From the dust jacket: "At the center of FAMILY BLESSINGS is forty-four-year-old Lee Reston, a widow who takes deep pleasure in her three children and satisfaction from the profitable florist business she has skillfully built. Then Greg, her oldest son, is killed in a motorcycle crash, and Lee's world shatters with renewed pain. She turns to Christopher Lallek, Greg's best friend, for comfort. A loner raised in a dysfuctional household, Chris warms to Lee and her brood, and they to him. Together they grieve for Greg and begin the healing process.
Lee and Chris' friendship begins with small gestures. First his strong sense of responsibility leads him to extend a helping hand around the house by assisting with the chores that were once Greg's province, from fixing the garden hose to mowing the lawn; Lee responds in kind by treating this serious, mature young man to the simple pleasures of home-cooked meals and backyard barbecues shared among loving family members who eagerly include him.
Over time, the bond between the young man and the older woman blossoms from friendship to romance. Lee is stirred by emotions she never dreamed she would experience again; Chris learns at last the power of unconditional love. Despite the heady thrill of what seems to be deep true love, the difference in their ages makes Lee wary of what the world will think, and she insists they keep their affair a secret. But when her daughter, who harbors her own feelings for Chris, discovers the truth about their romance, she sets off a violent emotional chain reacion. Lee and Christopher find that a close family can be a mixed blessing."
A good story about family ties. abiding love. and strenght in the face of adversity. These are hallmarks of LaVyrle spencer's fiction.