Her entry begins:
I’ve recently read two terrific novels that couldn’t be more different. The first is Five Days Left, a stunning debut by Julie Lawson Timmer. It’s the story of Mara Nichols, a successful lawyer and devoted wife and mother who suffers from Huntington’s disease. Artfully intertwined is the story of Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher whose eight-year-old foster son is being returned to his biological mother. Scott and Mara both have five days left before they must say good-bye to the ones they love. It’s a beautiful, thought-provoking study in courage and compassion that manages to be both heartbreaking and...[read on]About Sweet Forgiveness, from the publisher:
#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 atonementLearn more about the book and author at Lori Nelson Spielman's website.
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.
The Page 69 Test: The Life List.
Writers Read: Lori Nelson Spielman.