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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Patty Pick for 4/23/15 is "Sweet Forgiveness" by Lori Nelson Spielman

Sweet Forgiveness is aptly titled, as the book has a broad forgiveness theme. I loved the main character, Hannah Farr. Down-to-earth person who is a local television star and talk show host which sounds like an oxymoron. Hannah is from the South however, and she is one of those strong but vulnerable women that our muggy, hot locales seem to grow best. She just has not figured that out completely yet. 

Hannah has it all, it seems, from a wildly, popular television show in New Orleans to a handsome boyfriend who happens to be the mayor of the city. She has a strong circle of supportive friends and she can even bake. But, and there always is one, she has been estranged from her mother since Hannah was a teenager. There is a dark family secret that only a few people know. She wants it to stay a secret.  

Then trouble arrives in a younger, calculating new anchor named Claudia who wants
Hannah's job. After being ambushed on a disastrous episode of her show, Hannah decides to find her mother and to try to get the facts and forgive her for everything that happened after her parents split up. It's a long way to Michigan from Louisiana and Hannah does some soul-searching along the way. This sweet book teaches us all there is more than one side to the story and time can give us perspective and forgiveness. This book is expected to be published in June 2015 - just in time for some great vacation reading!