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The River Widow 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 with flood waters approaching Adah Branch

  • Title: The River Widow
  • Author: Ann Howard Creel
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  • Page: 246
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  • 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, de 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 256 pages Published December 1st 2018 by Lake Union Publishing More Details ASIN B07B2VKD6R Edition Language English Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The River Widow, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Will there be a sequel to this book 2 likeslike 2 months ago See all 2 answers Mona Smith I would love to see how Adah and Daisy make out in the west Also what tepucussions the cruel treatment had on Daisy Do the Branches finally he their I would love to see how Adah and Daisy make out in the west Also what tepucussions the cruel treatment had on Daisy Do the Branches finally he their just due How does Esther fare in the marriage And finally does Jack get his girl So many unanswered questions A sequel is a must less flag See 1 question about The River Widow Lists with This Book 2018 December Releases 53 books 67 voters Seaweed Hair Drowning Girls on Covers 169 books 96 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 11, 2018 Mandy rated it liked it I picked The River Widow as my November Kindle first book because it was marked in the historical fiction genre which is one of my favs sadly, this book disappointed me It was filled with suspense, which I normally enjoy, but this story made me uncomfortable and angry And some of it felt too rushed and unrealistic romance development and there were times when the dialogue was overly cheesy I literally said out loud, gross Did he really just say that Overall, it was a quick read a I picked The River Widow as my November Kindle first book because it was marked in the historical fiction genre which is one of my favs sadly, this book disappointed me It was filled with suspense, which I normally enjoy, but this story made me uncomfortable and angry And some of it felt too rushed and unrealistic romance development and there were times when the dialogue was overly cheesy I literally said out loud, gross Did he really just say that Overall, it was a quick read and I kept turning the pages out of genuine intrigue, but felt let down flag 17 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Sandy Olson Yes, hokey but a good casual read for those hours when you just want to relax and it isn t important to educate, validate, elucidate or illuminate Ju Yes, hokey but a good casual read for those hours when you just want to relax and it isn t important to educate, validate, elucidate or illuminate Just funif being held hostage by a group of people who would fit right into Deliverance is fun updated Feb 01, 2019 08 12AM Angie Kritenbrink I felt the exact same way Jan 31, 2019 10 29PM Nov 01, 2018 Suze rated it it was amazing River Widow and so much Normally my pick of the Kindle First books would be the thriller or the suspense choice, but being I had read Ann Howard Creel before I went with the historical fiction choice The book I had read before was While You Were Mine, and I enjoyed it immensely.This book is set in time during the Great Depression the main character Adah had a very hard life from her early teens, but yet she just persevered and made the best life she could She met her husband while readin River Widow and so much Normally my pick of the Kindle First books would be the thriller or the suspense choice, but being I had read Ann Howard Creel before I went with the historical fiction choice The book I had read before was While You Were Mine, and I enjoyed it immensely.This book is set in time during the Great Depression the main character Adah had a very hard life from her early teens, but yet she just persevered and made the best life she could She met her husband while reading Tarot cards, it s rather ironic that she didn t see him for what he was a wife beater In the midst of a flood, he beats her she strikes back and he dies She gets rid of the body, nearly losing her own life.Adah s in laws are evil people, she has no choice but to live with them and try to find some kind of life for herself and her step daughter I won t inject spoilers, I do think this book is an accurate portrayal of the times It isn t a feel good book, but it is a good read flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Fred Shaw rated it it was amazing The Branch family are all bullies, liars and cheats, and Adah Branch, wife of Lester, had been beaten, kicked, bruised and bloodied by his hand It s early 20th century in Paducah, Ky, and the area flooded Lester went missing, and Adah herself was swallowed up by the flood waters After she was able to find a way out of the river, she faced being accused of murdering Lester by Buck Branch the patriarch She and her stepdaughter Daisy, were held prisoners in Hell The author has penned a powerfu The Branch family are all bullies, liars and cheats, and Adah Branch, wife of Lester, had been beaten, kicked, bruised and bloodied by his hand It s early 20th century in Paducah, Ky, and the area flooded Lester went missing, and Adah herself was swallowed up by the flood waters After she was able to find a way out of the river, she faced being accused of murdering Lester by Buck Branch the patriarch She and her stepdaughter Daisy, were held prisoners in Hell The author has penned a powerful story of fear and repression and a woman s fight to keep what is hers Ann Howard Creel has created another excellent work, and I am happy to have discovered her craft Highly recommended flag 8 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jan 29, 2019 Nancy rated it liked it Shelves win book 3.5 Over the course of her life, she had learned that people could hold inside the brightest peaks and the darkest pits, and there were those who straddled the break half of them drawn to evil, half drawn to beauty Those people could step from one side to the other and back again as if the line were as thin as a hair Her husband had been one of those people Was she one of them, too from The River Widow by Anne Howard CreelIn 1937 Paducah, KY as the Ohio River was flooding, Adah s husband L 3.5 Over the course of her life, she had learned that people could hold inside the brightest peaks and the darkest pits, and there were those who straddled the break half of them drawn to evil, half drawn to beauty Those people could step from one side to the other and back again as if the line were as thin as a hair Her husband had been one of those people Was she one of them, too from The River Widow by Anne Howard CreelIn 1937 Paducah, KY as the Ohio River was flooding, Adah s husband Lester once again lost his temper and began to beat her In desperation, Adah grabbed a nearby shovel and lashed out at Lester, striking him in the head Horrified by what she had