Thursday, October 9, 2008

Review: One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling

I received One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling from Miriam Parker at Hachette Book Group USA. A BIG thanks to Miriam and Hachette for sending me this book! I love getting books!!

One Perfect Day tells the story of two mothers - one mother who loses a family member in an accident, donating the organs; and one mother who has a family member that receives one of the donated organs. The back of the book: Nora Peterson is determined to make this Christmas perfect. Next year her twin teenagers will be off at college, and their lives will never be quite the same. With her husband delayed on a business trip abroad, Nora's nerves are already frazzled when she gets the news of a car accident that will not only change the Petersons' lives forever, but also those of another family whom they've never met.

As a nurse, Jenna Montgomery has always struggled with balancing her personal and professional life. Her daughter, Heather, has suffered from a heart defect for most of her life. Now that Heather is twenty years old and still on the organ transplant waiting list, Jenna must find a way to accept that this is likely their last Christmas together. Then the miracle that Jenna has desperately prayed for becomes a reality in an instant, and Heather's health is restored.

While Nora struggles with depression and grief, Jenna discovers that miracles aren't always easy to receive.


This is an interesting topic to explore in a novel. Even though I have not lost a close family member recently and as tragically, I found Nora's response in her grief to be very real. She is questioning herself, is angry with God, can't get out of bed. She is desperate and can't see past her grief. I can see myself responding in similar fashion. And with Jenna, her worries, actions and fears also felt very right on. I cannot fathom going through what either of these women go through in this book, but it all felt like this is exactly how it would happen and how they would react.

But...I didn't really connect with either of these women. I don't know if it's due to the fact that I've not experienced their tragedies or how the book was written. I am not great at dissecting the why's (that's why I am an engineer and despised english and literature in school) but just know that I didn't feel connected or bonded with either of these ladies. And that disappointed me because I wanted to connect with them.

Author Lauraine Snelling has written over fifty other books, both fiction and non-fiction. I think I will try another one of hers because the potential was definitely there and I don't want to judge all her books on this one being just okay.

Rating: 3/5 stars

9 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I love getting books, too! Miriam's the greatest to work with.

J. Kaye Oldner said...

This sounds like a deep, emotional read. Sorry that you didn't connect with the characters.

stacybuckeye said...

I think the premise sounds emotional. It's too bad that it didn't resonate with you.

Julie said...

Did you change your picture? It looks nice!

Michele said...

Kathy - thanks for stopping by!

J. Kaye & Stacy - I wanted to connect. I thought it was a great premise and that it would be really emotional, but it really wasn't for me. sigh...

Julie - Yep! Thanks!

Penguin Moms said...

It sounds interesting. I lost my father recently and made the decision to donate his organs -- I wonder if I would connect better with the characters because of this? I'll keep my eyes open for this book. Thanks for the review!

Michele said...

oops, the above comment is mine (the other Michele with one L!)....I was signed in on my sister's account, sorry!

sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

This is in my TBR pile. The story does sound like it has potential, I'll have to check back with you after I read it.

Thanks for an honest review. It's so refreshing to read "not stellar" every once in a while!

Michele said...

Michele & Dawn - I look forward to reading your take on the book. I am sure you will enjoy it.