One Perfect Day: A Novel

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This is the story of two mothers, strangers to one another.

The first has two children—twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident—a fatal one involving a drunk driver.

Meanwhile, the other mother has a daughter who needs a new heart, and so the loss of one ...

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Overview

This is the story of two mothers, strangers to one another.

The first has two children—twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident—a fatal one involving a drunk driver.

Meanwhile, the other mother has a daughter who needs a new heart, and so the loss of one woman becomes the miracle the other has desperately prayed for. While one mother grieves, and pulls away from her family, the other finds that even miracles aren't always easy to receive.

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times Book Reviews
Snelling's captivating tale will immediately draw readers in. The grief process is accurately portrayed, and readers will be enthralled by the raw emotion of Jenna's and Nora's accounts.
<b><i>Romantic Times</i></b>
"The emotional takeaway of [The Way of Women] is reminiscent of Karen Kingsbury at her best. The characters' issues are neither surface nor easily solved. A challenging, fulfilling read."
Publishers Weekly

Two mothers. Two children. One tragedy. One miracle. Snelling, whose novels have sold more than two million copies, is sure to grab readers from the start of this holiday melodrama. Nora Peterson wants to create the perfect Christmas for what may be the last year her twins are home before leaving for college. Her husband's long business trip threatens her plans, but her world is about to turn upside down from far worse. As she faces tragedy, emergency room nurse Jenna Montgomery faces a miracle: her dying daughter, Heather, is getting a new heart. Snelling moves from one mother's viewpoint to the other's with ease, keeping readers riveted to Nora's emotional and spiritual healing and Jenna's understanding of her daughter's new life, as well as her own. Subplots-Nora's relationship with her daughter, Christi, and Jenna's surprise romance-add layers to this spiritually challenging and emotionally taut story. Fans of Christian women's fiction will enjoy this winning novel. (Oct. 22)

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National Church Library Association
"Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty."
Romantic Times
"The emotional takeaway of [The Way of Women] is reminiscent of Karen Kingsbury at her best. The characters' issues are neither surface nor easily solved. A challenging, fulfilling read."
RT Book Reviews
"Snelling's captivating tale will immediately draw readers in. The grief process is accurately portrayed, and readers will be enthralled by the raw emotion of Jenna's and Nora's accounts."
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"The emotional takeaway of [The Way of Women] is reminiscent of Karen Kingsbury at her best. The characters' issues are neither surface nor easily solved. A challenging, fulfilling read."—Romantic Times

"Snelling's captivating tale will immediately draw readers in. The grief process is accurately portrayed, and readers will be enthralled by the raw emotion of Jenna's and Nora's accounts."—RT Book Reviews

"Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty."—National Church Library Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446582100
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 10/22/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 178,822
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauraine Snelling

Lauraine Snelling has been writing since 1980, with over 65books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. Lauraine's books consistently appear on CBA bestseller lists and have been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German. A hallmark of her style is writing about real issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence, and cancer within a compelling story. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Bassett named Chewy. Visit her Web site at www.laurainesnelling.com.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    Heartwarming

    I read the back cover and was curious. As soon as I read the first chapter I fell in love with the characters and plot. I would recommend this book for anyone who loves heartwarming books.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Compelling, uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time.

    As is true with all of Lauraine Snelling's books, the characters are compelling and everything they feel you feel also. This book realistically portrays the pain of actual loss, the fear of potential loss, the questioning of faith and the power of hope. It deals sensitively and honestly with a situation where one person's gain is another's tragedy. A warning though --it is not an easy read, particularly if you happen to be the parent of teenagers. The heartbreak of losing your child really comes through. It is also not a terrific book to read on mass transit unless you feel okay sniffling in public. Ms. Snelling is truly a talented author and a gift to her readers.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Thin ending

    Enjoyed the book but very disappointed with the ending. Felt like the author ran out of time and threw in a quick conclusion. Looked for a sequel but haven't found one yet. Really got into the characters and story, but feel like I was yanked out of it before I was ready!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    LOVE!

    You can't put this book down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2008

    A blessing for one brings mourning for another¿

    One Perfect Day <BR/>Lauraine Snelling<BR/>Faith Words, 2008<BR/>ISBN: 9780446582100<BR/>Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 12/08<BR/>5 stars<BR/>A blessing for one brings mourning for another¿<BR/>Lauraine Snelling intertwines the threads of two families as they face a drastic change in their lives. Jenna Montgomery¿s daughter has been on the heart transplant list for a long time. They know this is possibly their last Christmas together. Nora Peterson¿s Christmas is perfect until there is a knock on the door. There has been a car accident¿<BR/>Jenna prayed for a miracle and praises God that a heart is available for her daughter. Nora is angry with God. How could He take someone she loves away from her? Nora sinks into a deep depression. She turns away from the one that can bring her peace, Jesus Christ. <BR/>I found myself in tears more than once while reading this book. I praised God right along with Jenna and mourned with Nora. ¿God is the great recycler.¿ What a wonderful phrase. I have signed the back of my driver¿s license and told my family to donate whatever organs are recyclable. Lauraine Snelling is a talented author. Her characters come to life on the pages. Snelling is at the top of my must-read authors list.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    Realistic Observation

