One Perfect Spring: A Novel

One Perfect Spring: A Novel

by Irene Hannon
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One Perfect Spring: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Spring did not start out perfectly for Keith Watkins. His boss David McMillian, a wealthy contractor, has put him in charge of his benevolent accounts. Keith is to sift through the many requests for help, looking for those worthy of help and attention. Across his desk comes a letter from Haley asking for help finding her neighbor’s son who had been given up for adoption 29 years ago. Keith is less than enthused. David, his boss, wishes him to pursue it. What Keith does not disclose is that he too is adopted and despite being raised by wonderful parents, he always felt his birth mother cast him aside. During the course of his investigation, he meets Haley’s mom, Claire, a lovely struggling single mom. David, a widower, meets Maureen, the lovely Professor who gave up her son years ago. Spring begins to turn out perfectly. This was a sweet story of lessons learned and mistakes made right. It was a story of healing and forgiveness. I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
HeartofaBookWorm More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness! This book is a MUST to have on your reading list! It has everything a good book needs to keep you turning pages until there are none left to turn! One Perfect String will hit almost every one of your emotions and leave you feeling inspired! A sweet story that has many twists and things happen that I didn't see coming at all! I just fell in love with little Haley and her sweet heart! Please put this on your reading list! I know you will love it and want to pass it along to someone else  :) It's just that good!
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
Ever wonder what makes a workaholic? Even though he's good looking and likeable, no girl has ever caught Keith Watson's eye. There's no time for romance; he's in love with his work. Truth be told, Keith has some skeletons in his closet that must be brought to light before he can trust or love a woman. His early childhood haunts him. Have you ever considered how anyone could give up her child for adoption? Could you? In this novel, adoption is examined from many perspectives.This well-written story contains some suggestions that make sense. I enjoyed the way Irene Hannon weaves the story of Keith. The pace is believable, and the ending is just right. I highly recommend this one. Thank you to Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my copy.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
ONE PERFECT SPRING by Irene Hannon is an interesting Contemporary Fiction. Follow, single Mom, Claire Summers, Claire's eleven year old daughter, Haley, Dr. Chandler, who had a son, she gave up for adoption, when she was younger, and Keith Watson, a workaholic and an executive assistant to a philanthropic businessman on their journey of discovery,faith,love and a child's Birthday wish for another. A letter from a little girl could change everything. What an emotional tale of adoption, romance, love, faith, forgiveness, hope, and healing. Do, have a tissue or handkerchief at the ready, you will need it, I am sure, I did. A very emotional but tenderhearted tale of hope, and love, with many twists and turns. I enjoyed ONE PERFECT SPRING. I usually read her Romantic Suspense stories, but I gotta say her Contemporary Romance is just as thrilling and emotional. It will leave you speechless as well as warms your heart and soul. Well done!! Received for an honest review. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't stop reading sorry it is finished.
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TalesOfAPeanut More than 1 year ago
Haley Summers is 11 years old and writes a letter to a business that grants charitable requests to find her neighbors long lost son.  Many lives are changed as Keith Watson is tasked with the project.  A tale of discovery, romance against all odds, and a rekindling of their relationship with God, you will enjoy reading about Claire Summers, Keith Watson, Maureen Chandler, and David McMillan as their lives are drawn together through the search for Maureen's son. A compelling story that draws you in to the lives of the characters and entices you to continue reading.  This novel is very well written and invites the reader into the lives of the characters.  Addressing many common issues facing people today such as a distance from God and how relationships evolve this book with appeal to all ages of readers. Publication date: May 6, 2014 Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Setting: Present day St. Louis, Missouri  Rating: A *I received a copy of this book from the publisher but all opinions are my own.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
One Perfect Spring is a good reminder that author Irene Hannon can tackle any genre. I thought this book to be a tougching, heart warming and sometimes gut wrenching read. It is also a good reminder that God is always in control. A good, clean read. 4 stars.
VicG More than 1 year ago
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. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   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.”
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
" 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. Thank you Revell for our review copy!
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
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.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
The nutshell: A single mom with an 11 year old daughter, a neighbor diagnosed with cancer, and a letter that changed the trajectory of their lives forever. A die-hard, workaholic single guy with a boss whose life became more clear after the passing of his wife and the same letter that intercepted into their lives and collided these four people together. The pro's: What a sweet story of forgiveness, choosing to move forward and living life to its fullest no matter the past. This is a feel-good story that leaves you wanting to live life better, to not miss the little things that God has placed in your path and to love others despite their flaws. The con's: Not much to say against this book. It felt like the relationships moved pretty quick-like, but overall, a great read. Suggestion: If you like books with more depth and meat on them, this is not for you. If you like books with a light, sweet storyline...then this is your gig. Revell Books sent me this complimentary book to review for them. The opinions expressed above are my own.