done, she dragged his body to the raging river, desperately hoping it would carry away the evidence of her crime.Adah s guilt is heavy, but she has the motivation to carry on She loves Daisy, Lester s daughter from his first marriage Lester s family insist that Daisy and Adah stay with them The Branch clan is feared for their violence and imperious disregard for decency and the law They suspect there is to the story of Lester s death Adah works on the tobacco farm like an indentured servant and hires herself out to do laundry to add to the family s income She is unable to protect Daisy from the harsh punishments and rough treatment meted out by her father s kinfolk, but at least she can comfort and love the child.As the months go by, Adah struggles with one question how can she get Daisy out of the Branch family s clutches In the meantime, she learns about Lester and his family and meets a man who offers her an alternate future.The River Widow by Anne Howard Creel has an almost Gothic atmosphere, the story of a woman isolated and held against her will, powerless and unprotected The bulk of the novel is psychological and internal The suspense comes not in action as much as through emotion and insight At times I was reminded of Jane Austen s character Fanny from Mansfield Park, a girl completely dependent, suffering, without any power for self determination, but with a moral clarity that sets her apart I thank the author for a copy of her book and other gifts, a win through the American Historical Novels Facebook Group flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Nicole rated it it was ok This book had a lot of promise, but it fell flat for me The characters were all confused Their character traits and original personalities were abandoned to fit the narrative of the story The author left nothing to the imagination, spelling out every detail, including Adah s every inner thought which all happened to be in the form of questions, for some reason What was up with that There were literally paragraphs full of obvious questions that were bouncing around Adah s head Those series This book had a lot of promise, but it fell flat for me The characters were all confused Their character traits and original personalities were abandoned to fit the narrative of the story The author left nothing to the imagination, spelling out every detail, including Adah s every inner thought which all happened to be in the form of questions, for some reason What was up with that There were literally paragraphs full of obvious questions that were bouncing around Adah s head Those series of questions were the most annoying part of the entire book for me Implausible plans were hatched and abandoned throughout the book, ignoring obvious simple solutions to Adah s situation Instead of having some of the characters provide input to their actions, we had to suffer through Adah s wild assumptions And I m sorry, but Jack s statements of Adah s beauty your hair is chocolate , your neck is white cake What was that supposed to be Certainly not romantic The whole plot about the title of the farm transferring to Buck was a lazy and unlikely way of dismissing that part of the story This was one of those books that I just wanted to finish so I could end the misery I would not recommend this book flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Rebecca Rosenberg rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction Tarot card reader, Adah, chooses a better life for herself with Les, a widowed rancher with a young daughter Daisy to raise Too bad that it didn t turn out that way her husband was a mean, abusive cuss, who beat her When the floods came he flew into a rage because she brought their daughter s doll when they escaped Adah fought back with a nearby shovel that changed everything in her life She hit him and he died This is not a spoiler, since it is revealed on the back cover What unfold Tarot card reader, Adah, chooses a better life for herself with Les, a widowed rancher with a young daughter Daisy to raise Too bad that it didn t turn out that way her husband was a mean, abusive cuss, who beat her When the floods came he flew into a rage because she brought their daughter s doll when they escaped Adah fought back with a nearby shovel that changed everything in her life She hit him and he died This is not a spoiler, since it is revealed on the back cover What unfolds is Adah s struggle with his suspicious family, the police, and a handsome stranger who offers her something she s never had security and love But the discovery of Les s dead wife s letters brings Adah the key to a brighter future, which come with an impossible choice.River Widow is a great mystery, adventure, and beautiful love story flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 01, 2018 Bonnye Reed rated it really liked it Shelves read 2018, kindle or pdf GAb Adah found herself orphaned at 13 years of age by the 1918 1919 flu epidemic Her only living relative couldn t or wouldn t take her in, but turned her over to Father Sparrow at Saint Mark s Church in the Bowery in New York City Adah spent a year studying under Father Sparrow and developed a love for books before Father Sparrow passed away, and fairly soon thereafter she gave up on the foster system and lived among thousands of other young rootless children who worked and slept and wandered GAb Adah found herself orphaned at 13 years of age by the 1918 1919 flu epidemic Her only living relative couldn t or wouldn t take her in, but turned her over to Father Sparrow at Saint Mark s Church in the Bowery in New York City Adah spent a year studying under Father Sparrow and developed a love for books before Father Sparrow passed away, and fairly soon thereafter she gave up on the foster system and lived among thousands of other young rootless children who worked and slept and wandered the streets of NYC She learned how to jump trains from a couple of brothers, and found herself enad of the green verdant lands and waters of Kentucky In Louisville she settled among some carnival folk and her friend Jessamine encouraged Adah to finished her high school education, and taught her to read tarot cards as a means to an itinerant income before she, too, dies Adah marries into the clannish and egomaniacal Branch family when she takes on handsome widower Lester Branch and his baby daughter Dolly Three and a half abusive years later, the 1937 flood of the Ohio River washes through Kentucky Adah and Lester have dropped daughter Dolly off at his parent s farm and returned to their riverside farm to save what they can before flood waters take the house and barn The second punch to the face that day was one too many for the first time Adah grabs something anything a handy shovel to protect herself and accidentally kills Lester Adah knows that Dolly would be parentless at four years old if she admits to the murder of her husband, even with self defense as a defense In an attempt to drag Lester into the flooding river as a means of covering her crime, she too is sucked into the stream, and