Book Review – Beneficence by Meredith Hall

The Senter’s dairy farm in Maine has been in the family for generations.  The story begins in the 1940’s with Tup and Doris Senter and their three children, Sonny, Dodie and Beston.  The reader gets a rich and detailed view of what living and working on a dairy farm is like and while the majority of life involves work, the Senters enjoy the lifestyle until a tragedy occurs one winter and we watch the family slowly unravel.  This is a story of deep grief and it is Tup, Doris and Dodie that drive the narrative.

Even though the book is dealing with the heavy subject of grief, I very much enjoyed the story.  This author’s writing has been compared to Kent Haruf and I agree that it is very much reminiscent of it.

For anyone that enjoys reading fiction about grief, I would definitely recommend this book.  Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher, David R. Godine for an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

4 stars/5 on Goodreads

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