The Widows

The Widows 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 b

  • Title: The Widows
  • Author: Jess Montgomery
  • ISBN: 1250184525
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 complex t 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 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 336 pages Published January 8th 2019 by Minotaur Books More Details ISBN 1250184525 ISBN13 9781250184528 Series Kinship 1 Other Editions 4 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 Widows, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Historical Mystery 2019 61 books 45 voters Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Sep 18, 2018 Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves 5 star winners, fiction, historical fiction, nature themes, net galley Revenge keeps the pain of the wound seeping blood into the forever.Lily Ross bends wearily as she sets thing right in the Rossville jail Strapped with a derringer at her ankle, Lily eyes the prisoner in the cell facing her The Appalachian foothills in 1925 in this small Ohio town provide a panoramic view of the Devil s Backbone and the coal mines that give dangerous employment to the men of the community Lily s own father was killed in a mine blast in the Widowmaker due to a build up of metha Revenge keeps the pain of the wound seeping blood into the forever.Lily Ross bends wearily as she sets thing right in the Rossville jail Strapped with a derringer at her ankle, Lily eyes the prisoner in the cell facing her The Appalachian foothills in 1925 in this small Ohio town provide a panoramic view of the Devil s Backbone and the coal mines that give dangerous employment to the men of the community Lily s own father was killed in a mine blast in the Widowmaker due to a build up of methane gas.Lily tends to her duties as the jail mistress It s just within sight of their small home where her two young children sleep contently under the watchful eye of Hildy Her husband, Sheriff Daniel Ross, left to pick up another prisoner He promises to be back in time for her famous buttermilk pie.As the hours pass, Lily waits alert to any footsteps on the stairs But the footsteps on the stairs aren t going to belong to Daniel His Uncle Elias stands in the doorway with sorry written in the form of blood on his hands and his shirt Daniel has been shot to death on the county road It appears that the prisoner wrestled away his gun and the tragedy occurs.Within hours of the funeral, Lily is approached by Daniel s deputy to take over the job of sheriff until the elections can take place And here is where Jess Montgomery steadies your hands as you clench this book tightly The character of Lily Ross will take on the owners of the local mines, the Bureau of Mine Safety, and the community that wishes to look the other way Lily will lock eyes with Marvena, a mine widow, who seems to know Daniel on a different level She, too, knows that Daniel s death reeks of murder.Montgomery presents a storyline so character driven and so polished in its detail that you feel like you are in surround sound The era is one of sacrifice and hard living in which tomorrow is never fully promised At the core is an adept layering of threads filled with rawness and reality And two women, Lily and Marvena, will settle scores and take on inhuman challenges presented to them Jess Montgomery keeps the pulse of this story pumping and you will savor each and every moment.I received a copy of The Widows through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to St Martin s Press and to Jess Montgomery for the opportunity flag 75 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jan 07, 2019 Fran rated it it was amazing Life often demands doing contradictory things in exchange for survival Life in the Appalachian mining town of Kinship, Ohio changed in the blink of an eye following a 1924 cave in resulting from an undetectable buildup of methane gas ignited by lightning John Rutherford, Marvena Whitcomb s common law husband and Caleb McArthur, Lily Ross s father died trying to rescue trapped miners in the Widowmaker Lily and Marvena would soon meet each other under less than ideal circumstances.Lily Ross w Life often demands doing contradictory things in exchange for survival Life in the Appalachian mining town of Kinship, Ohio changed in the blink of an eye following a 1924 cave in resulting from an undetectable buildup of methane gas ignited by lightning John Rutherford, Marvena Whitcomb s common law husband and Caleb McArthur, Lily Ross s father died trying to rescue trapped miners in the Widowmaker Lily and Marvena would soon meet each other under less than ideal circumstances.Lily Ross was jail mistress, keeping prisoner records and assisting her husband, extremely popular Sheriff, Daniel Ross Daniel s half brother, Luther owned and managed Ross Mining Miners lived in company housing and were paid in scrip, in lieu of money, to be used for purchases in the company store Workers who complained often were forced to vacate company housing units Luther hired Pinkertons, thugs used an enforcers Sheriff Ross was sent by a Pinkerton to pick up and jail a prisoner who was a miner Daniel never returned Lily was informed that he was killed by the escaping prisoner.Lily and Marvena meet after Daniel s funeral Each woman has a connection to him What happened to the close, honest marriage between Daniel and Lily The uncomfortable relationship between these two strong minded, determined women was ever changing Lily had been appointed acting sheriff until a new election This title would enable her to investigate Daniel s death Marvena would keep stirring up what her husband started, the organization of mine workers Luther Ross with the backing of hired Pinkertons, was not having it Lily and Marvena had joined the sorrowful sisterhood of widows Will acting Sheriff Lily Ross glean the details of her husband s death Will Marvena Whitcomb s attempts to organize mine workers be successful Did Lily truly know Daniel So many questionsdeathsdisappearances The Widows by Jess Montgomery was a historical fiction debut novel loosely based upon the true story of Ohio s first female sheriff, Maude Collins and activist, Mother Jones Both Lily and Marvena were women crusaders fighting corruption and seeking justice I highly recommend this book.Thank you St Martin s Press, Minotaur Books and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review The Widows flag 44 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Jan 16, 2019 DJ Sakata rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgallery, historical fiction, family drama, womens fiction, angsty Favorite Quote Mama s round face is so puckered with outrage that her mouth looks like the top of a drawstring purse.My Review I am in awe of this author, this is her first novel and it was simply stellar The storytelling was commanding, cunningly crafted, enthralling, emotive, highly descriptive, and smartly nuanced I was instantly sucked into her vortex and heard a multitude of sounds, accents, and dialects in my head I was right there with them, riding in their cars, feeling the dynamite b Favorite Quote Mama s round face is so puckered with outrage that her mouth looks like the top of a drawstring purse.My Review I am in awe of this author, this is her first novel and it was simply stellar The storytelling was commanding, cunningly crafted, enthralling, emotive, highly descriptive, and smartly nuanced I was instantly sucked into her vortex and heard a multitude of sounds, accents, and dialects in my head I was right there with them, riding in their cars, feeling the dynamite blasts as well as their deep sorrows, and smelling their sweat and fear The mystery was hopelessly intriguing and appeared an impossibly tangled knot that I feared was without hope for a solution I was so deeply engrossed in their tale I experienced the conflict of simultaneous relief and grief upon completion Jess Montgomery s word voodoo packs a powerful punch and is dangerously hypnotic flag 42 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Oct 10, 2018 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it really liked it Shelves read 2018 The year is 1924, and Lilly Ross learns her husband, Kinship s sheriff was killed while transporting a prisoner However, just after the funeral, a strange