Title: The Blessings
Author: Elsie Juska
Source: Book Blogger Meet Up
When John Blessing dies and leaves behind two small children, the loss reverberates across his extended family for years to come. His young widow, Lauren, finds solace in her large clan of in-laws, while his brother's wife Kate pursues motherhood even at the expense of her marriage. John's teenage nephew Stephen finds himself involved in an act of petty theft that takes a surprising turn, and nephew Alex, a gifted student, travels to Spain and considers the world beyond his family's Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. Through departures and arrivals, weddings and reunions, THE BLESSINGS reveals the interior worlds of the members of a close-knit Irish-Catholic family and the rituals that unite them.
I had not heard of this book, but it came in my goody bag from the book blogger meet up so I was determined to give it a chance. This book surprised me in a really good way. I loved the characters and their story and I hated putting this book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
This is a story about a family called the Blessings. They are a large, tight knit family come to every single even for anyone in the family. They never miss a birthday or holiday, anything involving anyone in the family the entire extended family shows up. The story rotates between different family members. We get an in depth into this complex and beautiful family. The family is very close, but in every individual family unit there is a lot of dark secrets. The story picks up when Lauren finds herself a young widow with two young children. As Lauren learns to leave without her husband, his family surrounds her and helps her heal.
I loved this book so much, I went into it without knowing much about it and I think it is the best way to approach this book. When things are revealed you want to feel that shock and surprise it really adds to the story.