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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  703 ratings  ·  122 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...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 22nd 2008 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2008)
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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...more
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
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...more
Sheila DeChantal
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...more
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
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
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...more
Jul 21, 2009 Rusane rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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...more
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
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...more
Lori Johnston
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...more
One families tragedy is the another's deliverance.

"God is the ultimate recycler!". A story about organ donation, grief, and life.

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...more
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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...more
Shari Larsen
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...more
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...more
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,...more
Trinity Rose
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...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
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...more
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...more
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.
What a great, emotionally-draining and uplifting book! It alternates between two families linked by tragedy although they never meet. We experience the heart cries of both the mothers and see them bent low by worry and grief. One is given a sudden new joy in life and is able to sing heartfelt praises to God for the new life. The other is buried under debilitating grief and loss, unable to accept the love offered to her or see her way to reach out to her family. She almost loses everything before...more
One Perfect Day was a story of love, hope and loss. While I immediately felt a connection with Heather and her mom I did not feel as strong a connection with the Peterson family. I felt that Nora, while obviously struggling with her tragedy, did not endear herself to either the characters or the readers. I am sure distancing yourself from loved ones is a normal reaction to pain, however even in her private moments I did not feel any real emotion.
What a fantastic concept, unfortunately Snelling...more
This is both a heartbreaking story and a story of hope. One family faces the toughest loss a parent will ever face when a drunk driver causes a fatal accident that claims the life of their son. One mother is desperately hoping for the heart her daughter needs in order to live. One Mom turns more to God, and the other Mom is struggling with her faith. This was a good novel, I would definitely read more by this author.
Ruth Kerl
This was a great book. The story was horribly sad, yet happy at the same time. The characters are well developed and I feel like I know them. read this book. You won't be disappointed.
This story begins at with Christmas holiday where two families are planning the perfect day. One woman because the daughter has a heart condition and will most likely not live for another year, the other because her twins are leaving home for college. When tragedy strikes and one of the twins dies in a car accident it changes the lives of both families. The belief’s of the families are held on to and tested in ways that I think anyone can relate to that has undergone tragedy in their lives. The...more
One mother's devastating loss at Christmas becomes another's only hope. As I began this book, I didn't know if I could finish it. It seemed like such a depressing story for the holiday season. By the time I finished, I was glad I did. I have never read anything in which an author so clearly & thoroughly brought you into the grief of another. You wanted to hold this mother and cry with her. It was unbelievable how believable the book was because it didn't sugarcoat the issues while at the sam...more
Angell Diponio
One I couldn't put down! Good winter 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.

They love to tra...more
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