Adah gave herself up to what she considered to be just punishment But the will to live was stronger than her guilt That will, and some astonishingly good luck, saw her drag herself from the flood and atop a barn where she was eventually rescued and returned to the family Branch She might have been better off had she drowned and was carried down the Ohio alongside her dead husband It turns out Lester was the best of the Branches First ReadsPub date Dec 1, 2018Lake Union Publishing flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Nancyreads rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves netgalley, 2018 The River Widow takes place in depression era Kentucky and opens with the 1937 Ohio River Valley flood As they try to escape the rising waters, Adah is once again beaten by her husband Lester In self defense, she hits him with a shovel and inadvertently kills him Homeless and at the mercy of her cruel, controlling, manipulative in laws, Adah cares for her young step daughter, Daisy, the best she can while trying to find a way out for both of them The book explores themes of fear and guilt The River Widow takes place in depression era Kentucky and opens with the 1937 Ohio River Valley flood As they try to escape the rising waters, Adah is once again beaten by her husband Lester In self defense, she hits him with a shovel and inadvertently kills him Homeless and at the mercy of her cruel, controlling, manipulative in laws, Adah cares for her young step daughter, Daisy, the best she can while trying to find a way out for both of them The book explores themes of fear and guilt as the result of repeated abuse I was intrigued by the story and wanted to find out what happens in the end However, it was difficult at times, to get there I found some of the dialogue rather cheesy especially that of Jack, one of the folks Adah turns to for help and who becomes a romantic interest I also didn t think Daisy s character was very well developed She is a central figure in Adah s life and the main reason Adah wants to escape, yet I finished the book feeling like, other than her dysfunctional circumstances, I didn t know anything about Daisy I would have liked the author to develop Daisy s relationship with Adah on a deeper level Even Adah s new love interest didn t add to the depth of either character Although many of the characters in The River Widow are not very likable, I would have enjoyed the book had there been substance to them, likable or not flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Kathy Shaw rated it really liked it The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel is about a woman during the depression era living with an abusive husband and his very young daughter A flood of biblical proportions changes the direction of Adah s life drastically as her life becomes a living nightmare when she desperately tries to save her life and that Of her step daughter s Also, this book illustrates what abuse can look like and how far women have come as far as legal rights and protections flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 04, 2018 Melissa rated it really liked it Got this one as a November kindle first read and could not put it down So glad I stayed up late to finish it flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 10, 2018 Peter rated it it was ok Doubt, blame, despair repeat.While this book is reasonably well written, I was worn down well before midway by the unremitting doubts, questions and guilt of the protagonist and the page after page put downs and pointless cruelty of the family she lives with Are we having fun yet Fair warning, readers Life is too short flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 17, 2018 abdulia ortiz perez rated it it was amazing Shelves read for 2018 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I received this book from Book Sparks for honest review.This book will keep you up reading long past your bedtime It has a gripping plot and page turning suspense but that s about all And it s such a shame The characters are so one dimensional that it actually becomes a drag on the book The bad people are so bad it s almost not believable, and the good people are so good, they don t feel authentic.The story opens in 1937 on a farm in Paducah, Kentucky as what is now known as the Great Flood I received this book from Book Sparks for honest review.This book will keep you up reading long past your bedtime It has a gripping plot and page turning suspense but that s about all And it s such a shame The characters are so one dimensional that it actually becomes a drag on the book The bad people are so bad it s almost not believable, and the good people are so good, they don t feel authentic.The story opens in 1937 on a farm in Paducah, Kentucky as what is now known as the Great Flood submerges the land Lester Branch, who has a habit of viciously beating his wife, Adah, is at it again even as the water from the Ohio River is rising and threatening everything they own Adah does something she has never done before She fights back And Lester is dead She pushes his body into the rising river and in so doing she is also washed away This is not a spoiler This all happens on the first few pages and is the beginning of Adah s tale of survival in a family that despises her and hopes to utterly destroy her Adah s only beam of hope and love is in little Daisy, Lester s four year old daughter born to his first wife Daisy thinks of Adah as her mama, and Adah is laser focused on saving Daisy from her hateful, vindictive and physically abusive family And then true love enters Adah s life, changing everything.Author Ann Howard Creel has written a tale that is indeed spellbinding, which is why I have given it four stars instead of three stars, but also it is such a disappointment Almost every chapter has several paragraphs or even pages that do nothing but meaninglessly stretch out the story and add nothing to the plot or characters development.The ending is bittersweet that is, it is not altogether happy That said, the way is clear to a sequel in fact, it is so clear that I would be shocked if there isn t one I highly recommend everybody read this flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 28, 2018 Crystal Zavala rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves booksparks Rating 3.5 5During the Great Depression, there is a massive flood in Ohio While attempting to retrieve items from her house, Adah kills her husband in self defense Adah attempts to cover up the crime by taking her husbands body to the river and let it float away Adah ends up in the river herself and is swept away until rescued by local farmers.Adah moves in with her in laws who are long time locals that other townspeople avoid because of their reputation Adah s husband had a daughter that s Rating 3.5 5During the Great Depression, there is a massive flood in Ohio While attempting to retrieve items from her house, Adah kills her husband in self defense Adah attempts to cover up the crime by taking her husbands body to the river and