    This is a story of two extreme and opposite emotions; devastation and elation. It took you through these two emotions with characters that were very believable. It is a story of human endurance.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    The Perfect Christmas Gift for readers

    One Perfect Day is a gripping tale of hope and loss, of sorrow and joy. Most of all it celebrates the gift of love as one family struggles to accept their son's death and allow his organs to give the gift of life to someone else. Snelling's masterfully portrays both sides of the emotion fraught organ donor program. I was not ready for the book to end when I turned the last page. These characters had become friends and I didn't want the friendship to end. <BR/><BR/>One Perfect Day is the perfect Christmas present for any reader on your list. I give it my highest recommendation; any book that leaves me wanting more is a five-star read.<BR/><BR/>Ane Mulligan

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2008

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    This is a poignant emotional tale of two families connected by the organ transplant

    Nora wants the perfect Christmas for her family. She looks forward along with her twins Charlie and Christi to the return of her spouse and their father from Germany. However the Riverbend police arrive at Nora¿s home to inform her a tragedy occurs when Charlie is in a car accident and is in the hospital¿s ICU only kept alive by a ventilator. His dad, delayed in Germany, rushes home to try to be at the side of his son.<BR/><BR/>Jenna is a single mother praying for a miracle for her daughter, Heather. If the child fails to get a heart transplant by Christmas she will be dead. A miracle occurs when a heart is found for Heather. Though Jenna rejoices, Nora mourns. <BR/><BR/>This is a poignant emotional tale of two families connected by the organ transplant. Both families come across as real especially their reactions to what is going on. Besides making a strong plea for the organ donation program, ONE PERFECT DAY points out that for each life saved, someone else mourns the loss of a life. Lauraine Snelling provides a deep inspirational novel.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    Eye opening, heartfelt story

    This was a glimpse into the lives of families on both sides of organ donation. Good story. It ended sooner than i thought it would, but with a satisfying ending.

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  • Posted June 17, 2014

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    For Nora Peterson, this was going to be the Christmas her family

    For Nora Peterson, this was going to be the Christmas her family would long remember. After all the countless times her husband, Gordon, has been traveling for business, they were all going to be home together to celebrate those time honored traditions she had hoped would continue on as her twin teenagers Charlie and Christi grew and had families of their own. Knowing that Gordon would be flying home late from Germany she had hoped he would at least call to let her know he was on his way. When she tried calling his phone all she got was voice mail. The only thing she could do was simply pray that everything would be fine despite the worry settling in her stomach. Her children were expected home soon and then they would begin the Christmas celebration none of them would ever forget. Everything would be just perfect. .

    For Jenna Montgomery, this would undoubtedly be her daughter, Heather's last Christmas. Growing weaker by the day due to a defect in her heart, she wasn't sure just where she was on the transplant list. For them, they refused to speak of things in their finality. Last time decorating the tree, last time making Christmas cookies or opening presents. At least for Jenna should could hope that it would be a good Christmas for Heather. But when she announced she was more tired than she expected and running a slight fever, Jenna knew from her experience as an ER nurse that these were not the signs of something good, but her worst fears being confirmed. She was losing Heather and they wouldn't even make it to see Christmas this year.

    Sometimes life hands up things we hoped would never fall on our plates. We always hope that the bad things in life will escape us and happen to someone else. But when that doesn't happen, it is hard for us to remember how to breathe again. To remember despite all the doubts, that God is still in control even if it seems like this went by His attention unnoticed. If God can do anything, why doesn't He answer our prayers they way we want? For both the Peterson's and the Montgomery family, both of their prayers will be answered just not in the fashioned either had hoped. How each family deals with those answers takes the readers on a chilling look at what grief looks like during one of the worst times in a families life and how they will rise to find a way to move ahead and see the good God can bring from it.

    I received One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained in this review are strictly my own. This is a difficult novel to read because it deals with death and the implications that affect the family in such a surreal way, you can easily relate to what it must be like dealing with the situation. While grief affects us all differently, there is no time table for when life returns to normal. For some, they find solace in getting back into their routines again; for others simply trying to find a way to get through the day is a challenge in itself. I believe Lauraine did an exceptional job at taking one of the hardest subjects to face in life and show the beauty that can come from it even though it never fades. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and it even includes a reader discussion guide that is perfect for book clubs or for small study groups dealing with loss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Recommend

    This is a heart wrenching story of two mothers and their young adult children. A book club would have a lot of discussion with this book's topics. Readers who want to stretch their view of modern issues would discover much food for thought in ONE PERFECT DAY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Highly recommend

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A great read!

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