One Perfect Spring is beautiful story, that took me completely by surprise with its tenderness, and unpredictability. I thought I had it all figured out...turns out I didn't.
One girl's letter brings the hard-working Keith, and her single mother, Claire, together in this heartfelt, compelling novel from Irene Hannon.
Filled with well written characters, this superb novel leaps from the pages. Different from Ms. Hannon's trademark suspense/thriller novels, this book is not any less engaging. This book reminded me of the kind of compelling yet heartfelt story that you might see in a Hallmark movie.
This was a wonderfully written novel, I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that it definitely surprised me with how it ended.
One of my favorite characters was definitely Haley, Claire's eleven year old daughter, she was very straightforward and endearing.
Overall, this is a wonderful stand alone novel. Full of faith and great characters, I never knew where or how this book would end, yet that only made me love it more. Definitely a book well worth the read!
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First, what a lovely cover, don't you think? I loved the vibrant colors. I have been wanting to read Irene Hannon for a long time and have finally gotten around to it with this book.
This is a story about over coming your past and not letting the past define you. Only Jesus can define us. Each character in this book is dealing with something from their past and trying to move on, heal from it, or forget it.
This book is rich in layers and it's hard to just pin down one thing because there are a lot of characters in this book but their stories overlap in some way. Irene has done a great job making it all connect.
Our two main characters, Claire and Keith, are definitely rough around the edges in the beginning but as usually is the case they have wounds they need to deal with. The questions is how will they deal with it? And can they help each other overcome the things that are holding them back? Will they rely on God to help them?
Well, you'll just have to read the book for yourself to see what happens and to meet all these amazing characters, I know you will find something in this book that is a treasure to you :)
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
When 11 year old Haley Summers overhears a confidential private conversation between her mom and their next-door neighbor she writes a letter. Little did anyone realize what such a letter would bring about.
One Perfect Spring is the result of Haley's letter to David McMillan asking for help in locating a child given up over 20 years ago. David McMillan sees this as an opportunity to help his work-obsessed executive assistant to see beyond the job. But to help Keith Watson he must first get the okay from Dr. Maureen Chandler.
Maureen agrees to David's plan to help Keith because she sees this as an opportunity to help Claire, Haley's mom. As the search for this long-lost son progresses healing is about to come into many lives.
Keith, David, Maureen, and Claire are all wounded, hurting people but working together to answer Haley's letter brings unexpected surprises that no one saw coming.
One Perfect Spring is a stand-alone book, so if you've never picked up a book by Irene Hannon before you won't have to play catch-up or have to figure out who everyone is. If you've read Irene Hannon's previous works you won't be disappointed in One Perfect Spring. The characters are compelling and you care about them with all their quirks and idiosyncrasies. Irene creates believable characters and one can easily see them as one's own friends, neighbors, and family.
This book takes a look at adoption and looks at it through the eyes of both a mother who gave up her child and a child who was adopted. Another issue that is looked at is being a driven workaholic. Seeing both sides of a story can open ones eyes and One Perfect Spring will certainly do that!
Get ready for a "Lilac Spring" in this contemporary romance from the pen of Irene Hannon.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Haley is a young girl who writes a letter hoping to surprise her neighbor with a very special birthday gift hopefully funded by a foundation owned by David, a widower. David believes his young associate at work would benefit from looking into this young girl's request. Keith reluctantly takes the time to chase down leads in the hopes of fulfilling the request posed in Haley's letter.
While this novel definitely has romance in it as shown on the cover, there is more depth to the tale than simply romance per se; it includes forgiveness, faith, love and trust to name a few, as well as how broken lives can not only be repaired by God, but look brand new. Irene Hannon's writings are filled with tantalizing plots, including this recent book.
Hope was the overall general feeling to the novel, but there were some surprises in the story line I never saw coming. In fact, quite a few times, I thought I had the ending figured out, but was surprised at each new direction the plot took. There is the reality that past mistakes even when forgiven by God and anyone else, need time for others to once again believe a relationship is possible. The real idea of working through past issues was one theme I really appreciated portrayed in the characters' lives.
I enjoyed how young Haley had such a childlike faith and wisdom that spoke to the heart of her mother who had been through some hard times. I loved how Keith decided to face his past perceptions of his birth mother and learn the truth he couldn't have known when he was so young. The novel is not just entertaining, but also food for thought and not so heavy as to weigh down the joyful experience of reading another Hannon book.
For me, what keeps Irene Hannon's books exceptional is the hope infused in every page, so that when I am done my heart is light again. To give God the center stage in the book is a true stroke of genius whether the players are solid in their relationship or struggling. God is always there to redeem the past, lighten our loads and give us hope regardless of our sins and the decisions we sometimes wish we could change. God uses all things to transform us more into the image of Jesus if we are willing. Works of fiction such as this remind us of these truths.
I'm such a fan of Irene Hannon's suspense that I'm always a bit startled to be reminded that she is just as adept at writing contemporary romantic fiction. I enjoyed That Certain Summer (reviewed here), and One Perfect Spring charmed me from the opening pages. I couldn't help but be drawn to both Claire and Keith, in spite of their determination to keep each other at arm's length. Of course, I immediately fell in love with Claire's daughter and her tender compassion, and the neighbor she is endeavoring to help touched my heart as well. Warm and poignant without being overly sentimental or mushy, One Perfect Spring will bring a smile to your your heart.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."