One Perfect Spring is a pleasant book to read. Irene Hannon's ability to create characters of integrity and faith along with their unexpected behavior made this book a page turner. It wasn't a mystery to be solved that had me wondering what was going to happen next but how each character was going to deal with new situations that arose. Just when I thought I figured out how things were going to work out, surprisingly they went a different way.
The best part of this book for me was the internal struggles the main characters dealt with. So richly written, I felt like they were part of my family and I had known them all my life.
Featuring characters as every bit real as you and I, Irene Hannon's latest read will leave you craving more! The plot moves along at a steady pace as the author explores the true meaning of love and life, and how wrong decisions in the past can be overcome by taking a hopeful leap into the future. I enjoyed the many characters that grace the pages of the book, especially the character of 11-year-old Haley as her perspective on life brought both some tender and humorous moments to the story. The romances that develop throughout the story will have readers heaving a sigh (though I do wonder why the characters must always be so lovely looking and muscly). I found myself contemplating the issue of adoption and all the emotions that this would bring along with it. I can't imagine going through some of the experiences these characters do! Although I most enjoy Hannon's suspense books, I found this to be a thoroughly satisfying read as well, with beautiful writing, likable characters, and deep emotion. I like how Hannon's characters make mistakes, mistakes that any of us may find ourselves dealing with in our own lives, and how she shows that God can redeem even the hardest moments and offer us second chances.
I give this book a solid recommendation and a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.Fans of Irene Hannon will definitely enjoy this book and be glad they spent time in a world she's once again created with her talented pen.
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Irene Hannon in her new book "One Perfect Spring" published by Revell Books takes us into the life of Claire Summers.
From the back cover: Independent single mom Claire Summers is doing her best to make lemonade out of the lemons life has handed her. Workaholic Keith Watson is interested only in the bottom line-until a letter from Claire's eleven-year-old daughter reaches his desk and changes everything.
As the executive assistant to a philanthropic businessman, Keith is used to fielding requests for donations. But the girl isn't asking for money. She wants help finding the long-lost son of a neighbor. As Keith reluctantly digs into this assignment in his usual results-oriented style, he has no idea how involved he and Claire will become-nor how unusual the results will actually be. Who could have guessed that a child's kindhearted request would bring love and hope to so many lives . . . including his own?
Through compelling characters and surprising plot twists, fan favorite Irene Hannon offers this tenderhearted story that demonstrates how life is like lilacs-the biggest blooms come only after the harshest winters.
"One Perfect Spring" is a terrific read. Haley, Claire's eleven year old daughter, is only thinking of helping her next door neighbor. This is not the kind of story line you expect from any book which makes it all the more intriguing. Because of Haley Claire and Keith have to begin to work together. Ms. Hannon has taken on issues of how adoption and how it affects both the mother and the child. And also, I think, what we expect from a Foundation negative and positive. On top of everything there is also the romance. "One Perfect Spring" deals with forgiveness, reconciliation, hope and moving forward with your life. This is not a fast read, however Ms. Hannon has given us much to think about. Ms. Hannon is an excellent writer and has given us wonderful characters that live and breathe and that we come to care about as we root for their success.
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" A soft smile played at the corners of her mouth. Wouldn't it be nice if her dad was right? If a long cold winter could lead to abundance in the spring-for both lilacs and people?
It was something to hope for anyway."
It often amazes me how one author can write passionately in so many different genres.
The first book I ever read by Irene Hannon was Trapped. That was a suspense novel that bordered on "thriller" about a lady and her missing sister.
This is an inspirational contemporary romance about a single mother and her beloved daughter.
This is a short review of a long book.
An older woman who can't find peace until she finds the child she never knew. A young girl who just wants to make a wish come true.
One Perfect Spring is the story of people who get together to make a change. And who find themselves changing in the process. Multiple characters- Claire, Keith and Maureen- must deal with the past and look to the future.
This book is at once a peaceful and moving read.
There is enough detail in the characters inner and outer world that you become invested in their story. And quite a story it is. It's a story about doing the best you can with things you can't change and maybe finding those surprising things like lilacs blossoming when all you expected was leaves.
Irene Hannon is one of the few suspense authors that I read, but it's her contemporary fiction that holds the greatest attraction for me - and One Perfect Spring lives up to Irene's high standard of quality. Her prose flows smoothly and the characters are likeable, believable people that you could find in your neighborhood. They struggle with the same things we often face - how to make ends meet, serious illness, responsibilities, regrets from the past, strained relationships - even questions and doubts when it comes to faith. Yet God is at the center of this book and hope is present on every page.
One Perfect Spring is realistic, bittersweet, poignant, heartwarming - and definitely a page turner. There are four equally-strong main characters and two romantic storylines, each with great chemistry that will please romance fans. I love it when an author features a romance between an older couple, and Irene has done that exceptionally well with David and Maureen's story.
On the surface, this story is a romance - but there is so much more to discover as the story begins to unfold. Anyone who has worked hard to provide for their family, but missed many opportunities to show love through time and personal attention will relate to this story. Those who struggle with the life shadow cast by past mistakes will also be touched. I also thought the adoption theme was very moving. I initially had a suspicion as to how this particular storyline would play out, and was surprised when it went in a completely different direction. Plot twists like this add richness to the story, and I quickly realized that my idea wouldn't have been at all realistic.
These words of Maureen's stood out to me and seem to encompass the story's overall theme: "Lives should be judged as a whole, not by isolated incidents." Yes, God does redeem the past; God does heal; and God does work His purposes in our lives.
I hope many new readers will discover Irene's contemporary romance, especially One Perfect Spring. Highly recommended.
Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.