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Family Blessings

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,009 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Out of the deepest grief comes the greatest love ... Lee Reston, a widow in her mid-forties, had a full and rewarding life with her three incredible children and a thriving florist business. And like most of us, Lee never imagined how she would cope if that which was most precious was taken from her ...

Then came the shattering news that turned her life upside down: Lee's o
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 26th 1994 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 1993)
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BJ Rose
Oct 20, 2009 BJ Rose rated it it was amazing
WOW! This story was so emotionally draining through the first part that I had to put it down and do something physical to recharge. As this story opens, the heroine is a widow who loses her oldest child in a motorcycle accident, and we soon learn that two decades earlier she lost a baby to SIDS. This sounds like a bad soap opera, but in this author's hands, it becomes an uplifting story of dealing with loss.

Unfortunately, IMO, this is marketed as a romance, and the focus in readers' minds is on
Jane Stewart
A wonderful relationship - much more than lust. A full story, a good story.

This is romance with a womens fiction feel. There is a lot of grief in the first third of the book. A mother Lee loses her 25 year old son Greg in a motorcycle accident. Chris is Greg’s roommate and coworker. Chris mourns the loss with Lee and her family. I don’t want to read books about grief and depressing topics. But this was less troubling than I expected. The author wasn’t focused on making me cry or feel bad. Instea
Feb 25, 2010 kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great descriptive writing,

This is the 2nd book I've read by this author and have enjoyed them both. Though she is billed as a 'romance' author, she is really a 'relationship' author, because her character definitely develop relationships. This author does a great job with character development, and with descriptions of people and places.

I did feel the book dragged at one point, shortly after the relationship became physical. I guess the point was to let us know how passionate they were for each
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"Widowed at an early age, 44-year-old Lee Reston has overcome many obstacles to raise three children and build a successful business. When her eldest son is killed in a motorcycle accident, Lee turns to his 30-year-old best friend for comfort--and falls in love with him." (From Amazon)

I enjoyed this contemporary family fiction.
Elisabeth Cole
Jan 20, 2016 Elisabeth Cole rated it really liked it
"Family Blessings" was an awesome book and what I would consider a true "older woman, younger man" scenario. Lee is a 45 year old woman whose son, Greg, is killed in an accident. She ends up relying on Greg's 30 year old friend, roommate and coworker Christopher, for help and guidance. They start out as acquaintances who are in mourning, slowing become friends and eventually fall in love. The pace of this story was perfect - nothing felt "insta" and it was completely believable. There were quite ...more
Virginia Markhart
Feb 15, 2014 Virginia Markhart rated it liked it
I picked this book up at the library, mainly because I have read a couple by the same author that I enjoyed so much. This one was a disappointment. I am learning that I don't necessarily love every book by a favored author. This is the story of a woman who falls in love with a man 15 years younger than herself. He was a good friend and room mate of her son who died in a motorcycle accident. Her adult daughter harbors feelings of her own toward the man she has fallen for and the whole extended fa ...more
Beth Peninger
3.5 stars
Here's the story about me and Spencer's books. When I was in high school my boyfriend's mom knew how much I loved to read and loaned me one of Spencer's titles and got me hooked. In retrospect, it probably wasn't the best kind of book to get me hooked on. Spencer has great story lines but her books have a lot of sex in them. And she's one of those authors that employs every euphemism possible for body parts and sexual acts. As a high schooler reading these you can imagine how equally ho
Kelsey M. Miller
May 19, 2011 Kelsey M. Miller rated it really liked it
"Family Blessings" is about a mom named Lee who has a son that works for the local police department, named Greg. Greg's best friend, Chris is also a police officer. One afternoon, Lee got a phone call from the police department saying that someone got into a very bad motorcycle accident. Since the accident was so bad that had a hard time identifying who the person was so Lee had to tell them if that person was Greg. Unfortuanately, it was Greg. Lee was full of grief and didn't know what she wou ...more
May 14, 2012 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, romance
Quite frankly at the time I started reading this book a good friend's father died and I had been helping her work through her grief. The ENTIRE first 1/3 of this book is about the death of the main character's son. Dealing with the death, the funeral, cleaning out his apartment, etc etc. It was actually pretty sad..especially when going through something like that for real at the same time. It was like death overload.

The book and romance itself really were "meh" to me. I didn't care too much ab
Jun 17, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2012, bought-used
I'll kick off this review by stating that Lavyrle Spencer has long time been and continues to be my favorite author, no question about it. It has taken me years to find a copy of Family Blessings, and while it is not at the top of my list of favorites by her, I'm glad to own it and to have read it. And because it's Lavyrle Spencer, the writing is beautiful and hard to put down.

