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The Widow's Season

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

It was just okay for me

What would you do if you saw your dead husband while grocery shopping? Would you chase after him demanding answers? Would you silently think you're losing your mind due to your grief? Or would you shake off the image as simply wishing it to be your husband, but knowing ...
What would you do if you saw your dead husband while grocery shopping? Would you chase after him demanding answers? Would you silently think you're losing your mind due to your grief? Or would you shake off the image as simply wishing it to be your husband, but knowing it is just a complete stranger?

Having read glowing reviews about The Widow's Season, I was eager to read it. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me. As I read Sarah's story, I realized I didn't feel anything for her.nothing. Here's a story about a woman who recently lost her husband and thinks she sees him and I don't feel any sympathy? Compassion?

The characters in The Widow's Season were hard to connect to. Sarah and her brother-in-law, Nate, seemed to be somewhat aloof. Perhaps it was their reaction to losing David and the events (which I won't share to avoid spoilers) that occurred after his death. Or maybe it was Ms. Brodie's intent to write the characters this way. To be honest, this was the third consecutive book I read dealing with the death of a love one. It's possible I just felt numb after reading two previous tragic stories.

I think The Widow's Season would be an excellent selection for a book club. I figured out the ending pretty early in the book and wondered what other readers thought as the story unfolded. I wanted a chance to speak with other readers about my feelings (or lack thereof) for these characters and hear their thoughts as well. Perhaps speaking with other readers would challenge my opinion about the novel. (If you're interested, the author provides a reader guide that could be used for a book club discussion.)

Despite my disappointment with this novel, I would recommend it to other readers. I enjoyed Ms. Brodie's ability to write in such a way that I could instantly see the scenes in my mind. I plan to read Ms. Brodie's future novels.

posted by IHeart2Read on August 30, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

The Widow's Season

I was very hopeful for this book as I really liked the premise, a widow seeing her assumed dead husband in places and then connecting with him to work out her grief. However, part of the plot was quiet predictable and I was look for a surprise, something I didn't see c...
I was very hopeful for this book as I really liked the premise, a widow seeing her assumed dead husband in places and then connecting with him to work out her grief. However, part of the plot was quiet predictable and I was look for a surprise, something I didn't see coming. Also, the main character sometimes behaved in ways that seemed inconsistent. I thought the writing was fine and I am not sorry I bought it or read it, but it is not something I would definitely suggest to anyone. I did like it enough to look for another by this author.

posted by 1772391 on August 23, 2009

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

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    Poor and disappointing. I really looked forward to this book and

    Poor and disappointing. I really looked forward to this book and truly was excited. However, this story was a convoluted mess. Brodie is a good writer in terms of verbiage. However, this book makes little to no sense! The story line is conflicting, confusing and lacks uniformity. The story is a page turner and you read on waiting for the climax but the novel stays flat lined. From start to finish the cold tone, disconnected and superficial disposition of her protagonist is so off putting that when Brodie attempts to incorporate into the story, this idea of emotional resolve, it fails miserably. All that aside, from the near ending to the end of the book, when it finally comes to head, what widow would respond that way to such events? It is silly even for fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2010

    Not Impressed

    Maybe I'm just an idiot, but I was very confused by this book. For me, the book itself showed a "I made this myself" sort of look. All the way around it didn't seem like something you would find in Barnes and Noble, it felt unfinished.

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