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June 2, 2015

#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, 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 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.


Bright prose, a plucky heroine, and more than a few plot twists make for a delightful, light read.
— Kirkus Reviews
Filled with warmth and humor, Lori Nelson Spielman’s Sweet Forgiveness is a novel about family that will make you rethink everything you know about forgiveness and love. Lori Nelson Spielman is an insightful storyteller who captures your heart and keeps you turning the pages.
— Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives
Once again, Spielman delivers living, breathing characters and a page-turning plot. Sweet Forgiveness makes us examine the way we let past hurts shape our lives and forces us to admit that the histories we have constructed for ourselves may be more fiction than fact, and the role we actually played may be less victim than villain.
— Julie Lawson Timmer, Author of Five Days Left
Spielman’s heroine is both likable and relatable, and the power of confession, forgiveness, and love shines all the way through this touching novel.
— Library Journal

the life list


In this utterly charming debut — perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern’s P.S., I Love You and Allison Winn Scotch’s Time of My Life — one woman sets out to complete her old list of childhood goals, and finds that her lifelong dreams lead her down a path she never expects.
Brett Bohlinger seems to have it all: a plum job, a spacious loft, an irresistibly handsome boyfriend. All in all, a charmed life. That is, until her beloved mother passes away, leaving behind a will with one big stipulation: In order to receive her inheritance, Brett must first complete the life list of goals she’d written when she was a naïve girl of fourteen.

Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother’s decision—her childhood dreams don’t resemble her ambitions at age thirty-four in the slightest. Some seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other goals (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future. As Brett reluctantly embarks on a perplexing journey in search of her adolescent dreams, one thing becomes clear. Sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places.

Spielman’s debut charms
— Kirkus Reviews
A wonderful, touching story that reminds us to live life to its fullest.
— Cecelia Ahern, New York Times bestselling author of P.S., I Love You


Irresistible! Everything I love and look for in women’s fiction. A clever, funny, moving page-turner.
— Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Escape


Lori Nelson Spielman is a former speech pathologist, guidance counselor,  and homebound teacher. She enjoys fitness running, traveling, and reading, though writing is her true passion. Her first novel, The Life List, has been published in thirty countries and optioned by Fox 2000. Her second novel, Sweet Forgiveness, releases in June, 2015. She is currently working on her third book. She lives in Michigan with her husband and their very spoiled cat.








Please join me at an event if you’re in the area. I’d love to see you!


May 7, 2015~11:00 am~Grand Rapids Women's City Club, 254 Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI49503

May 22, 2015~1:00-2:00 pm~Book signing, Mayersche Buchhandlung, Düsseldorf, Germany

May 22, 2015~5:00-6:00 pm~Book signing, Mayersche Buchhandlung, Cologne, Germany

May 23, 2015~12:00 pm~Thalia Bookstore, Bonn, Germany

May 27, 2015~5:00 pm~Book signing, Furet du Nord Bookshop, 15 place General de Gaulle, Lille 59800, FR

May 30, 2015~11:00 am~Book signing, Une Autre Page Bookshop, 16bis, boulevard Fernand Hostachy, Croissy sur Seine 78290, FR

June 7, 2015~11:30 am-12:15 pm~Printers Row Lit Festival, South Loop, Chicago, IL~Fiction: Sense and Sensibility: Meg Donohue and Lori Nelson Spielman in conversation with Wendy Donohue. Jones College Prep / Classroom #5030, 700 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605

June 22, 2015~7:00 pm~Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48103

June 24, 2015~Rebecca Regnier's Full Plate, WTVG TV, 4247 Dorr St., Toledo, OH 43607

June 25, 2015~7:00 pm~Schuler Books, Eastwood Towne Center, Lansing, MI 48912

June 27, 2015~2:00-3:30 pm~Pages Bookstore, 19560 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48223

July 18, 2015~1:00-2:00 pm~Paper & I, 102 E. Michigan Ave., Marshall, MI49068

August 2, 2015~2:00-4:00 pm~Grafted Root Eatery, 12235 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI 48439

August 6, 2015~7:00-8:00 pm~Schuler Books, Grand Rapids, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

August 12, 2015~2:00-3:00 pm~McLean & Eakin Booksellers, 307 E. Lake St., Petoskey, MI 49770

August 13, 2015~6:30 pm~Saturn Booksellers, 133 W. Main St., Gaylord, MI 49735

August 15, 2015~2:00-4:00 pm~Horizon Books, 243 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

August 26, 2015~6:30 pm~The R-Club, 6409 Centurion Dr., Lansing, MI 48917

September 2, 2015~6:00-8:00 pm~Vets Too Boutique, 2416 N. East Street, Lansing, MI 48906

October 1, 2015~6:30-8:00 pm~Genesee District Library, Grand Blanc-McFarlen Branch, 515 Perry Road, Grand Blanc, MI 48439

October 22, 2015~1:00 pm~Cascade Library, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

November 11, 2015~11:30 am-1:30 pm~Isabella County Women's Initiative, Look Who's Talking Fundraiser, Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 2424 S. Mission Street, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858


November 18, 2015~6:15-7:15 pm~Booksellers Book Club, 360 S. Jefferson, Mason, MI 48854.  Public Welcome!

January 23, 2016~Write on the Red Cedar presented by Capital City Writers Association, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University, 219 S Harrison Road., East Lansing, MI 48824 Ticket required. 

January 27, 2016~6:30-7:30 pm~Holt-Delhi Library, 2078 N Aurelius Road, Holt, MI 48842

May 14, 2016~2:00-4:00~Wacousta Community Methodist Church Anniversary Tea, 9180 W. Herbison Road, Eagle, MI 48822

August 2, 2016~6:00-7:00 pm~Houghton Lake Public Library, 4431 W. Houghton Lake Drive, Houghton Lake, MI 48629

January 20-21, 2017~Write on the Red Cedar Conference, presented by Capital City Writers Association, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University, 219 S Harrison Road., East Lansing, MI 48824

April 8, 2017~8:00-5:00~A Rally of Writers Conference, Lansing Community College West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Dr. Lansing, MI

April 25, 2017~11:30-1:30~HELO Club, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University, 219 S Harrison Road., East Lansing, MI 48824

December 10, 2017~9:30-10:30 AM~The Peoples Church of East Lansing, 200 West Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48823

October 3, 2018~7:00-8:30 PM~Capital City Writers Association Workshop, Location TBD.