One Perfect Day  -     By: Lauraine Snelling
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Two mothers end up more closely connected that they could dream...and yet they are strangers.

As Christmas Eve quickly approaches, one mother waits anxiously for her husband to return from an overseas business trip, so they can celebrate their last Christmas together before the twins head off to college.

However, the other mother barely notices the Christmas festivities since her daughter is waiting desperately for a new heart and prays for a miracle. God's miracles are sometimes bittersweet.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0446582107
ISBN-13: 9780446582100
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Publisher's Description

This is the story of two mothers, strangers to one another.

The first has two children--twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident--a fatal one involving a drunk driver.

Meanwhile, the other mother has a daughter who needs a new heart, and so the loss of one woman becomes the miracle the other has desperately prayed for. While one mother grieves, and pulls away from her family, the other finds that even miracles aren't always easy to receive.

Author Bio

Lauraine Snelling has been writing since 1980, with over 65 books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. Her books consistently appear on CBA bestseller lists, and have been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German. A hallmark of her style is writing about real issues within a compelling story. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Bassett named Chewy. Visit her Web site at www.laurainesnelling.com.

Publisher's Weekly

Two mothers. Two children. One tragedy. One miracle. Snelling, whose novels have sold more than two million copies, is sure to grab readers from the start of this holiday melodrama. Nora Peterson wants to create the perfect Christmas for what may be the last year her twins are home before leaving for college. Her husband's long business trip threatens her plans, but her world is about to turn upside down from far worse. As she faces tragedy, emergency room nurse Jenna Montgomery faces a miracle: her dying daughter, Heather, is getting a new heart. Snelling moves from one mother's viewpoint to the other's with ease, keeping readers riveted to Nora's emotional and spiritual healing and Jenna's understanding of her daughter's new life, as well as her own. Subplots—Nora's relationship with her daughter, Christi, and Jenna's surprise romance—add layers to this spiritually challenging and emotionally taut story. Fans of Christian women's fiction will enjoy this winning novel. (Oct. 22)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"Snelling, whose novels have sold more than two million copies, is sure to grab readers from the start of this holiday melodrama...[a] spiritually challenging and emotionally taut story. Fans of Christian women's fiction will enjoy this winning novel."—Publishers Weekly



Snelling's captivating tale will immediately draw readers in. The grief process is accurately portrayed, and readers will be enthralled by the raw emotion of Jenna's and Nora's accounts.—Romantic Times Book Reviews
"Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty."—National Church Library Association

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  1. South Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Compelling Drama
    August 13, 2014
    Margot
    South Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    This review was written for One Perfect Day: A Novel - eBook.
    Wow! So much sadness, so much joy. Ms Snelling captured the all-consuming, overwhelming, life-changing grief of losing a child so well - almost as though she experienced it first hand to be able to express such depths of despair so completely. I was a little frustrated with Nora, perhaps because I'm a "soldier on for the good of the family despite my own grief" sort of person, and Nora was clearly not! I thoroughly enjoyed the Jenna side of the story, especially how quickly her thoughts turned to the grief of the donor family and how she let their loss temper her ecstasy over the hope a new heart for her daughter could bring. She was so sensitive and the transformation from nurse/mum to just Mum was a joy to watch.

    This book gives a very thought provoking look at both sides of organ donation, something which every family needs to make up their own minds about without any judgement or criticism. The story contains neither judgement or pressure to decide either way and I recommend it, although it should probably be accompanied by a box of tissues!
  2. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    All they wanted was the perfect day!
    June 17, 2014
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    For Nora Peterson, this was going to be the Christmas her family would long remember. After all the countless times her husband, Gordon, has been traveling for business, they were all going to be home together to celebrate those time honored traditions she had hoped would continue on as her twin teenagers Charlie and Christi grew and had families of their own. Knowing that Gordon would be flying home late from Germany she had hoped he would at least call to let her know he was on his way. When she tried calling his phone all she got was voice mail. The only thing she could do was simply pray that everything would be fine despite the worry settling in her stomach. Her children were expected home soon and then they would begin the Christmas celebration none of them would ever forget. Everything would be just perfect. .

    For Jenna Montgomery, this would undoubtedly be her daughter, Heather's last Christmas. Growing weaker by the day due to a defect in her heart, she wasn't sure just where she was on the transplant list. For them, they refused to speak of things in their finality. Last time decorating the tree, last time making Christmas cookies or opening presents. At least for Jenna should could hope that it would be a good Christmas for Heather. But when she announced she was more tired than she expected and running a slight fever, Jenna knew from her experience as an ER nurse that these were not the signs of something good, but her worst fears being confirmed. She was losing Heather and they wouldn't even make it to see Christmas this year.

    Sometimes life hands up things we hoped would never fall on our plates. We always hope that the bad things in life will escape us and happen to someone else. But when that doesn't happen, it is hard for us to remember how to breathe again. To remember despite all the doubts, that God is still in control even if it seems like this went by His attention unnoticed. If God can do anything, why doesn't He answer our prayers they way we want? For both the Peterson's and the Montgomery family, both of their prayers will be answered just not in the fashioned either had hoped. How each family deals with those answers takes the readers on a chilling look at what grief looks like during one of the worst times in a families life and how they will rise to find a way to move ahead and see the good God can bring from it.

    I received One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained in this review are strictly my own. This is a difficult novel to read because it deals with death and the implications that affect the family in such a surreal way, you can easily relate to what it must be like dealing with the situation. While grief affects us all differently, there is no time table for when life returns to normal. For some, they find solace in getting back into their routines again; for others simply trying to find a way to get through the day is a challenge in itself. I believe Lauraine did an exceptional job at taking one of the hardest subjects to face in life and show the beauty that can come from it even though it never fades. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and it even includes a reader discussion guide that is perfect for book clubs or for small study groups dealing with loss.
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    December 19, 2011
    LoveForever
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The book had a great message and a great story, but the author took too much time explaining every little thing about what the characters were doing. "She picked up her coffee cup, filled it up with coffee, drank it, put the coffee cup in the sink, rinsed it out, and put it back in the cupboard." Things like that. Other than that, the book really was very good and uplifting in the most dreadful of circumstances.
  4. Hummelstown, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is a very moving book showing God's love
    December 6, 2010
    Terry
    Hummelstown, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The way God's love is protrail in this book is very moving. There is forgiveness, love & how to get back on the right track if you only give God one more try. God is always there for us. We just need to reach out to Him. While reading the One Prefect Day you felt like you were right in the story & going through the lives with the characters.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 1, 2009
    Linda Landreth
    I couldn't put it down or the box of tissues either. This told the need of organ donors and the impact on both families. Great.
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