This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Tom Putnam is not living- not really. His life is not bad, exactly, but he is existing. Just existing. Married to a woman who named Marjory- who has some peculiar quirks, Tom stays in this marriage because while Marjory had many quirks before, after finding out about Tom’s affair- her quirks have increased.
Tom is resigned. His life is quiet. He loves teaching. Loves the small community he’s a part of. And, he cares for Marjory. And feels some sense of responsibility for the role he played with his affair and her behavior.
Tom does not know this- but things are about to change.
One day, Tom and Marjory are at the college bookstore and they begin chatting with the new manager- Rose. Rose is a free-spirit and a breath of fresh air for this college town. And, then, Marjory does something strange for her- but normal for most people- she invites Rose to dinner at the house for one day soon. With that invitation, Marjory takes the first step in changing everyone’s lives.
A change is a-coming in other areas as well. Tom gets a letter saying that he has a child coming- a child from his affair ten years ago. Tom can’t explain what he feels- but it’s not panic. It might even be happiness- but it’s such a foreign concept to him- he’s unsure.
One day, Tom looks around and doesn’t recognize his life. It’s like he’s been given the chance to have a life that he wished for and he has to decide if he’s willing to step out in the brave new world or stay where he is.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Argh! This book is so hard to describe without saying “OMG This is where the X went down, this is what happened here that you are all SERIOUSLY and etc!” It’s not unbelievable events- in fact, it’s quite believable. But, it’s so hard to talk about without ruining things!
So, moving on the characters- good grief the characters! They are a quirky lot. Mostly academic types- well read, well presented.. maybe not so well behaved! Each one has a funny or charming way about them- Tom and Rose, especially.
Marjory, though, Marjory is a character that needs a bit more explanation. She has quirks, she has some issues. But, when she invites Rose to dinner- you can tell that is something for her, that is something she needed to do. And in doing so, she sets this book in motion- and gives all the rest of the quirky characters in this book things to ponder.
Basically, SMALL BLESSINGS is about lives of people that look pretty good from the outside- but the inside is another thing. This is about a re-awakening of life. Of finding happiness and grabbing it with both hands.
Do you want something to read that is memorable? A step up above light and fluffy- but several steps down from dark and dreary? Try SMALL BLESSINGS.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration from St.Martin’s. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T
6 thoughts on “Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof”
I really enjoyed this novel and agree it’s difficult to describe without spoilers. It’s on my recommended books list.
YES! It’s so difficult to talk about without spoiling. The quirky characters are perfection!
Haha, you’re adorable.
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Aww TY! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I love fluff! not so much on dark & sad but this book sounds very interesting! What would you do if you were in that situation??
I think you will enjoy this book!