Have you ever found yourself in this situation? You read some really good books by a particular author, get hooked on her style, and then find out that she is also writing in a completely different genre. Then a question comes to mind: Can she possibly do as good a job with such a different type of story? Well, I'm happy to tell you that for Irene Hannon, the answer to that question is a resounding, "Yes!"
Just a few years ago, I discovered Irene Hannon through her suspenseful crime dramas. I was hooked on the very first book and have enjoyed every one since. When I saw some contemporary romance titles by her, I wasn't sure what to expect but decided to give them a try. And I'm so glad I did.
One Perfect Spring is a wonderful story of unexpected romance. The characters are people I would love to meet, but some you might never think to match up in the love department. A young girl makes a heart-felt request for a friend. That request brings together people who are each dealing with their own hurts and struggles . . . and the rest is a beautiful story of springtime after a hard winter season in life. The characters seem so real, and the twists and turns in the story are compelling. You are likely to smile, laugh and even shed a few tears as you follow their stories. And even though I sometimes expected it from Irene Hannon, there were no dangerous characters or situations lurking in the background!
I highly recommend One Perfect Spring to anyone who wants to enjoy a touching story of unexpected love.
Thanks to Revell Publishers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
One Perfect Spring centers around Maureen, Claire & Haley, Keith, and David. David is a successful businessman who has recently realized some things are more important than work. Keith is his protege, and David is worried Keith is missing out on certain aspects of life, like family. Maureen is a professor who recently beat cancer and has been thinking about the son she gave up for adoption, and Claire & Haley are her neighbors and close friends. A letter written by Haley intertwines all of their lives in unexpected ways.
I absolutely loved One Perfect Spring. It was the first Hannon title I've read, and I'll absolutely be reading more! I loved the truth and transparency Hannon brought to the characters while also keeping an heir of mystery about them. She allowed the story to develop naturally and didn't rush characters into situations or relationships. It was refreshing to read about adult characters who care more about other people than themselves. The religious aspects of the book were more honest than I often find in books. A strong relationship with God isn't instantaneous, and it's something a christian has to strive for. I felt these characters were interesting, realistic, and genuinely likable. If you're looking for a story with depth, honesty, and inspiration, One Perfect Spring is for you!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Just when you have an author pegged, or so you think, BAM a surprise. Irene Hannon has shown that her talents for writing are more diversified than ever. A long time fan of her mystery/suspense stories, I was not dissapointed with this fun light hearted romance. A great story, with some deep issues, you will not want to miss reading One Perfect Spring, this Spring. Ms. Hannon's storytelling abilities just amaze and wow me, and make me want to be like her when I grow up. (if I ever do that LOL) Wonderful book, that I could not put down. 5 stars. This book was provided by Revell for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
One Perfect Spring is a story that will win you over and tug at your emotions. This is my first experience reading anything written by Irene Hannon and I am glad to say it won't be my last
Life lessons make for good stories and it is much safer to read about it in an arm chair than pass the test of our older and wiser peers. Keith Watson is a young man who is going places fast. His boss, David McMillan sees Keith as he himself once was; too busy for the things that matter the most: a wife and children to enjoy living life with. He brought the philanthropy side of his firm, McMillan Charitable Foundation in-house and assigned Keith to manage its day to day operations. Perhaps seeing something bigger than himself would put life into perspective for Keith. David's wife had died a few years before leaving David to realize how much he missed by putting his work before his family. His daughter Debbie is still bitter about having a father who was always to busy for her recitals or to spend time as a family.
As the story opens we read a letter from 11-year old Haley, asking the foundation's help finding her neighbors child who was given up for adoption more than twenty years ago. As the letter goes, Dr. Chandler has been undergoing treatment for cancer and Haley want to reunite mother and son as a birthday gift. Keith tackles the challenge of finding Maureen Chandler's son with little to go on except where a private detective left the trail cold.
As the story continues life unfolds for Haley, her mother Claire, Keith, Maureen and David. All have a story to share. Anger, regret and forgiveness play a large role in this story; themes that are commonplace in human nature. It is what happens next that makes the best story and helps us understand how lives get so complicated in the first place. I did have my hankie nearby but it was worth it.
I've read all of Irene Hannon's romantic suspense novels but this was my first time reading one of her contemporary romance novels. I liked it, although I did occasionally find myself wondering when the suspense was going to come in and had to remind myself that it wasn't a suspense novel. I liked how Hannon wrote with two different story lines that were connected. We got to read about Maureen and David's story and Keith and Claire's story. I felt more connected to Keith and Claire's but that could have been because I related with Claire and her distrust of people. I struggle with trusting people and related to Claire in this way. Now that I have a taste of the Irene Hannon's contemporary romance novels, I plan to read more of them.