Monday, December 1, 2008

One Perfect Day - A Page-Turner

The cover on this week's featured book - One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling - drew me in immediately, for personal reasons. An old friend painted a picture many years ago that was so eerily similar to this cover, I had to examine it to make sure the cover was a photo and not my friend's artwork!

Then, the back cover blurb - it left me with many questions. Most times, I avoid reading the back cover because it tells me exactly what's going to happen in the book (or provides enough information that I can figure out how it will end) and leaves no surprises. But for some reason, this time I read it, and all it did was arouse my curiosity even more.

The book itself hooked me from the opening pages. The characters were real, interactions with each other very realistic and 'normal.' The storyline could have been too painful to read at times, but the author blended two stories together in such a way that with each "dose" of pain and sorrow and tears, we got a "dose" of hope and joy and laughter.

Overall - a very beautiful book that I read in one sitting. Just be sure to keep a hanky (or two) nearby.

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.

To read the first chapter of One Perfect Day, click HERE.

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