I just spent my weekend indulging in Irene Hannon’s latest release “One Perfect Spring,” which was given to me free of charge by Revell Publishing through the Revell Reads review program. Here is my honest assessment:
Claire Summers has been burned by love once, and she has vowed never to let it happen again. Her sole focus is supporting herself and her eleven year old daughter. Then the little girl decides to help her neighbor find the woman’s long lost son, and writes a letter to local philanthropist requesting assistance. Enter Keith Watson, the Executive Assistant tasked with heading this project. He is numbers cruncher who is more comfortable writing checks than granting wishes, making this situation one he wants to avoid at all costs. An assignment has been given, however, and when he meets the attractive teacher, he begins to wonder if there is more to life than his career. Claire, who also feels the spark, questions if it is wise to tear down the walls she constructed to protect herself after her disastrous marriage. Can she trust her instincts? Will Keith be able to overcome the trauma of his past to become the man she deserves? Is this what God had planned?
I am a huge fan of Hannon’s suspense novels, but this title is the first one I have read of hers that is strictly romance. Now that I have experienced her writing in this genre, however, I look forward to more. The story is highly engaging, with characters that grab your heart and won’t let go, and the plot contains many surprises. There is no objectionable material, even with the inclusion of several spine tingling PG scenes filled with romantic tension. The Christian message placed in the tale is subtle, yet powerful. While appropriate for all ages, this is most likely appreciated best by people twelve years and up. I recommend this book especially to fans of Debbie Macomber and Karen Kingsbury. My rating is a very well deserved five out of five stars. I wish there was a higher score I could attach to it. One word of warning, though. If you are an emotional person like me, you may want to avoid being seen in public with this volume, particularly the second half. That said, head to your nearest retailer and snap one up, along with plenty of tissues. Until we meet again…