The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel


The River Widow
Title : The River Widow
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Language : English
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 256

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


  • Suze

    River Widow and so much 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 readin River Widow and so much 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

  • Crystal Zavala

    Rating 3.5 5During the Great Depression, there is a massive flood in Ohio While attempting to retrieve items from her house, Adah kills her husband in self defense Adah attempts to cover up the crime by taking her husbands body to the river and let it float away Adah ends up in the river herself and is swept away until rescued by local farmers.Adah moves in with her in laws who are long time locals that other townspeople avoid because of their reputation Adah s husband had a daughter that s Rating 3.5 5During the Great Depression, there is a massive flood in Ohio While attempting to retrieve items from her house, Adah kills her husband in self defense Adah attempts to cover up the crime by taking her husbands body to the river and let it float away Adah ends up in the river herself and is swept away until rescued by local farmers.Adah moves in with her in laws who are long time locals that other townspeople avoid because of their reputation Adah s husband had a daughter that she raised since the girl was 6 months old Adah does not want to live with her in laws, but she knows that she has no legal rights to her step daughter and does not want to leave her behind.The story line was a bit predicable, however the writing was easy and enjoyable I felt like the writing and conversation was historically accurate for the time If I were to rate the book solely on writing, I would rate it 4 5 The ending of the book seemed a little absurd I am not sure that I felt like the options that Adah debated and chose were the most realistic That is the overall reason that I gave the overall book a 3.5 5.Thank you to Book Sparks for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Mw

    Well written and engaging book but a tough story woman kills her abusive husband to start the book and then spends the rest of the time dealing with his suspicious and harsh family as she plots her escape You may not want to start this before bedtime as you may be up until all hours because you need to know if it ends okay And then, regardless of the ending, you may need another lighter read to finally fall asleep Consider yourself warned

  • Carolyn Sanders

    Flood For A LifeA well written novel based on a historical flood that devastated lots of lives along the Ohio River Life was hard on good people and then there was also the bad ones.