woman shows up not knowing that Daniel Ross is dead Marvena Whitcomb has known Daniel for years, and now she s there to talk to him about her missing daughter Her husband was a coal miner who died a while back Both women have to deal with the loss of Daniel, and they join forces to find out the truth about his deathAD THE REST OF THE RE The year is 1924, and Lilly Ross learns her husband, Kinship s sheriff was killed while transporting a prisoner However, just after the funeral, a strange woman shows up not knowing that Daniel Ross is dead Marvena Whitcomb has known Daniel for years, and now she s there to talk to him about her missing daughter Her husband was a coal miner who died a while back Both women have to deal with the loss of Daniel, and they join forces to find out the truth about his deathAD THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION flag 26 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Fictionophile rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, tlc book tours, netgalley reads, 2019 reads, debut novels, st martin s press A story of two courageous, hard working, and thoroughly admirable women, this story is set in an Appalachian mining community where a mine called The Widowmaker has proven its name on three separate occasions The sisterhood of widows Such a sorrowful sisterhood Lily has joined Lily Ross Wife of the Sheriff, Daniel Ross, pregnant and with two young children, she is widowed at the tender age of twenty six Approached by the deputy and offered the position of temporary sheriff, Lily accept A story of two courageous, hard working, and thoroughly admirable women, this story is set in an Appalachian mining community where a mine called The Widowmaker has proven its name on three separate occasions The sisterhood of widows Such a sorrowful sisterhood Lily has joined Lily Ross Wife of the Sheriff, Daniel Ross, pregnant and with two young children, she is widowed at the tender age of twenty six Approached by the deputy and offered the position of temporary sheriff, Lily accepts She aims to find out how and why her beloved husband was killed They have underestimated Lily s strength and obstinacy.Marvena Whitcomb Widow of a miner, mother to two girls, and former lover and lifelong friend of Daniel Ross The thirty five year old Marvena, having suffered many losses due to the dire conditions in the mining industry, is a union organizer She is also a moonshiner during the lean years of prohibition So many believe women are too sensitive for life s brutal truths That s only, Lily thinks, because they ve not experienced the brutal truths life gives particularly and uniquely to women The women overcome mistrust to merge together to combat desperate conditions and corrupt men of power And, most importantly, to find out the hows and whys of Daniel Ross s murder THOUGHTSIt is obvious that Jess Montgomery didn t stint on her meticulous research She crafted two fictional woman who became flesh and blood to the reader Vividly described places and situations expound on the extreme poverty and resilience of the coal mining families in the 1920s A time when the company owned the houses the miners lived in, owned the schools the children attended, employed the only doctor for miles, and owned the store the miners shopped at It was a time when young boys worked in the mines as early as the age of eleven Also, it was a time when the Pinkerton Agency was just a band of thugs for hire.The women overcome the odds in a time when women had little, if any, socioeconomic power In addition to the dangerous and downright criminal practices of the mining company, they expose kickbacks, organized criminals, and murder All the while tending to their children, cooking, cleaning, and These women will remain in my memory for a very long time.This fiction debut by author Jess Montgomery proves that she has a writing talent to be reckoned with and should be a firm favorite of all lovers of historical fiction Highly recommended.I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Minotaur St Martin s Press via NetGalley in order to participate in a TLC Blog Tour 4.5 stars rounded up for flag 18 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 30, 2019 Erin rated it really liked it Shelves kindle, netgalley, series 3.75 stars rounded up to 4 Thanks to Netgalley and St.Martins Press for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Described as a historical mystery, The Widows is the beginning of a new series called Kinship set in the 1920 s and featuring two captivating women Lily Ross, who becomes sheriff of her Ohio town after the death of her husband and Marvena Whitcomb, a miner s widow who is an active member in the union movement Lily is bent on bringing vengenacnce down on her husband s killer 3.75 stars rounded up to 4 Thanks to Netgalley and St.Martins Press for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Described as a historical mystery, The Widows is the beginning of a new series called Kinship set in the 1920 s and featuring two captivating women Lily Ross, who becomes sheriff of her Ohio town after the death of her husband and Marvena Whitcomb, a miner s widow who is an active member in the union movement Lily is bent on bringing vengenacnce down on her husband s killer Marvena is determined that the sheriff s brother in law be stopped from re opening the dangerous part of the coal mine known as the Widowmaker and finding out what happened to her teenage daughter Together the two women find themselves working together and standing up for justice The Widows is an engrossing tale that is impossible to put down I felt that our two main leads Lily and Marvena who both take turns with the narration really displayed the strong character of women in that time period to continue holding up their families after the deaths of their husbands Equally interesting is the author s note and the inspiration behind the tale A book that I would defintely recommend putting on your TBR flag 23 likesLike see review Felicia Terrific review, Erin 5 hours, 18 min ago Jan 18, 2019 Laurie The Baking Bookworm rated it really liked it Shelves arc from tlc book tours, mystery, historical fiction This Historical Fiction novel sets itself apart from others in this popular genre by focusing on the lives and points of view of two women in a small, coal mining town in Ohio during the 1920 s Coal mining, especially in the early 20th century, was a dangerous business and in this book, two women, with a complicated bond, find themselves in the middle of a controversy as some townspeople want to organize a union while others will do anything to stop it.Inspired by true events, the story follows This Historical Fiction novel sets itself apart from others in this popular genre by focusing on the lives and points of view of two women in a small, coal mining town in Ohio during the 1920 s Coal mining, especially in the early 20th century, was a dangerous business and in this book, two women, with a complicated bond, find themselves in the middle of a controversy as some townspeople want to organize a union while others will do anything to stop it.Inspired by true events, the story follows Lily, the first female sheriff in Ohio, and Marvena, a coal miner s widow These women are determined single mothers who take on the greed and corruption that has taken over their small town There are many characters added into the story sometimes making it hard to remember who is who but if readers are patient, their connections to the story and main characters will be revealed The characters are varied and show the different groups of people living in this small town From the poor townspeople that rely on bootlegging to get by, to the rich mine owners and Pinkertons who aim to control the small town and its residents by any means possible.While there is a mystery at the heart of the book, I found my focus to be on the historical aspects rather than the mystery surrounding the death of Lily s husband and Marvena s missing daughter With rich descriptions, Montgomery brings readers to a historical time and place that many including myself may not know much about Overall, this is a well researched historical read set during a tumultuous time I enjoyed seeing the story through the eyes of women and witnessing the difficult stereotypes they faced during a time when men