Small Blessings is up for the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award… please vote early and often
Martha Woodroof. St. Martin’s, $25.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-04052-7
“Woodroof nails the debut novel: This warm, wise tale leaves a smile long after the final page is turned.” —People Magazine

This book is a charmer: quirky, clear-hearted and effervescent.” —


Paperback is coming May 5th from Picador!Small Blessings_tp

“A warm, caring and thoroughly entertaining debut that reads remarkably well.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Along with dark humor and a confident command of story, strong characters and absurdist twists add to the fun.” —Publishers Weekly

“A delightful tale about what happens when good intentions go well.” —Good Housekeeping

“In Small Blessings, Woodroof displays a lovely gift for inventive plot turns and glittering moments. The novel brims with life and complexity and characters who never stop surprising themselves, and each other. This is a delightful and splendidly intelligent comedy.” —Margot Livesey,  New York Times bestselling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Small Blessings is a comedy of manners that will capture your heart. Woodroof’s prose is tart and sweet — smart enough to make you laugh, but with an aching soul that will make you cry. I loved these characters even as I was chuckling at the, and I know Rose and Tom are a couple you’ll relish rooting for…Get ready for pure pleasure shot through with moments of illumination: maybe this is how love really is.” —Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine

“In the world of Small Blessings, to choose happiness is to take a risk… Optimistic, wise, and beautifully written, this book about love in all its colors, hope, and the glory of third chances will stay with you long after you close the cover.”—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of A Grown Up Kind of Pretty

Order Small Blessings here! (indiebound) and here! (amazon) and here! (Barnes & Noble)


We people randomly bump up against each other, and then usually just go about our business. But sometimes we get lucky and bump thoroughly enough to discover something wonderful about each other.

I had a particularly satisfying collision recently with physical therapist assistant K.C. Werner who works at The Center for Hand & Physical Therapy. Yes, she and her colleagues make my neck feel much better, but K.C. made my heart feel better as well when she let me know — quite shyly, I felt  — that she is an artist.

River Study (oil on canvas panel)

morning light (oil on canvas)

Morning Light (oil on canvas)

no title (pastel)

no title (pastel)



I’m a word person and so pretty garrulous as a rule — both in person and on the page. But I do have enough sense to know when words are superfluous. And one of those times is right now.

K.C. Werner’s website

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