4 out of 4 stars
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Judson Leino loved his job as an LPN, licensed practical nurse, at the large hospital adult psychiatric ward. He cared about his patients and treated them with dignity, realizing many were people unable to handle the stress of their lives. Judson did his job well and worked hard. So when management decided to downsize, he was surprised to lose his job. After months of searching for a new job that would utilize his nursing talents, a heart-breaking event causes him to hit his breaking point.
One Night by Ryan Glenn is an emotionally beautiful, mystical, and magical story of finding hope when problems seem insurmountable. This author can make you experience the characters’ feelings. I both laughed and cried while reading this book, as I identified with Judson. I understood his pride in working with his patients, his pain at losing his job, and his despair at not being able to find another job suiting his skills. When he took the job in the short-staffed nursing home, I could relate as I had a similar job one summer. I understood the mind-numbing, exhausting feeling of being on your feet for twelve hours straight, working as fast as you can to handle all of the patients’ needs, and having no time to talk to anyone or even take a bathroom break.
Judson Leino is a wonderfully realistic and believable character. He is content with his modest life and hopeful for the future. I loved his humor and the way he interacted with his psychiatric patients. I liked this part of the story and found some of the patients’ actions hilarious.
This book excellently portrays the depression and hopelessness many people feel in today’s world. You can understand their desperation and sadness. However, my favorite part of this book is the promise that life will get better. Life is not hopeless but filled with hope and possibilities.
I liked everything about this beautiful story, and I recommend it to people who like character-driven and emotionally charged dramas. There is no sex in the book, but there is some profanity. I found a few grammatical errors, but they didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the story. They are the only thing I can say I disliked about the book. Since the problems were so minor, I believe the book has been edited professionally. Because it is so well written and emotionally uplifting, I am awarding One Night by Ryan Glenn with 4 out of 4 stars. It’s not often I find a book staying in my mind so long after I have read it. It is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.
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