dominated business and the law This is the first book in a new series, and I think readers will look forward to getting to know Lily and Marvena better in future books.Disclaimer My sincere thanks to TLC Book Tours and Minotaur Books for providing me with a complimentary advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.I have a book giveaway Canada and US only on my blog flag 10 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 13, 2018 Debby Piene Raven rated it really liked it Shelves a netgalley read, authors m n Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press Minotaur Books for this read in exchange for a fair and honest review All opinions contained herein are my own.This was a first time read for me by Jess Montgomery that was a well written novel The Widows is set in 1920 s Ohio, in a small town that depends on its living from a mining company Lily Ross is the Sheriff s wife of Bronwyn County who serves as the jail mistress, and who enjoys working with her husband Her husband s connections with the Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press Minotaur Books for this read in exchange for a fair and honest review All opinions contained herein are my own.This was a first time read for me by Jess Montgomery that was a well written novel The Widows is set in 1920 s Ohio, in a small town that depends on its living from a mining company Lily Ross is the Sheriff s wife of Bronwyn County who serves as the jail mistress, and who enjoys working with her husband Her husband s connections with the owner of the local mine, her bother in law enables her to understand the mechanics that go on within the mining community Unfortunately, her husband is killed transporting a prisoner and she must deal with her loss and with raising her two young children She also uncovers the secret life her husband lived and is bent on finding his killer The other woman, Marvena Whitcomb is strong willed and loses her common law husband, who was the local union organizer in the mines trying to save others Her quest is to find out what has happened to her daughter This novel was a very nice piece of historical fiction from a woman s point of view dealing with a mining community dominated by men and tears down stereotypes put on women of the time It has its twists and turns surrounding the greed of people involved in the coal mining industry in the 1920s and did not disappoint It began strong and held this reader s attention until the end.I think the author did a very good job with researching the history of her story bringing forth as story inspired by true events I loved the strong convictions and courage held by these two women as they learned to understand and trust each other Truly a wonderful book.4.5 Stars flag 10 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 22, 2018 Heather Blake rated it it was amazing Oh, how I love this book Two strong women, a gripping mystery, and so beautifully written that I can practically hear the hawk s cry, taste the sorghum, and feel coal dust on my skin The Widows has earned a spot on my keeper shelf, and may there be many, many books in this series to come flag 10 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Dennis rated it liked it Shelves historical fiction, realistic fiction I m torn between 3 and 3.5 stars The Widows is a character rich historical fiction novel that takes place in small town, coal mining Ohio during the 1920 s The two main protagonists, Lily and Marvena, are both strong, independent, and powerful women, who are helping shape America s coal mining society during a time where the rich kept getting richer, while the poor was kept in the shadows Kind of reminds me of America today While Lily represents Ohio as their first female sheriff, Marvena I m torn between 3 and 3.5 stars The Widows is a character rich historical fiction novel that takes place in small town, coal mining Ohio during the 1920 s The two main protagonists, Lily and Marvena, are both strong, independent, and powerful women, who are helping shape America s coal mining society during a time where the rich kept getting richer, while the poor was kept in the shadows Kind of reminds me of America today While Lily represents Ohio as their first female sheriff, Marvena represents the coal industry townsfolk struggling to organize and union Lily s husband is killed while transporting a prisoner, and she struggles to work while being a single parent, while Marvena loses her husband as well in the mines The two characters face off in a battle that both parties are unprepared for, but they both believe that they re right The Widows provides a gripping bird s eye view from a woman s point of view, at a time where women were not regarded as equals in society While the mystery is strong, the story also provides realistic storytelling allowing readers to take a peek into the greed and corruption of a time period that is most often overlooked flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 12, 2019 Lesa rated it really liked it Shelves crime fiction, debut novels, historical mystery, mystery series It s taken me a little while to read Jess Montgomery s debut historical novel It s a compelling storybased on two historical figures, and the author has brought them together in a riveting story of two strong women And, it appears to be the first Sheriff Lily Ross historical mystery.Lily Ross was content to be the jail mistress in Bronwyn County, Ohio Her husband, Daniel, is sheriff in the community that s dependent on mining But, Bronwyn County has faced its share of mining disasters Ross It s taken me a little while to read Jess Montgomery s debut historical novel It s a compelling storybased on two historical figures, and the author has brought them together in a riveting story of two strong women And, it appears to be the first Sheriff Lily Ross historical mystery.Lily Ross was content to be the jail mistress in Bronwyn County, Ohio Her husband, Daniel, is sheriff in the community that s dependent on mining But, Bronwyn County has faced its share of mining disasters Ross Mining Company s Mine 9 is called the Widowmaker after the cave in that killed forty two men In September 1924, men are lost in another cave in, including several men who tried to rescue the miners Lily s father was one of them.Marvena lost her common law husband when he tried to rescue miners John and Marvena were attempting to organize the miners, urging them to unionize Now, Marvena is the force behind the organizing But, she s hoping Sheriff Daniel Ross, a childhood friend, will announce he s siding with the miners instead of his half brother, Luther, who owns the mines.While Marvena knows about Daniel s wife, Lily knows nothing of Marvena Then men show up to tell her Daniel was killed, probably by a miner It s only when Marvena shows up on the day of the funeral, looking for Daniel, that they discover their interest in the same man But, Lily has marriage on her side, Daniel s children, and her pregnancy She also has unexpected power after the Bronwyn County Commission asks Lily to be acting sheriff.What do two young women have in common other than Daniel Ross Determination, and the sisterhood of widows Lily s determined to find Daniel s killer, while she s still sheriff, and Marvena wants to learn what happened to her missing teenage daughter But, both women care about the community, the miners, their wives, their children, their widows How can two women take on powerful forces Remember that sisterhood of widows.Montgomery s novel is based on the story of Ohio s first female sheriff, and the accounts of the organizing done by activist Mary Harris Jones, Mother Jones It s a fascinating book, with than just a couple strong women It s a novel that strives to give women a voice in history flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2018 KC rated it liked it Shelves arc, family, grief, girl power, historic fiction, literary fiction, midwest, friendship, crime 1920s Ohio and soon Lilly learns the fate of her husband Sheriff Daniel Ross is killed while transporting a prisoner Sadly, Lilly must face the fact that her husband had a secret past, linking his life with Minerva, a coal miners widow After Minerva s teen daughter goes missing and fearing the worst, she seeks assistance from Daniel These two women, strong, determined and persistent