let it float away Adah ends up in the river herself and is swept away until rescued by local farmers.Adah moves in with her in laws who are long time locals that other townspeople avoid because of their reputation Adah s husband had a daughter that she raised since the girl was 6 months old Adah does not want to live with her in laws, but she knows that she has no legal rights to her step daughter and does not want to leave her behind.The story line was a bit predicable, however the writing was easy and enjoyable I felt like the writing and conversation was historically accurate for the time If I were to rate the book solely on writing, I would rate it 4 5 The ending of the book seemed a little absurd I am not sure that I felt like the options that Adah debated and chose were the most realistic That is the overall reason that I gave the overall book a 3.5 5.Thank you to Book Sparks for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 BethAnn BookBumming rated it it was amazing Shelves read kindle books Well yup It was another fabulous read by Ann Howard Creel One of those stories where family isn t about blood but about love and sacrifices Powerful and full of suspense The book is set during and after the Ohio River Flood Of 1937 super interesting time period and event Flashback from a few days ago when I said I ve been listening to a wonderful audiobook It s my second book by Ann Howard Creel and she is truly an artist I adore her writing style Her character development i Well yup It was another fabulous read by Ann Howard Creel One of those stories where family isn t about blood but about love and sacrifices Powerful and full of suspense The book is set during and after the Ohio River Flood Of 1937 super interesting time period and event Flashback from a few days ago when I said I ve been listening to a wonderful audiobook It s my second book by Ann Howard Creel and she is truly an artist I adore her writing style Her character development is always so strong I think it s her forte I m a little less than halfway done with it, but I can say pretty confidently that this is a five star read Well, I was correct it s a FIVER flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Susan Bennett rated it liked it I thought this book had a promising beginning, but for me it almost devolved into a story from the vintage True Confessions magazine I didn t like the characters who often put Snidely Whiplash to shame Where s a railroad track when you need one I don t have to like all the characters in a book because if I did, that would be boring, but I felt the in laws were almost too sinister And then, Dudley Do Right came along, yet to the author s credit, she didn t create a totally happy ending Other I thought this book had a promising beginning, but for me it almost devolved into a story from the vintage True Confessions magazine I didn t like the characters who often put Snidely Whiplash to shame Where s a railroad track when you need one I don t have to like all the characters in a book because if I did, that would be boring, but I felt the in laws were almost too sinister And then, Dudley Do Right came along, yet to the author s credit, she didn t create a totally happy ending Otherwise, I would place the book in the True Romance genre flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Jypsy rated it liked it review of another edition The River Widow was so sad and depressing Imagine killing your abusive husband and letting his body wash away in a flooding river Rid of him at last, but wait Now, you are forced to live with his horrible abusive family for the sake of your stepdaughter It s such a no win situation The story felt full of despair It s not the story itself, it s just my feelings about it.It s a great piece of historical fiction Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 29, 2018 Carrie Winship rated it really liked it The author does a fantastic job of forcing you to empathize with a woman you ll never find yourself in the position of Detailed were so accurately described, I had to keep reminding myself the great story I couldn t wait to get home to was not a TV series flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Nov 20, 2018 Linda Romer rated it really liked it Shelves reviews The River Widow was a good read I enjoyed reading Adah s story A heartfelt read of a woman pushed to her limits Adah s life was not easy and reading about it wasn t pleasant at times, but her strength and courage was admirable The flood of 1937 was a terrible occurrence that she survived along with an abusive marriage.I give The River Widow 4 stars for its heartfelt read.I would recommend this book to Historical Fiction Fans flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 02, 2018 Cassie Gutman happybooklovers added it Shelves own DNFing about halfway through I was very excited to read this as I am from the Ohio River Valley and grew up hearing about the flood of 1937, but the delivery fell short for me Lackluster characters and too obvious reveals were among the reasons I was not into this one flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 11, 2018 Larada Horner Miller rated it really liked it Ann Creel is a superb writer with almost a lyrical quality The development of Adah throughout the story captured my heart I loved Adah The ending surprised me be prepared flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Lady Delacour rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves listened with text to speech app, interesting story, changed foul words in pronunciation Glad I did Notread the book jacket.Not knowing whatthis book was aboutmade for a interesting story.Listened with TTS.Cleanishhhhhhhh.Mild Foul Language flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Lesley rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves dv sv stalker pervert, historical, mystery thriller Some really corny so called romantic lines in this book, but the story was interesting enough to find out how it ended flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Kathy Sandlin rated it really liked it Shelves kindle This was a good book that had you holding your breath for Adah I can t imagine living like a prisoner in your own home with a bunch of nasty, nasty people I loved her spunk and wit in the book as she tried to figure out her situation The ending left me wanting to know what happens to her next flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Lindsey rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 arcs, from publisher, book sparks, buddy reads 3.5 starsThank you to Book Sparks and Lake Union Publishing for my free copy in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own.The River Widow is a compelling, fast paced historical read It starts with a murder and then follows Adah s fight for her freedom as well as Daisy s The treatment that she has to put up with from her husband s family is enough to make anyone cringe Adah has to take risks and gamble on who she can trust to help her.There is a romantic relationship involved