Unfinished: Twelve Times Blessed by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Title: Twelve Times Blessed
Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Publisher

From the publisher’s website:

It is True Dickinson’s birthday and her best friends have gathered on this snowy night to celebrate. True has never felt more alone. Though her small business is thriving and her young son is happy, the death of her husband eight years ago has left an empty space in her life that friends and family cannot fill. Are youth and beauty slipping away while True is busily taking care of everyone else? An accident the night of her birthday will answer that question and give True the opportunity to let love back into her life — that is, if she can overcome her own fears and if these two spirits can find a way to tame each other’s wild hearts.

A story of transformation and an unforgettable tale of the perils and pleasures of modern love, Twelve Times Blessed is a powerful, moving novel of the heart from one of our most gifted and best-loved storytellers.

Why I abandoned this book:

I read just over 100 pages of Twelve Times Blessed before deciding to give up on it.  I just couldn’t get into it!  I thought the main character, True, was very difficult to like.  She seemed harsh and rude, and from what I could tell, it was only going to get worse through the novel.  Additionally, I couldn’t get into the plot.  I was disappointed because it was my first time reading Jacquelyn Mitchard and I had high expectations.  However, I am still going to try and read some of her other novels.

A quick look at reviews:

A glance at Amazon.com shows me that most people agree with me regarding Twelve Times Blessed.  Out of 59 customer reviews, the average was 2 stars.  The rating on LibraryThing was a little higher, with an average of 3.13 stars, but with far fewer people rating it.

I borrowed this format for reviewing unfinished books from Beth Fish Reads.  Please let me know what you think of it, as I may continue using it in the future!

Comments

  1. I appreciate the honesty of your review.

  2. I appreciate the honesty of your review.

  3. I, too, appreciate your honesty and also that you will give the author another try sometime.

    I like this review format. I may try it in the future as well.

  4. I, too, appreciate your honesty and also that you will give the author another try sometime.

    I like this review format. I may try it in the future as well.

  5. I like that review format too. I like to hear about unfinished novels and to know why. I appreciate how honest your review is!

  6. I like that review format too. I like to hear about unfinished novels and to know why. I appreciate how honest your review is!

  7. Thanks for being honest – I loved Mitchard’s Breakdown Lane, but this one doesn’t sound very good.

  8. Thanks for being honest – I loved Mitchard’s Breakdown Lane, but this one doesn’t sound very good.

  9. I think the format is terrific. I just might have to “borrow” it if I find that I don’t finish a book!

  10. I think the format is terrific. I just might have to “borrow” it if I find that I don’t finish a book!

  11. Thanks for using this format. It was interesting to see it on someone else’s blog and from an objective view, I’m pleased to see that it works well for did not finish (DNF) reviews.

    I like hearing why a book didn’t work for someone and I like knowing about DNF books.

    Thanks for the credit!

  12. Thanks for using this format. It was interesting to see it on someone else’s blog and from an objective view, I’m pleased to see that it works well for did not finish (DNF) reviews.

    I like hearing why a book didn’t work for someone and I like knowing about DNF books.

    Thanks for the credit!

  13. Thank-you for your review, will read some pages on amazon before buying

  14. Thank-you for your review, will read some pages on amazon before buying

  15. I didn’t like it either. In fact, I thought it was dopey.
    But I’ve written 16 other books, including ‘All We Know of Heaven,’ ‘The Most Wanted,’ ‘Cage of Stars,’and come September, ‘No Time to Wave Goodbye.’
    If you stop that one before the end, I’ll buy you a bubblegum cigar.
    Jacquelyn Mitchard

  16. I didn’t like it either. In fact, I thought it was dopey.
    But I’ve written 16 other books, including ‘All We Know of Heaven,’ ‘The Most Wanted,’ ‘Cage of Stars,’and come September, ‘No Time to Wave Goodbye.’
    If you stop that one before the end, I’ll buy you a bubblegum cigar.
    Jacquelyn Mitchard

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  19. Jacquelyn! Too funny. I’ve heard lots of good things about Cage of Stars and I bought that on audio.

    I absolutely loved Deep End of the Ocean, which I read when it first came out.

  20. Jacquelyn! Too funny. I’ve heard lots of good things about Cage of Stars and I bought that on audio.

    I absolutely loved Deep End of the Ocean, which I read when it first came out.

  21. I love reviews like this. It is so important for me to know about books which didn’t work for one reason or another.

    The author clearly has a great sense of humor and I’m tempted to give No Time to Wave Goodbye a chance purely on the basis of her comment!

  22. I love reviews like this. It is so important for me to know about books which didn’t work for one reason or another.

    The author clearly has a great sense of humor and I’m tempted to give No Time to Wave Goodbye a chance purely on the basis of her comment!

  23. I’ve only read a few of Mitchard’s books, and my favourites are A Theory of Relativity, and Cage of Stars, both of which I heartily recommend!

  24. I’ve only read a few of Mitchard’s books, and my favourites are A Theory of Relativity, and Cage of Stars, both of which I heartily recommend!

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