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One Perfect Day

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  860 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
This is the story of two mothers, 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 ot
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 22nd 2008 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2008)
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Oct 12, 2008 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Nora Peterson, her husband Gordon and her twin children, Charlie and Christi were just like any other family. They had their arguments but they all loved each other. Nora, Charlie and Christi were preparing for Christmas. Gordon was stranded momentary due to weather. He was heading home from a business trip. The day was December 23. A day that Nora and her family will never forget. As the turn of events that take place this fatal day will change the lives of two families forever.

Jenna Montgomery
Jul 13, 2011 Debbie rated it it was ok
Having never read any of Snelling’s works before, I had no idea what to expect. Essentially, I judged the book by the cover (the crisp, white snow appealed to me on a hot summer day). Nora Peterson and Jenna Montgomery were two moms who had to deal with the consequences and rewards of organ donation, respectively. Nora lost someone she loved, which led to Jenna’s daughter being able to finally live. The story switched point-of-view from Nora to Jenna and vice versa as the chapters advanced. As d ...more
Cindy Scinto
Dec 13, 2012 Cindy Scinto rated it it was ok
As I read through this story, I understood the chapters switching back and forth between two different families. But the end left an unknown with the introduction of a new element. As a two time organ recipient, this ending left me bewildered at the outcome.

A few organ transplant medical facts were not accurate, but I do have to live through the daily routines and procedures.

The character, Nora, was a bit two dimensional and her routine mundane and repetitive even for someone in mourning.

The oth
Jan 29, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it
I honestly initially judged this book by it's cover and was wrong. The plot wasn't terribly original, but could have been decent if the characters weren't so one-dimensional and their actions so predictable. I found myself almost skimming as I read, looking for something interesting. Another issue I had is that the publisher should have marketed this book as a "Christian" book because it was all about church and God. That should have been on the cover, because not everyone is interested in a chu ...more
Oct 03, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing
This was a happy, sad book. I felt the pain of Nora as she lost her son so tragically. I lost my brother in a tragic accident also, and can relate as to how my mother felt at that time. Jenna was so elated that Heather received the heart from Charlie and gave her daughter a new lease on life. Unlike when I lost my brother organ donation wasn't an option at that time, so it is a wonderful thing to know the donors family is letting their loved one give life to another families loved one. What a pr ...more
The book is noteworthy for its emotional intensity. Grief, anxiety, guilt, doubt and depression are painted in blacks and grays on a wide canvas. Admittedly, love, devotion, friendship, loyalty, compassion and faith are also represented but struggle to gain much notice until the very end and even then there is a lingering aftertaste of melancholy about this book.

Snelling is true to her established habit of being meticulously detailed in all her descriptions. She presents dialogue and actions wit
Sheila DeChantal
Nov 13, 2011 Sheila DeChantal rated it really liked it
In parallel, alternating chapters, One Perfect Day follows the lives of these two women as their story unfolds. When tragedy strikes the Peterson’s home, the family is left to make a hard decision about organ donation. The story centers much around this decision being made in the core of intense grief, a decision that can very well save others lives.

Nora’s story is one of battling grief and loss, as well as struggling with the depression that can follow such tragic events. As she questions every
Dec 01, 2008 Becky rated it liked it
Two families. One will receive a Christmas miracle; the other will experience a Christmas tragedy. Nora Peterson has two seniors getting ready to graduate from high school--twins, one boy, one girl. Jenna Montgomery has a daughter, Heather, who is dying and needs a heart transplant. (She's just twenty and has been sick most of her life.) One child will live, one will die. Both families want this Christmas to be perfect. Nora because she somewhat naively believes this will her family's last Chris ...more
May 04, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
Jul 21, 2009 Rusane rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Read the beginning, couldn't stand Nora, realized about 70 pages in that the rest of the story was simply about her going through the emotions of coping with a loss and couldn't force myself to go through it with her. I skipped to the end to read the letter (which was a total let down) and returned it to the library without feeling as though I missed any of the story. Way way way hoakie. Nora was so incredibly annoying.....thank God she is a book character....I cannot even imagine what kind of m ...more
May 20, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Oh My Goodness! Talk about a Tear-Jerker! I don't usually cry while reading but I caught myself in tears many times throughout this book. It really opened my eyes to the heart ache that the organ donor's family goes through while on the other hand all the joy and life it brings to the organ reciever. There were so many emotions flowing in the characters of the story you can't help but get caught up in it! This Book Is A Definete Read For Everyone I know!
I gave it a four star only because I didn'
Oct 15, 2008 Ruth rated it really liked it
This book is the story of two mothers. One lost her son right before Christmas. The other one's daughter received his heart in a transplant. The chapters alternate, one tells Nora's story, the next, Jenna's. Not unsurprisingly Nora, who lost her son, finds herself distant from God. She is furious at him and drowning in her sorrow. Jenna praises Him for the new life in her daughter.