that 3.5 starsThank you to Book Sparks and Lake Union Publishing for my free copy in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own.The River Widow is a compelling, fast paced historical read It starts with a murder and then follows Adah s fight for her freedom as well as Daisy s The treatment that she has to put up with from her husband s family is enough to make anyone cringe Adah has to take risks and gamble on who she can trust to help her.There is a romantic relationship involved that was subtle enough besides the food comments that it didn t overwhelm me The ending both made me happy and broke my heart As much as I wanted it to end a certain way, it was better and felt realistic that not everything was tied up in a neat bow I have a love hate relationship with that type of ending flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 06, 2018 Shannon rated it liked it A frustrating book I m giving it three stars for a really clever concept, but it ultimately fell flat The characters waffled back and forth between one dimensional and confusing The ending felt rushed and was very disappointing And Jack s dialogue Oh my word He talked about Adam like she was a dessert bar, not the love of his life Two and a half stars flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Linda rated it it was amazing I absolutely adored this book It was a very sad, yet hopeful, story A story of horrible abuse Death Being degraded at every turn Child abuse And a budding, strong, unmistakeable love in the making Adah went to hell and back for a man who swept her off her feet to only end up treating her so bad Abusing her at every turn Almost killing her until she finally fought back She calls herself a murderer throughout this book but in my opinion she s a strong survivor She went from that to livi I absolutely adored this book It was a very sad, yet hopeful, story A story of horrible abuse Death Being degraded at every turn Child abuse And a budding, strong, unmistakeable love in the making Adah went to hell and back for a man who swept her off her feet to only end up treating her so bad Abusing her at every turn Almost killing her until she finally fought back She calls herself a murderer throughout this book but in my opinion she s a strong survivor She went from that to living with his parents who hated her and his child, Daisy, who was Adah s stepdaughter She had raised Daisy from an infant and loved her as if she was her own child Daisy loved her with all her heart and much to the Branches dismay called her mama They tried to stop her from saying that but she kept on They had an unbreakable bond of such strong love It made my heart break and feel elated Adah would do anything for that child Even give up her own happiness Her chance for love That is what I call true, complete love.There are a few questions in this book that you ll find answers too Did Lester kill his first wife or was their story the truth That is a big one Will Adah get away from the Branches or will they succeed in breaking her Will she go to prison for murder Will Adah find love and happiness, she sure deserves it.I had to give this book 5 stars even though I wanted so much at the end I can only hope there will be a sequel that will tell us what happens next I can t wait to read by this wonderful authorThank you to NetGalley, Lake Union and Ann Howard Creel for a copy in exchange for my honest opinion and review This is my opinion and is not in any way swayed by receiving an ARC.A few of my favorite parts of this book are Beyond the moon, there were millions of twinkling stars in the sky Adah sighed and closed her eyes What had happened between Daisy and her was as insignificant as one tiny star in the vastness of all space, but it was, like each one of those shining lights, beautiful and special A gift had fallen into her lap in the form of Daisy, and she had to be ever so careful what she did with it She was the girl s only hope.Jack pulled in a deep breath, as if inhaling the moment with her It s a good feeling, having a place of your own I was once like you full of doubt But this place has been good for me It takes all my thinking and keeps me from drifting There wasn t a touch of dishonesty in his eyes And the look on his face was so sweet, spelling out clearly his devotion, admiration, everything good and real Yes, I care I care what he did to you and what he did to his first wife You acted in self defense The way I see it, Lester Branch got his just due He touched her arm, and his calloused hand moved smoothly down her hand, which he cradled and brought to his chest Nothing else needed to be sad with words They stood like that amidst a bed of clover on a forest floor while the sounds of life around them returned, and creatures darted between the trees.Although she labored to keep her sorry curled inside, there were to many moments when it pushed itself out beyond the boundaries she d tried to build When she looked at Daisy, she could keep it separate, outside But when she gazed beyond the window and thought of him, it burned to life inside her.Jack had once said that forgetting was the only way to get past all the bad things in life, and Adah hoped that he would forget about the short chapter of his life that had featured her If not, when he looked back on the season of romance, would he feel grateful or regretful Would he view it as luminous and lovely or colored with confusing shadows and shades There would be pain in his heart, as there was in hers, and she knew that hurt could cripple and bring one down to a place where up seemed impossibly high and out of reachHer hands were lined and scarred and looked older than her thirty one years They had read cards and cooked and scrubbed and carried wood They had turned the pages of books, touched love, and been betrayed by it They had touched death, too.Now they held a human life flag Like see review Jan 04, 2019 Steph LJ rated it liked it The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel is a book I was interested to read Spoilers followAnn Howard Creel writes a beautiful descriptive narrative, so pointed that I could feel the cold and rain I felt the anguish of losing a cherished quilt, and the desperation of fighting through a flood, finding dubious safety, and waiting for rescue.I liked that Adah Branch started as an intelligent woman making her way through unfortunate circumstances during the depression, with an attitude of looking forwa The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel is a book I was interested to read Spoilers followAnn Howard Creel writes a beautiful descriptive narrative, so pointed that I could feel the cold and rain I felt the anguish of losing a cherished quilt, and the desperation of fighting through a flood, finding dubious safety, and waiting for rescue.I liked that Adah Branch started as an intelligent woman making her way through unfortunate circumstances during the depression, with an attitude of looking forward to the future, while remembering her sad past She acknowledged the tragedies of her childhood, but