push forward with the hope of unveiling the truth behind their loses, threading their lives together as one I 1920s Ohio and soon Lilly learns the fate of her husband Sheriff Daniel Ross is killed while transporting a prisoner Sadly, Lilly must face the fact that her husband had a secret past, linking his life with Minerva, a coal miners widow After Minerva s teen daughter goes missing and fearing the worst, she seeks assistance from Daniel These two women, strong, determined and persistent push forward with the hope of unveiling the truth behind their loses, threading their lives together as one Inspired by true events, this part mystery, part drama will appeal to those who enjoy Tawni O Dell flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Janice rated it it was amazing Shelves recommended by friends, historical fiction, netgalley, 2018 reads, fiction family issues, fiction friendship, southern fiction I enjoyed immensely this story of two incredibly strong women, who dared to step outside the conventional roles usually open to women of their time Lily is the sheriff of her county, and Marvena is a union leader, and spokesperson for the coal miners in their Appalachian area The setting is southeastern Ohio in the 1920 s, and there would seem to be that would cause conflict between these two than would draw them together For one, they loved the same man, and for another they might be co I enjoyed immensely this story of two incredibly strong women, who dared to step outside the conventional roles usually open to women of their time Lily is the sheriff of her county, and Marvena is a union leader, and spokesperson for the coal miners in their Appalachian area The setting is southeastern Ohio in the 1920 s, and there would seem to be that would cause conflict between these two than would draw them together For one, they loved the same man, and for another they might be considered to be on opposite sides of the law, as the coal miners become increasingly agitated over safety issues, poor pay, and high prices at the company store But there is that unites Lily and Marvena one, yes, they had loved the same man And Lily is adamant in her beliefs about a woman s right to vote, and is a strong supporter of unionization They recognize in each other the pain of great loss, held close to the heart Together they try to negotiate between the miners and owners, and to prevent an outright uprising, and violence on both sides The author states that although these two women are her own creation, both are loosely based on historical figures Lily is representative of Maude Collins, the first female sheriff in Ohio, taking office in 1925 there was not a second woman sheriff in the state until 1976 And Marvena was inspired by Mother Jones, who campaigned hard for the rights of women, and for workers and unions.My thanks to Netgalley, to Jess Montgomery, and to Minotaur Books, for the copy of this book I was provided, to read and review flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Rebecca Rosenberg rated it it was amazing review of another edition A gut wrenching novel about the mining industry in this country Jess s description and characters will draw you in and keep you with them to the end of this moving novel I was reading THE WIDOWS simultaneously with EDUCATED, and had trouble keeping them separate Fabulous novel about an important aspect of our American history that is so meaningful still today flag 4 likesLike see review Feb 21, 2018 Jessica Strawser rated it it was amazing Pulling back the curtain on a time and place where women s roles were too often overlooked, The Widows is full of characters who surprise those who underestimate them A rich, empowering and satisfying read flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Deb rated it really liked it Shelves fiction history, fiction thriller crime procedural, mystery thriller, reading for review, series, womens fiction, women feminist Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine, especially when it takes me into the past and to aspects of history that I am not familiar with In the case of The Widows, I was transported to the Appalachians and rural Ohio coal mines in 1925 where I learned about the attempts to unionize the mines and provide the workers with fair employment practices and safer working conditions, all why trying to solve a murder and a disappearance in a book with two strong female leads, based on real life wo Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine, especially when it takes me into the past and to aspects of history that I am not familiar with In the case of The Widows, I was transported to the Appalachians and rural Ohio coal mines in 1925 where I learned about the attempts to unionize the mines and provide the workers with fair employment practices and safer working conditions, all why trying to solve a murder and a disappearance in a book with two strong female leads, based on real life women The character of Lily Ross is loosely based on Ohio s first female sheriff, Maude Collins, appointed after her husband was killed during a traffic stop Jess Montgomery had her character face a similar circumstance but made the question of who killed Lily s husband Daniel the main mystery the book is centered around As she investigates his death, Lily discovers aspects of Daniel s life hidden from her including Marvena Whitcomb, also a widow, with a past that intersects with Daniel s Marvena is leading the local miners and their families in battling Daniel s half brother and his mining company against their unsafe work practices, all too real to both woman as Lily s father and Marvena s husband died in the mines while trying to rescue miners after a cave in Marvena s character is also loosely based a real person, Mary Harris Mother Jones, the labor activist who co founded the Industrial Workers of the World Both lead characters are strong and doing what they need to do to take care of their families and communities Lily steps into Daniel s role of Sheriff while Marvena sells moonshine to support her daughter, Frankie Marvena also spent time as a working girl at the local boarding house, something her older daughter, Eula was doing when she turned up missing and Daniel was looking into her disappearance when he was killed, purportedly by Marvena s brother Tom Despite their dissimilar backgrounds, both women loved Daniel and find themselves working together and forging a relationship despite their differing backgrounds and economic levels.I enjoyed the setting of the book and the way Montgomery wove the stories together, although The Widows isn t a fast moving mystery, it was absorbing and kept me engaged throughout The mysteries Tom s death and Eula s disappearance, were compelling, and while I guessed correctly about most of what happened, there were still some good twists to the story I was interested in both Lily and Marvena s characters and the fact it is a debut novel and is so well researched and written is impressive I am happy to hear that The Widows is the first book in The Kinship Series and look forward to spending time in the town of Kinship and its surrounding community If you enjoy historical fiction, books set in rural Ohio and the surrounding area, stories with strong empowered female characters, mysteries, and learning about American history, add The Widows to your TBR list You can see my review, a recipe inspired by my reading and enter to win a copy through 1 21 19 on my blog post here A review copy of The Widows was provided to me by the author and the publisher via TLC Book Tours I was not compensated for this review and as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves blog tours Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review I ve said it many times before, but I m a huge fan of historical fiction Throw in a mystery and that s a combination I m sure to enjoy THE WIDOWS by Jess Montgomery was an incredibly engrossing read the descriptions and writing were so detailed without being bogged down You actually feel like you re there with these women and experiencing everything alongside them.What s better than a strong fema Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review I ve said it many times before, but I m a huge fan of historical fiction Throw in a mystery and that s a combination I m sure to enjoy THE