Magical. There's something so appealing about a story that revolves around a child's innocent request. Hannon's ability to develop vivid characters that leap off the page make this the kind of read you want to linger over. Masterful storytelling expertly knit diverse lives together in a powerful way. It's a thrilling plot that left me stunned by an unexpected revelation. I laughed, I cried and I worried over Claire and Keith and David and Maureen and young Haley who started it all.
A charming tale that will linger with you long after you've read the last word.
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I always look forward to a new book by this author, as I KNOW it will be a fast paced tale, that compels me to read it at once and not put it down until the last page has been read. This book was no exception !
Claire Summers, an independent, single mom is doing her best to make the best of the mess that confronted her life. Workaholic, Keith Watson, has only one interest- his job, UNTIL a letter from Claire's eleven year old daughter reaches his desk and changes everything. As the executive assistant to a philanthropic business man, Keith is used to fielding requests for donations, however this letter stands out , in that NO money is being requested. All this young girl desires, is for her neighbor to find her long lost son, and she is unable to do it by herself. She needs his help! Although Keith is not eager to comply with these wishes. he digs into this assignment with his usual results oriented style. Little does he realize, how involved he will become with Claire and how "unusual" the results will be. Who would ever think that one child's desire would bring love and hope to so many lives??? including his own!!
The characters in this book had me intrigued from the first chapter. They were realistically described in such a way, that I immediately could feel their joys, hurts, pain and confusion. Their challenges became mine and I became a cheerleader for them in tough times.
The plot twists and has so many unexpected turns that at times, I had to stop and think! How is this going to end?? Where is this leading??
All in all, this book is a tenderhearted story that proves to us that life can bloom after the harshest season!! It truly is a story of miracles resulting from faith.
Definitely a five star book!!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. and Revell. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Irene Hannon certainly knew what she was doing by opening One Perfect Spring with a letter from eleven year old Haley Summers! I had to know more about Haley, who was such a thoughtful young lady, but more than that I wanted to know whether she would get the help she ask for. Once I started reading the story so many characters wormed their way into my heart, from Claire, single mom to Hailey who is a second grade school teacher whose life is hectic to Maureen Chandler and the health battle she is facing. Each character seemed so realistic, but more than that they experienced real ups and downs. I easily felt like I had stepped into their lives, and honestly cared about how their stories would turn out. I enjoyed seeing the story unfold from the different perspectives of the characters, it really propelled the plot along for me. Overall a touching story that reminds readers that what might be our plan isn't always what God has in mind for us, but we can be assured that he certainly has a plan for us.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
Spring did not start out perfectly for Keith Watkins. His boss David McMillian, a wealthy contractor, has put him in charge of his benevolent accounts. Keith is to sift through the many requests for help, looking for those worthy of help and attention. Across his desk comes a letter from Haley asking for help finding her neighbor's son who had been given up for adoption 29 years ago. Keith is less than enthused. David, his boss, wishes him to pursue it. What Keith does not disclose is that he too is adopted and despite being raised by wonderful parents, he always felt his birth mother cast him aside.
During the course of his investigation, he meets Haley's mom, Claire, a lovely struggling single mom. David, a widower, meets Maureen, the lovely Professor who gave up her son years ago. Spring begins to turn out perfectly.
This was a sweet story of lessons learned and mistakes made right. It was a story of healing and forgiveness.
I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
I am a big fan of Irene Hannon. But I have mainly chosen to read her suspense stories as those are more my cup of tea. Not that I don't mind a contemporary novel every now and then with more light reading but that is not my normal choice. This one sounded interesting and I liked it well enough.
The main character is a woman named Claire. She has an 11 year old daughter who writes a letter to a firm after hearing about the good deeds they do. So why does she write them? Her neighbor gave up a child for adoption many years ago and would love to find him but doesn't want to make everything public. So Haley pens this letter asking for help in finding Maureen's son. The note finds its way to Keith, a man who is all job and no fun. He dismisses the letter but his boss wants him to take the job. He has ulterior motives in wanting to help Keith move away from the all-business lifestyle. The boss, who is still grieving the death of his wife, had that lifestyle and realizes his mistakes after it is too late. Hence him trying to help Keith.
To make a long story short, we see romance in several lives and relationships restored. There were many fun parts but overall this is a sober book with lessons on forgiveness, family and love. I just loved Maureen and David(Keith's boss) and they were probably my favorite characters. Keith had a pretty nasty attitude in the beginning and throughout some of the book while Claire is a very stubborn and independent woman. Not that these were bad things at all but I found it hard to swallow at times. Overall though a great story! One to read so you can relax.
I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts are 100% mine.