I guess sorrow is a stronger emotion than joy. If felt Nora's pain much more than I shared Jenna's joy, but I loved
Nov 22, 2014 Margaret rated it it was ok
This is the story of two mothers, one who has lost a child and her faith; one whose daughter has been given a new chance at life and who relies on prayer to restore health to her child.

It is Christmas and Nora is planning for the perfect Christmas because she knows that once her 17 year old twins go off to college the following year, life for all of the family will change. Little did she know that the change would come before Christmas Day would arrive. Dealing with the tragic loss of one of her
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
For Nora Peterson, this was going to be the Christmas her family would long remember. After all the countless times her husband, Gordon, has been traveling for business, they were all going to be home together to celebrate those time honored traditions she had hoped would continue on as her twin teenagers Charlie and Christi grew and had families of their own. Knowing that Gordon would be flying home late from Germany she had hoped he would at least call to let her know he was on his way. When s ...more
Chrysa Cullather
Mar 14, 2014 Chrysa Cullather rated it it was ok
The premise was so interesting. I was really anticipating great read. When I chose the book, I did not realize it was from a Christian publisher. I am not very religious, and I would normally not have chosen this book had I know that it was a Christian story. Some reviewer have said, "too much God stuff." Actually, that didn't bother me that much. I thought for a Christian author and publisher, the religion part was rather matter of fact--not heavy handed at all.

The reason I said the book was ju
Lori Johnston
Jun 10, 2014 Lori Johnston rated it it was ok
Shelves: chicklit, fiction
Well, this book was a bit of disappointment for me but it was my own fault. I bought the book quickly because the cover was pretty and the info on the back seemed interesting. I should have looked closer because it was really Christian Lit. I wish I had have known that prior to buying it, there wasn't much on the cover to say this but oh well!

The book itself was just ok for me, even aside from the religiousness. I felt that the writing was weak, too much unnecessary detail, not enough feeling. I
Jan 17, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it
What a sensitive story that touches on all of the struggles facing both the families of individuals who need an organ transplant and the families whose loved one has died and donated their organs. The suffering and pain on both sides of the picture are dealt with in this beautiful, heart wrenching story of two moms, two families, two lives forever changed on one day!
The emotions, the faith issues, the personal doubts and struggles, the changes for all the family members involved are all carefull
Dec 16, 2015 Staci rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
While I don't doubt the emotions of the characters mirror reality, this Christmas novel was not heart warming nor uplifting. This novel just wasn't for me.
Jan 25, 2014 Julie rated it did not like it
How is it possible that I read two of the worst books ever back to back?
This is NOT a book about a perfect day. There was no perfect day.
One mother loses a son and the family chose to donate his organs, but the mother is not at peace it seems with this choice and is totally and completely depressed and "out-of it" for the duration of the tale.
Another mother is parent to a daughter awaiting an organ - who receives one when it was completely unexpected. Though her daughter receives the organ, the
Elevate Difference
Jan 10, 2009 Elevate Difference rated it liked it
An avid gardener from North Dakota with over fifty published books, Lauraine Snelling started her writing career because she wanted to write and began with children's fiction. Her efforts and love for writing carries over to adult fiction, integrating her passion for helping people and her religous faith into the stories she creates.

