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The Widows: A Novel (The Kinship Series) (original: 2019; edição: 2019)

de Jess Montgomery (Autor)

Séries: Kinship (1)

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When Lily Ross learns that her husband, Daniel Ross, the town's widely respected sheriff, is killed while transporting a prisoner, she is devastated and vows to avenge his death. Hours after his funeral, a stranger appears at her door. Marvena Whitcomb, a coal miner's widow, is unaware that Daniel has died, and begs to speak with him about her missing daughter. From miles away but worlds apart, Lily and Marvena's lives collide as they realize that Daniel was not the man that either of them believed him to be--and that his murder is far more complex than either of them could have imagined. Inspired by the true story of Ohio's first female sheriff, this is a powerful debut about two women's search for justice as they take on the corruption at the heart of their community.… (mais)
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Título:The Widows: A Novel (The Kinship Series)
Autores:Jess Montgomery (Autor)
Informação:Minotaur Books (2019), 336 pages
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The Widows de Jess Montgomery (2019)

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Life is hard for many people in the 1920’s, but especially so for the miners in this small Ohio community. When her husband, the town’s sheriff, is shot and killed in the line of duty, Lily’s life is forever changed. She is tapped to finish part of his term, until an election could be held. She agrees, but only so she can catch his killer. Thus begins a long and arduous road for Lily to traverse, one that is filled with secrets and dangers. She painstakingly ferrets out any information she can gather, and some of the secrets she uncovers will be personally painful. The historical aspects of the tale are quite interesting, but perhaps even more fascinating are the interactions and relationship between Lily, the sheriff’s wife, and Marvena, his longtime friend. I thought the story began somewhat slowly, and the plight of the miners was not fully explained. Many characters appeared in the novel, but it took me a while to sort them out, because their appearances were brief at first. The story really picked up in the second half, the tension increased, and the twist at the end really solidified the tale. There is a lot of despair and much sadness in this story, but there is also hope and the promise of a better future for Lily and her family and friends. ( )
  Maydacat | Jun 13, 2021 |
The Widows is the first novel in what has now become known as Jess Montgomery’s Kinship Series. The series, set in rural Ohio, begins in the mid-1920s and features two very strong female characters, Lily Ross and Marvena Whitcomb, who only reluctantly team up together to fight for the welfare of their coal-mining community. By the end of The Widows, Lily and Marvena have become much more than two women forced to work together; they have become family.

The story begins before the women have met for the first time. In fact, it begins before Lily even knows of Marvena’s existence. Lily, the mother of two small children, lives in the small town she has known all her life, a town in which Daniel, her husband, is the well respected sheriff. Lily helps out in the town’s small jailhouse by cleaning the cells, providing meals, and doing all the paperwork that Daniel is so bad about keeping up with. Her world falls apart on the day that someone appears at her front door to tell her that Daniel has been “found.” As in found dead.

It appears that Daniel has been killed by a prisoner he was transporting to the jail. But Lily wants the details that no one but her much seems to care about. And after she has been asked to take on the role of acting sheriff until the next election to select the permanent new sheriff, she has the power and authority to do a little digging on her own. Marvena Whitcomb, unaware of the sheriff’s death, shows up at Lily’s door the day of Daniel’s funeral. She has come to Daniel for the answers he’s promised her about her missing sixteen-year-old daughter, answers that now she will never get from Sheriff Ross. The two women are suspicious about the motives of the other, especially especially after Lily figures out how much have in common, but they need each other - and given enough time - the mutual trust will come.

Now, working as a team, they become a threat to the powerful family that owns the local coal mining company, a company headed up by a man so ruthless that he will do whatever it takes to maximize the profits of his mines. If that means that people have to die, in or outside the mines, so be it. That kind of thing matters little to him.

Bottom Line: The Widows, being the first book in the Kinship Series, works very well as a standalone novel because, if you stop with this one, that’s what it is. But, given the storytelling skills of Jess Montgomery and the memorable characters she creates, I suspect that most readers will want to keep reading. I’m looking forward to the next two books in the series: The Hollows and The Stills - along with any that follow those. ( )
  SamSattler | Mar 4, 2021 |
DNF - not my type of book ( )
  Alison74 | Feb 16, 2021 |
Fell flat with me. More suspension of disbelief required than I was able to give. ( )
  ParadisePorch | Dec 15, 2020 |
A solid debut historical novel/mystery set in 1924 Ohio coal country. Two women are drawn together after the death of Daniel, the sheriff, because one is his wife and one is his oldest friend (and former lover) and both want to know the truth about his murder. The historical details are feathered in organically (no info-dumps) and although at times I found myself feeling as if the emotional lives of the women were laid just a tad bit thickly on the page (for my taste), the plot ratchets up the tension consistently with shifting loyalties, threats and violence, and the growing resentment of the miners over the abuses perpetrated by the system. (Yes, there's a mine cave-in.) But the most compelling plot arc belongs to Lily, Daniels' widow, the new sheriff, who uncovers hidden relationships among the townspeople, as well as secret motivations, and slowly realizes how to use that personal information to resolve a public crisis. In the end, these two women produce a solution that is arguably feminist--they neither enact a vengeance (that would appease their rage) against the villain nor let him go (out of abject fear) but find a way to force him to behave with decency. I think fans of Amy Stewart's GIRL WAITS WITH GUN series, with its emotionally astute and courageous NJ police woman, will enjoy this. (NOTE: I discovered this author through a panel at the virtual Bouchercon 2020.) ( )
  KarenOdden | Oct 24, 2020 |
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When Lily Ross learns that her husband, Daniel Ross, the town's widely respected sheriff, is killed while transporting a prisoner, she is devastated and vows to avenge his death. Hours after his funeral, a stranger appears at her door. Marvena Whitcomb, a coal miner's widow, is unaware that Daniel has died, and begs to speak with him about her missing daughter. From miles away but worlds apart, Lily and Marvena's lives collide as they realize that Daniel was not the man that either of them believed him to be--and that his murder is far more complex than either of them could have imagined. Inspired by the true story of Ohio's first female sheriff, this is a powerful debut about two women's search for justice as they take on the corruption at the heart of their community.

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