The Widows

The Widows

Kinship, Ohio, 1924: 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 d Kinship, Ohio, 1924: When Lily Ross learns that her husband, Daniel Ross, the town?s widely respected sheriff, ...

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Title:The Widows
Author:Jess Montgomery
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1250184525
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Widows Reviews

  • Deb
    Jan 14, 2019
    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 unio...
  • Katrina
    Jul 31, 2018
    This is a powerful, beautiful book. I was fortunate to read an advanced reading copy. Strong women protagonists, rich historical details, and an engrossing, compelling story. Looking forward to its release and plan to re-read it (along with everyone I'll be recommending it to!) ...
  • Lesa
    Jan 12, 2019
    It's taken me a little while to read Jess Montgomery's debut historical novel. It's a compelling story based 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 myster...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Oct 10, 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 h...
  • Janice
    Dec 30, 2018
    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 set...
  • Sue Jackson
    Mar 28, 2019
    I loved this captivating novel (great on audio!) that combines mystery & history about Ohio's first woman sheriff, recommended by Book Cougars podcast. Read my full review and listen to an audio sample: https://bookbybook.blogspot.com/2019/... ...
  • Libby
    Feb 03, 2019
    3.5 stars. Our story begins September of 1924 in the fictitious Bronwyn County of Ohio. Jess Montgomery writes in her author?s note that Bronwyn is meant to represent ?western Athens, eastern Vinton, and southern Hocking and Perry counties? of Ohio. The Appalachian region is ever...
  • Fictionophile
    Jan 23, 2019
    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 joine...
  • Robin Loves Reading
    Mar 21, 2019
    It is 1924 Kinship, Ohio. Lily Ross finds a unique way to avenge her husband's death. Her husband, Daniel, was a widely-respected sheriff. In order to have a fair amount of autonomy into investigating his death, Lily becomes Ohio's first female sheriff. Just a few hours after Daniel's ...
  • Addie Dehart
    Dec 21, 2018
    I would like to thank Netgalley, St Martin's Press,and Minotaur books for providing me with an ARC of The Widows to review and read. This book was on ok book, there were both books I really liked and some aspects that I think could have been done better. On the positive side this book ...
  • Cathy Cole
    Mar 09, 2019
    I have to say that I was captivated by The Widows from the minute I began reading, and it does have a lot to do with my own personal experience. My mother was a widow (wife at eighteen, mother at nineteen, widow at twenty), so I know how tough and protective women on their own can be. ...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    Jan 18, 2019
    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 boo...
  • KC
    Nov 30, 2018
    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 ...
  • Rebecca Rosenberg
    Jan 02, 2019
    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...
  • Vicki
    Apr 05, 2019
    I found this book to be very interesting and inspiring. I've never read a book about a mining community before so I wasn't sure how I'd like it, but I loved it. The story is told in 2 POV's by Marvena and Lily. "The book was inspired by a true story of Ohio's first female sheriff. T...
  • Linda
    Sep 18, 2018
    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...
  • Fran
    Jan 07, 2019
    "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 Wh...
  • Suz Jay
    Dec 17, 2018
    ??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 an...
  • Lynn
    Mar 17, 2019
    The Widows was a very good read. The location is Kinship, Ohio. The year is 1924. This book features two strong women who were strangers to each other. They find that they are connected due to Daniel Ross who is the sheriff and the husband of Lily Ross. Marvena was a best friend to Dan...
  • Erin
    Jan 30, 2019
    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, ...
  • DJ Sakata
    Jan 16, 2019
    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, e...
  • Cathy Geha
    Jan 02, 2019
    The Widows by Jess Montgomery Kinship #1 Lapsang Souchong ? not Jasmine Tea ? One thought I had while reading this book. Now, my mother loved a smokey tea and...others no doubt love it too...not my favorite flavor but I do have to say this book grew on me as I continued to read...
  • Paul Goat
    Jan 11, 2019
    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 ...
  • Victoria Colotta
    Jan 13, 2019
    My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A emotional and compelling story steeped in the history of the 1920s and centering on two fiercely tenacious women. THE 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 boo...
  • Lisa
    Feb 10, 2019
    The Widows is set in the 1920s and binds two widows together after the death of the husband of one and the best friend of the other. The second woman has already lost her husband as well. The pair is solving the mystery of Daniel's death. The backdrop includes mining and unionization. ...
  • Debby "Piene Raven"
    Sep 13, 2018
    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,...
  • Jessica Strawser
    Feb 21, 2018
    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. (Many thanks to the author and publisher for the opportunity to read and revie...
  • Jessica
    Jan 16, 2019
    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 incr...
  • Heather Blake
    Aug 22, 2018
    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 more books in this ser...
  • Dennis
    Dec 19, 2018
    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 Americ...