I’m not quite sure how I found The Widow last May, but I had borrowed it using Kindle Unlimited and decided that I needed a break from historical romances. Well, the joke’s on me because in many senses, this is a historical romance, just more along the lines of Jane Austen than Julia Quinn. But there’s a mystery too.
Nathan Harbottle is searching for his cousin, Felix. Mr. Harbottle is a gentleman of some means as his father owned plantations in the West Indies, but sold them before returning home to York. Nat, as he is called by his sister, travels to different ports, looking for Felix, a Navy captain.
Nell Caldicott nee Godney greets Mr. Harbottle when he arrives in Southampton, looking for her husband, Captain Jude Caldicott. Mrs. Caldicott, along with her son, are waiting for her husband to return. Nell is an abused wife, who lives in fear of her husband.
Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)
In The Widow, Nell’s husband goes down with his ship. Nell has no idea what she is going to do, especially when she finds out that her husband received three thousand pounds as her settlement, rather than her fifteen thousand.
Yet, many things are uncovered throughout this story. It is a mystery with all its twists and turns, but also a romance, much like a Pride and Prejudice style book.
You know how when you read a new author for the first time, sometimes it’s an adjustment getting used to their word choice. This was one of those times for me. While I don’t know if I would have been happy if I had purchased this book, for a book that I borrowed through Kindle Unlimited, it was worth reading. In fact, I’ve borrowed The Lacemaker, which is the next in the series because the first chapter is at the end of The Widow. It totally hooked me.
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And in case you hadn’t figured it out, my plan for 2021 is to write a blog post for each book I read. Last year, I read 150 books. We’ll see how I do this year.
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