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 ate 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 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 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 such an emotional book. Probably the most emotional book I've read by Lauraine Snelling. I've enjoyed her writing since I was 10 or 12, and One Perfect Day was no exception. This is definitely one of the most Christmas-y books that I've read in a while. This isn't just a mention Christmas in passing. Probably because Jenna and Nora are both determined to have the best Christmas ever. Christmas decorations and foods and traditions are packed in here. It wasn't a perfect day, just a "let you know" thing. It was a very sad day. I honestly wanted to burst into tears almost the whole book. This isn't a pick-me-up, get-ready-for-Christmas, type of book, but I'd absolutely recommend it. You should definitely read this book. The weight of the grief and the fear and the tentative hope makes this a deeper book, but I couldn't have enjoyed this 5 star book more. And I know I repeated myself over and over again, but just know that this is a powerful book.
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