Author: Rosalind Noonan
Genre: Mystery / Romance
Goodreads: The moment Abby Fitzgerald sees two soldiers approach her front door, she knows her husband is dead. John Stanton, who gave up his career as a star NFL running back to serve after 9/11, has been killed in Iraq. Suddenly Abby’s kitchen is overflowing with casseroles brought by the army wives’ club to which she has never really belonged. And her in-laws arrange a lavish funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in spite of Abby’s misgivings. John had grown to hate the war even though he loved his country, and Abby can’t reconcile the complex man she knew with the version being portrayed by self-serving politicians, military, and the media.
Shell-shocked, Abby strives to cope with her own heartache while comforting John’s loved ones, including his mother Sharice, his staunchly anti-war sister Madison, and his bitter younger brother Noah. But amidst her loss is a growing conviction that the truth about John’s death is far from over.
Gripping, thoughtful, and emotionally powerful, One September Morning is a story of loyalty and betrayal, of a shattered family’s journey toward healing, and of the courage it takes to confront the truth not just about our enemies, but about those we love best.
Ope’s Opinion: The prologue took my breath away. It set up the rest of the story, but took some of the mystery out of it for me. I guessed and was correct where it was going. Rosalind Noonan is one of my all time favorite authors and though I enjoyed this book, it was not my favorite of hers.
All the viewpoints made the story come alive, but it also confused me at times. I had to make sure I knew who was talking at the beginning of each chapter, so I understood the perspective I was reading.
The ending was a little too unbelievable. I like happy endings and things wrapped up at the end of a book – a nice feel good ending, but this was a little too sugary sweet.