One Perfect Spring
“Hannon’s treatment of the heartbreaking issues of adoption and abandonment educates the readers. She gives us a very thorough understanding and a multifaceted perspective of how people handle the trauma involved for the child, the birth mother, and the adoptive mother.”
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of over 45 books, winning multiple awards for her romance and suspense fiction.
It’s not difficult to understand why Irene Hannon’s stories are an instant success. She has a writing style that’s as comfortable as slipping into your favorite easy chair. Her latest offering One Perfect Spring instantly settles readers into their seats.
The book begins with a prologue, a letter asking for help in finding an adopted child belonging to a neighbor. An 11-year-old girl named Haley writes the letter to a philanthropist who has answered similar requests in the past. Haley hopes the man can find her neighbor’s son, given up at birth more than 60 years ago.
As the story develops, we meet Haley and her single mother, Claire. The pair has begun a new life after suffering through a divorce. Their new beginning includes buying a house, albeit one that is in a state of disrepair, and learning to live on their own. The upside, however, is their next-door neighbor, Maureen. They become dear friends with the woman, a single teacher, and learn to lean on each other in difficult times. Maureen is a woman who like Claire, has substantial baggage to carry, not the least of which is a recent bout with cancer. Despite their challenges, the two women draw on each other for strength.
The philanthropist’s executive assistant, Keith, investigates Haley’s request to attempt to find the child Maureen gave up for adoption when the child was an infant. But in a plot twist, one of many in this wonderful tale, we learn Keith has his own adoption issues—ones that have been impacting his life since he was three-years-old. As he digs deeper into Maureen’s background, he finds himself drawn to her neighbors—Claire and Haley. Although uncertain about venturing into a relationship, Keith nevertheless follows his heart and a romance emerges.
The author does a splendid job of blending characters together, making them fit perfectly to the story. Love blooms as Mother Nature welcomes the spring lilacs, and we learn that despite mistakes made in the past, the present can be a salve that can heal and make for a bright future.
Hannon’s treatment of the heartbreaking issues of adoption and abandonment educates the readers. She gives us a very thorough understanding and a multifaceted perspective of how people handle the trauma involved for the child, the birth mother, and the adoptive mother.
One Perfect Spring reinforces the importance of faith and illustrates the strength of family. It’s a story of new relationships that blossom in the season of new beginnings.