The River Widowby 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
Got this one as a November kindle “first read” and could not put it down. So glad I stayed up late to finish it!
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.
I received this book from Book Sparks for honest review.
This book will keep you up reading long past your bedtime! It has a gripping plot and page-turning suspense…but that's about all. And it's such a shame! The characters are so one-dimensional that it actually becomes a drag on the book. The bad people are so bad it's almost not believable, and the good people are so good, they don't feel authentic.
The story opens in 1937 on a farm in Paducah, Kentucky as what is now known as the Great Flood submerges the land. Lester Branch, who has a habit of viciously beating his wife, Adah, is at it again—even as the water from the Ohio River is rising and threatening everything they own. Adah does something she has never done before: She fights back. And Lester is dead. She pushes his body into the rising river and in so doing she is also washed away. This is not a spoiler. This all happens on the first few pages and is the beginning of Adah's tale of survival in a family that despises her and hopes to utterly destroy her. Adah's only beam of hope and love is in little Daisy, Lester's four-year-old daughter born to his first wife. Daisy thinks of Adah as her mama, and Adah is laser-focused on saving Daisy from her hateful, vindictive and physically-abusive family. And then true love enters Adah's life, changing everything.
Author Ann Howard Creel has written a tale that is indeed spellbinding, which is why I have given it four stars instead of three stars, but also it is such a disappointment. Almost every chapter has several paragraphs or even pages that do nothing but meaninglessly stretch out the story and add nothing to the plot or characters' development.
The ending is bittersweet; that is, it is not altogether happy. That said, the way is clear to a sequel; in fact, it is so clear that I would be shocked if there isn't one!
I highly recommend everybody read this.
“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.
DNFing about halfway through. I was very excited to read this as I am from the Ohio River Valley and grew up hearing about the flood of 1937, but the delivery fell short for me. Lackluster characters and too-obvious reveals were among the reasons I was not into this one.