she took strength in focusing on the people who helped her and shaped her character I love that we have a strong female character who doesn t need rescuing, not really, except when she actually DOES after the flood and she s stranded on the roof of a barn She is careful, considerate, smart, and a little lucky sometimes.After the flood, and her husband s death, she is taken in by her in laws, the EVIL BRANCHES, who apparently run their own four person mafia in the town of Paducah, Kentucky These people are evil incarnate, and we never learn why Mabel and her husband, whose name I cannot remember at all, are cruel vicious people, with no regard for anyone, except familyoh, and their granddaughter Daisy, who somehow doesn t qualify They are blamed for their younger son, Lester s, tendency to abuse his wife and daughter Their older son, Jesse, dirty and unkempt, is just as vile and vicious, yet hasn t married The Branches are notorious for taking revenge for the slightest offense, cheating partners out of business deals, and generally being THE WORST people ever Everyone hates them so much in this small town that only two people bring casseroles when Lester is killed in the flood Adah is forced to move in with her step daughter, Daisy, and becomes a virtual slave, except she can t help in the kitchen This is where I started wondering Creel tells this story with crisp inner monologue, in the form of Adah mulling over and wondering about anything and everything, but lying low, because she has nowhere else to go The questions I began to wonder just what percentage of sentences were questionsthen I realized, they all are But they are never addressed or answered We have no idea just why the Branches hate their granddaughter, or why they are so cruel, or why they get away with it time and time and time again, even though everyone knows.Then we meet Jack Love interest Her neck is cake, and he wants to sop her up like a biscuit Not the worst love dialogue written in 2018 at all, but we don t really get to understand him well either, beyond the fact of his existence, and desire for cake.Adah begins to form a plan for escape, but then Jack proposes, then she does escape, deciding that she has to rescue Daisy, the daughter she has grown to love dearly, leaving Jack behind for reasons unknown Why couldn t he follow Was his foot nailed to the floor In the end, Adah and Daisy are headed for a new life in California, leaving everything behind We never discover any possible repercussions to her actions I felt unsatisfied at the story untold, but I did appreciate a woman not afraid to struggle to do what she knew was right for herself flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Angie Kritenbrink rated it liked it I m kind of torn about how to review The River Widow My 3 star rating is definitely an average rather than a meh rating On the one hand, at the core this was an interesting and kind of unique story that really clipped along I liked the main character, Adah, and her internal struggle between finding her own freedom and helping her stepdaughter was really compelling to me I liked the physical descriptions in the book in terms of the landscape, the flood that occurs, and the later months in I m kind of torn about how to review The River Widow My 3 star rating is definitely an average rather than a meh rating On the one hand, at the core this was an interesting and kind of unique story that really clipped along I liked the main character, Adah, and her internal struggle between finding her own freedom and helping her stepdaughter was really compelling to me I liked the physical descriptions in the book in terms of the landscape, the flood that occurs, and the later months in the book where the weather changes to spring and then summer I really felt like I was living in Adah s shoes in her day to day life This is a historical novel only in the sense that there is a historical setting and people act sort of vaguely old timey, but I like those kind of books for light reading, so that was OK with meEVER this book has some pretty outstanding flaws The first As the description states, the book starts with Adah accidentally killing her abusive husband and getting swept into the raging, flooded river as she is pushing his body in to cover up what happened I never felt sorry for the husband, view spoiler so I was relieved when Adah was rescued and the husband not initially found hide spoiler Also, it was clear that her in laws were going to be cartoonishly awful from the beginning But it was pretty unbelievable to me that her brother in law view spoiler started accusing her of his brother s murder the second he picks her up from the refugee shelter, before she has even had the chance to get home and take a bath In the chaos of flood and mayhem, and without a body, there was no real reason to doubt her story that they had fallen in the river and become separated And if her in laws really thought she was a murderer from day one, why were they welcoming her to live there hide spoiler I won t spoil any , but the way that plotline plays out throughout the novel just didn t ring true to me, so it didn t really provide the suspense that the author probably intended A minor plotline about the ownership of the farm was equally as poorly constructed.Second, as many other reviewers have mentioned, the romance in the book was punctuated by extremely corny love language that would completely break the mood of the scene I actually did buy into the idea that the two people in question would or could fall for each other, but then the pillow talk would start and it would be like refrigerator talk Not sexy or romantic That having been said, I did get invested, I did sit and read this whole novel in one setting, and I did think there was a lot of good writing in terms of the conflict that Adah had about choosing between her own freedom and her stepdaughter, which to me is the central conflict of this book I ve read one book by this author before and liked it better, so I will probably read of her books in the future flag Like see review Dec 17, 2018 Molly Anna rated it liked it Shelves giveaways When Adah met Lester, she had already figured out how to survive on her own Soon after giving Les a tarot card reading, however, she fell for him and they married Adah should have known, and on some level she did, that he was hiding a dark secret At first, things seemed hopeful, and they lived a pleasant life together with Daisy, Les daughter from his first marriage that ended with the tragic and unexpected death of Daisy s mother Unfortunately, though, bad times hit their tobacco farm, and When Adah met Lester, she had already figured out how to survive on her own Soon after giving Les a tarot card reading, however, she fell for him and they married Adah should have known, and on some level she did, that he was hiding a dark secret At first, things seemed hopeful, and they lived a pleasant life together with Daisy, Les daughter from his first marriage that ended with the tragic and unexpected death of Daisy s mother