WIDOWS by Jess Montgomery was an incredibly engrossing read the descriptions and writing were so detailed without being bogged down You actually feel like you re there with these women and experiencing everything alongside them.What s better than a strong female lead Well, two of them, obviously Montgomery intertwines the lives of Lily Ross and Marvena Whitcomb What do they have in common Lily s husband, Daniel Ross, was the town s respected sheriff that was tragically killed while transporting a prisoner Marvena arrives at their doorstep after the funeral demanding to speak with him.Secrets about Daniel Ross begin to unfold leading both women to realize that he was not the man they thought he was As they try to solve his murder together, they quickly find themselves digging into a corruption that goes deeper than they could have imagined.If anything, I would highly recommend this book for the writing alone The detail and thought that went into this shows and I m stunned that this is a debut flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Suz Jay rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley So many believe women are too sensitive for life s brutal truths That s only, Lily thinks, because they ve not experienced the brutal truths life gives particularly and uniquely to women I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own In 1925, two strong women live in an Ohio mining town The man who loves them both is killed and together they sort the facts from the fiction about his death and his relationships with them both With Lily So many believe women are too sensitive for life s brutal truths That s only, Lily thinks, because they ve not experienced the brutal truths life gives particularly and uniquely to women I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own In 1925, two strong women live in an Ohio mining town The man who loves them both is killed and together they sort the facts from the fiction about his death and his relationships with them both With Lily s father and Marvena s common law husband both causalities of unsafe mining practices, the plight of the miners becomes a personal battle Lily is appointed sheriff, and she uses her new position to right wrongs.To me, the message of this book is the power of women Both Lily and Marvena are underestimated Despite Lily s experience as jail mistress, no one expects her to do than be a figurehead until a new sheriff is elected Yet, she uses everything at her disposal to do her job well and to make the town a better place As a character, she grows throughout the book, but her goodness and determination are evident from her first appearance on the page The book tackles relationships between romantic partners, family members, and rivals, showing how the dynamics serve to build bridges and to burn them down Plenty of details are included to satisfy history buffs, yet the book isn t bogged down by the past Quickly I became invested in Lily and Marvena s lives, wanting them to prevail and forge a lasting bond While historical fiction isn t one of my go to genres, these two women and their struggles, tragedies, and triumphs made the book a five star read for me.Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for the opportunity to experience THE WIDOWS in advance of its release Please note that my review is based on uncorrected text flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Paul Goat rated it it was amazing The debut novel from Montgomery the pseudonymous Sharon Short a historical mystery that is based around the lives of two heroic women living in a 1920 s Appalachian mining town is nothing short of a masterwork A storytelling tour de force Easily one of the most unforgettable novels I ve read in recent years As a book critic for the last 22 years, it s my job to spot flaws and this novel was virtually flawless The stories of Lily Ross, the widow of a murdered sheriff who takes on his job to The debut novel from Montgomery the pseudonymous Sharon Short a historical mystery that is based around the lives of two heroic women living in a 1920 s Appalachian mining town is nothing short of a masterwork A storytelling tour de force Easily one of the most unforgettable novels I ve read in recent years As a book critic for the last 22 years, it s my job to spot flaws and this novel was virtually flawless The stories of Lily Ross, the widow of a murdered sheriff who takes on his job to help find his killer, and Marvena Whitcomb, who is continuing her dead common law husband s crusade to unionize mineworkers, come together in this stark and brutal tale of greed, tragedy, and systematic oppression There s so much to love here the fact that the two female lead characters are loosely based on heroic historical figures Maude Collins, the first female sheriff in Ohio, and Mary Harris Mother Jones, a prominent activist who cofounded Industrial Workers of the World the depth of the mystery surrounding the murder of Lily s husband the emotional connection readers will have with Lily and Marvena the powerful themes exploring socially acceptable sexism and racism of the day, etc But it was the literary feel that made this such an unforgettable read for me Montgomery subtly utilizes sensory description, imagery, and symbolism throughout to create a story that impacts readers on multiple levels Here are a few examples of how she uses varied sensory descriptors to fully immerse readers in the 1920s Appalachian mining town Soon so many people are packed standing room only in the tiny church that their body heat brings forth the smell of their lives from deep within their own flesh their body heat coaxes from wooden pews and leather Bibles smells of other sinners and mourners who ve gathered there time and again The stiff night smells like the promise of coming rain, though its scent is doused by the strong odor of corn mash fermenting with yeast Afar off a coyote howls, then a bit later a screech owl, and in between shivers and sighs of smaller night creatures Deep readers will also be aware of her use of avian imagery throughout that sublimely symbolizes the two women s struggles to find justice for themselves and the oppressed coalminers who are essentially indentured servants for the mining company bosses As she works, she thinks of the owl that had come to the crab apple tree at dusk the night before Marvena, outside at the well, has seen it fly from the forest, over the clearing around her cabin, then alight on the tree, right beside her porch Unnaturally close It had begun calling A bad sign A portent of, perhaps, death In many sequences, it reads like poetry Whipsaw wind slices through thin coats and thinner skins to gleefully tap their bones The dichotomy between the bleak existence in this Appalachian mining town coupled with the heartless violence of the storyline and Montgomery s darkly lyrical prose creates a novel that is addictively readable and emotionally intense, with the thematic power of a steel toed boot to the groin I dare you to read a few pages You won t be able to put it down flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Victoria Colotta rated it it was amazing My Highly Caffeinated Thought A emotional and compelling story steeped in the history of the 1920s and centering on two fiercely tenacious womenE WIDOWS is the third book I have read this year and if it is setting the tone for what is to come, we are all in for some amazing books Montgomery brings to life this mining town through effortless storytelling, lyrical writing, and strong, passionate female characters For me, the heart of this story lies with Lily and Marvena From the first mome My Highly Caffeinated Thought A emotional and compelling story steeped in the history of the 1920s and centering on two fiercely tenacious womenE WIDOWS is the third book I have read this year and if it is setting the tone for what is to come, we are all in for some amazing books Montgomery brings to life this mining town through effortless storytelling, lyrical writing, and strong, passionate female characters For me, the heart of this story lies with Lily and Marvena From the first moment they interact, the reader is able to see what could be between these two if just get to know each other Brought together because of Lily s late husband Daniel and Marvena s desire to find out what happened to her