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Twelve Times Blessed

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,304 ratings  ·  124 reviews
It is True Dickinson's birthday and her best friends have gathered on this snowy night to celebrate—yet True has never felt more alone. Though her small business is thriving and her young son is happy, the death of her husband eight years ago has left an empty space in her life that friends and family cannot fill. Suddenly it seems that youth and beauty are slipping away ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published March 1st 2003)
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Jan 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Since The Deep End of the Ocean was one of my favorite books I tried to read other Mitchard offerings only to be extremely disappointed in most of them. This one however, is far and away Mitchard's absolute worst! Every single character was immature, annoying, and generally unlikable. Relationships (mother-daughter, mother-son, husband-wife, employer-employee, etc) lacked realism and often were so out of touch that they ended up being just plain silly. Perhaps the worst aspect of this book is ...more
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Becoming a new fan of Jacquelyn Mitchard's after reading 'Still Summer', I was somewhat dissapointed with 'Twelve Times Blessed'. It was a quick and easy read, I'll give it that, but I just didn't connect with the characters. True Dickenson is a single-widowed mom who runs her own successful business in Cape Cod. I thought I'd be able to like her and cheer her on in her newly found dating-a-restaraunt-owner-from-Louisanna life...... but I couldn't stand how cuckoo she was, or became. She was ...more
Twila Bennett
This book infuriated me. At first, I thought the writing was great--eloquent even. And then it began to fall apart page by page. I couldn't stop reading since I really believed that all would work out in the end. But really? Tell us that Hank indeed does have a fling with a woman as True is literally holding their hours old baby? And then they chat like old friends???? And to attempt to get the reader to not wonder why Hank was not at the hospital with his other son when he had been every where ...more
Kathleen Callos
Well...this book didn't reel me in, and honestly, I skipped the last twenty pages to get to the quick and predictable end. The characters are not developed well which I think was the main problem for even though the plot was cliche, it could have worked had the characters been more interesting/complex. An acquaintance passed it on to me...but I wouldn't suggest it when there are stunning books waiting to be plucked off the shelves. If you want something light like this, I'm not an Anita Shreve ...more
Mar 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this 2 1/2 stars. I did not dislike the book, it was quite readable. And I read through to the end, if only to see if True could lighten up. This story has a bit of everything - widows, love, the strange way older men choosing younger women is fine but a woman and a man ten years younger is ridiculous, there are business up-and-downs, grandparents abound, a good kid who cannot understand adults, a high-risk pregnancy, etc. etc. Actually as a beach read this would get 3 1/2 ...more
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

