The Widows of Braxton County

The Widows of Braxton County

Widows of Braxton County by Jess McConkey is a haunting and suspenseful novel about family secrets and how well we really know the people we love. Kate is looking forward to starting a new life with her new husband, Joseph Krause. She leaves the big city and moves with him to the Iowa farm that has been in his family for more than 140 years. Instead Widows of Braxton County by Jess McConkey is a haunting and suspenseful novel about family secrets and how well we really know the peop...

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Title:The Widows of Braxton County
Author:Jess McConkey
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:0062188267
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Widows of Braxton County Reviews

  • Patricia
    Sep 29, 2013
    Kate Krause was a very happy bride as she traveled with her husband, Joe, to her new home in Braxton County, Iowa. Kate and Joe met online but Kate felt that they were just right for each other. Kate's widowed mother had passed away and her grandparents raised Kate. Her grandmother com...
  • Amy
    May 04, 2013
    I couldn't put it down. ...
  • Darlene
    Aug 04, 2013
    The Widows of Braxton County by Jess McConkey is a haunting tale of deeply buried family secrets that leave us wondering if the sins of the father do, in fact, haunt the generations to come after. I really enjoyed this novel of generations past and present and the ghostly feel it had a...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Aug 22, 2013
    Can family history be repeated? Can murder be repeated and with the same weapon, the same manner of death, and to the same family member but years apart? Can it really be called a family curse? The Krause family had a history of being difficult to get along with and with being abusi...
  • Shellie (Layers of Thought)
    Aug 05, 2013
    Original review posted at Layers of Thought. Shellie?s quick take: A women?s thriller with a slight paranormal bent that includes domestic abuse and family secrets as major themes. Shellie?s description: When Kate, a public accountant from the city, moves in with her new h...
  • Susan
    Aug 15, 2018
    Very slow read. I just couldn?t get too interested, although I did finish it. ...
  • Michelle
    Aug 07, 2013
    he Widows of Braxton County is yet another novel that uses the past versus present narrative switch. However, rather than groan at its overuse, in this instance the narrative shift makes sense as one of the few concrete ways to tie together the past with Kate?s present. In the contex...
  • Suspense Magazine
    Jul 21, 2014
    Kate is a young bride who puts her city dwelling life behind her when she marries Joe Krause and moves to his farm in Iowa, which has been in his family for over a hundred years. She wants to build a life and a family there with Joe. But after she arrives, she discovers that he has mi...
  • Barbara Mitchell
    Jul 20, 2013
    Just finished this stunning mystery yesterday. It is set in rural Iowa in two time periods. The first is 1890 on the Krause farm where we meet Hannah Krause, wife of Jacob. Jacob is a brutish lout who beats her and has practically imprisoned her on the farm. Her teenage stepson lives i...
  • Marie
    Dec 19, 2013
    In The Widows of Braxton County, Kate marries Joe Krause and moves to the family farm in Iowa. It's not like she pictured or hoped it would be. For one thing, she didn't know that Joe's mother, Trudy, would be living with them. It didn't help that Trudy didn't like Kate at all. Event...
  • Michael
    Jul 30, 2014
    Kate readily accepts marrying a farmer name Joe,just to escape her meddling grandmother. Living in her household has not done anything in her favor, she rather live in a shack than to live with her. Not to mention her unrealistic demands and the pity party she throws so she can gain sy...
  • E.M. MacCallum
    Jul 31, 2013
    I admit, the title initially sucked me in. ?Widows of Braxton County? is an entertaining mystery about small-community living. You can never get away from the gossip, even if it's 140 years old! The story was rounded nicely and there wasn't a single moment I found wasted or rep...
  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 28, 2013
    This story takes place on a farm in Iowa, 140 yrs. apart, with two similar deaths of two men. In the present day, Kate newly married, gets the shock of her young life when she arrives on the farm and finds her new mother-in-law in residence. Her husband just neglected to mention that p...
  • Reeka (BoundbyWords)
    May 29, 2013
    As seen on my blog: I feel like I'm never in the mood for something eerily mysterious until I'm reading something eerie, and mysterious. I couldn't flip the pages of The Widows of Braxton County fast enough. The first chapter of this book was perfection in tone, it placed me...
  • Stephanie Ward
    Apr 07, 2013
    'The Widows of Braxton County' is a captivating novel that follows the Krause family and the tragedies that have befallen them. The story is told in alternating time periods - parts are set in modern times while the others are set back in the 1800s. The book tells the heartbreaking sto...
  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    Jul 12, 2013
    So many books sound appealing and then just fall short of your expectations. This was an inherently sad novel. The story alternates between the past and present and the stories are very much parallel. Murder then, murder now. Kate unsuspectingly marries into a family of abusers and her...
  • Lisa
    May 21, 2019
    A story that touches on family legacy and domestic violence. The characters are well developed, but some of the situations in this book are a little unbelievable. Like after the quick marriage, why did she even stay after all the discoveries she made, and the abuse? Most women of to...
  • Carrie Ardoin
    Aug 13, 2013
    3.5 STARS I had a hard time reading past the first third of this book...Kate is being abused by her new husband and doesn't really do too much about it. She blames herself for catching him in a bad mood, basically blames everything but her husband Joe. But I'm glad I did continue re...
  • Lorri
    Jul 17, 2017
    I found this book neither haunting or suspenseful. in fact skimmed the last few chapters. the story of Hannah was disjointed and while a travesty I felt no connection to her. I disliked the author trying to make a correlation between 1890 and present day. the whole current story was no...
  • Beth Cutwright
    Jul 23, 2013
    This was my surprise read for the first quarter of the year. I was surprised to be "hooked" by the first couple of pages. I liked that it took place in Iowa. Kate absolutely loved the idea of love, a family, a homestead on an Iowa farm that had been in the family for over 100 years. Th...
  • Tequila
    Feb 20, 2017
    A quiet mystery about family secrets and unresolved histories. Good read! ...
  • Lori
    Nov 19, 2016
    3 1/3 stars ...
  • Julie-ann James
    Jun 25, 2014
    Real surprise to read. Never heard of author. Couldn't put it down. Really great mystery book. ...
  • Lauren Conley
    Mar 30, 2018
    I didn?t think either murders were a mystery. It seemed pretty obvious who both the killers were from the beginning. The story seemed to just keep dragging on. I also could never feel that there was ever any love at all between Kate and joe. To me it seemed like they had literally ju...
  • Shay
    Jun 20, 2013
    ***Received this book from author*** This is one of those books that is hard to rate because you fear of giving out spoilers (hate it when people do that with good books). It kept me guessing to the very last page (seriously, the actual last page). Kate falls for a Farmer...
  • Jeanne Adamek
    Jan 01, 2017
    The story really flowed. Contrary other opinions, I did not find Kate as weak, but in a situation that surprised her and because she really loved her husband she really tried her hardest to find solutions to what was going on. I also like the character of Hannah. Unlike many, I did ...
  • Rosemarie Oconnor
    Sep 22, 2017
    I thought this book was intriguing from start to finish ...
  • Connie
    Dec 31, 2014
    The book was good. The story moved along, but I found the story line about ghosts and curses a bit much. Drama stretched out way too much throughout the story. Very close to being a chick book. ...
  • Valerie Fazio
    Aug 31, 2019
    The first half was engaging enough, until joe became violent with Kate and it all went downhill from there. It seemed like the author had a script she WANTED to follow while writing this, but the second half of her notes got all mixed up and jumbled. The domestic violence aspects wer...
  • Loni DeRock
    Jun 05, 2018
    A little hokey. ...