daughter, these ladies set down a path I don t believe either ever thought they would We are shown a glimpse into their worlds through the struggles and pain each have experienced Their story is one of reliance just as much as it is hardships It involves multiple stories which in the end come together seamlessly The beauty of this book is the writing With eloquence and almost poetic style, Montgomery shows the camaraderie of those who band together, the emotional toll being of losing loved ones, and the grit of this time period of our history Laced with a few mysteries, I was completely addicted to this book There is so much I want to say about this one, but I think I will let you read it for yourself Reviewer Disclaimer I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.Highly Caffeinated Rating of Follow the Highly Caffeinated Victoria Colotta Website Facebook Twitter vcolotta Instagram flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Cathy Geha rated it liked it The Widows by Jess MontgomeryKinship 1Lapsang Souchong not Jasmine Tea One thought I had while reading this book Now, my mother loved a smokey tea andothers no doubt love it toonot my favorite flavor but I do have to say this book grew on me as I continued to read That thought happened at the beginning of the book and as I read I kept thinking that neither of the main characters were people I could really relate to and I wondered why It wasn t the era of the early 1900 s or the loc The Widows by Jess MontgomeryKinship 1Lapsang Souchong not Jasmine Tea One thought I had while reading this book Now, my mother loved a smokey tea andothers no doubt love it toonot my favorite flavor but I do have to say this book grew on me as I continued to read That thought happened at the beginning of the book and as I read I kept thinking that neither of the main characters were people I could really relate to and I wondered why It wasn t the era of the early 1900 s or the location in the Appalachian coal country or even the fact that the number of widows was huge within the area becausepost war there would be widows I think perhaps that Lily and Marvena took time to really know and didn t seem the warmest women I have ever met in a book As the story unfolded I saw a bit of who they were and why they made the choices they did but even at the end of the story I didn t feel I knew them well Perhaps as this series continues the characters and their back stories and thoughts and reasoning will be exposed a bit at a time and I will come to know them better and warm to them, too I did think about not finishing the book but in the end am glad I did finish it and can say that I am interested in finding out what happens in Kinship when book two comes out This book deals with a great deal of loss and is filled with the darkness of a mining town with the oppression of miners in that period There is than one murder so a mystery to solve There are evil men with agendas of their own There is the slow unveiling of who Lily s husband Daniel was besides being the Sheriff and her husband This is the story of two women that may forge a friendship as the series continues and it is a story that though dark does have a bit of hope toward the end Did I like the story More at the end than in the beginningWould I read in this series Yes, to see where the author plans to go with the charactersWhat did I like That it made me think and wonder even though it was not an easy readThank you to NetGalley and St Martin s Press Minotaur for the ARC This is my honest review3 4 Stars flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Carin rated it really liked it Shelves american, history based fiction, macmillan, women authors This is a historical novel that feels like a Western It s set in rural, Appalachian Ohio in the 1920, but it feels older and Western than that, as this neck of the woods was a bit behind the times And like you sometimes get in those old Westerns, this is a story of the gumption of two strong women, both lightly based on real historical women.The first one, Lily, is married to the town sheriff, and she runs the jail, which is in the back of their house think The Andy Griffith Show Unti This is a historical novel that feels like a Western It s set in rural, Appalachian Ohio in the 1920, but it feels older and Western than that, as this neck of the woods was a bit behind the times And like you sometimes get in those old Westerns, this is a story of the gumption of two strong women, both lightly based on real historical women.The first one, Lily, is married to the town sheriff, and she runs the jail, which is in the back of their house think The Andy Griffith Show Until one day he is shot and killed, transporting a prisoner from the mine back to the jail Except Lily doesn t believe that prisoner killed him And luckily, she s appointed his replacement, so she s in an excellent position to look into his death further Based on the real first female sheriff in Ohio She meet up with Marvena, whose husband was recently killed in a mining explosion Marvena had been a good friend of Lily s husband, and rud to be But they ignore the rumors and band together to find out what s really going on behind the scenes in their town Marvena is organizing the miners into a union she s based on Mother Jones and they both want their town to be a place of honesty and justice, not backstabbing and exploitation They will come up against some powerful forces, but these stubborn, angry women with little to lose, are happy to demonstrate how tough they are despite their long hair and dresses Especially when it comes to defending their kids.These women are inspiring and really define the word gumption like no other In a time when the strength of women was in question it s refreshing to read about women who stood up to the boys club and men s power plays even when it was life threatening and if that s not enough, the mystery about what really happened to Daniel will keep you guessing flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 eyes.2c rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley, historical mystery, appalachians Gripping The hawk is a sign to be alert, to consider carefully one s situation Widows Lily Ross and Marvena Whitcom will need to be hawk like for all that they will endure 1924 Kinship, Ohio Two widows joined by their relationship to the town s sheriff Daniel Ross One is Daniel s widow Lily Ross, the other is Marvena Whitcom, a coal miner s widow and long a friend of Daniel Shockingly for the small community, Daniel is killed whilst transporting a prisoner.Lily is asked to take on the role Gripping The hawk is a sign to be alert, to consider carefully one s situation Widows Lily Ross and Marvena Whitcom will need to be hawk like for all that they will endure 1924 Kinship, Ohio Two widows joined by their relationship to the town s sheriff Daniel Ross One is Daniel s widow Lily Ross, the other is Marvena Whitcom, a coal miner s widow and long a friend of Daniel Shockingly for the small community, Daniel is killed whilst transporting a prisoner.Lily is asked to take on the role of sheriff All expect her to toe the line, be a figurehead, but Lily is determined to find Daniel s killer.And that search leads her to Maverna, to a troubled coal mining town, to secrets Daniel has hidden from her, to organized crime interests during prohibition and into dangerous territories including the not so heroic side of the Pinkerton Detective employees.Beyond a powerful story of loss, of rage, and a growing unlikely friendship is a fascinating treatise into coal industry communities of the times, mining conditions, mining company practices and the miners fight for unionization.The women of the town, their economies and support of each other is vivid, often poignant and show the sting the of such communities in the simple acts of providing for each other and working together The number of widows becomes apparent as the story unfolds Lily and Morvena are strong women whose lives are bound together by the past and their future I think the moments of them coming to trust each other are beautifully drawn as their relationship builds towards the climax.A truly unique read A St Martin s Press Minotaur ARC via NetGalley flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Sheri Melnick rated it it was amazing by sherimelnickMontgomery