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The Widow’s Watcher

Publisher: Lake Union Press
Date of Publication: March 29, 2018

Number of Pages: 286
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From Eliza Maxwell, the bestselling author of The Unremembered Girl, comes a gripping novel about the mysteries that haunt us and the twists of fate that can unravel them…
Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isn’t about to let her follow through.
Jenna Shaw didn’t ask for Lars’s help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In Jenna, Lars recognizes his last chance for redemption. And in her quest to solve the mysteries of Lars’s past and bring him closure, Jenna may find the way out of her own darkness. 
But the truth that waits threatens to shatter it all. When secrets are surrendered and lies are laid bare, Jenna and Lars may find that accepting the past isn’t their greatest challenge. Can they afford the heartbreaking price of forgiveness?

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“There was a moment I had to tell myself that this is just a book…”
Goodreads reviewer
“A well-paced story of healing, forgiveness and tragedy, with enough unexpected twists to keep readers guessing.”
— Amber Cowie, author of Rapid Falls
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Clueless Gent’s Rating

The Widow’s Watcher has a refreshingly original storyline.  It deals with the aftermath of loss, both short term and long term.  The author shows us how two people, each racked with guilt over a devastating loss, can help each other and pave a path for possible redemption. There is little to laugh about in The Widow’s Watcher, yet the characters and the story in this poignant drama will just draw you in and make you care!

The Characters and Story of The Widow’s Watcher

The two main characters, Lars Jorgensen and Jenna Shaw – both protagonists – could not be more different. One is male, the other female. One is old, the other middle-aged. One suffers from loss from years earlier, and the other a recent tragedy. When they first meet, quite accidentally, they can’t agree on anything. Due to an automobile breakdown and a somewhat remote location, they end up spending the next few weeks together under one roof. As they very slowly get to know each other, they realize they share a profound bond: tragic loss. In different ways, they each blame themselves for either their loss or their unwanted survival.

I think there are enough flaws in these two characters that each of us can relate to them in some way. I love a good character-driven story! Don’t you?

As the story progresses, a surprising friendship forms. Jenna shows an interest in Lars’s mysterious past, and local law enforcement reopens the cold case. Down the literary rabbit hole we go, and the conflict relentlessly builds all the way to the climax!

Technically Speaking

I didn’t notice many SPAG errors in this book. Great job to all involved in the editing.

If you’re partial to great character arcs in a novel, this one is for you! The changes in both of these characters between the first and last pages are pretty dramatic, yet believable. They don’t change on the outside, of course, but inside, down deep, the changes are profound.  I can’t tell you what the changes are, of course. You’ll have to read it for yourself.

There were enough switchbacks in the plot to satisfy my need for action in a story, and the author kept my interest from beginning to end. I previously reviewed Eliza Maxwell’s The Unremembered Girl, and the pacing in this story was similar. There will come a time, about two-thirds through the story, when you just can’t stop reading! In my case, I would only stop when my eyes could no longer stay open.

Eliza Maxwell is a very talented writer who obviously knows her craft inside and out. I look forward to reading more stories by Eliza Maxwell!

I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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Eliza Maxwell lives in Texas with her ever-patient husband and two kids. She’s an artist and writer, an introvert and a British cop drama addict. She loves nothing more than to hear from readers.
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4 thoughts on “The Widow’s Watcher

  1. Wonderful review — one of the things I love about Eliza’s books is what you said about the rabbit holes. All of a sudden, we have this whole secondary story to pursue, and you can’t stop reading it!

  2. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the book description, review and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters and now my twin daughters who all love to read. We have found some amazing books for everyone. So, thank you!

  3. We love doing the tours. Lone Star Book Blog Tours (LSBBT) is an amazing group of bloggers that really care about stories, books and authors! I find it particularly rewarding to help promote Texas stories, authors and publishers. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I’m so very glad that our content has provided you with new and amazing books to read and share!

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