Monday, December 1, 2008

Giveaway One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling

This is the story of two mothers, strangers to one another. The first has two children--twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident--a fatal one involving a drunk driver.

Meanwhile, the other mother has a daughter who needs a new heart, and so the loss of one woman becomes the miracle the other has desperately prayed for. While one mother grieves, and pulls away from her family, the other finds that even miracles aren't always easy to receive.


My Review:
This is one book that everyone should read. I've never said that or even thought it before. But this novel touched me--more than that--it locked into my emotions. The scene on the stairs is so moving that I felt as if I were there, seated beside Nora. The author has been peeking into my life!

No one wants to grieve, but we all have or will have to face death. And no one wants to read about grief; however, the author flip-flops the chapters such that the reader experiences the roller coaster highs and lows of the organ donor program--the giver and the receiver. Detailed research is evident and put on paper in an interesting fashion. Written in third person in the voices of the mothers, enables the reader to make a quick connection. The characters are real with everyday flaws. The character of Betsy, the dog, is amazingly written. This is a surprisingly uplifting novel, one I highly endorse.

If you'd like to purchase a copy, click here.

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The folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for three (3) copies!

  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing addresses, please.
  • I must have a way of contacting you, so be sure to leave your email address in code in your comment (Please do not ask me to look it up!)
  • I'll close the comments at 6 PM EST December 8th and pick the three winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from them within three days, I will select another winner(s).
  • If you're interested, just say so in a comment with that all-important email address in code.
    Example of email in code:
    you[at]yourmail[dot]com


  • 36 comments:

    bermudaonion said...

    I'd love to be entered in this contest. Thanks for hosting it. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

    shelburns said...

    I would love this; thanks!
    shelcows(at)gmail(dot)com

    Sara said...

    I heard this is a really good book from others, too...

    Maybe I'll win one...

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

    McFitz said...

    Sally,
    This book sounds difficult to read at times for the emotions it must entail, but amazing, too, for the same reason! I'm definitely interested in the giveaway.
    Thanks!
    McFitz
    mcfitzsatx [at] yahoo [dot] com

    Amy said...

    I'd love to enter the contest!
    Thanks!

    Amy
    altartemis[at]hotmail[dot]com.

    Shimmy Mom said...

    I have a cousin who was hit by a car and killed at the age of 16, that was 20 years ago, his organs saved 6 people and 1 year ago my aunt was able to meet the daughter of the woman who received his heart. She survived an extra 19 1/2 years and had one more child because of it.
    Please enter me in this one.
    shimmywith4 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    Elizabeth said...

    This sounds like it may be emotionally challenging to read, but if you are recommending it, I'll try it. Please enter me in the drawing!

    Ruthie said...

    kSounds like a good read. Please enter me in this drawing.
    justruthie08 (at) gmail (dot) com

    Coloradolady said...

    Sounds like good reading, maybe a little sad, but good. Please enter me!

    bj said...

    I am almost ashamed to enter another giveaway since I have already won one but I sure want to read this one....Please enter my name and, if I win, I PROMISE never to enter one again!! Well, for awhile, anyway!! lol
    bjconklin(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
    So many thanks, Sally girl...

    windycindy said...

    I am a organ donor and most of the people in my family are. Why not give life to someone who needs it? The body is just a shell anyway. My 90 year old dad received two corneas this year and was given the gift of sight by some wonderful people. Please enter me in your drawing. Sounds like a moving story. Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

    sharon54220 said...

    I would be honored to win this book.

    sharon54220 said...

    I forgot my email address:
    sharon54220@gmail.com

    ChristyJan said...

    Being an organ donor recipient I would really like to read this book. It sounds like a touching and emotional story.

    hawkes(at)citlink.net

    jeanne said...

    Sally, this book review makes me want to win and read this story. Please enter me. Thank you.

    Jeanne
    jeav@earthlink.net

    The Social Frog said...

    Sounds like a great read! Count me in :)
    roseann(at)thesocialfrog.com

    Jo-Jo said...

    This sounds like such a good book...please enter me!
    joannelong74(at)gmail(dot)com

    Melissa said...

    This books sounds wonderful. Thanks for a great reveiw and contest. I would love to win a copy. bmbunner(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Lori said...

    Sally I would love to read this. Please enter me.

    lannoe[at]yahoo[dot]com

    lannoe@yahoo.com

    Thanks

    Diane of Crafty Passions said...

    Looks like a great book!
    Diane
    diane.soroko@gmail.com

    Barbara said...

    Please enter me into this drawing. Thanks.
    barbcsanders (at)bellsouth 9dot0 net

    Anya said...

    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    Anita Yancey said...

    What a touching book. It makes agreat one for Christmas. I would love to read it. Please enter me.
    ayancey[at]dishmail[dot]net

    kalea_kane said...

    I would be thrilled to win a copy of this touching book. Thanks for the chance! :)

    kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Cindy said...

    Thank you for the chance to win this book; I have heard good things about it. Truly enjoy your blog and hope you're having a great weekend!

    Theresa N. said...

    Please sign me up for this book.
    Theresa N
    weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

    CC said...

    Oh yes..again, please enter me. This sounds like a must read..and thank you, once again..for having these giveaways and making the books available..and thank you for your reviews..
    cat_white_cloud (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Have a lovely week-end..

    jacque said...

    I love to read all kinds of books as well as other members of my family. We usally swap books when we are done reading them. These look like a great read!thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

    Suzie Button said...

    I'd love to read this, please enter me too! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! Suzie
    purrpage3@verizon.net

    bigguysmama said...

    I LOVE Lauraine Snelling! I've heard tons about her book and I'd love to be entered! Thanks so much.

    Blessings,
    Mimi B

    mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

    The Giveaway Diva said...

    please enter me!! i would love to win this!! thanks sooo much!!

    nicolemarielum(at)gmail(dot)com

    Luck Happens said...

    I would love to read this book. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

    kellifrobinson2 AT gmail DOT com

    Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

    I'd love to be entered! Thanks!

    Smilingsal said...

    As of 6 PM the winners are:
    Ruthie, bj, and Barbara

    Wanda said...

    I would love to win this.
    It seems very interesting.

    Anonymous said...

    Would love to win!


    dr_dave7@hotmail.com