Book Review for THE WIDOWS by Jess Montgomery
THE WIDOWS by Jess Montgomery
Kinship Series, Book 1
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A emotional and compelling story steeped in the history of the 1920s and centering on two fiercely tenacious women.
THE WIDOWS is the third book I have read this year and if it is setting the tone for what is to come, we are all in for some amazing books. Montgomery brings to life this mining town through effortless storytelling, lyrical writing, and strong, passionate female characters.
For me, the heart of this story lies with Lily and Marvena. From the first moment they interact, the reader is able to see what could be between these two if just get to know each other. Brought together because of Lily’s late husband Daniel and Marvena’s desire to find out what happened to her daughter, these ladies set down a path I don’t believe either ever thought they would. We are shown a glimpse into their worlds through the struggles and pain each have experienced. Their tale is one of reliance just as much as it is hardships. It involves multiple stories which in the end come together seamlessly.
The beauty of this book is the writing. With eloquence and almost poetic style, Montgomery shows the camaraderie of those who band together, the emotional toll being of losing loved ones, and the grit of this time period of our history. Laced with a few mysteries, I was completely addicted to this book. There is so much I want to say about this one, but I think I will let you read it for yourself.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Kinship, Ohio, 1924: When Lily Ross learns that her husband, Daniel Ross, the town’s widely respected sheriff, is killed while transporting a prisoner, she is devastated and vows to avenge his death.
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.
About the Author: JESS MONTGOMERY is the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News and Executive Director of the renowned Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Based on early chapters of The Widows, Jess was awarded an Ohio Arts Council individual artist’s grant for literary arts and the John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House in Columbus. She lives in her native state of Ohio.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (January 8, 2019)
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