BOOK REVIEW: ONE PERFECT DAY
All things in life need to be balanced. So when there is a gain, there is also a loss. It seems a simple concept but when dealing with human life and one heart, simple is not the easiest thing for us to accept.
ONE PERFECT DAY is the story of two families. One family has married parents and twin teenagers in their senior-year of high school.
The other family consists of a widowed mother and a sick daughter who is surviving with a damaged heart and is anxiously hoping for a new one.
The struggle within the book is the perspective of both families. Through every incident, each element is expertly shown from the perspective of their family. The pain, the questioning of God, the future, all are real aspects of many people involved with organ transplants.
ONE PERFECT DAY is the desires of both mothers. The Peterson family in Minnesota, their mother is viewing this Christmas as possibly the last with the twins since they will both be at college next year. She wants this to be the perfect Christmas as their last one living at home.
Jenna Montgomery just keeps hoping that her daughter lives to see this Christmas. Her heart is getting weaker and her daughter desperately needs a new heart. Both mothers want the best for their children. Unfortunately, both mothers will not have their expectations met this year.
This is a joyous, yet mournful novel. Both aspects are mixed to give the reader a realistic view of the organ transplant process for the families involved. I found myself wanting to put the novel down, but the balance of the two families in the writing kept me reading to the last page.
I can see why people have bought over two million of Lauraine Snelling's books. A part of me was uncomfortable with the subject, but the author superbly balanced both families in their grief and recovery.
Lauraine Snelling's book makes you think about those things that most of us avoid, especially death. She is fearless in her confrontation and has a truly realistic vision of people's pain.
ONE PERFECT DAY is an outstanding novel that should be required reading to be a human.
REVIEWED BY TERI DAVIS
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