s writing takes center stage with her lyrical storytelling as she introduces readers to Lily Ross, who becomes a sheriff in 1920 s Ohio after her husband, Bronwyn County Sheriff Daniel Ross, is murdered in the line of duty.Though Lily exudes a fragile beauty, she is resilient and intelligent, and is determined to find out who is responsible for her husband s murder She works tirelessly to prove that she is capable of assuming the duties of sheriff and mother to her you by sherimelnickMontgomery s writing takes center stage with her lyrical storytelling as she introduces readers to Lily Ross, who becomes a sheriff in 1920 s Ohio after her husband, Bronwyn County Sheriff Daniel Ross, is murdered in the line of duty.Though Lily exudes a fragile beauty, she is resilient and intelligent, and is determined to find out who is responsible for her husband s murder She works tirelessly to prove that she is capable of assuming the duties of sheriff and mother to her young children while coping with the nausea of her pregnancy.Lily is told that Daniel was killed by a prisoner whom he was transporting back to the jailhouse But the clues she discovers tell a different story, and Tom, the prisoner, just happens to be missing.Lily meets Tom s sister Marvena, a woman who unbeknownst to Lily, had known Daniel for years, and had asked for Daniel s help in finding her missing teenaged daughter Eula.Daniel s murder is complicated by factions of the community that are opposing one another as the miners are trying to unionize, and mine owners reinforced by Pinkerton agents are threatening the unionization.The complexities of the characters especially Lily and Marvena bring this novel to life with seamless plotting, page turning mystery, and the promise of future installmentstps sherimelnick.wordpress 20 flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 17, 2018 Cat rated it it was amazing I always enjoy books that are inspired by actual events and The Widows by Jess Montgomery is no exception The character Lily Ross is based on Ohio s first female sheriff Lily has just buried her husband Daniel when she meets Marvena, a poor coal miner s daughter who may have been Daniel s first love Lily is appointed the town s sheriff and Marvena is secretly trying to unionize the mine labor These are two very strong willed women with different goals that lead them to each other for support I always enjoy books that are inspired by actual events and The Widows by Jess Montgomery is no exception The character Lily Ross is based on Ohio s first female sheriff Lily has just buried her husband Daniel when she meets Marvena, a poor coal miner s daughter who may have been Daniel s first love Lily is appointed the town s sheriff and Marvena is secretly trying to unionize the mine labor These are two very strong willed women with different goals that lead them to each other for support.It s the 1920 s The town depends on coal mining, where the 1% gets filthy rich and the rest die trying Lily s in laws are deep into the greed of the industry, and Marvena and Lily begin to suspect there s to Daniel s murder than an escaped convict.Montgomery writes with beautiful lyrics that bring the country, the wildlife, the people and their meager sustenance to vivid life This is a truly enjoyable and captivating read I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review Thank you to St Martin s Press for making it available flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways The Widows is a powerful, evocative historical fiction debut that is also a fine mystery.With luminous prose, descriptive prowess and authentic dialog that give you a wonderful sense of time and place, it tells the tale of two women coming together to find the truth behind the death of a man they both loved.1925 coal mining country, southwestern Ohio I, Lily Ross, do solemnly swear that I will support, uphold, and defend the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State o The Widows is a powerful, evocative historical fiction debut that is also a fine mystery.With luminous prose, descriptive prowess and authentic dialog that give you a wonderful sense of time and place, it tells the tale of two women coming together to find the truth behind the death of a man they both loved.1925 coal mining country, southwestern Ohio I, Lily Ross, do solemnly swear that I will support, uphold, and defend the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Ohio, and the Charter and laws of Bronwyn County, Ohio Lily Ross is a widow She is sworn in as interim Sheriff, the first ever in Ohio, in the wake of her sheriff husband, Daniel s, death He was supposedly shot by an escaping prisoner.Lily will come to believe otherwise.Marvena Whitcomb is a widow Her husband died in a coal mining accident six months back.Lily s father was also killed in the same incident.Marvena had a relationship with Daniel for many years.She has taken over her late husband s role as an organizer for the unification of the mine workers.Lily s brother in law, Luther, owns Ross Mining.These two women will discover connections between themselves, Daniel, and Daniel s murder.That is one of the one of the many joys in reading this accomplished novel.Uncovering those connections and clues along with these convincing characters, as they work together in their search for truth and justice in this lavishly absorbing, fast paced read.Discover for yourselves that Jess Montgomery is a first rate storyteller.This was an ARC Giveaway in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Susan rated it liked it Shelves popsugar challenge, netgalley In the end, I really enjoyed this book I only gave it 3 stars, however, because it was very difficult to follow at the beginning Too many random characters were thrown at the reader with no indication which ones were important to the overall story I realize Ms Montgomery wanted to start off with a bang, but maybe a bit preamble would have made it less confusing By the end of the book, everyone was memorable, it just took some time to get there And, I am not too sure exactly how I In the end, I really enjoyed this book I only gave it 3 stars, however, because it was very difficult to follow at the beginning Too many random characters were thrown at the reader with no indication which ones were important to the overall story I realize Ms Montgomery wanted to start off with a bang, but maybe a bit preamble would have made it less confusing By the end of the book, everyone was memorable, it just took some time to get there And, I am not too sure exactly how I feel about how the book ended If you enjoy historical fiction taking place in 1900s America, this is a wonderful story with strong female characters.A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and St Martin s Press in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Debe rated it really liked it I received an ARC from the author I found this story featuring two female protagonists to be compelling I enjoyed seeing them change and mature They re both in love with the same man and when he is murdered very early in the story, they form a wary kinship in fact, this novel is the first in Montgomery s Kinship Mysteries I especially liked time in history unionization of coal mines in the 1920s Prohibition to be quite fascinating and appreciated the nuances the author added, educati I received an ARC from the author I found this story featuring two female protagonists to be compelling I enjoyed seeing them change and mature They re both in love with the same man and when he is murdered very early in the story, they form a wary kinship in fact, this novel is the first in Montgomery s Kinship Mysteries I especially liked time in history unionization of coal mines in the 1920s Prohibition to be quite fascinating and appreciated the nuances the author added, educating her reader about company camps, scrip, and the manner in which mountain people, in general, made their way her physical descriptions of the landscape are homey, lyrical, and enchanting I quite enjoyed the pie If you re an historical mystery lover, you ll enjoy this series Confession I am not a mystery reader, but Montgomery lured me over flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 13, 2018 R rated it it was amazing This was a captivating historical fiction story set in the 1920s about