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The One Good Thing: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Alan Milne
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For as long as Halley Steen has known her husband Nathan, he has carried a handful of stones in his pocket. Each day he uses those stones to remind him to follow the Golden Rule, moving a stone from one pocket to the other with each act of kindness. So it's not unusual that Nathan stops to help a stranger on the side of the highway while on his way to his son's football game one Friday evening. But that one act will change all of their lives forever, when a car hydroplanes off the road, killing Nathan instantly.

As Halley and her children Ty and Alice struggle with their grief, Nathan's spiritual legacy lives on. A Facebook page appears, where countless stories about Nathan's selfless acts are shared. But among them is one that stands out, from a woman who says that Nathan saved her life. Neither Halley nor her children have ever heard of Madeline Zuckerman. But soon Halley discovers years of e-mails from this woman to her husband on his computer that refer to "our little girl." How could her husband have kept the secret of this other child for their entire marriage? Why had he lied to her? Was he not the man she thought he was?

Only thirteen-year-old Alice maintains unwavering faith in her father. She knows there's an explanation. When she sets out to find Madeline and learn the truth, she will start to unravel the complex story of The One Good Thing Nathan Steen did that had the greatest impact of all.




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Nathan Steen was known as the man who would do anything to help others. For as long as his wife, Halley, had known him, he’d kept a pocket full of stones and as the day progressed would move them from one pocket to the other with every good deed he did. But it’s only after his sudden death that the true extent of his generosity becomes clear to Halley. Then she and their children, Alice and Ty, watch as social media ignites with stories of thanks that bolster them during their time of grief. One woman’s message, however, uncovers a secret by mentioning a girl she calls Nathan’s daughter. Halley is crushed to find that Nathan had a past life he did not share with her and angry that he lied, but Alice believes there must be more to the story and sets out to find answers. Inspirational and heartwarming, Milne’s newest work weaves his familiar feel-good tone into an enjoyable story about friendship, love, and family that is sure to please fans and newcomers alike. --Cortney Ophoff

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"Inspirational and heartwarming, Milne's newest work weaves his familiar feel-good tone into an enjoyable story about friendship, love, and family that is sure to please fans and newcomers alike."—Booklist

"Milne's latest is a touching story about a legacy of love. Although the plot is a simple one, it will resonate with readers looking to reach outside themselves and spread kindness to others."—RT Book Reviews

"The One Good Thing by Kevin Alan Milne is everything that a novel should be. It is uplifting, inspiring and entertaining. The story draws readers in from page one and holds them captive to the end."
Desert News

"The magic of Kevin Milne's books is that they make you stop wishing the world was a better place and inspire you to actually get up and go make it one. The One Good Thing is exactly that kind of book."—Jason Wright, New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Letters

"Stirring and dramatic, Milne's work echoes that of Nicholas Sparks in its focus on love, commitment, faith, and the ultimate heartbreak of being human." Booklist on The Final Note

"Kevin Alan Milne's The Final Note is a beautiful soliloquy on the power of love. The opening Prelude forcefully grabs you--you find yourself immersed in Ethan's rage against the perpetrator of his wife's catastrophic outcome. . . . "
Aisle B, Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455510084
  • Publisher: Center Street (March 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TUNVUY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Version of the Truth March 15, 2013
Format:Paperback
Everyone has his or her version of a story. I think it is best to hear it directly from the source! Kevin Alan Milne wrote The One Good Thing with a clever perspective. Each main character tells their version of the story. With each chapter, a different character narrates back and forth so that you can grasp all the feelings and dept of the story.

The One Good Thing is a story about a secret and a version of the truth. I believe everyone has at least one secret if not more. They may have very good reasons for keeping it, but I feel that you do not ever really truly know everything about someone. Their every thought, their past, sometimes even their current motivation, is subjective and with respect, told with their version of the truth.

The story is about Nathan and his family. He is a good man. Nathan is known for helping others through acts of kindness. He tries to do six "good things" throughout the day and keeps track with six tiny stones that he keeps in his pocket. Each time he does something for someone he moves one stone to the opposite pocket. One of his acts of kindness unfortunately leads to his death.

