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
It was between 3 stars and 4 stars. Few reasons for 3 stars:
-) with the main character background it seems odd that she would be so in shock of her in-law's behavior.
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.
Doubt, blame, despair ... repeat.
While this book is reasonably well-written, I was worn down well before midway by the unremitting doubts, questions and guilt of the protagonist and the page-after-page put-downs and pointless cruelty of the family she lives with. Are we having fun yet? Fair warning, readers. Life is too short!
beautiful cover. interesting premise but i was disappointed.
it fell flat for me b/c it got a little repetitive.
I felt like i was slugging thru the marshes looking for the few flowers that grow in b/w the weeds.
there were a few spots of good writing but it got bogged down & moved too slow. and once i figured out the family secret/mystery, i got bored.
also, alot of the characters weren't nice so it was hard to read about their treatment of Adah.
while the ending was justified, it didn't have enough closure for me.
i did like that it was a historical taking place during the depression which isn't something you see often.