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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2018 Ann Howard Creel. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Just okay

I was a bit disappointed by this book. The writing itself had some good moments, but the story was lacking. It was anticlimactic at almost every turn, where every time you felt like the story was building to something interesting, the writer let’s you down and takes the easy way out instead of committing. I usually become very invested in a character but I felt indifferent to Adah and Jack, and I didn’t feel moved by their romance at all. It wasn’t horrible, it just wasn’t satisfying and I would recommend that you save your money.

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Kept me engaged and guessing the entire book.

This is a beautifully written story of tragedy, desire, and love. Creel's suspenseful and masterfully crafted book kept me fully engaged and guessing to the very end.

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Well written, well performed.

The author got me heavily invested right away. She painted vivid pictures of the time period, the people, and the surroundings. An easy, engaging listen.

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Adah Stronger Than You Expect—Poor Jack

Another EXCELLENT story by Ann Howard Creel. Her stories are not what you would expect but they grab you and keep you entranced right to the end. I found myself rooting for Adah to survive. I totally found her behavior defensible. A mother’s love is to protect the child whether her biological child or otherwise. Daisy was fortunate to have her show up. Adah deserved love, too, but sometimes you make sacrifices for your child that leave you lonely...at least for now. I pondered the evil actions of Adah’s In-laws even though they took her in after her husband’s (their son’s) death. If you like books that end neatly with everyone living happily ever after, you probably won’t like Creel’s books because she has a way of wrapping up the story but leaving loose ends. I also listened to this book in audible narrated by Brittany Pressley and enjoyed it even more. Creel definitely has a gift for writing compelling stories.

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Dark

I’ve enjoyed other Ann Howard Creel books and find her an author capable of leaving her reader on cliffs edge with each page of her book. The River widow, although, perhaps, relatable to someone leading a similar life, was very dark to me. Rather than awesome intrigue, as I’ve felt with her other books, I felt a heavy dread throughout. More than once I thought about deleting the book from my library. Only hope for the main character kept me moving forward. I have mixed feelings about recommending this to other readers.

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Depressing

Depressing enough just reading the paper or listening to the news...didn’t need this on top of everything else. A book of nasty ugly and self-serving people and their impact on the honest and innocent. Yes, just like current events in this country😢

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The River Widow

Really enjoyed the story and the narrator. Would be nice to have a follow up to hear how life turned out and if love found her....but i am always wanting a "happy ending".

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Solid story, great performance

I don't recall hearing this narrator before, but she did amazing male voices. In some places, her voiceover was so good that I thought it was 2 narrators. She also made the old women sound very different than the others, yet they all had a southern accent (as was appropriate for Kentucky). Sometimes the writing was very good. This book included some lovely descriptions, but a few times it suffered from stilted dialogue. I also felt the protagonists actions were a bit inconsistent. For example, one minute she's so afraid of her deceased husband's family that she thinks they might kill her and can't even tell them she's going to town to see a lawyer, and then a few chapters later she's trying to make them think she's going to see a lawyer, as part of her new plan. Um... what? A lot of books struggle with this issue, which is that if you want to make the protagonist's situation feel dangerous, then she has to ACT like she's afraid. Otherwise, the readers don't feel the danger or we think the protagonist is an idiot for tempting fate. For me, with this book, I liked the protagonist but the danger didn't feel real. The struggle for child custody seemed VERY real though and I like that the author chose to shine light on that issue for women in the Depression era. Would I recommend this? Sure, the audiobook is good, with the caveat that this is NOT an uplifting story. Listen to the sample and see if you can handle it. If not, don't get it. If you're looking for a sweet romance with 100% happy ending, this ain't it. But personally I found the ending satisfying and I enjoy books like this which portray real people who have to make real decisions. As for the narrator, I'd listen to anything she read in the future. A++ for her

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the river widow

This was a really good and interesting book. I'm a little depressed about the subject matter but it is a good lesson to be learned.

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Surprise

I am surprised how much this book was enjoyed. The performance was excellent. One of the things I found fascinating was the flood the author speaks about. I checked it out and discovered that this was the same flood that hit Evansville, IN that my late husband told me about. I wonder if the author comes from that area.