It was a good book, interesting story; but sometimes the dialogue wandered a bit as did the internal thought process of the main character. Left me scratching my head a few times...
I enjoyed it overall though
Peggy Walker
I have a tough time downgrading one of Mitchard's books, because I generally really like her writing. Her characters are well drawn, but you just want to slap a couple of them 'upside the head!! Our heroine is swept off her feet by a younger man that falls for her hard and fast, but the problems they have are not unexpected. PLUS, he absolutely should have known that what he did was unforgiveable, and he absolutely did not deserve another chance. Loved the characters. Loved the idea of the ...more
Sep 10, 2011 added it
not keeping my interest . . very hard to keep reading
i had to stop reading this book halfway. I didn't like it at all
Aug 31, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm, I'm starting to detect a trend: I pick up the second novel from a critically praised author and I hate it. We've got this one, Janet Fitch, Sue Monk Kidd, Julia Glass...
M. Schilling
Feb 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not care for this book. Couldn't wait to get to the end so I could read something else.
Nov 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book about working through problems and learning to grow and change. Discard the old and untrue and learn to enjoy the moment.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Disappointing but couldn't stop reading, hoped and hoped it would get better
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This was kind of a weird book for me, yet I ultimately enjoyed it. I had a hard time liking either True or Hank, and absolutely despised Kathleen. Although I didn't really care for any of the main characters, I did end up getting sucked into their journey. And while it aggravated the hell out of me, it did ring true. In the end, I have to admit that this is a very real portrait of a relationship (man/woman, mother/child, adult/parent) and doesn't fictionalize the ugly bits. Although True's ...more
Lynette Burnett
3.5 Stars. I started reading Twelve Times Blessed by Jacquelyn Mitchard three and a half years ago. I got to the middle of the book and lost interest. I picked it up again thanks to my reading group #bookhoarders. We’re reading books we already own; few to no new book buys. So I started this one again, and surprisingly, Hank is from Metairie, Louisiana outside New Orleans. This weekend, I travelled to New Orleans and loved hearing about Hank’s Creole family, and their adventures in New Orleans. ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lee Anne
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book dragged on for me. I don’t know when it has taken me so long to actually finish a book, but there was nothing compelling about the story. I often thought about stopping, but I loved The Deep End of the Ocean, so I felt better might be coming. It wasn’t. Instead, all my predictions about the plot and characters were right, so there were no surprises. Definitely not Jacquelyn Mitchard’s best work.
The good thing about reading a bad book is that you don't have to finish it. The stereotypes were offensive and the message was whiney and encouraged co-dependency. Every 40 something lady, not matter how successful, must have a baby and accept cheating. Oh and must be insecure about her weight. So disappointed, based on her other books. Her writing has definitely gone down hill.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it wasn't as terrible as some of the reviews indicate, it would have been better had it been shortened by quite a bit. The online business for new babies' gifts was actually pretty clever...wonder if anyone has tried that.
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Not my usual read, this interested me somewhat as an older woman-younger man romance. I'd say they were evenly matched at the maturity level. Not the author's best, I understand, but the twists and turns of the plot kept me reading.
Heather Richmond
Apr 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was awful. The characters were shallow and immature. The content went on an on without a real plot. The language was terrible. Some content was not necessary. This one can't leave my home fast enough. I wasted too much of my precious time on this one.
Lisa Mockus
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book about relationships!
Connie Moser
I basically liked it, but it was kind of slow at times.
May 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How could such a good author write such a stupid book with completely shallow characters?
Leigh Lindahl
Finished 60% of this book. Can't stand Tru's behavior any longer. She's Blessed as the title says and she says she knows it but she doesn't act like it. Too trivial for my taste.
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
A good story but strung out way to long.
Kylie Rowland
Almost put it away without finishing it. Way too much going on in this book. Which got in the way of character development.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ditched
I did not finish this book. I just can't stand to go any further, though I am about seven hours into the audio. First, I want to say that I absolutely LOVED the first book I read by this author. This one, however, seems to have been written by an entirely different person. "Twelve Times Blessed" seems as if it was written under duress and definitely not from the heart.

The main character, Tru, is a wishy-washy creep to say the best. She does something, feels badly about it, lashes out at others
Rhonda Soukup
I thought this would be an interesting book. It was about a 40-something who hooks up with a guy 10 years younger, her business, and her relationship with family and friends. Instead I found it very hard to get through. There was not enough character depth. Something was missing...
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I read this novel when it first came about about fourteen years ago and remember loving it although I disliked the author's first book. This time, I found it tedious, annoying and, well, detestable and yet I finished it, believing it had to get better. Nope.

This book is about twice as long as it needs to be. It suffers from a lack of a good editor - among other things. It tells the story of a woman who has successfully started a gift basket business (why this is new is beyond me) and then meets
Sharon Piper
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really torn on how to rate this book. On one hand, I don't really like True or Hank. I completely disagreed with so many decisions they made throughout the book. As a mother, I can't understand how True so quickly was able to put Hank above her son. Not only did she rush into a marriage with Hank, I was shocked when she allowed Hank to adopt Guy so quickly after he admitted struggling with accepting him as his son. Throughout the book, I was continually annoyed with both of them for their ...more
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Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was named by USA Today as one of the ten most influential books of the past 25 years – second only to the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (but second by a long shot, it must be said.)

The Deep End of the Ocean was chosen as the first novel in the book club made famous by the TV host Oprah Winfrey, and transformed into a feature film