the lives of coals miners and their efforts in organizing unions It centered on two strong dedicated women who fought for justice and truth Lily became Ohio s first woman sheriff after her husband Daniel was murdered in the line of duty Marvena, who lost her common law husband due to unsafe mining conditions, took over his fight and became the voice for unionization This was a fascinating read that will capture your inter This was a captivating historical fiction story set in the 1920s about the lives of coals miners and their efforts in organizing unions It centered on two strong dedicated women who fought for justice and truth Lily became Ohio s first woman sheriff after her husband Daniel was murdered in the line of duty Marvena, who lost her common law husband due to unsafe mining conditions, took over his fight and became the voice for unionization This was a fascinating read that will capture your interest from the very first page Highly recommended flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 15, 2018 Claire rated it it was amazing The setting kept on reminding me of the wild west even though this takes place in 1920s Ohio The coal owner and the mafia owning the law helps the feel of lawlessness in the book Lily has to deal with her husband being killed and not believing the story of his death Helpfully, she becomes the temporary sheriff so she has some authority to find out that happened The other perspective is Marvena who is tied strongly with the miners and is demanding their rights Both characters are strong and The setting kept on reminding me of the wild west even though this takes place in 1920s Ohio The coal owner and the mafia owning the law helps the feel of lawlessness in the book Lily has to deal with her husband being killed and not believing the story of his death Helpfully, she becomes the temporary sheriff so she has some authority to find out that happened The other perspective is Marvena who is tied strongly with the miners and is demanding their rights Both characters are strong and want the same outcome even though they come from different aspects They re both full characters on their own.I don t know if this was intentional but I thought the title referred to Marvena and Lily but as the story goes on we meet women who become widows Men do dangerous things that get them killed and then we watch the women have to live with the consequences flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity AMERICAN HISTORIC Saturday Topic Thank you and 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authors and events of her native Dayton, Ohio for the Dayton Daily News Her first novel in the Kinship Historical Mystery series, THE WIDOWS, garnered awards even before publication Montgomery County Ohio Arts Cultural District MCAD Artist Opportunity Grant 2018 Individual Excellence Award 2016 in Literary Arts from Ohio Arts Council John E Nance Writer in Residence at Thurber House Columbus, Ohio in 2014 Trivia About The Widows No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from The Widows Mama, Lily says This is than I can bear She longs to weep, but her tears remain stubbornly locked in her heart Mama kisses the top of Lily s head, keeps rocking her, says, No, child This is just than you should have to bear 0 likes Life is hard Have tea 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 74, 81, 36, 11, 8 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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      JESS MONTGOMERY is the author of the Kinship Historical Mystery series, focusing on a 1920s female sheriff in Appalachia You can find out about her books at her website, jessmontgomeryauthor, or reach her on Facebook JessMontgomeryAuthor, Twitter JessM_Author and Instagram JessMontgomeryAuthor.Under Jess s given name, she is a newspaper columnist, focusing on the literary life, au JESS MONTGOMERY is the author of the Kinship Historical Mystery series, focusing on a 1920s female sheriff in Appalachia You can find out about her books at her website, jessmontgomeryauthor, or reach her on Facebook JessMontgomeryAuthor, Twitter JessM_Author and Instagram JessMontgomeryAuthor.Under Jess s given name, she is a newspaper columnist, focusing on the literary life, authors and events of her native Dayton, Ohio for the Dayton Daily News Her first novel in the Kinship Historical Mystery series, THE WIDOWS, garnered awards even before publication Montgomery County Ohio Arts Cultural District MCAD Artist Opportunity Grant 2018 Individual Excellence Award 2016 in Literary Arts from Ohio Arts Council John E Nance Writer in Residence at Thurber House Columbus, Ohio in 2014

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    1. Revenge keeps the pain of the wound seeping blood into the forever.Lily Ross bends wearily as she sets thing right in the Rossville jail Strapped with a derringer at her ankle, Lily eyes the prisoner in the cell facing her The Appalachian foothills in 1925 in this small Ohio town provide a panoramic view of the Devil s Backbone and the coal mines that give dangerous employment to the men of the community Lily s own father was killed in a mine blast in the Widowmaker due to a build up of metha Re [...]


    2. Life often demands doing contradictory things in exchange for survival Life in the Appalachian mining town of Kinship, Ohio changed in the blink of an eye following a 1924 cave in resulting from an undetectable buildup of methane gas ignited by lightning John Rutherford, Marvena Whitcomb s common law husband and Caleb McArthur, Lily Ross s father died trying to rescue trapped miners in the Widowmaker Lily and Marvena would soon meet each other under less than ideal circumstances.Lily Ross w Life [...]


    3. Favorite Quote Mama s round face is so puckered with outrage that her mouth looks like the top of a drawstring purse.My Review I am in awe of this author, this is her first novel and it was simply stellar The storytelling was commanding, cunningly crafted, enthralling, emotive, highly descriptive, and smartly nuanced I was instantly sucked into her vortex and heard a multitude of sounds, accents, and dialects in my head I was right there with them, riding in their cars, feeling the dynamite b Fa [...]


    4. The year is 1924, and Lilly Ross learns her husband, Kinship s sheriff was killed while transporting a prisoner However, just after the funeral, a strange woman shows up not knowing that Daniel Ross is dead Marvena Whitcomb has known Daniel for years, and now she s there to talk to him about her missing daughter Her husband was a coal miner who died a while back Both women have to deal with the loss of Daniel, and they join forces to find out the truth about his deathAD THE REST OF THE RE The ye [...]


    5. A story of two courageous, hard working, and thoroughly admirable women, this story is set in an Appalachian mining community where a mine called The Widowmaker has proven its name on three separate occasions The sisterhood of widows Such a sorrowful sisterhood Lily has joined Lily Ross Wife of the Sheriff, Daniel Ross, pregnant and with two young children, she is widowed at the tender age of twenty six Approached by the deputy and offered the position of temporary sheriff, Lily accept A [...]


    6. 3.75 stars rounded up to 4 Thanks to Netgalley and St.Martins Press for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Described as a historical mystery, The Widows is the beginning of a new series called Kinship set in the 1920 s and featuring two captivating women Lily Ross, who becomes sheriff of her Ohio town after the death of her husband and Marvena Whitcomb, a miner s widow who is an active member in the union movement Lily is bent on bringing vengenacnce down on her husband s killer 3 [...]


    7. This Historical Fiction novel sets itself apart from others in this popular genre by focusing on the lives and points of view of two women in a small, coal mining town in Ohio during the 1920 s Coal mining, especially in the early 20th century, was a dangerous business and in this book, two women, with a complicated bond, find themselves in the middle of a controversy as some townspeople want to organize a union while others will do anything to stop it.Inspired by true events, the story follows [...]


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