One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling was such a good book for me. She writes Christian fiction and until now I had never read any of her other novels. You can be sure I will be now. I love her style of writing, the story just seems to flow so well. I also love how her writing took me on an emotional journey.
This novel is about two families who are impacted in different ways by one very tragic event-one is impacted in a good way, the other bad. The story is weaved around the two mothers in the story, Nora and Jenna. Nora wants nothing more than the perfect Christmas this year. Her twins are still home but they’re going to be off to school the next year and she just knows that everything will change after that. She just didn’t plan on it changing long before then. Jenna is a nurse with a daughter who has a bad heart-she has been on a heart transplant list for a long time and she is getting continually worse. While Nora is planning for a perfect Christmas, Jenna is wondering if this will be her last with her daughter Heather. Then, a miracle. A heart is available for Heather but as Jenna finds out sometimes a miracle isn’t as easy to accept as you would think it would be.
This novel affected me so much. I cried and I laughed. There are parts that tear at your heart and others that leave you so hopeful and full of thanks for what some people sacrifice for others in terms of organ donation. It’s a difficult situation all around. The family that loses their loved one is devastated and suffering and on the other hand the family that gets the life saving organ is overjoyed and thankful but often feel grief for the family that made the sacrifice.
I would recommend this novel especially for anyone who enjoys Christian fiction but even just for anyone who loves an emotional, heart tugging story. You can visit Lauraine Snelling’s website here. Many thanks to Miriam at Hachette Books for sending me this wonderful novel. While it is sad at times, it is also hopeful and for me that makes a very good book.