Wednesday, January 9, 2019

ARC Review: The Widows


ABL Review At-A-Glance

Ø    Title: The Widows
Ø    My Rating: 4.25
Ø    Genre: Historical Fiction
Ø    Author:  Jess Montgomery
Ø    Format:  Paperback ARC*
Ø    Publication Date:  January 8, 2019

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Goodreads Synopsis

Hours after his funeral, a stranger appears at her door. Marvena Whitcomb, a coal miner’s widow, is unaware that Daniel has died, and begs to speak with him about her missing daughter.

From miles away but worlds apart, Lily and Marvena’s lives collide as they realize that Daniel was not the man that either of them believed him to be—and that his murder is far more complex than either of them could have imagined.

Inspired by the true story of Ohio’s first female sheriff, this is a powerful debut about two women’s search for justice as they take on the corruption at the heart of their community.

My Thoughts...

As a girl from a small, industrial town in Southern Ohio, this book really grabbed me.  Seriously, my sister, brother, and grandparents live in Coal Grove, Ohio, my parents are from Coal Grove, Ohio.  My grandfather was a steel worker, and my great grandfather died in a mill accident the night before my mother was born.  To say that I am familiar with and grew up on stories like this is an understatement.  And in case I wasn’t personally connected to this story enough, I studied and became and Labor & Employment attorney and worked specifically with unions. 

It was easy for me, personally, to visualize and hear everything that happened in this book.  Even without my experiences, I believe the writing is so thorough and descriptive that I wouldn’t have needed my own recollections. The characters are perfectly described.  I loved that I never knew exactly who to trust, even until the end.

The beginning of the book is pretty gripping.  The story really starts with a bang, but then slows down and settles in for some character building.  At times, this weighed down the pace a little, but without the added information, I wouldn’t have been as invested in Lily and Marvena.  By the end, I needed for them to find justice and closure.  In this way, The Widows differs from a lot of mysteries.  Instead of only being compelled by the plot, I was compelled by the characters and their journeys as well.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, but especially those who love historical fiction in a rural setting.

* Special thanks to Jess Montgomery, Minotaur Books, and TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of The Widows in exchange for an honest review.

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