Small Blessings: A Novel

Small Blessings: A Novel

by Martha Woodroof
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Small Blessings: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. SMALL BLESSINGS, speaks for itself in this quirky debut novel, which is quiet entertaining, with its array of colorful and flawed characters. (with some Shakespeare mixed in for added pleasure). Image, the setting: Tom Putnam, a professor in a small Virginia women's college leading a boring life due to the demands from home and his disturbed and miserable wife. This guy deserves a break! Between his emotionally disturbed wife, Marjory and his feisty mother in law, Agnes – sure he cannot wait to get to class. However, he feels guilt, so sucks up and resides in misery, as his wife’s condition is partly due to her discovery of his brief affair with a visiting poetess, Retesia. His mother in law warned him not to marry Marjory and why didn’t he listen, long ago. His luck is about to change. His wife dies in a car accident and he learns he has a son (from this brief affair more than ten years ago)—shocker! He is relieved with the news of his wife’s death, more like a release and a relief. It also meant hope, as his past twenty-three years of marriage--and now it was over. No chance of redemption, or so he thinks. Blessing come in small packages, when little Henry arrives with only one change of clothes, and fifty thousand dollars in cash, as well as a cashier's check for four hundred and fifty thousand dollars! Confusing, the wrong birth date and the ticket stub from Picayune, MS to Charlottesville, not, New Orleans. Who is this little boy? Taking in a lost boy was one thing, but a boy with a half a million dollars was something else. Puzzled by more than the cash, is his name on the birth certificate. (His former brief lover, had sent him a note announcing the arrival of his son she is sending to live with him, as she is now an author and will be going on tour). —surprise from New Orleans. He makes a home for Henry (with the assistance of mother-in-law), and as luck would have it, he falls in love with Rose, the new manager of the college bookstore. OK, what is missing here?? Secrets? No spoilers here – you will have to read this mysterious, funny, crazy, and lovable story to find the answers. Even when things look bleak, you never know what is around the corner. SMALL BLESSINGS will make you cry and laugh out loud—with some risks, secrets, dangers, twists, and long deserved happiness along the way. Excited to connect with this newfound Southern author from Greensboro, NC (having raised my children in Winston-Salem, where they currently reside). The author’s lively personality is reflective throughout the pages of this charming debut novel. Look forward to reading more from Martha Woodroof!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful novel. Well-written prose is symphonic. If you live for a phrase that takes your breath away, treat yourself to some truly exquisite writing by Ms. Woodroof. Quite honestly, I haven't devoured a treat like this one in quite some time. Here is just a taste of her brilliance: "He'd been gone almost half a century, and yet - right now - he seemed more real than any of the subsequent shadows that had wandered through her life claiming to be people." Enjoyable storyline, fun, quirky characters, fabulous writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredibly written with unexpected turns. The author captured the spirit and actions of a man who has resolved to stay in a miserable marriage so well it resonated with me, even as a woman. The portrayal of several of the unusual characters was spot on.
abbyesi More than 1 year ago
the characters were to cheer for; the story a surprise; the writing so enjoyable/ I laughed ; very funny, very true to life/ and nice to have a friend that one can depend on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thriller? No. Great literature?? No. Nice little story like a tea cozy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a nice story. I smiled a lot as I read. I look forward to Martha WOodroof's next book.
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Rose Callahan has always been a wanderer, never staying long enough to get too emotionally attached to people. However, when she starts her new job at the college bookstore, the welcoming, quirky individuals pull at her heart. Tom Putnam leads a monotonous life and with the help of his mother-in-law, they try to cope with his wife’s debilitating depression. When a shocking letter arrives, declaring Tom a father of a ten year old son, his world Is about to change forever. How will the people of this small college town cope, as their lives turn upside down? Martha Woodroof challenges readers to think about the qualities that truly make up a family, whether it is love, duty, responsibility or blood. Broken into two distinct parts, the first section is a fast paced action ride, while the second is more descriptive and verbose. There is a strong cast of secondary characters that play a vital part to the story. With a little help from Shakespeare and Harry Potter, readers will dive into the magic of life and the beauty of love. This debut novel will leave readers hoping for more. Notes: This review was written for My Sister's Books. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Readers are taken on a sweet ride of human frailties and redemption
JeannieWalker More than 1 year ago
Blessings (even small ones) come in many disguises. Sometimes far-reaching predicaments happen in our lives (like they did in this novel to some of the characters), but that doesn’t mean the change will be a train wreck. Even though some of us try hard to be perfect, nobody is perfect. We can be wise but also very foolish. Happiness doesn’t just happen - it is something we have to work at. It’s a lot easier if we believe in blessings that will come our way. This is a down to earth novel with characters that are real, even though it is a book based on fiction. The author does a marvelous job of showing readers how not to squander blessings that are so freely given to us. In a way the author reminds us that when we worship possessions and/or fame over God, we are headed for a fall. But, God is always ready to pick us up and let us blaze another trail. That’s where small blessings come in. Good job Martha. Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) "I Saw the Light" - A True Story of a Near-Death Experience
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