Advance reader reviews of Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof.

Small Blessings

By Martha Woodroof

Small Blessings
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    12 Aug 2014,
    320 pages.

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  • 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)

    Sweet Blessings
    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.
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