Unfortunately, though, bad times hit their tobacco farm, and Les turned to drinking and using his fists on Adah By the time the flood came, Adah had lost all hope of love and happiness, so when she accidentally kills Les in self defense and sends his body down the flooded Ohio River, she contemplates starting a new life But Adah s in laws, the Branches, have Daisy She must go back for Daisy.Family drama and secrets, if they aren t your own, can be quite entertaining This story of family drama and secrets is both interesting and pathetic, and it s a credit to the author, Ann Howard Creel, that these feelings are achieved She writes the harsh realities of the Branch family, and, trust me, they are not people you hope you ever meet within your lifetime They are incredibly easy to hate while feeling sorry for Adah and Daisy.Another successful aspect of this book is the author s ability to compel the reader to keep reading Each chapter has a new revelation or change in circumstances for Adah It is not long before the reader knows that there is no one right answer to the problems in this story Like in real life, the plight of the protagonist is complicated and fluid.It s because of the problematic circumstances that make the ending of this story one you will either love or hate In my case, I hate to love it for many reasons, just as I hated that I really liked this novel Honestly, writing this review and rating this book is extremely difficult, and I loathe to do it Ultimately, though, did I appreciate the story Absolutely Do I recommend this book Without a doubt, yes, but understand that it very well might leave you unsatisfied Thank you to the author, the publishers, and for providing this book for me to read in exchange for my fair and honest review flag Like see review Nov 10, 2018 Emily Renee rated it it was amazing A beautiful story of what a mother will do for the sake of a child, even a child who isn t her own, but one she has chosen as her own The River Widow is a tragic and heartbreaking novel by best selling author Ann Howard Creel set in the Great Depression during the time of the flood in Paducah, Kentucky Adah is a young woman who finds herself trapped in an abusive marriage While they are packing to escape from the flooding river in Paducah, Kentucky during the Great Depression her husband beco A beautiful story of what a mother will do for the sake of a child, even a child who isn t her own, but one she has chosen as her own The River Widow is a tragic and heartbreaking novel by best selling author Ann Howard Creel set in the Great Depression during the time of the flood in Paducah, Kentucky Adah is a young woman who finds herself trapped in an abusive marriage While they are packing to escape from the flooding river in Paducah, Kentucky during the Great Depression her husband becomes angry, and begins to beat her Adah defends herself, striking at him with a shovel, and accidentally kills him While attempting to dispose of his body in the flooded river Adah is swept away by the raging current She clings to life on the roof of an old barn, and is rescued by a father and son Desperate to know if her husband has been found, she requests to search for him, but they are unable to find him With no family, and no where else to go Adah is left with no choice but to move in with her husband s family with her stepdaughter Daisy They treat her with suspicion and hate, accusing her of murdering Lester With a crooked police officer on their side, Adah not only fears for her life, but is wrought with grief, and guilt over Lester s death What kind of people would sacrifice a little girl s happiness in order to get revenge Despite rumors that Lester s first wife s death was no accident, the town s people are too afraid of the Branches cruel and violent reputation to reach out to Adah She is on her own, risking her very life to shield the child she loves from people who care nothing for her After solving the mystery of Betsy s death, Adah begins to make plans to leave with Daisy, but discovers that the Branch s have been baiting her, expecting her to do exactly what she has been scheming to do She loses all hope, and abandons her plans, until one dark stormy night, when she gets her chance She had but one moment to decide, one moment to leave, or she would miss her chance one moment to choose the course of the rest of her life and Daisy s flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new 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    The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel From the bestselling author of The Whiskey Sea comes a stirring novel of a young woman s survival and liberation during the Great Depression On a rain drenched night in January , the rising floodwaters of the Ohio River encroach on the tobacco farm Adah Branch shares with her husband, Lester For three years, Adah has endured his violent abuse. The River Widow Ann Howard Creel The River Widow Ann Howard Creel on FREE shipping on qualifying offers 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 The River Widow Kindle edition by Ann Howard Creel The River Widow Kindle edition by Ann Howard Creel Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The River Widow. The River Widow Bookreporter Dec , In , 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 The River Widow Historical Novel Society The River Widow Written by Ann Howard Creel Review by Diane Scott Lewis Adah Branch and her family are caught up in the disastrous flood in Paducah, Kentucky. The River Widow pdflibs River Widow and so much Normally my pick of the Kindle First books would be the thriller or the suspense choice, but being I had read Ann Howard Creel before I went with the historical fiction choice. The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel, Paperback Barnes The River Widow is a disturbing, heartrending and somewhat depressing thriller The setting is during the Great Depression in Kentucky Adah is a young woman who is trapped in an abusive marriage The storyline includes abuse, fear, guilt, murder, love, cruelty, manipulation and some downright awful people. The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel All About Romance days agoAnn Howard Creel s southern gothic mystery tale The River Widow combines homespun drama with wicked mystery It s a superb tale, but it s not without its problems When we first meet Adah Branch, it s , the Great Depression is ongoing, and she s trying to salvage what she can from an oncoming flood ready to decimate her Kentucky farmhouse. The River Widow Book Sparks Lindsey Reads and Reviews Dec , The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel Thank you to Book Sparks and Lake Union Publishing for my free copy in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own Synopsis 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 , annhowardcreelauthor Dec , THE RIVER WIDOW came to life when I learned about the great Ohio River flood of that put parts of several states underwater Many cities, towns, and acres of farmlands were inundated.

