The River Widow

Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
4 out of 5 stars (769 ratings)

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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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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.

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Entertaining read

This book was very entertaining I enjoyed it very much. Even though I felt the book was sort of unfinished. I felt something was missing . It was still a good read though and it is not a waste of time.

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Very intense listen

Story was very heavy and I should have picked a better time to listen to it. There was no levity at all. No emotional relief. Performance was very good.