Those We Love Most

Those We Love Most

by Lee Woodruff

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ISBN-13: 9781401341787
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lee Woodruff is the coauthor, with her husband, Bob Woodruff, of the number one New York Times bestseller In an Instant, and the author of the essay collection Perfectly Imperfect. She is a contributing editor to CBS This Morning and has written numerous articles on family and parenting for Parade, Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, Country Living, and Family Fun. She and Bob founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to assist wounded service members and their families. Woodruff has four children and lives in Westchester County, New York.

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Those We Love Most 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
I love a book that has such powerful emotional honesty that you just can't help becoming invested in it. CBS This Morning journalist Lee Woodruff's first novel, Those We Love Most, is one of those books. This is a multigenerational story, about Maura, wife and mom to three young children, and her mother Margaret. A moment of inattention by Maura forever changes their lives, one that will cause her to feel incredible guilt and pain. The tragedy that follows is compounded by the secret of betrayal that Maura carries. Margaret is a rock for her daughter, doing all she can to get her and the family through the aftermath of a beloved child's death. She loves her husband Roger, and when he faces a health crisis, she is also forced to face a secret that he has been hiding from her, one that if she were honest with herself, she already knew. This is a novel about how hard it is to be married, and the resilience of the human spirit. Margaret describes her life with Roger after many years together: "The patterns and paths of their life together, especially in the past decade, had become more and more divergent. She had her set schedule: gardening, bridge, exercise, and the occasional lunch with friends. Being a devoted grandmother, a role of which she was immensely proud, also took up a large portion of her time....But Roger spent too much time in the office at his stage in life, in her opinion." Margaret is a character that many women will relate to: the one who keeps things together, who never falls apart, soldiers through everything. "Margaret believed it was wife's job to keep the exterior facade spackled and impenetrable, to prevent the cracks from showing on the outside. In her mind, a classy woman never broke rank." Maura and her husband Pete had their own problems before the tragedy. "Things had been operating on this half-speed for a while, Maura acknowledged, each of them heading down an easy slipstream in marriage where the valuable, intimate parts begin to erode in a tidal wave of banality." Woodruff succeeds in bringing these women to life; indeed, they are women you feel that you know in your own life. Her observations about marriage at its different stages will resonate with many women. The writing is insightful, and the scenes at the hospital will break your heart. It is clear that Woodruff drew on her own experiences with her husband ABC Bob Woodruff's traumatic brain injuries suffered during the Iraq War to write these emotional passages. I can't remembered being so viscerally affected by a novel; Woodruff's first work of fiction is emotional, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting. This is a book I will recommend to anyone looking for a story to lose yourself in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so well written but i couldnt get through the sadness . I had to stop on page 70.
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Lee Woodruff Published by: Hyperion Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: GMTA Rating: 4 Review: "Those We Love Most" by Lee Woodruff was really a powerful read. This was a read of tragedy not just for one family but a extended family. This was a very realistic read that could happen to any of us...a death of a child. Yes, this novel will be of 'loss, grief, love and two families who are really suffering from it all. We find the mother had been having a affair, while the father was a alcoholic....and the grandfather who was having a affair with the grandma seemed to just take it in as a martyr...What a group of people...Will there be any change? This author did a wonderful job with his detailed dialogue showing much compassion. Who knew that this child's death(James) would charge everything for this family.. breaking them apart but putting them back together again? I found the characters all interesting in that even at the end I am not sure there would be a change for Maura, Roger, Roger,Margaret ...or Julia. Kinda leaves you wondering long after the read. Did I find "Those We Love Most" a page turner?...Yes...it was a dramatic experience to read. Would I recommend....YES!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are well-developed and one can see a bit of himself in each of them. The secrets in the story make the reader think about just how much goes on under the surface of everyday life. Younger readers might not as easily relate to the experiences but husbands, wives, and parents will find the characters' feelings to be spot on. Although there are potentially depressing occurrences in this book the author wraps it up with realistic hope for the future.
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Readingisluxury More than 1 year ago
Lee Woodruff writes with the keen sense of someone who has experienced tragedy in her family and has the knowledge that life continues and a person learns to thrive after the unthinkable has occurred. The characters were well fleshed out, believable and stay with you when the reading is through. The novel is written in a realistic manner. I found myself smiling with recognition of some of the seemingly innocuous actions of the characters as well as tearing up with the sadness of their situations. I highly recommend this book.
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not that crazy about it.....to wordy....just finished reading gone girl which i really enjoyed once i got into it....this...i am half through and forcing myself to finish.
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This was my first book by Lee Woodruff and I enjoyed it. It was a little depressing at times; however, shows how families get through challenges and obstacles without walking away. The story goes back and forth from the mom and dad and at the same time the daughter and her family. "Those We Love Most" chronicles how these unforgettable characters confront their choices, examine their mistakes, fight for their most valuable relationships, and ultimately find their way back to each other. It takes us deep into the heart of what makes families and marriages tick and explores a fundamental question: when the ties that bind us to those we love are strained or broken, how do we pick up the pieces? I look forward to reading more from this author!
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dottie1 More than 1 year ago
Great read. Usually it takes me a long time to read a book, as I read a little each night and fall asleep. Could not put this down. Stayed up way too late at night to finish it. Easy read...great book.