Roseanne S. (Middlebury, CT)
Small Blessings is a gift to the heart and soul
Martha Woodruff has written one of the most heartwarming and delightful novels I've come across in quite a while. "Small Blessings" centers on several characters and is told from each one's perspective at different points as it progresses. At times funny and at other times achingly poignant, I was pulled in from the start and was held entranced to the end, so very sorry to see it end. Be mindful, however, this is not a syrupy sweet story. Ms. Woodruff has written with such humanity – all the messiness of peoples' lives as well as the deep beauty - in creating the plot and the characters themselves. I grew to love each of the characters for their often peculiar, but endearing, character traits. My copy of the book is filled with numerous corners of pages turned down – sections that touched me and do not want to lose track of. I loved this book and would tell anyone to do him- or herself a favor and read it. Thank you, Martha Woodruff, for a deep, soul-satisfying read.
Mary Q. (Greeley, CO)
Small Blessings is, overall, predictable and a little too saccharine at times, but I enjoyed the decent and quirky characters. It's the perfect light, amusing, beachy read that so many people crave during the summer. Martha Woodroof is a good storyteller, and I liked the way the entire book was developed with an even flow. I would definitely read other books by her, and I will suggest Small Blessings to many of my friends. (I wish we weren't restricted to only 1-5 ratings. It is better than "average" in my opinion but just short of a solid 4. I settled on a 3 but my true rating would be at least a 3.5.)
Linda S. (Arlington Heights, IL)
Book of Small Blessings.
Small Blessings is a delightful, sweet story about Tom Putnam, a kind and gentle college professor. He is married to a woman who is mentally unstable. He has taken care of her through their whole marriage with the help of her irascible mother-in-law Agnes. Welcome rootless Rose and a young, trusting 6 year old boy Henry and get ready for second chances. The story is simple and obvious, but has enough "drama" to keep it moving. Definitely a good summer read.
Lisa R. (Sammamish, WA)
Would make a good summer read
Well, here goes my first book review: while I would say that action packed mysteries are more of my genre, there were times that I became invested in the characters. Although it felt a bit chaotic in the beginning, theme became more interesting as the story developed, often wondering about the conclusion of the story. Would recommend as a book for vacation/summer reading.
Sarah C. (Cape Girardeau, MO)
What a charming book. All sorts of twists and unexpected turns. The best part is that we all know people just like the characters in real life. A good read, easy and it makes you happy with the outcomes. Certainly not full of angst or bitterness, but full of whimsy and fun.
Susan J. (Twain Harte, CA)
What makes a family?
Fatherhood, commitment, and family are themes of this funny and poignant story. Professor Jim commits easily and fully; Bookshop Rose has a fear of putting down roots. Little Henry charms everyone. Characters are well-drawn, and descriptions are so visually alive that I can see this as a successful stage play or movie. I loved this book and will recommend it to my book club. Woodroof is spot-on about life in a small college town.
Judy K., Conroe, TX
Really sweet, really
This book was high octane sugar. I'm not saying it was a bad book, just not my cup of tea. The plot was somewhat contrived and the outcome never in doubt. I liked the characters, just not the story so much. Just a sweet read, if you like that kind of thing. Personally, I like a book that makes me think and has some anxious moments. This was like watching a Hallmark movie and eating Milk Duds at the same time. It wasn't badly written, just too saccharine.