The River Widowby Ann Howard Creel Published 01 Dec 2018
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From the bestselling author of The Whiskey Sea comes a stirring novel of a young woman’s survival and liberation during the Great Depression.
In 1937, with flood waters approaching, Adah Branch accidentally kills her abusive husband, Lester, and surrenders his body to the raging river, only to be swept away herself.
So begins her story of survival, return to civilization, defense against accusations of murder, and the fight to save herself and her stepdaughter, Daisy, from the clutches of her husband’s notoriously cruel family, who have their sights set on revenge for Lester’s death. Essentially trapped, Adah must plan an escape.
But when she develops feelings for the one person essential to her plan’s success, she faces a painful choice: Will she choose to risk everything saving Daisy or take the new life offered by a loving man?
"The River Widow" Reviews
River Widow and so much more
Normally my pick of the Kindle First books would be the thriller or the suspense choice, but being I had read Ann Howard Creel before -I went with the historical fiction choice. The book I had read before was While You Were Mine, and I enjoyed it immensely.
This book is set in time during the Great Depression- the main character Adah had a very hard life from her early teens, but yet she just persevered and made the best life she could. She met her husband while reading Tarot cards, it's rather ironic that she didn't see him for what he was - a wife beater. In the midst of a flood, he beats her-she strikes back and he dies. She gets rid of the body, nearly losing her own life.
Adah's in-laws are evil people, she has no choice but to live with them and try to find some kind of life for herself and her step-daughter. I won't inject spoilers, I do think this book is an accurate portrayal of the times. It isn't a feel good book, but it is a good read.
This book had a lot of promise, but it fell flat for me. The characters were all confused. Their character traits and original personalities were abandoned to fit the narrative of the story. The author left nothing to the imagination, spelling out every detail, including Adah's every inner thought--which all happened to be in the form of questions, for some reason. What was up with that? There were literally paragraphs full of obvious questions that were bouncing around Adah's head. Those series of questions were the most annoying part of the entire book for me. Implausible plans were hatched and abandoned throughout the book, ignoring obvious simple solutions to Adah's situation. Instead of having some of the characters provide input to their actions, we had to suffer through Adah's wild assumptions. And I'm sorry, but Jack's statements of Adah's beauty ("your hair is chocolate", "your neck is white cake" ?? What was that supposed to be? Certainly not romantic!) The whole plot about the title of the farm transferring to Buck was a lazy (and unlikely) way of dismissing that part of the story. This was one of those books that I just wanted to finish so I could end the misery. I would not recommend this book.
Tarot card reader, Adah, chooses a better life for herself with Les, a widowed rancher with a young daughter Daisy to raise. Too bad that it didn't turn out that way-- her husband was a mean, abusive cuss, who beat her. When the floods came he flew into a rage because she brought their daughter's doll when they escaped-- Adah fought back with a nearby shovel-- that changed everything in her life. She hit him and he died-- This is not a spoiler, since it is revealed on the back cover! What unfolds is Adah's struggle with his suspicious family, the police, and a handsome stranger who offers her something she's never had-- security and love. But the discovery of Les's dead wife's letters brings Adah the key to a brighter future, which come with an impossible choice.
River Widow is a great mystery, adventure, and beautiful love story.
GAb Adah found herself orphaned at 13 years of age by the 1918/1919 flu epidemic. Her only living relative couldn't or wouldn't take her in, but turned her over to Father Sparrow at Saint Mark's Church in the Bowery in New York City. Adah spent a year studying under Father Sparrow and developed a love for books before Father Sparrow passed away, and fairly soon thereafter she gave up on the foster system and lived among thousands of other young rootless children who worked and slept and wandered the streets of NYC. She learned how to jump trains from a couple of brothers, and found herself enamored of the green verdant lands and waters of Kentucky. In Louisville she settled among some carnival folk and her friend Jessamine encouraged Adah to finished her high school education, and taught her to read tarot cards as a means to an itinerant income before she, too, dies.
Adah marries into the clannish and egomaniacal Branch family when she takes on handsome widower Lester Branch and his baby daughter Dolly. Three and a half abusive years later, the 1937 flood of the Ohio River washes through Kentucky. Adah and Lester have dropped daughter Dolly off at his parent's farm and returned to their riverside farm to save what they can before flood waters take the house and barn. The second punch to the face that day was one too many - for the first time Adah grabs something - anything - a handy shovel - to protect herself and accidentally kills Lester. Adah knows that Dolly would be parentless at four years old if she admits to the murder of her husband, even with self-defense as a defense. In an attempt to drag Lester into the flooding river as a means of covering her crime, she too is sucked into the stream, and Adah gave herself up to what she considered to be just punishment. But the will to live was stronger than her guilt. That will, and some astonishingly good luck, saw her drag herself from the flood and atop a barn where she was eventually rescued and returned to the family Branch.
She might have been better off had she drowned and was carried down the Ohio alongside her dead husband. It turns out Lester was the best of the Branches....
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Pub date Dec 1, 2018
Lake Union Publishing
"The River Widow" takes place in depression-era Kentucky and opens with the 1937 Ohio River Valley flood. As they try to escape the rising waters, Adah is once again beaten by her husband Lester. In self defense, she hits him with a shovel and inadvertently kills him. Homeless and at the mercy of her cruel, controlling, manipulative in-laws, Adah cares for her young step-daughter, Daisy, the best she can while trying to find a way out for both of them. The book explores themes of fear and guilt as the result of repeated abuse; I was intrigued by the story and wanted to find out what happens in the end. However, it was difficult at times, to get there. I found some of the dialogue rather cheesy especially that of Jack, one of the folks Adah turns to for help and who becomes a romantic interest. I also didn't think Daisy's character was very well developed. She is a central figure in Adah's life and the main reason Adah wants to escape, yet I finished the book feeling like, other than her dysfunctional circumstances, I didn't know anything about Daisy. I would have liked the author to develop Daisy's relationship with Adah on a deeper level. Even Adah’s new love interest didn’t add to the depth of either character. Although many of the characters in "The River Widow" are not very likable, I would have enjoyed the book more had there been more substance to them, likable or not.
“The River Widow” by Ann Howard Creel is about a woman during the depression era living with an abusive husband and his very young daughter. A flood of biblical proportions changes the direction of Adah’s life drastically as her life becomes a living nightmare when she desperately tries to save her life and that Of her step daughter’s. Also, this book illustrates what abuse can look like and how far women have come as far as legal rights and protections.