The Widows is inspiring and captivating. Unveiling the journey of Lily and Marvena as each becomes strong and wise community leaders is compelling. These complex and driven women face doubts, and fears while working to embrace unrelenting personal rage. Yet, during this journey, they are thrust into surprising situations where they must work together as well as with friends, neighbors, and foes. The evolving roles of Lily and Marvena helps the reader understand how each woman’s strength develops, even in an era when the culture rejects women leaders, especially widows with children. The tension between both women while potentially lethal, becomes a gripping emotion for change.
The call of the Appalachian mountains is critical for understanding the history for each character in this story. The beauty and danger of mountain living becomes a powerful influence for competing struggles. Even valued lore and ballads incorporating past historical events seems to lead to increased fear of outsiders and violence.
This well written novel was a joy to read. It was difficult to put down. Even after finishing the story, I found that many of my own Appalachian family members came to mind, beginning with my Great Uncle who died in a 1920’s coal mining accident in Kentucky. The Widows provided a vivid reminder of those times, struggles, and challenges.
Congratulations. I can hardly wait for the next novel.