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Blessings Mass Market Paperback – June 10, 1990
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Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Belva Plain's mixture of romance, suspense, and deeply felt familial conflicts should leave her fans well entertained."—Publishers Weekly
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Late one night, a teenaged couple abandons their newborn baby at the garage door of "Blessings", an estate inhabited by the elderly Lydia Blessing and her young handyman, Skip Cuddy.....and thus set off a chain of events that will propel both of these characters on a journey of discovery.
Skip, who lives over the garage and finds the foundling, will discover unexpected depths of feelings for this little one, whom he names Faith. He also discovers the nurture of which he is capable--and what the tribulations of fatherhood can be. This baby gives Skip's life a structure and purpose that it never had before. Lydia discovers that perhaps doing what is expected is not always the "good" thing to do....and questions what the "right" thing to do really is. She has lived in the past for so long, thinking about her family's many secrets, but this baby brings her into the present with a welcome jolt.
Despite trying to keep Faith's presence a secret, Lydia finds out that Skip has taken on the role of "father" to this baby, and the three of them become an unlikely sort of family. Quindlen shows us how a family is not necessarily comprised of those related by blood, but can be a unit made up of people who need, support, and care for each other. Together, Skip and Lydia find unexpected joy in Faith and find resources within themselves of which they were unaware. These two characters, of such different backgrounds and ages, also allow the author to tell the same story in two very different ways.
Quindlen has written a richly descriptive and moving novel, one of redemption and personal growth, and about doing the right thing.Read more ›
The story begins with a baby being abandoned late one night by a teenage girl and the father of the baby. The baby is dressed in a flannel shirt with a hair clip on its umbilical cord and left by the garage in a cardboard box.
The box is then found by Skip, a house hand. Skip has never been around children much less a baby. He takes the newborn in as his own and the story begins. He becomes attached to the baby and raises it as his own... all the while keeping it a secret. We are then swept along as Skip learns to care for the baby and ends up dedicating his life to the baby. (I don't want to give up to much information on the baby.)
The name of the estate where the baby is left is called "Blessings" ... owned by an eighty-year-old wealthy woman named Lydia Blessings. As the story continues we learn the secrets of Lydia Blessings and her family ... AND, there are many secrets! The characters are richly written ... you will find yourself bonding with many of them as you learn their secrets. BUT, be prepared for some tears ... keep the Kleenex close at hand.
There are many "BLESSINGS" in this story. You will not be disappointed with this novel. It is a must read.
Blessings is the story of how this child changes Skip's life, as well as that of old, bitter matriarch Mrs. Lydia Blessing, who surprises us by helping Skip keep the baby.
This slow-paced, descriptive novel uses flashbacks from Mrs. Blessing's life, allowing the reader to discover this woman little by little, from her childhood, to her brother Sunny, to her marriage and her relationship with her daughter.
This novel includes some unexpected twists that help to make this cast of wonderful characters oh so human.
I hope you enjoy this book as I did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit slow moving in the evolution of the story and then a sudden change with a very quick resolution. Kind of a slow burn and a rapid close.Published 1 day ago by wendy scharfman
BLESSINGS by Belva Plain
What would you do if you were in love and about to be married, when out of the blue you are contacted by people representing a girl looking for... Read more
There was almost too much back story on the characters, and the passing was very slow. Some writers can jump back and forth in time beautifully, this is not one of those stories. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ordinary Girl
Very surprising plot and characters. Lively story, open-ended, very worthwhile.Published 12 days ago by Lindon
Well.... as always I love Ms. Quindlen's writing style. Blessings was a great read, I found myself thinking about the characters when I was not reading, wondering what was next... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robin Lark-Hanson
Outstanding story and book came in excellent condition! Though the ending was not what I wanted...I get it and it will stick with me a long time. A lesson well written!Published 1 month ago by S. L. Cook
This is a story of family secrets, lost loves, traditions, formalities, broken hearts and finding forgiveness if only in oneself. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Boom Boom