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The Widow’s Watcher – My Review

 
THE WIDOW’S WATCHER
by
ELIZA MAXWELL
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Press
Date of Publication: March 29, 2018
Number of Pages: 286Scroll down for the giveaway!

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?
PRAISE FOR THE WIDOW’S WATCHER:
“There was a moment I had to tell myself that this is just a book…”
Goodreads reviewer
“A well-paced story of healing, forgiveness and tragedy, with enough unexpected twists to keep readers guessing.”
— Amber Cowie, author of Rapid Falls

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The Widow’s Watcher – My Review

Note: May contain spoilers 

 

“The world would always be less for that choice. But I guess the world deserves that, after what it’s done to you. Whether I like it or not doesn’t make me qualified to judge.”

First – this is the third book I’ve read and reviewed by Eliza Maxwell.

Second – I started to hate the story immediately because of the dog and then was crying at the end because of the dog.

Third – this will be always be fondly remembered by me as the Old Man’s story.

Fourth – How many of us have dreamed of simply walking away and winding up someplace else, being taken in by strangers, and creating a new life?

Fifth – always admire an author who includes a note with their book, as well as autographing it.

THIS book!

Author Eliza Maxwell can really craft a story that envelops me as a reader into the story where I care about the characters. Maxwell has a talented gift of making me wonder how the story will end. I make a guess and just when I think about in the middle of the book where she is leading the story, I’m completely blown away at the end of the book. You don’t see it coming.

The Widow’s Watcher is now fondly known by me as the Old Man’s story, because of my past experiences with a lady named Sycily. I made friends with her while working on a grant project. She was in her eighties when I met her. She taught me so much about life. In this book, it’s an Old Man who teaches about life.

Maxwell opens the story with a very distraught Jenna who has lost her entire family. She left behind the only living family member, Becket, the dog, so she could end her life in some unknown location. What transpires is Lars, the Old Man, saving her life before she stepped into the frozen water.

As the story unfolds you see that all the characters have a past they either forgot or is revealed. All to a certain degree have major pain they have dealt with. Lars lost his wife and two of his children. Owen, Lars remaining son, has his own forgotten secret. Lars’s housekeeper is not whom she seems. Basically, everyone has secrets in this book!

While Jenna’s past is very tragic you find out that life can play a tragic fate giving you what you dreamed and contemplated about. Lars tries his best to show Jenna that life is worth living no matter what’s been dealt you. The story evolves quickly after Jenna is asked by Lars to investigate his children’s disappearance.

As an odd side part of the story – Jenna’s subconscious comes through as her oldest daughter, Cassie. Often times it was disconcerting to me, but the voice of Cassie is what subtly reveals Jenna’s character and heart.

The ending pages had me in tears, mainly because of the return of Becket. Becket was all forgiving of Jenna for leaving him behind. If only people had the hearts of dogs – forgiving and all loving. In the end, The Widow’s Watcher shows us that if characters can forgive then why cannot we forgive in our real world lives.

Once again Maxwell left me emotional but in a fantastic way. It’s another unforgettable story. Isn’t that what books are supposed to do, leave readers remembering the story long after the book becomes apart of your book collection?

 

 

Eliza Maxwell lives in Texas with her ever-patient husband and two kids. She’s an artist and writer, an introvert and a British cop drama addict. She loves nothing more than to hear from readers.
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Blind Acceptance – My Review

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Blind Acceptance – My Review

“One of life’s greatest lessons for women – in cases like this, nagging works.”

I was contacted by a public relations firm to see if I’d be interested in reviewing Blind Acceptance. When I accepted the author personally mailed me a hardcover copy.

Blind Acceptance by Sandra Pimentel is a revealing memoir and biography book on her life here in the U.S. I normally don’t like memoir’s because they are often not well written or offer too much into the author’s life. I was pleasantly surprised that Sandra’s book is very well written. Her stories are little short stories about time periods of her life that moved her forward to becoming the woman she became later in life.

First, most of the chapters are really short. As a reader, I love short chapters because to me it makes the story move along faster. Photographs are interspersed throughout the book and not crammed into the middle. I’ve always had problems with the latter in many good books. While most readers would not think about learning anything from Sandra’s story because it is a biography – guess again.

Initially, you read the back stories on Pimentel’s family early on, then the story envelopes into her life as a wife and mother, and eventually as a friend. But then it’s so much more than just about her – it became a book about revealing bits of history she lived through with either her brother who survived the Vietnam War or even her husband’s horrific encounter in the Vietnam War. It reveals to readers what life was like for many blacks in an age where discrimination was still highly prevalent even in the Northern states.

Throughout each chapter, you can see how Sandra becomes and evolves more and more into a strong woman.  Blind Acceptance is more than a memoir it is a revealing look how one woman became stronger with each life-changing event in her life. Yes – the f-word can be very empowering.

 

Visit Sandra Pimentel’s Website

http://www.sandrapimentel.com/about.html

Publisher – AuthorHouse, 2016

Hardcover – 324 pages