RandomAmb More than 1 year ago
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.
bookgirl_2134 More than 1 year ago
I usually read her Christian Suspence books and LOVE them, so I decided to give her general Christian Fiction a try.  I am so glad I did! This book was emotional, moving, touching, a genuine tear-jerker at times. Her characters were easy to connect to and relatable, which can be rare in CF.  The message of faith, forgiveness, give your troubles to God, in particular a passage from Jeremiah (29:11) was voiced by a character and has stayed in the present of my mind since finishing this book weeks ago.(Jeremiah 29:11). “ "I know well the plans I have in mind for you, plans for your welfare, not for woe, plans to give you a future full of hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) .A digital copy was provided to me by Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Hayley had the best of intentions when she wrote her letter asking for help with a birthday present for her neighbor. Little did she or those around her know how much those few words were going to change all of their lives.  In One Perfect Spring, Irene Hannon takes on the topic of adoption. She weaves an enticing tale that shows some of the effects of this situation for everyone involved, the adoptive parents, the adopted child, and the parent putting the child up for adoption. While this is not a suspense novel it still has Irene's signature fast paced story that includes unexpected twists.  The book also contains a couple of very moving love stories. Claire has been burned by love before and she's not sure she'll ever be willing to take the chance again. Then Keith shows up and all her carefully constructed barriers begin to crumble. But Keith has some of his own barriers that need to be dealt with. Then there is Maureen. She's sixty something and never been married. She was devastated by love in her thirties and has sworn never to let it happen again. But in a very providential move David enters her life and she'll never be the same. There is so much to like about this book. It delves deeply into the emotional scars that we contract in our lives and it also shows what a healing balm love can be. If you are a fan of Irene Hannon you're going to be thrilled with this book. If you've never read her work before, you are in for a real treat! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
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.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
Multiple Christy Award finalist and winner of two Rita awards, Irene Hannon has written another contemporary romance that will satisfy those who crave a good romance story.  In fact, One Perfect Spring offers up two parallel stories, one of the reasons I liked the book. With two stories, there is more to keep you interested, but unlike some books which feature whole villages of characters, you will not be overwhelmed with an ever changing landscape of characters.  Claire Summer, a single mother, and eleven year old daughter Haley have bonded with their next door neighbor, sixty year old college professor Maureen.  When Maureen, recently recovered from cancer, confides to Claire that she once gave up a son for adoption, Haley overhears the conversation and decides to take action.  She writes a letter to McMillan Charitable Foundation, the positive PR arm of David McMillan's successful company, asking them to help find Maureen's son, now an adult in his twenties. There the letter is read by the work alcoholic Keith Watson who quickly puts the letter on the discard pile, only to learn the next day that boss David has given the letter a second read and has decided that Keith should start pursuing an adoption search.  While the search's purpose is reuniting family, it will surprise you which people make "family repairs" and where romance buds.  As our high school's mixed choir said in their recent concert, "Spring is the time for romance."  So if it is going to be one perfect spring, there must be romance! What I liked best about this book: 1. Haley adds interest to the story, but she isn't annoyingly over-mature or too infantile for the story.  Her presence rings true.  2.  David and Maureen are "mature" characters, age-wise, and I liked their presence.  As a reader, I am really beyond the romances targeted at the younger crowd.  The problems from their past which both are trying to resolve are realistic, the kind of mistakes that those in later mid-life really do regret.  Their flaws are not easy fixes and clearly show that we can sometimes be too late to make amends. 3.  Both David and Keith are well developed characters, even more so than Claire and Maureen, very unique in romance stories.  Too often the men in romance stories are nothing more than testosterone and good looks, or they are portrayed as perfect romantics who understand everything about their women (Have you ever met one of those guys?  Really?)  These two men have flaws, but are worth being "caught." I received a copy of One Perfect Spring from Revell Publications for review purposes.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are mine.
