Multiple Christy Award finalist and winner of two Rita awards, Irene Hannon has written another contemporary romance that will satisfy those who crave a good romance story. In fact, One Perfect Spring offers up two parallel stories, one of the reasons I liked the book. With two stories, there is more to keep you interested, but unlike some books which feature whole villages of characters, you will not be overwhelmed with an ever changing landscape of characters. Claire Summer, a single mother, and eleven year old daughter Haley have bonded with their next door neighbor, sixty year old college professor Maureen. When Maureen, recently recovered from cancer, confides to Claire that she once gave up a son for adoption, Haley overhears the conversation and decides to take action. She writes a letter to McMillan Charitable Foundation, the positive PR arm of David McMillan's successful company, asking them to help find Maureen's son, now an adult in his twenties.
There the letter is read by the work alcoholic Keith Watson who quickly puts the letter on the discard pile, only to learn the next day that boss David has given the letter a second read and has decided that Keith should start pursuing an adoption search. While the search's purpose is reuniting family, it will surprise you which people make "family repairs" and where romance buds. As our high school's mixed choir said in their recent concert, "Spring is the time for romance." So if it is going to be one perfect spring, there must be romance!
What I liked best about this book:
1. Haley adds interest to the story, but she isn't annoyingly over-mature or too infantile for the story. Her presence rings true.
2. David and Maureen are "mature" characters, age-wise, and I liked their presence. As a reader, I am really beyond the romances targeted at the younger crowd. The problems from their past which both are trying to resolve are realistic, the kind of mistakes that those in later mid-life really do regret. Their flaws are not easy fixes and clearly show that we can sometimes be too late to make amends.
3. Both David and Keith are well developed characters, even more so than Claire and Maureen, very unique in romance stories. Too often the men in romance stories are nothing more than testosterone and good looks, or they are portrayed as perfect romantics who understand everything about their women (Have you ever met one of those guys? Really?) These two men have flaws, but are worth being "caught."
I received a copy of One Perfect Spring from Revell Publications for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are mine.