"Heartwarming story of forgiveness and love."
Reviewed by Susan Gorman
Posted August 8, 2018
ONE FINE DAY's prologue draws the reader into the story
immediately. Abby Fine agreed to be a surrogate for her
childhood friend Jonah Rollins and his wife Veronica.
Complications with the pregnancy are discovered; the
Rollins' decide to walk away from their special needs
child. Abby is determined to continue with the pregnancy.
This decision impacts every aspect of Abby's life—she is
cut off financially and emotionally from the entire
Rollins family—she is on her own.
Five years later, Abby is running the Inn at Hazel Green
which she inherited from distant relative. She and her
daughter Eva Grace are part of the tight-knit Hazel
Green community. Eva Grace captured my heart. Her
personality and her enthusiasm for life jumps off the
pages! Abby's devotion and patience with her daughter
shines through in each page of this novel.
Cindy Kirk's descriptive writing style enables the reader
to connect to Abby. I could hear the joy in Abby's voice
when she talked about her child and feel the hurt when
she reminisced about Eva Grace's surgeries. My heart
broke when Abby's thoughts brought her back to the day
that Eva Grace was born. Frightened and alone, she
reached out to Jonah. I felt her pain and severe
disappointment -- Jonah never responded to her phone call
or her text. Jonah's monthly letters to Eva Grace and
Abby and the support money he sent in the letters
provided a connection between Abby and Jonah. The fact
that Abby didn't read the letters but saved them
intrigued me -- why did she keep them?
Abby's ability to put her child's best interests first
and to forgive are tested when Jonah becomes the new
police officer of Hazel Green. She is tested when Jonah
makes it clear that he has moved to Hazel Green to get to
know his child and repair his relationship with Abby.
Jonah mentions that he wrote to Abby that he had accepted
the position in Hazel Green and that he was divorced. He
is amazed when Abby tells him that she has not opened his
Cindy Kirk uses the backstory technique to provide
insight into both Abby and Jonah's history. Jonah's
backstory is woven into the present day story and it
allowed the reader to gain perspective on his choices,
his situation. I loved the scenes when Jonah explains to
Abby what factors led him to side with his wife. This
revelation is important as it gave insight into Jonah's
situation and his decision making. The author subtly
introduces the idea that not all choices are black and
white and that life experiences impact the choices you
make. My favorite scene in the book is when Abby decides
to read each one of Jonah's letters -- this decision opens
her heart towards forgiveness.
ONE FINE DAY has all the feels. It's an emotional story
which tugs at your heart from the first page. The
characters are honest and the dialogue is superb. Eva
Grace will capture your heart. The themes of loss,
forgiveness, and love are told with compassion and humor.
Although I am not quite ready to leave Cindy Kirk's Good
Hope series....this book holds a special place on my
Abigail Fine learned early in life it’s hard to get ahead
when you start with nothing. She hoped serving as a
surrogate would allow her to not only help a friend, but
jump-start living her own dreams.
Jonah Rollins always considered himself a loyal friend and
an honorable man. Until he made a decision that destroyed a
long-standing friendship and eventually, his marriage.
When life threw her a curveball, Abby did the only thing she
knew how: the right thing. Her life might look a whole lot
different than she imagined, but she wouldn’t have it any
Now, five years later, the past has come calling. Life’s
presented Abby with an even bigger challenge: one that will
test her capacity to forgive . . . or force her to close her
heart forever. But Abby and Jonah just might discover that
there are no bounds to how wide her heart can open or how
deep his love can run.
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