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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (October 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743539834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743539838
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,532,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fanciful premises and implausible turns of events are the stuff Christmas fiction is made of, but Michaels takes matters too far in this contrived sequel to her 2002 Christmas novella, No Place Like Home, basing her story on a misunderstanding that could be cleared up in a 10-second conversation. Sara and Hannah, two of the three Cisco triplets, are perturbed that their hubbies are coming home later and later, and immediately become convinced that they're having affairs. The truth? Hapless Zack and Joel have bought an expensive boat to sail around the world and are afraid to tell their wives. Sonia, wife of third triplet Sam, has just left her husband—why? He's not ready to start a family, and she's accidentally pregnant. Does she simply tell him? Of course not. The six lovebirds bumble around misunderstanding each other against the backdrop of cozy, homey Larkspur, Pa., where neighbors help the triplets' grandmother rebuild her tornado-destroyed home. The flimsy premise and artificial drama suck all the charm out of the story, and while Michaels's devoted fans might pick it up out of habit, this soggy tale will frustrate most.
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From Booklist

Michaels revisits the Cisco family--famous candy company owners and denizens of a small town in Pennsylvania. Loretta, the matriarch, and her beau, Ezra, are lucky enough to survive a surprise tornado that flattens her family home. The close-knit community quickly pulls together to aid everyone who was affected, but Loretta, who is usually levelheaded and commonsensical, has a difficult time getting over the loss of her things. Her worries are multiplied when the grandchildren she raised, the triplets Sam, Hannah, and Sara, appear to have troubles of their own that they are unwilling to share with her. All three have recently married, and all three are experiencing marital difficulties. Sam's wife has disappeared, and Sara and Hannah are certain their doctor husbands are having affairs. But there's a larger issue: the "Trips" were raised as one unit, and they're not used to needing anyone but each other. Their predicament is explored in the same winning and humorous manner the ever-popular Michaels always employs in her believable and highly entertaining tales. Maria Hatton
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Customer Reviews

Fern Michaels is one of my favorite authors.
Ms Duprey
The dialogue was boring and repetitive and made the characters seem more like childish, spoiled brats rather than the adults they were supposed to be.
Book Fan
This may well be the worst book I've ever read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Greene on November 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book starts out interestingly enough, but it soon grows tedious due to the highly unbelievable actions and motiviations of its characters. The six protagonists act more like grade school children than adults, and they become fatiguing very quickly. The book is full of cliched platitudes about life, and the use of physical violence on the part of the women strikes another sour note. Was this supposed to be funny? The only positive thing I have to say about this book is that it's short, so the reader is soon put out of her/his misery in watching the unentertaining antics of people who need to grow up.

This one isn't even worth borrowing from the library.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Book Fan on January 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed No Place Like Home and was glad to see Family Blessings, the sequel come out. Was I disappointed! It's a short book, but the story was so tedious and repetitive that it seemed twice as long.

Cisco, the founder of Cisco Candies, loses her home and everything in it to a tornado at Halloween along with other people in the valley. Apparently the valley is habited by very talented people, because everyone had a new home built and furnished by Thanksgiving. But Cisco isn't happy with her new home, because it isn't filled with all of her "things." She spends a great deal of time constantly complaining about this. She also knows that her trips are having problems, but rather than talking to them and trying to help, she lives by her motto of "when you don't know what to do, do nothing" which leads to the trips problems being very overblown and dramatic.

The trips problems are the girls think their husbands are cheating on them, and their brother's wife leaves him because she's pregnant and he doesn't want kids at that time. Do they try to solve anything by talking? No, they just keeping arguing with their spouses and themselves. They have fights with themselves and their spouses in public. These characters weren't anything like they were in the first book. The dialogue was boring and repetitive and made the characters seem more like childish, spoiled brats rather than the adults they were supposed to be. There is a father in the picture, but he doesn't help. He complains about having been made to go work in the candy industry instead of following his dream of making furniture, which he gets to do (and quite well with no experience) helping rebuild everyone's home.

The story was short enough that I thankfully finished it in two days.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Goldstein on December 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I expected to zip through this 'little' book but I suffered through it and finally after 5 days of getting no where, I skipped to the last page.

A big waste. Lame plot. I hate it when all the main characters have similar names...all beginning in "S". And we were dealing with triplets and their spouses. Too confusing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In Larkspur, Pennsylvania, newlywed sisters Hannah and Sara believe their spouses are cheating on them as they work late every night. Actually colleagues Dr. Zack Kelly and Dr. Joel Wineberg are working together on a surprise to take a year off and sail with their beloved respective spouses Hannah and Sara; they just have not told them for fear of their reactions.

Meanwhile the third of the Cisco triplets (brother to Hannah and Sara), Sam is stunned when his beloved wife Sonia leaves him. He is shocked because he thought their loving relationship was going great; he is unaware that Sonia left him because she is accidentally pregnant and he just told her adamantly that he is not ready for a family.

A tornado wrecks the home of the triplet's grandmother; all the neighbors pitch in to help with the rebuilding of the structure. Will this opportunity enable the three married younger generation couples to take the time to talk or will the Cisco siblings join the statistics of failed marriages? If a sweet-toothed grandmother has a say these three marriages will turn to bliss by Christmas.

Though whimsical and starring delightful characters many of whom performed in NO PLACE LIKE HOME, the triple marital woes of FAMILY BLESSINGS seem ridiculous. All three couples could resolve their troubles in one page or less by communicating with each other for five minutes. Still the cast is likable and spending the holidays with Fern Michaels is always fun even when the despair appears so unnecessary.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maryland reader on November 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Don't waste your time on this obnoxious little book. Unpleasant characters, no plot - truly a waste of time. I was shocked that someone would publish this garbage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharona on December 24, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had never read a Fern Michaels book before, but I saw this at the library and decided to give it a try .

What an awful mistake.

I kept cringing with embarrassment at the silly, contrived plot and dialogue. Real people do not talk in constant cliches and 10-minute-long platitudes!

The fistfight between the Trips was ridiculous.

The story with the husbands not being able to tell their wives the truth was so patently unbelievable I wanted to throw the book across the room.

There were just too many unbelievable, unreaslistic parts to mention, but my favorite ridiculous moment was when the husbands are waiting for their wives in the middle of the night in the cemetary. They're hiding behind a gravestone, and how do the wives happen upon their husbands? They hear one of the husbands pouring his heart out to the dead woman of the gravestone their hiding behind.

I don't know about you, but I'd be scared to death to all of a sudden hear voices in the cemetary at FOUR O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (and doesn't it seem silly for the girls to be visiting their mother's grave at that time of night? In the freezing winter?)- not to mention surprised- but there is absolutely none of that! The girls just continue being mad at their husbands until FINALLY they all work it out.

I kept shaking my head in disbelief at what the author was thinking we'd be willing to swallow.

This was junk. I'll never pick up another one of her books.
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More About the Author

Fern Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Fool Me Once, Sweet Revenge, The Nosy Neighbor, Pretty Woman, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

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