Monday, December 1, 2008

blog tour: One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling

I was pretty cautious about reading this book. I am the kind of person who likes to read mostly for entertainment, and One Perfect Day deals with the deeply personal subject of organ transplants and donation. I also don't like to be told what to do, and smack dab, right in the dedication it says, "Mark the donor dot on your driver's license."

So, this book and I were not off to a great start. Sad content, dealing with a teen-age death, and a directive to mark my donor card. Oh help.

The story is told from two perspectives: Nora is a mom going through the pain of losing her son, and Jenna is a young widow whose daughter desperately needs a heart transplant if she is to continue to live.

Lauraine Snelling is a superlative writer, and told the story of the journey of these two mothers, and the terrifying,primal love they have for their children, and ultimately, the acceptance that circumstances exist beyond their control, without being preachy or cloying.

This book was a springboard for me to do some research of my own, and I am happy to say that I have a much brighter outlook about the possibilities that organ donation presents. Giving people a second chance at life could be a glorious thing.

I think this would be an excellent choice for a book club.

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