Book Review for THE WIDOW'S WATCHER by Eliza Maxwell
THE WIDOW'S WATCHER by Eliza Maxwell
Lake Union Publishing
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A honest and heartfelt look at family and the choices made in times of tragedy and pain.
There are so many things that I can say about THE WIDOW'S WATCHER. The book completely took me my surprise in the best way possible. I have never read anything by the author before, so I was not sure what to expect. However, the eloquence of Maxwell’s writing combined with such a compelling and soulful story made a distinct impression on me.
What I loved about reading THE WIDOW'S WATCHER was the humanity. The author has the skill to lay it all out there without exploiting the suffering or being untrue to her characters. There was no sugar coating the pain Jenna or Lars carry with them each day. The emotion, suffering, and reality of how people deal with loss is expressed in the carefully crafted words within this book. However, it was great to see moments of humor and normalcy sprinkled in with it. As anyone who has lost someone knows, the pain is always there. You can never escape it, but some days you laugh or enjoy a moment to take breath in the fresh. Having the good with the bad made me identify more with the characters and what they were experiencing.
I don’t know what is to come in the future for Eliza Maxwell, but I do know one thing. I will be reading her next book. THE WIDOW'S WATCHER is an unexpected gem. I will not soon forget these two characters and the moment in their life I was able to share with them.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
From Eliza Maxwell, the bestselling author of The Unremembered Girl, comes a gripping novel about the mysteries that haunt us and the twists of fate that can unravel them…
Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isn’t about to let her follow through.
Jenna Shaw didn’t ask for Lars’s help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In Jenna, Lars recognizes his last chance for redemption. And in her quest to solve the mysteries of Lars’s past and bring him closure, Jenna may find the way out of her own darkness.
But the truth that waits threatens to shatter it all. When secrets are surrendered and lies are laid bare, Jenna and Lars may find that accepting the past isn’t their greatest challenge. Can they afford the heartbreaking price of forgiveness?
About the Author: Eliza Maxwell is the author of The Unremembered Girl, The Grave Tender, and The Kinfolk. She writes fiction from her home in Texas, which she shares with her ever-patient husband, two impatient kids, a ridiculous English setter, and a bird named Sarah. An artist and writer, a dedicated introvert, and a British cop-drama addict, she enjoys nothing more than sitting on the front porch with a good cup of coffee.
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 29, 2018)
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