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      Have you ever experienced a this cannot be happening to me moment In her novels, Ann Howard Creel puts her characters in that position Strong female characters face unforeseen obstacles and then have to make life changing decisions In her new novel, THE RIVER WIDOW, a former tarot card reader turned widow and stepmother must escape the clutches of an evil family while also facing the crime she Have you ever experienced a this cannot be happening to me moment In her novels, Ann Howard Creel puts her characters in that position Strong female characters face unforeseen obstacles and then have to make life changing decisions In her new novel, THE RIVER WIDOW, a former tarot card reader turned widow and stepmother must escape the clutches of an evil family while also facing the crime she herself has committed When asked where she gets her ideas, Ann answers, From history She doesn t know when the muse will strike, but often while she s reading about history, an image forms in her mind The spark for THE RIVER WIDOW came while learning about The Great Flood of 1937 along the Ohio River Ann immediately envisioned a woman dragging her abusive husband s body to the river to let floodwaters take it away Rather strange, she knows.When Ann s first book was published, she experienced a this cannot be happening to me moment in a very good way Besides writing, her other interests include old houses, new yoga routines, red wine, and all things cat She currently lives in Paris, Kentucky For book clubs, Ann will visit you via Skype Contact her through her website annhowardcreel

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    1. I picked The River Widow as my November Kindle first book because it was marked in the historical fiction genre which is one of my favs sadly, this book disappointed me It was filled with suspense, which I normally enjoy, but this story made me uncomfortable and angry And some of it felt too rushed and unrealistic romance development and there were times when the dialogue was overly cheesy I literally said out loud, gross Did he really just say that Overall, it was a quick read a I picked The Ri [...]


    2. River Widow and so much Normally my pick of the Kindle First books would be the thriller or the suspense choice, but being I had read Ann Howard Creel before I went with the historical fiction choice The book I had read before was While You Were Mine, and I enjoyed it immensely.This book is set in time during the Great Depression the main character Adah had a very hard life from her early teens, but yet she just persevered and made the best life she could She met her husband while readin River W [...]


    3. The Branch family are all bullies, liars and cheats, and Adah Branch, wife of Lester, had been beaten, kicked, bruised and bloodied by his hand It s early 20th century in Paducah, Ky, and the area flooded Lester went missing, and Adah herself was swallowed up by the flood waters After she was able to find a way out of the river, she faced being accused of murdering Lester by Buck Branch the patriarch She and her stepdaughter Daisy, were held prisoners in Hell The author has penned a powerfu The [...]


    4. 3.5 Over the course of her life, she had learned that people could hold inside the brightest peaks and the darkest pits, and there were those who straddled the break half of them drawn to evil, half drawn to beauty Those people could step from one side to the other and back again as if the line were as thin as a hair Her husband had been one of those people Was she one of them, too from The River Widow by Anne Howard CreelIn 1937 Paducah, KY as the Ohio River was flooding, Adah s husband L 3.5 O [...]


    5. This book had a lot of promise, but it fell flat for me The characters were all confused Their character traits and original personalities were abandoned to fit the narrative of the story The author left nothing to the imagination, spelling out every detail, including Adah s every inner thought which all happened to be in the form of questions, for some reason What was up with that There were literally paragraphs full of obvious questions that were bouncing around Adah s head Those series This b [...]


    6. Tarot card reader, Adah, chooses a better life for herself with Les, a widowed rancher with a young daughter Daisy to raise Too bad that it didn t turn out that way her husband was a mean, abusive cuss, who beat her When the floods came he flew into a rage because she brought their daughter s doll when they escaped Adah fought back with a nearby shovel that changed everything in her life She hit him and he died This is not a spoiler, since it is revealed on the back cover What unfold Tarot card [...]


    7. GAb Adah found herself orphaned at 13 years of age by the 1918 1919 flu epidemic Her only living relative couldn t or wouldn t take her in, but turned her over to Father Sparrow at Saint Mark s Church in the Bowery in New York City Adah spent a year studying under Father Sparrow and developed a love for books before Father Sparrow passed away, and fairly soon thereafter she gave up on the foster system and lived among thousands of other young rootless children who worked and slept and wandered G [...]


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