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The Blessing by Jude Deveraux
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The Blessing

by Jude Deveraux

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When wealthy, hard-driving corporate genius Jason Wilding reluctantly takes a break from his business and his husband-hunting girlfriends for a Christmas visit to his hometown in Abernathy, Kentucky, he has no idea what his physician brother, David, has in store for him. It seems that Amy Thompkins, a whimsical young widow with definite artistic talent, has captured David's heart, but courting her with a demanding baby in tow has been difficult. In order to pursue her, he persuades Jason to move into her home and take care of her spoiled but adorable son, Max, for a week. For a fiercely efficient CEO, it's an impossible scene: a falling-down old house; buckets on the dining room floor to catch the rain; a widow living on next to nothing, with no marketable skills. But Amy's joy for life, her love for her son, and her sparkling humor are irresistible -- and tiny Max adores Jason beyond reason. Soon, Jason sees Amy and her future as a prime target for his strategic planning. Importing his private chef to prepare the little one's food and buying a baby store so that his mother can get real bargains are just the beginning. Because enigmatic Jason is thawing -- the tender feelings and longing he has buried for years are begging to be heard. The mutual attraction is glowing bright, but what to do about David? Once again, Jude Deveraux's deft hand and loving vision conjure up a novel full of surprises and delights, in a story that will warm all our hearts and make us believe in the power of miracles, large and small. It's a tale for all seasons, and a love story to remember always.… (more)

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I was very disappointed with the ending ( )
  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
Jude Deveraux writes so fun...it takes a while before the suspension of disbelief drops you off the cliff. I loved the set-up of this novel, with the billionaire (He swears he isn't!) grump being dared into a zany romantic comedy situation by his brother the small town doctor. Hero is supposed to stay with a widowed new mother and babysit so that the brother can court her... The first of many 'say what?' moments. The heroine is dirt poor and was married to the town drunkard/druggie but somehow the hero falls in love with her because of her honesty, her refreshing sense of humor, and her lack of avarice. Oh, and the baby, who hates everybody, LOOOVES the grumpy billionaire... Much goosh, awwww....cuteness, and small town stuff happens. And I liked it! Until the big reveal, when heroine (who has NOTHING) walks away from the billionaire (with her baby!) because he gave her too much and disguised it all as happenstance. At least the hero suffers on-screen for a year while all his private investigators can't find her. The ending was weird--hero suffers his super-efficient former secretary's dingbat sister to wreak havoc on his business while he rebuilds the entire economy of his former home town, and then heroine returns, having come into her own... However, the final 'say what?' moment was the two 1/2 year old kid being allowed to, and completing, a stunning work of genius decorative paint job of an entire room in a rebuilt library. Is there any two-year old who could do that? (I will say I saw a 6-year-old's painting in a county fair once which WAS stunning. Kid's name was...Fiona?...and it was a dog and a dish...but it was a dog, dreaming a good dream while sleeping bonelessly by his beloved food dish... yeah, genius. And the colors... Oh well. So maybe it could happen. But...) ( )
  MarianH98 | Aug 6, 2010 |
A fun and quick read. ( )
  brn2run67 | Jan 9, 2009 |
WEalthy, jaded, cynical, handsome man (did I mention he was wealthy) meets poor but honest single mother. He lies, she objects. Do you think they'll end up together? I wonder. Pretty standard fare for the genre. Giving to bumma to read. IMHO the best thing about it was the Klimt painting on the cover. ( )
  bookczuk | Dec 23, 2008 |
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"I ought to kill you, you know that? Just outright murder you," Jason Wilding said, looking at his brother from under straight black eyebrows that were topped with a lion's mane of steel gray hair.
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Wealthy corporate genius Jason Wilding is accustomed to being solicited for money. But his beloved younger brother, David, asks him for more than access to his bank account. David is infatuated with a lovely young widow, Amy Tompkins, but she's so attached to her son, Max, that he can't wangle a moment alone to court her. David wants Jason to come home to Kentucky for Christmas and act as Max's nanny for a week, thus freeing Amy to date. Much as he'd like to, Jason can't refuse his little brother's request and he puts his high-powered life on hold to move in with the widow and her adorable son.
Amy Tompkins is nothing at all like the glossy, high maintenance women that have decorated Jason's life in New York. She's poor, has no marketable skills, and is so determined to be independent that Jason has to trick her into accepting food and clothing. Before long, her sparkling humor and zest for life, not to mention her little 6-month-old dynamo, Max, soon enchant the difficult, reluctant Jason. He swiftly decides to negotiate a "takeover" and acquire Amy and Max for his very own. But Amy is wise enough to know that she needs more from Jason than to become a part of his corporate world. She needs a loving husband and devoted, full-time father.

Jason and Amy must search their hearts and face difficult truths about themselves before they can find a way to mesh their lives and love. Set in a small town in Kentucky during the Christmas season, The Blessing is a story filled with unforgettable characters and heartwarming romance, a blessing for readers regardless of the season.
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