Book Review of Blessings

Author: Anna Quindlen
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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One thing about real life is that there are many aspects of it that are unpredictable with twists and turns over which we have no control. Life does not always turn out the way we want. Some call it fate, others call it faith.
But an authorâ¦ah, authors hold the hands of fate and faith. Where one's life is controlled by destiny, in a book one's life takes on the whims and wishes of the storyteller, thereby making it possible for endings to be just as they should (or maybe as they shouldn't), predictable sometimes and tragic others.
I love books, I guess, because life doesn't always play out the way it was intended. It is many times predictable, but often times not so much. In Blessings, you can easily predict the âcorrectâ ending: Skip falls in love with Jennifer, they raise an abandoned baby as their own in a huge estate left to them by the softening heart of a gentle old lady (who, by the way, hasn't been gentle in decades), and they live happily ever after. Now it is up to you, the reader, to hear the loud whisper of life as the author redefines it to discover if that happily-ever-after actually occurs. Or does the author allow fate to determine the outcome. It's a compelling tale of how one young girl's decision so dramatically affects the lives of so many. You MUST read Blessings and give your heart a little exercise.