booklover_zech More than 1 year ago
Hannon told this story through four different perspectives: Keith, David, Marianna, and Claire.  While this could be confusing, Hannon did a well enough job of indicating early on in each new section or chapter whose voice we were reading. The voices themselves were pretty similiar, so Hannon had to distinguish using clues to the character's background, other characters, or just plain saying their name. "One Perfect Spring" is classified as a Christian Romance. I really appreciated how the author portrayed the married couples: hot and steamy! Marriage can, and is, hot and enjoyable! Most people have this perception that once you get married the romance dies away, and it doesn't have too. Even just the small focuses that Hannon put on marriage was a win in my book. Please note that while I say 'hot and steamy' this book is completely appropriate and wouldn't make your grandmother blush. The 'Christian' bits felt rather like an afterthought. Like perhaps Hannon wrote the book, and once completed, went back and added some Christian influence here and there. It was not a main focus by any means. I would feel completely safe recommending this to non-Christian friends who enjoy clean romances. Overall, I have to give "One Perfect Spring" three stars. I was happy with two of the characters, the brief portrayals of marriage, couples with respectful relationships, and the realisticness of the stories. But other parts I found a bit dull or forgettable. Having four perspectives is hard to keep up with, and while Hannon did a decent job, it was still a bit much. I was also hoping for more  of a Christian voice throughout the novel. Like I mentioned before, I could easily recommend it to non-Christian and Christian friends alike who might be looking for a light spring, early summer read. --I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
Warm and Poignant, Highly Recommended! 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.”
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Haley Summer wants to give her neighbor a special birthday gift so she writes a letter to McMillan Charitable Foundation requesting help finding the son her neighbor gave up for adoption 22 years ago.  Haley’s letter causes a chain of events that no one expects or anticipates and brings about changes in her neighbors life, her mom’s life, and the lives of two people at McMillan Corporation, Keith and David.  As Keith’s adoptive mom says to him, “we are all shaped by our backgrounds…” Many characters in this book are trying to reconcile their past and move toward a new future.  I thought it was a heartwarming story and enjoyed reading about how the new relationships generated by Haley’s letter developed and blossomed.  My favorite character was Maureen because she always seemed to have an encouraging word and she exhibited grace and wisdom. My other favorite character was Haley, with her sunny disposition and her candor.  In her unfiltered way, Haley was able to express sentiments when the adults were afraid to expose their feelings.  And it was her expressions of truth that brought relationships together.  I also appreciated that not everything was resolved perfectly, mimicking real life, making the story more believable. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction and a cast of likeable characters.   I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for an honest review.
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MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Irene Hannon’s One Perfect Spring is a one perfect story, from beginning to end; I didn’t want it to end. The story made it so real life, and yet maybe at times to real. This is a book that once you turn the final page, it will linger with you and you won’t forget. We have not one, but two romances that made me feel like I was one of them. We face head on cancer, and touch on child abuse, and divorce among others. The main characters are rather strong woman and survivors. There is a strong display of Faith shone which tends to lead others to the Lord, in this case a nudge back on the right path. The young lady here, an eleven-year old and quite precocious and loveable begins the story with her kindness and love. She is such a delight and really reminded me of how truthful children can be, and sometimes embarrassing. Oh my!! Say it like it is! There are a few side stories here and some will make you want to cry, the hard decisions of adults, and you see what some of the wrong ones were. A lot of powerful messages here, and as life goes by we let them past, until we run out of time. I for one cannot wait for Ms. Hannon’s next book; it will be on the top of my TBR pile. I received this book through the Revell Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
One Perfect Spring By: Irene Hannon This is a excellent book that will keep you glued to it. You got to know if a book is endorsed by Debbie MacComber it is going to be wonderful. The characters are so loveable. Your heart will be going out for them. There are so many things going on in this story adoption, cancer and being a single parent. Claire is a single parent doing her best she can to raise her daughter Haley. Little Haley takes it on herself to write a letter to a very wealthy man. Bottom line on him is he is a workaholic. That is until he gets the letter from Haley. She isn't even asking anything for herself but to help someone else. Now that's different cause most people are always asking for themselves. Will this request bring more then what Haley is asking for? Lives will be changed. I loved this book it is a 5 star book. Well written and I always love books that are God honoring and people relying upon God for answers. I received my free copy from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. 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
PennyFM More than 1 year ago
One Perfect Spring by Irene Hannon Irene Hannon knows how to write romance. One Perfect Spring carried me to that place where nothing else seems to matter except the beautifully written story in front of me. Whether reading about Claire and her daughter, Haley, and the trials of everyday life or Keith’s journey to find peace and understand life, Irene’s well-developed characters and crisp descriptions kept me turning the pages.  As much as I enjoyed following Claire and Keith’s story, I loved Maureen and David’s tale of discovery. The stories are woven together like a colorful Jacquard tapestry. If you enjoy well-written stories about love and life, you’ll love One Perfect Spring.