Monday, December 01, 2008

One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

One Perfect Day

FaithWords (October 22, 2008)


Lauraine Snelling


Today, Lauraine Snelling is a member of the more than Two Million Books In Print club, but when she first began, she was a mother of three teenagers with a simple dream to write “horse books for kids.”

All told, she has over 50 books published. She thinks. She’s not sure. She’d rather write them than count them. Lauraine’s work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish and German as well as produced as books on tape.

Awards have followed her dedication to “telling a good story”: the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Land and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter.

Helping others reach their writing dream is the reason Lauraine teaches at writer’s conferences across the country. She mentors others through book doctoring and with her humorous and playful Writing Great Fiction tape set. Lauraine also produces material on query letters and other aspects of the writing process.

Her readers clamor for more books more often and Lauraine would like to comply, if only her ever-growing flower gardens didn’t call quite so loudly over the soothing rush of the water fountains in her back yard and if the hummingbirds weren’t quite so entertaining. Lauraine and husband Wayne have two grown sons and a cockatiel named Bidley, who loves to tease their Basset Hound named Chewy.


Two mothers end up more closely connected that they could dream...and yet they are 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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of One Perfect Day, go HERE

My kind-of, sort-of review...

I have to be honest with you and tell you that I haven't been able to finish this book yet. The reason? It's just too well-written. The emotions of the characters are so real and so strong that I would have to read a bit and then leave it alone for a bit, read a bit and then leave it alone for a bit, and so on. I finally had to set it aside. When Nora hides away in her bed and grieves, my heart was aching from her sense of loss and her helplessness. And when Jenna experiences the joy of having her prayers answered, I rejoiced with her. The author did one of the best jobs I've ever come across at making the emotions jump off of the page.

It's hard for me to read books where the emotions are written this powerfully because I go through the gamut of emotions as the characters do. The joy I could handle. The grief, I could not.

Maybe soon I'll be able to pick it back up and finish it. I hope so because it's a wonderful story and I'd really love to see how things turn out for these characters.

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