Many of her books are romance ones, and this is no different. The romance in this really failed to captivate me. It's th
May 07, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
Lee Reston is a woman in her forties with 3 children who are her life, and co-owns a floral shop with her sister. When she gets word from Officer Christopher Lallek,her son Greg's best friend and fellow officer, that he has been killed in a motorcycle accident, Lee's world and her family's is shattered apart. Already experiencing the death of another child and her husband, she wonders how much more she can endure. She becomes close to Christopher as a crutch through her grief, until their relati ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Pygmy rated it liked it
Cougar romance, lol. Fashion descriptions date this, but they are easy to gloss over if I imagine, say, Ben McKenzie in his Southland cop uniform and Morena Baccharin in her Homeland wife role (though I guess the actress is technically in her 30s...). Then all is well!

Extremely sentimental romance that has way too much crying and grieving in the beginning-- while understandable, it was tedious to read through, so I skimmed. Once the story progressed, however, the slow pace sold me 100% on the re
Oct 19, 2012 Caroline rated it really liked it
A sweet story of a love that knows no age, of laughter, heartache and struggles. As usual, Spencer writes with such grand emotion, such expressive feelings, it's hard not to feel attached to such human characters. I am a bigger fan of her historical period stories as opposed to her contemporary works, but this was definitely a great read.

I have to admit, when I see a couple with a large age difference (10 years or more) my eyebrows would go up and the usual thing. I never judged but I never real
Apr 07, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
This book is such a wonderful story of love and loss. But the pain and suffering of both these m/c are too much to bare alone. What they find together is overwhelming and so wonderful. What the people outside don't understand is that it doesn't matter the age difference. It is the love that binds them.
May 09, 2010 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jacqueline by: amazon lists
I liked this book. I cried at the death of the son which happens on the first page and occupies about half of the book. The relationship between the older woman and the younger man was good but sometimes I get tired of the woman always being so upset about falling in love with a younger man. I married a younger man (granted just 7 years not 15 but even books with a 5 to 7 years difference make a big deal out of it) and it just didn't matter to either of us. The romance was good and well written. ...more
Eileen Carter
Sep 21, 2015 Eileen Carter rated it really liked it
Great story that talks about a love that is sometimes though not so often any more consider taboo. An older woman with a much younger man. This book is well written and will be enjoyed by all who read it.
Apr 24, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
I guess you would consider this a chic lit book, but it was pretty good and a fast read. It is about a woman whos son is killed in a motorcycle accident. The first part of the book deals with the grief she endures. I thought it was pretty hard to read because it dredged up some painful memories for me about my brother. The second part of the book is about her falling in love with one of her son’s friends and the struggle to find some happiness in her life again. Even though the second half was p ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Allie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
None of that insta-love here! I appreciate that we get to watch 2 people go from friends to lovers in a way that's almost unheard of these days. Just a good story that mostly holds up well.
Brenda French
Jun 21, 2015 Brenda French rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorite books I have read it again and again over the years. I hate that Mrs. Spencer stopped writing.
Joie Andrews
Nov 03, 2015 Joie Andrews rated it it was amazing
Love anything by LaVyrle Spencer. Morning glory is my favorite, though.
Jun 02, 2014 Tressa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Family Blessings had a slow pace and a predictable plot.
Babs Pennant
May 10, 2014 Babs Pennant rated it it was amazing
A sad but lovely book and a great romance for fans of Ms Spencer.
Jan 23, 2012 Karin rated it liked it
I think I've only read this once or twice before. As a high school girl, contemporary romances were not my favorite, especially ones about 30&45 year olds. As an adult, I'm enjoying some of the oddities of a contemporary romance set in 1993, especially since I was still a kid then. No cell phones or direct deposit. Hot pink Croakies, Standard Oil and Northwest Air!

I finished the book, and I have to say, it's a pretty solid read, I enjoyed it. Especially since I found myself in Anoka while re
Karen C
Sep 15, 2014 Karen C rated it liked it
don't remember specifics but always enjoy LaVyrle Spencer.
Jul 10, 2013 Dana rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This was actually the second time I read this story. The first half of the story is very emotional. Lee's 25 year old son, Greg, has been killed. Lee and Greg's best friend, 30 year-old Chris, are drawn together in their grief. What follows is the story of how their relationship deepens and evolves. The 15 year age difference didn't bother me, as they are both mature adults. I did feel that the second half of the story dealt too much with their physical relationship. The ending almost seemed too ...more
Julie Dickerson
Nov 04, 2015 Julie Dickerson rated it it was amazing
My second favorite LaVyrle Spencer book!
Oh, that ending... Review to come.
Verena Meier
Jul 13, 2014 Verena Meier rated it it was amazing
Heavy stuff but really love that book !
Karen Montplaisir
Apr 30, 2015 Karen Montplaisir rated it it was amazing
Have always loved her books
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LaVyrle Spencer is an American best-selling author of contemporary and historical romance novels. She has successfully published a number of books, with several of them made into movies. Twelve of her books have been New York Times bestsellers, and Spencer was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 1988.

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