In One Perfect Day, Snelling delves into the minds of two highly religious mothers undergoing extreme concern over their adored children while preparing for Christma
Shari Larsen
Feb 08, 2012 Shari Larsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few days before Christmas, an car accident occurs that will change the lives of two families forever.

Nora is planning one last perfect Christmas, knowing that when her twins leave for college next year, it may be a long time before they are all together for Christmas, Her husband is late coming home from a business trip, which threatens to ruin her plans, but her world is about to turn upside down with something far worse.

Single mother and ER nurse Jenna is thinking that this year might possib
Nov 12, 2008 Darlene rated it it was amazing
One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling was such a good book for me. She writes Christian fiction and until now I had never read any of her other novels. You can be sure I will be now. I love her style of writing, the story just seems to flow so well. I also love how her writing took me on an emotional journey.

This novel is about two families who are impacted in different ways by one very tragic event-one is impacted in a good way, the other bad. The story is weaved around the two mothers in the st
Bobbie  Crawford
One Perfect Day,
Written By: Lauraine Snelling
Published By: Faith Words, A division of Hachette Book Group USA Inc., 2008, First Edition, 303 pages, paperback, ISBN 978-0-446-58210-0

One Perfect Day is a heartbreaking, religious story surrounding two families; one receives the gift of life, while the other gets crushed with devastation, loss and sorrow.”BCM

Nora Peterson and her seventeen year old twins Charlie and Christi have been busily gearing up for the Christmas season with yummy baked goods,
Trinity Rose
Dec 02, 2011 Trinity Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read many of Lauraine Snelling’s books. She is an excellent author. I have loved everything I’ve read of hers, but One Perfect Day is just fabulous. I didn’t realize it but One Perfect Day is a book that happens at Christmas, so it is wonderful I read it in December.
This book is just perfect if you or someone you know has lost a child or one that needs a transplant.
I was quite touched by the depth of feeling and loss that happened in this book, but the love and joy of the Lord will shine
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Oct 20, 2008 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
Nora wants the perfect Christmas with her family. Jenna wants a miracle for her daughter. One snowy day, right before Christmas a tragic accident changes both of their lives forever. The story alternates chapters between Nora and Jenna. Nora struggles with grief and depression after the loss of her child. Jenna struggles with accepting the miracle of a new heart for her daughter, knowing that somewhere, another mother is grieving.

Beautifully written. Lauraine is a captivating storyteller. She ca
May 31, 2009 Adrienne rated it really liked it
A story of tragedy and hope. A very interesting story about how one person's tragedy becomes another person's gift. Nora, mother of nearly 18 year old twins, loses a child to a car accident and Jenna, a mother of 20 year old daughter with a failing heart, gets the news that they have a heart for her daughter.
The story followed a great line, with each chapter going between the two mothers, grieving and rejoicing.
As a mother, I couldn't even imagine the grief experienced by the loss of a child. It
Karen Singrey
May 24, 2015 Karen Singrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

5 stars because this covers organ donations from both sides. How making the choice when you get or renew your drivers license to be an organ donor helps the family to follow the request beer you first chose to do so. It takes the decision out of their discussions, do we donate their organs or not, since that choice war already made.
Dec 14, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This was definitely a book of contrasts: Nora's heartbreak vs. Jenna's hope. I liked how each woman's story was told in alternating chapters that focused on their own storyline. I think the way the situations were portrayed was very realistic: especially Nora's grief. I find myself almost wishing for a sequel . . . :)
Feb 27, 2014 Theresa rated it liked it
Well written book however the ending was unsatisfying. Without spoiling the ending, the epilog contains material that is integral to the story and, in my opinion, deserves more and better. The way the story is wrapped up in the epilog is the reason for the low rating.
Mar 02, 2015 Mom rated it really liked it
Shelves: bellevue-library
It would definitely be hard to have one of your children die before you do. Organ donation is such a hard choice but can bless many other people. I hope that I am able to donate my organs if the time every arises - that my family will do that on my behalf. Kind of a sad book to read...
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Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over seventy books, with sales of more than 2 million copies.

She also writes for a wide range of magazines, and helps others reach their writing dreams by teaching at writers’ conferences across the country.

Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Basset named Winston.

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