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.
Two mothers. Two children. One tragedy. One miracle. Snelling, whose novels have sold more than two million copies, is sure to grab readers from the start of this holiday melodrama. Nora Peterson wants to create the perfect Christmas for what may be the last year her twins are home before leaving for college. Her husband's long business trip threatens her plans, but her world is about to turn upside down from far worse. As she faces tragedy, emergency room nurse Jenna Montgomery faces a miracle: her dying daughter, Heather, is getting a new heart. Snelling moves from one mother's viewpoint to the other's with ease, keeping readers riveted to Nora's emotional and spiritual healing and Jenna's understanding of her daughter's new life, as well as her own. Subplots Nora's relationship with her daughter, Christi, and Jenna's surprise romance add layers to this spiritually challenging and emotionally taut story. Fans of Christian women's fiction will enjoy this winning novel.
This was an extremely touching story about two mothers dealing with both sides of a heart transplant. Knowing someone who has lost a child (who was also a twin), I felt that Snelling did an amazing job at portraying the emotions that families go through when losing someone. It was a bit religion heavy... I think there would be a way to integrate God and religion, but it seemed a little overboard. Still enjoyed it though, very sweet.
Uplifting & engaging
Held my attention to the last page. Well written, no "filler descriptions" like too many others. I enjoyed it.
Loved the book but it ended abruptly. Wished the donor mother would have met the recipient. Maybe a follow up book!!!