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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…”
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“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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The Unremembered Girl – My Review

 


THE UNREMEMBERED GIRL

by
ELIZA MAXWELL
  Genre: Psychological Suspense / Mystery
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication: November 1, 2017
Number of Pages: 332
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In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.
Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family—something she’s known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can’t resist the temptation to get close. Where Henry’s mother sees a poor girl in need, his father sees only wickedness. When Henry forges an unexpected bond with Eve, he believes he might be able to save her. He doesn’t know how wrong he is.
Eve is about to take charge of her own destiny—and that of Henry’s family. As both their worlds spin violently out of control, Henry must make an impossible choice: protect the broken young woman who’s claimed a piece of his soul, or put everyone he loves at risk in order to do the right thing.


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Praise for The Grave Tender Eliza Maxwell’s Previous Book:

“An emotional powerhouse of a story that will leave readers reeling from the beginning to the end.” —Christena Stephens, Forgotten Winds

“Beautiful and intoxicating.” —Chelsea Humphrey, The Suspense is Thrilling Me

“Haunting. Lyrical. Beautiful. Dark. At times, sickening.” —Julia Byers, Books in the Garden

“This is dark psychological suspense that skillfully inspires a slow-dawning dread. . .It will shred you.” — Michelle Newby, Lone Star Literary Life
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The Unremembered Girl – My Review

“A love like that, Henry, where you’re so close that one breathes out and the other breathes in the same breath . . . It’s a powerful thing. Maybe the most powerful thing.”

Author Eliza Maxwell does it again with her recent novel “The Unremembered Girl” – leaving readers emotionally charged and breathless. She brings to life a story around two main characters of Henry and Eve. Henry saves Eve and the results of him saving her life take turns that only Eliza can craft. From the very first chapter the author had me wondering and guessing who was it that Henry killed, only to find out towards the end of the story the real reason why he was about to dispose of a body.
There are many principal themes in this novel that took me on an emotional journey. Eliza’s writing is flawless in her story telling. One underlying story evolves around one of the main character’s having ovarian cancer and choosing to not treat it. Then there is the element of human trafficking, which intertwines the characters through the girl that becomes Eve.
Overall, the premise of what’s doing right often leads the characters onto other more gut wrenching decisions and major life altering changes. Thankfully, as some of the characters survive you can reflect why Eliza chose the title because there can be life after what these characters go through.
Maxwell crafted the story with a lot of mind blowing moments that kept me intrigued in the story to where it would it lead next. Like when finding out that Henry’s stepbrother had been involved with human trafficking or who actually fathered Eve’s baby or how that body came to be that Henry was disposing of.
It’s a story that envelops the characters to help a girl. By them helping Eve their lives change in terrible ways and one miraculous way. Often the story is deeply poignant and more often its highly gut-wrenching. Thanks Eliza for another story I’ll never forget.

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. You can find her at theelizamaxwell@gmail.com
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