Book Review of ‘One Perfect Day’

One Perfect Day,one-perfect-day
Written By: Lauraine Snelling
Published By: Faith Words, A division of Hachette Book Group USA Inc., 2008, First Edition, 303 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-0-446-58210-0

One Perfect Day is a heartbreaking, religious story surrounding two families; one receives the gift of life, while the other is crushed with devastation, loss and sorrow.”

Nora Peterson and her seventeen year old twins Charlie and Christi have been busily gearing up for the Christmas season with yummy baked goods, hot apple cider and trimming their beautiful Christmas tree.
When her husband Gordon’s return from a business trip is delayed, Nora becomes very concerned and anxiously waits for his call.
As Nora and her daughter Christi wait at home for news about Gordon, Charlie goes off to party with some guy friends. When the phone rings, it’s just Charlie calling to get permission to drop off some friends after the party, no big deal.
Though the cold, snowy roads might be slippery, Nora tries to stay calm and prays that everyone will be safe as they travel.
Later that same evening, when a knock at the door startles them, Nora opens it to find two police officers waiting.  Their horrific news devastates her; her beloved son Charlie has been gravely injured in a car crash.

Jenna Montgomery has decided to make this Christmas as memorable as possible. With her daughter Heather’s ever deteriorating heart condition, this would most likely be the last one they get to share together.
Though Jenna is a trained registered nurse, she still completely unprepared to watch her precious daughter’s life fade away. Twenty year old Heather is on the organ donor list for a heart but her chances of receiving one in time are slim. Both mother and daughter instinctively understand that Heather’s days are numbered.
Then a phone call changes everything. Wonderful news, they’ve found a heart! Jenna and Heather fly to Nebraska Medical Center where Heather is to be immediately prepped for surgery.

One Perfect Day is a deeply moving story that pulls the reader in from the very first page.  The pain and sorrow felt by some of the characters was very accurately and realistically depicted. More then once I found my eyes filling with tears of empathy and sadness.
The writing style was easy to read and flowed smoothly.
The characters were well written, detailed and realistic. I really enjoyed this book. 
As an atheist, I found the religious content distracting and unnecessary.
For anyone who is religious (I say this without derision), the spiritual content would likely be enjoyable because of its poignancy.
I highly recommend this book!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (8 out of 10 Diamonds) – Thoroughly enjoyed it

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A special thanks to Miriam at Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy.


6 thoughts on “Book Review of ‘One Perfect Day’

  1. It is a sad story and it’s very ‘real’.
    The pain and sorrow that Nora in particular feels, is so powerful and intense that it is felt very strongly by the reader.
    I’m happy to hear that it’s on your wishlist Judith :-)


  2. Oooo.. this sounds really good. I keep reading wonderful reviews on this book. I keep reading over and over that the author really has a way to pull you into the story and that is is really heartwarming. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. I hope you get a copy soon Kathy.

    This book is particularly difficult book to read for any mother or father, as our pain would be as intense as Nora’s and perhaps more so, if we ever lost our children.

    I don’t know what I would do if I lost my little guy…I honestly think that I’d wither up and quickly fade away…


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