I enjoyed No Place Like Home and was glad to see Family Blessings, the sequel come out. Was I disappointed! It's a short book, but the story was so tedious and repetitive that it seemed twice as long.
Cisco, the founder of Cisco Candies, loses her home and everything in it to a tornado at Halloween along with other people in the valley. Apparently the valley is habited by very talented people, because everyone had a new home built and furnished by Thanksgiving. But Cisco isn't happy with her new home, because it isn't filled with all of her "things." She spends a great deal of time constantly complaining about this. She also knows that her trips are having problems, but rather than talking to them and trying to help, she lives by her motto of "when you don't know what to do, do nothing" which leads to the trips problems being very overblown and dramatic.
The trips problems are the girls think their husbands are cheating on them, and their brother's wife leaves him because she's pregnant and he doesn't want kids at that time. Do they try to solve anything by talking? No, they just keeping arguing with their spouses and themselves. They have fights with themselves and their spouses in public. These characters weren't anything like they were in the first book. The dialogue was boring and repetitive and made the characters seem more like childish, spoiled brats rather than the adults they were supposed to be. There is a father in the picture, but he doesn't help. He complains about having been made to go work in the candy industry instead of following his dream of making furniture, which he gets to do (and quite well with no experience) helping rebuild everyone's home.
The story was short enough that I thankfully finished it in two days. The ending was very predictable and left room for another installment to the series, which I hope won't happen. This book is not worth the time to read. There are much better books out there that can be enjoyed. I'm sorry I bought it. I normally pass books on to others when I'm done, but this one is going straight to the library where it will probably enjoy a long shelf life collecting dust.