His grieving family finds out that Nathan had a secret. Now this good man's motives are questioned and stir up a lot of questions and doubt about his past and his were to be future. Was he really a good man? Will his secret be kept even though he is dead? The One Good Thing is a wonderful read and worth finding out!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it Straight Through April 9, 2013
By geosue
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I was bleary eyed the morning after I started this book. I could not put it down. This is a story of altruism and faith and strong family values. Well written and not sappy in the least. I found myself alternately crying and laughing. I immediately started looking for other books by this author and have not been disappointed.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book! March 24, 2013
By AMH
Format:Paperback
I found out about this book via Good Reads website. It was a really good book. I don't normally write reviews, but I see there are only four reviews. I want everyone to know that this is a good book worth reading. It gives the reader a lot to think about even after you are done reading. I enjoyed the plot, the characters, and the message. Check it out!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The One Good Thing October 17, 2013
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One of the most powerful, uplifting testimonies of man's ability to do the right thing, no matter what. So moving i could not put it down. A MUST read! The best book I have read in years!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic feel-good read May 16, 2013
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Fantastic read! Great characters in a wonderful plot that not only entertains but gives one reason to pause and truly ponder what's important in this daily effort we call "life". Sort of makes you want to at least strive to do a bit better each day. I had our teenage granddaughter read it and she, too, loved it. I've recommended it to several people and to one book club. Thant's how much I enjoyed this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The One Good Thing April 10, 2013
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My thanks to Amazon for putting this book on one of their lists that they sent to me.

This is a really great book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be checking on other books written by this author. To any of you reading this review I highly recommend this book. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks to Mr. Milne for a really good book.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth the Time or money April 21, 2013
By BillT
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Very disappointing. After awhile, for me, it was a trivial plot and not credible. I found the idea that a son would be so totally self-righteous and unforgiving of his father who made a mistake--before his father was even married to his--and did the right thing for his out-of-wedlock child to be a depressing and thin vehicle for a plot. Even more unbelievable, this all happened after his father's untimely death. This was nuts! It was hard to even give it a chance. About a third of the way through the book I became fed up and bailed. I rarely do that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to smooth my rough edges March 26, 2014
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Lately I've been feeling down and out due to chronic pain but this book, even the hard to read parts, reminded me to not sweat the small stuff and it's all small stuff. Later this afternoon I'm going to hunt for 7 serving stones for MY pocket :-)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The domino effect of doing good things.
This novel is about the impact of a man committed to doing acts of kindness. The story is poignant and the characters engaging. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Prindaville
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I loved this book. While I was reading, I hated to put it down until I could find more time. Now I want to do the one good thing.
Published 2 days ago by Jana Butcher
2.0 out of 5 stars Too preachy. Too saintly, unrealistic character.
Too preachy. Too saintly, unrealistic character.
Published 1 month ago by Jane M Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely story..
This was a very good story.. a little sad but well written and immediately engrossing. I was very connected to the story and appreciated the journey. Read more
Published 1 month ago by shannonreads
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice gentle story
Published 1 month ago by peggy kinney
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good entertaining reading. Yhings are not always what they seem to be at first sight.
Published 2 months ago by John C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really liked this book!
This was the first--but not the last--book I've read by this author.
Published 2 months ago by Jewel R. Holmberg
5.0 out of 5 stars No words
After reading is book, I'd like to be able to write some big wordy review, gushing over what I have just read and practically demanding that you read it, but honestly I have no... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rainbow RobinGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars After I read it my 4th grade class spent a week recording good things...
This is one of those books that stays with you. After I read it my 4th grade class spent a week recording good things they did for others. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kathie s.
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good story. Even though the younger characters speak...
This is a really good story. Even though the younger characters speak in a voice that seems older than their age, it still flows and makes some good points, especially about doing... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Rinaldo
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More About the Author

Kevin Milne was born in 1973 in Portland, Oregon. Although Oregon was always considered home, he also spent portions of his childhood in Virginia, Hawaii, and California. In 1991 he graduated from Sherwood High school, followed by undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, then an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. As an adult he has lived in such varied places as Vermont, New Jersey, Nevada, Austria, and Croatia.

Since beginning his writing career in 2007, Milne's novels have been reproduced in 16 languages worldwide. His first published work, "The Paper Bag Christmas", was converted to a stage play in 2011.

Today, Kevin resides once more in his home town of Sherwood, Oregon. He and his wife, Rebecca, were married in Washington DC in 1995, and are the proud parents of five children.

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