One Perfect Spring by Irene Hannon ~ A Contemporary Fiction Book Review

Irene Hannon
Contemporary Fiction

Back of the book:

Independent single mom Claire Summers is doing her best to make lemonade out of the lemons life has handed her. Workaholic Keith Watson is interested only in the bottom line--until a letter from Claire's eleven-year-old daughter reaches his desk and changes everything.

As the executive assistant to a philanthropic businessman, Keith is used to fielding requests for donations. But the girl isn't asking for money. She wants help finding the long-lost son of a neighbor. As Keith reluctantly digs into this assignment in his usual results-oriented style, he has no idea how involved he and Claire will become--nor how unusual the results will actually be. Who could have guessed that a child's kindhearted request would bring love and hope to so many lives . . . including his own?

Through compelling characters and surprising plot twists, fan favorite Irene Hannon offers this tenderhearted story that demonstrates how life is like lilacs--the biggest blooms come only after the harshest winters.


My thoughts:

Hayley had the best of intentions when she wrote her letter asking for help with a birthday present for her neighbor. Little did she or those around her know how much those few words were going to change all of their lives. 

In One Perfect Spring, Irene Hannon takes on the topic of adoption. She weaves an enticing tale that shows some of the effects of this situation for everyone involved, the adoptive parents, the adopted child, and the parent putting the child up for adoption. While this is not a suspense novel it still has Irene's signature fast paced story that includes unexpected twists. 

The book also contains a couple of very moving love stories. Claire has been burned by love before and she's not sure she'll ever be willing to take the chance again. Then Keith shows up and all her carefully constructed barriers begin to crumble. But Keith has some of his own barriers that need to be dealt with. Then there is Maureen. She's sixty something and never been married. She was devastated by love in her thirties and has sworn never to let it happen again. But in a very providential move David enters her life and she'll never be the same.

There is so much to like about this book. It delves deeply into the emotional scars that we contract in our lives and it also shows what a healing balm love can be. If you are a fan of Irene Hannon you're going to be thrilled with this book. If you've never read her work before, you are in for a real treat!

Will you be reading this book with your book club or reading group? Go HERE for a Reading Group Guide. CAUTION: this guide assumes you have read the book and may contain spoilers.

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