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!
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.
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.
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.