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Blessings by Anna Quindlen

Blessings (2002)

by Anna Quindlen

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When Charles “Skip” Cuddy, an almost innocent parolee lands a job as caretaker for Blessings, an expansive stead anchored by a substantial house, wherein Mrs. Lydia Blessing lives out her widowed years, things begin to change. Then comes the box, deftly left at the garage entrance by a teenage couple who assumed their mistake would then have the best life would offer. They were right. Charles opens the box and finds a crudely swaddled newborn girl, her umbilical clamped with a “blue enamel butterfly hair clip” and decides that he will keep her. He reads books, he loses sleep, he maintains the acreage, he falls in love. It’s not long before his secret is had and Mrs. Blessing dourly assists in the care. As proper as Miss Havisham and reminiscing as Lillian Gish in “The Whales of August” .. Lydia starts to dote fondness on both the baby and Charles. A misunderstanding creates an unfortunate turn of events and a seismic shift. There is sadness, but also reward. The cast of supporting characters in this story blend in, fulfill their need and respect their placements. Quindlen tends to reason around past and present circuitously , which, for me, took from the gentle flow of the story line, but not so much to annoy. A quick read with a lingering connection and for sure, a place upon my bookshelf. ( )
  CherylGrimm | Nov 1, 2016 |
3 stars ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
I really enjoy AQ. This book was not her best, but a quick feel good read for a cold weekend. ( )
  KnivesBoone | Jul 29, 2016 |
Blessings by Anna Quindlen 4 stars
Here’s another one, it’s tagged chick lit but it certainly is not. Old biddy lit maybe, as the main character is an 80 year old woman. Lydia Blessing is a wealthy elderly lady with a hidden past and many regrets. She hires a young man to care for her extensive property. Someone abandons a baby near the caretaker’s garage apartment and everyone’s life changes. This is a very introspective book. There is very little action and a lot of internal reflection on the part of the main characters. I liked the ending of the book. There was a hopeful positive outcome but not an unrealistic happily ever after.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
A well-written story of misguided authority and long-kept secrets ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 13, 2016 |
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There will be stars over the place forever;

Though the house we loved and the street we loved are lost,

Every time the earth circles her orbit

On the night the autumn equinox is crossed,

Two stars we knew, poised on the peak of midnight

Will reach their zenith; stillness will be deep;

There will be stars over the place forever,

There will be stars forever, while we sleep.

For Christopher Krovatin, the dreamer. Who taught me to laugh constantly, love unconditionally, and live without fear.
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In the early hours of June 24 a car pulled into a long macadam drive on Rolling Hills Road in the town of Mount Mason.
...she was cheap the way the rich are often cheap, about small things that do not last.
I don't know why you two don't have your own rooms. A lot of marriages have been saved by a little privacy.
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This powerful new novel begins when, late at night, a teenage couple drives up to the estate owned by Lydia Blessing and leaves a box. In this instant, the world of the estate called Blessings is changed forever. Richly written, deeply moving, beautifully crafted, Blessings tells the story of Skip Cuddy, the Blessings caretaker, who finds a baby asleep in that box and decides he wants to keep her, and of matriarch Lydia Blessing, who, for her own reasons, decides to help him, Blessings explores how the secrets of the past affect decisions and lives in the present; what makes a person, a life, legitimate or illegitimate, and who decides; the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community. This is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and personal change by the Pulitzer Prize?winning writer.
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The story of Skip Cuddy, caretaker of the Blessings estate, who finds a baby asleep in a box and decides to keep her, and of matriarch Lydia Blessing, who decides to help him. Includes discussion guide and author interview.

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