I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not affect my review
Synopsis from Good Reads:
Claire Summers is a determined, independent single mother who is doing her best to make lemonade out of the lemons life has handed her. Keith Watson is a results-oriented workaholic with no time for a social life. As the executive assistant to a local philanthropic businessman, he’s used to fielding requests for donations. But when a letter from Claire’s eleven-year-old daughter reaches his desk, everything changes. The girl isn’t asking for money, but for help finding the long-lost son of an elderly neighbor.
As Keith digs reluctantly into this complicated assignment, he has no idea how intertwined his life and Claire’s will become–nor how one little girl’s kindhearted request will touch so many lives and reap so many blessings. Through compelling characters and surprising plot twists, Irene Hannon offers readers this tenderhearted story of family connections that demonstrates how life is like lilacs–the biggest blooms often come only after the harshest winters.
I’ve read several of Irene Hannon’s Christian suspense novels and was actually surprised to find that she writes romance, as well. While her suspense novels always have romantic elements, they’re mainly focused on the mystery and suspense aspects, so I was interested to see how she did without those components. I’m pleased to say she delivers.
The characters in One Perfect Spring are very well developed and go through tremendous growth. Claire is a single mom struggling to raise her daughter on a teacher’s salary. After a rough divorce at an early age she has decided that men are not worth the trouble. Keith a workaholic at a successful company, driven to prove his worth by demons from his past making him believe he’ll never be good enough.
Maureen is a single college professor and cancer survivor who gave up a child for adoption long ago and wants to find him again. David is Keith’s boss, a former workaholic whose wife’s recent death has forced him to reassess his priorities and try to repair his relationship with his daughter. And Haley is the eleven-year-old who writes a letter to bring them all together.
All these characters are likable and they are all given time in the spotlight to give us the opportunity to get to know them and watch them change. I also really liked Haley. She’s probably one of the least annoying child characters I’ve read.
The main theme that weaves all these lives together is that God has a plan and He often uses what we view as negative experiences to bring about positive results. While the overall story is a happy one, there is a lot of pain in between. Hannon does a good job of incorporating the characters growing relationships with God in a realistic away and it never feels “preachy”.
If there’s one thing that I didn’t care for, it is the “everyone is beautiful” cliché. While the two main relationships both end up being based on much more than looks, there is a lot of talk in the beginning about how beautiful and wonderfully in shape everyone is – even the 59-year-old cancer survivor (no offense to that age or disability demographic, but I don’t think that having “great legs” is what should be making her beautiful).
Overall, I enjoyed One Perfect Spring. Hannon does a good job of incorporating romance and faith and in developing the characters and their relationships. I would recommend this to fans of Christian Romance.
Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 3.5 Characters:
4 Readability: 4
Overall Average: 3.75 Stars