It all begins with a small act – a quick letter written by an 11-year-old girl seeking help for her neighbor. And so begins Irene Hannon’s “One Perfect Spring.”
Adorable Haley Summers sends a request to the McMillan Charitable Foundation, asking them to assist her neighbor, Dr. Maureen Chandler, in finding her son she gave up for adoption. Not the normal job for the Foundation, its owner, David McMillan, is intrigued and puts his executive assistant, Keith Watson (who is a bit of a workaholic), on the job.
What follows is a sweet tale of how the stories of David, Keith, Maureen, Haley and Haley’s mother Claire develop into beautiful relationships after stormy pasts.
“One Perfect Spring” reminds us that, as Jeremiah 29:11 points out, God has a plan for us, and it’s a good plan. The road may be stormy getting there, but His plan is always the best. “It’s kind of strange how sometimes when we pray for one thing, God gives us something different. It might not be what we wanted, but it can be just as good.”
The characters in this book must learn to move past regret, and place their hope in God and the future.
Hannon reiterates throughout the book the beautiful imagery of a “lilac spring” where we experience, as Claire shares, “a profusion of blooms after a long, cold winter.” Each character, for various reasons, must move past brutal winters in their past and find and experience their beautiful, fragrant springs.
“One Perfect Spring” is a great book, full of laughter and tears. Honestly, I had a hard time putting it down.
Five stars out of five.
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.