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Woodruff, who is married to Bob Woodruff, the newsman who suffered a traumatic brain injury while covering the war in Iraq, brings her own experience in dealing with sudden tragedy to bear in her first novel (after Perfectly Imperfect, 2009, a collection of essays). Maura Corrigan’s settled suburban life changes in an instant when her eldest son, nine-year-old James, is hit by a car. Reeling from a welter of emotions, including guilt that she was texting instead of keeping an eye on her son, Maura feels too overwhelmed to try to deal with the distance in her marriage as her husband copes with the tragedy by spending evenings at the local watering hole with his college chums. Meanwhile, her parents must confront the rift in their own marriage when evidence of her father’s years-long affair comes to light. Woodruff is surprisingly subtle in her nuanced portraits of the complexity of marriage, the far from well-intentioned people who seem to thrive on tragedy, and the great struggle to find meaning in life. Candid and heartfelt, this is sure to please fans of women’s fiction. --Joanne Wilkinson
"Lee Woodruff has written a beautiful, humorous, poignant page turner about the complexities of love and marriage, tricky family dynamics and the power of the human heart. Everything you want in a great read is here, including wonderful storytelling that builds to a satisfying ending. Loved it."―Adriana Trigiani
"Flawless, breathtaking, and oh-so-real, Those We Love Most is a beautifully written book about family, love, betrayal, forgiveness, and how we pick up the pieces in the wake of unthinkable tragedy. When I turned the last page, I found myself missing the characters already. I can't recommend this book highly enough. "―Harlan Coben
"Those We Love Most is a poignant, heartwarming story that follows you beyond its pages. Woodruff skillfully makes the Corrigan family real--fallible and vulnerable, ultimately strengthened by the undeniable power of love. I grieved and cheered for them all, and finished the book with a big smile on my face."―Catherine Coulter
"I opened Those We Love Most when my plan took off from Boston, and didn't look up again until I landed in Miami. In between, I cried and smiled and nodded, and turned pages faster and faster. It's one of those novels."―Ann Hood
"Lee Woodruff knows how to get to the heart of the matter on every occasion."―Alice Hoffman
"Those We Love Most is an engrossing story about family, fragility, rupture, and redemption. Woodruff's beautiful and unflinching portrayal of the grief, betrayal, guilt, tenacity, and love that engulf this family in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy will keep you turning pages till the end."―Sue Monk Kidd
This was a great read. I was invested in the characters right from the start. Realistic and down to earth.Published 8 months ago by Jeremy & Amy Brant
The story was really depressing. I had a hard time getting thru all of it even though it was a good story. I didn't care for the fact that they justified the affairs.Published 9 months ago by Peggy Hague
If you have been so favored as having not experienced losses , tragedies , and profound heartaches, then you will reject this book .
But who knows what awaits.... Read more
This is an intense, beautifully-written, if somewhat depressing story—a real hidden gem. I won't rehash the plot highlights, as enough other reviewers have done that. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sheryl Sorrentino
I would recommend this book to someone who likes to get inside the heads of the characters to see what makes them tick when they all face the same tragic event. Read morePublished 17 months ago by carolann howe
Having young children myself, I felt as though it was not wise to read this sad story. However, I couldn't put it down and I'm glad for that. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Blackwidow
This was a pretty good story if you like books about families in crisis.The plot was very dramatic and true to life. I could picture this very event occurring in real life. Read morePublished 18 months ago by jjkaiser