The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel
Thank you to Book Sparks and Lake Union Publishing for my free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Goodreads Synopsis: 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?
Review: The River Widow is a compelling, fast paced historical read. It starts with a murder and then follows Adah’s fight for her freedom as well as Daisy’s. The treatment that she has to put up with from her husband’s family is enough to make anyone cringe. Adah has to take risks and gamble on who she can trust to help her.
There is a romantic relationship involved that was subtle enough (besides the food comments) that it didn’t overwhelm me. The ending both made me happy and broke my heart. As much as I wanted it to end a certain way, it was better and felt more realistic that not everything was tied up in a neat bow. I have a love-hate relationship with that type of ending.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: December 1, 2018
Page Count: 272
Overall Rating: 3.5/5