry. Lacey was finally getting married, like she’d always wanted. Mark, her fiancé, was a solid guy, and he adored her. And there she was, about to risk it all with this Henry from Delaware—some guy she barely knew. “I like to think I was protecting Lacey, but who knows? Maybe I was jealous. The night
FARR-FETCHED SHOW. I close my eyes. “Oh, God. I am so sorry. Listen, I’ll explain to my viewers—” “Absolutely not,” Priscille says. “We move forward. No explanations, no apologies. In a week or two, this scandal will blow over.” “Don’t speak to anyone about it,” Stuart adds. “Not the press, not even your friends. We’re in damage-control mode.” “Got it,” I say. My hands shake when I step from Priscille’s office. I walk with my head down, checking my phone on the way back to my dressing room.
Thank you to the lovely broadcast journalists who generously offered their expertise: Sheri Jones, Rebecca Regnier, and Kelsey Kiefer. A heap of praise to my dear friend and fellow teacher, Gina Bluemlein, for her brilliant scheme with the stolen Walkman (actually a stolen phone), and allowing me to use it in my book. Additional thanks to Sarah Williams Crowell for inviting me to my very first book club and sharing the white carpet story. I knew I wanted to include it in my novel, a tribute to