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Books make great friends. They shouldn’t be your only friends, but they can be great companions on a cold, blustery day or a way to unwind after a long day at the office. As I’ve been exploring my new surroundings, I made sure to get acquainted with my local library. Recently I discovered a new author. She’s not new, just new to me. Her name is Anna Quindlen. Anna has written a variety of works from novels to children’s stories to a Newsweek column. So far, I’ve only explored her fictional realm.
I just finished reading her book, simply titled, Blessings. The title is probably the reason I picked up the book in the first place. The setting is an old country estate now inhabited by an elderly daughter (Lydia), a newly appointed groundskeeper (Skip), and a baby dropped off on the garage steps (Faith). Readers will quickly learn to care for all those involved at Blessings as the author guides you through the family history of both happier days and times of sorrow. Many have learned lessons the hard way. Some have grace to share. Their lives are interwoven to make Blessings a home.
While I read the final pages a few days or so ago, I am still reminded of the love shown in this story, especially by those who didn’t think they could. You might need a tissue along the way, but this novel of hope and understand is worth the read.
I’ve just stared another of Anna’s works: Rise and Shine, the story of two sisters living very different lives in New York City.
It’s getting to be a very busy time of year. Happy shopping, happy wrapping, and if you can squeeze it in, happy reading.