A Widow Redefined

A Widow Redefined

by Kim Cano


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A Widow Redefined by Kim Cano

On a cold Valentine's Day in Chicago, Amy White, a young widow who lost her husband to cancer, visits the cemetery and makes an unsettling discovery: a bouquet of fresh daffodils lying in front of her husband's grave.

Curiosity grows into obsession as Amy searches for the stranger who left the flowers, while keeping her activities a secret from her live-in mother and seven-year-old son. The search leads to an unusual friendship that transforms her world and redefines her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482791938
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/06/2013
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Praise for A Widow Redefined:

"Not since Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan have I read such a complex portrayal of friendship. A Widow Redefined will resonate with anyone who has ever lost a loved one and learned how to live again." ~ author Deborah Brown

"Inspiring! Destined to become a book club favorite." ~ Alicia Robinson/reader review

Kim Cano is the author of For Animal Lovers, a short story collection for kids ages 9 to 12. It also appeals to adult readers who are young at heart. 10% of the sale price is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets. A Widow Redefined is her debut novel.
Kim lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and cat.
To find out more about Kim visit her website: www.kimcano.com

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A Widow Redefined 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
WordsofaSAHM More than 1 year ago
From the very first paragraph, I was drawn into the book! I thought the worst when Amy first started finding flowers at her husbands grave. Flowers that were put there by another woman. I really don't know how to explain my thoughts with out giving anything away, but this was a very good book with a once in a lifetime friendship that bloomed. I'd highly recommend it.
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mmbear More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book! I was surprised because I wasn't sure I was going to like it. It started off making you think that Amy's dead husband might have cheated on her, but he didn't. The woman who kept leaving flowers at his grave did love him but he told her while he was alive that his wife and son meant the world to him. It takes Amy awhile to adjust to all of this and I am not sure why she got so upset since her husband never did anything. I think this would have comforted me but I guess people react to grief in strange ways. Their connection is not broken and more tragedy will bind them together later on down the road. A truly captivating story that you won't want to miss!
TracyHelpsYou More than 1 year ago
Justin and Amy White were high school sweethearts; they had a wonderful relationship where they dreamed of traveling to exotic places and seeing the world together. Justin worked long hours to support his wife and son, and to save for those longed for vacations. Then the unexpected happened ~ Justin died of cancer, leaving his wife a widow and his young son without a father. Amy believed her marriage was perfect; that she knew all there was to know about her soulmate. She still mourns her husband’s death; she has been going through the motions but not really feeling anything. Until she discovered someone (besides her) was leaving flowers – yellow daffodils at his grave, she started questioning her relationship. Had he been unfaithful? Did he have a mistress? Discovering who this mystery person was became her mission. It gave her a new focus ~ and an unlikely friendship where she learned new things she hadn’t known about her late husband. This friendship helped her work through a large range of emotions and become a stronger woman because of it. I think this story showed a fairly realistic look into the ongoing grief of losing a spouse and trying to start to live (and possibly love) again. I highly recommend it :)
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
Reading A Widow Redefined you will be taken on a a gentle journey of deep loss, an unusual but necessary friendship and hope.  This isn't a fast paced read, it is a rather realistic, mellow read that keeps you reading to find what is going to happen next.  Fondness of the characters is easily found which tends to be the case with Kim Cano's writing.  This is the second book I have read by Kim, completely different from each other in the pace, yet pleasantly engaging. Amy is a young grieving widow having lost her treasured husband, Justin.  The three things that are keeping her together are the loving memories,  her young son, Tyler, and her mom as together they try to get through the heartache.  I was immediately thrown into the turmoil of the story when Amy discovers yellow daffodils left at her husbands graveside on Valentines Day.  I could seriously feel the burning jealous torment of thinking the worst possible outcome.   Imagine the thoughts that must go through your mind, thinking you may have been betrayed yet not been able to clear it up by asking.   Deciding that she cannot rest until she finds out the truth she turns detective without telling a soul, keeping her emotions hidden.  The detective trails leads to a rather glamorous, wealthy woman called Sabrina that Justin had worked for.  Amy is met with open arms of friendship that she strangely accepts, yet are things so straightforward?  You will find a continuing undercurrent to the story that pulls at your curiosity. A lovely tale to read, reinforcing just how special your loved ones are, how you should make the most of every single moment you have with them that money certainly cannot buy.  A story of hope, after such a loss your life can be happy again.
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed me from the beginning and kept me turning pages well into the night, even though it doesn't fit into any typical genre mold (other than maybe fiction or women's fiction). Early on you feel so much for Amy and her little family and the loss of her husband. She starts out the book just making it from day to day, marking time in her own life and trying to give her son the best possible life. Until she visits her husband's grave on Valentine's Day and sees that someone else has already been there and left flowers. She decides to stalk the grave (of course, it's a perfectly sane response!) to find out who left the flowers there and why. What she discovers will change the way she remembers her husband, and may change her life forever... A definite must-read, and it makes you want to reach out to everyone you love to make sure they know how you feel!
BookWormAndMore More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this is one of my favorite books that I've read this year. It is a book that so many people can identify and empathize with on a deep personal level. When I started reading this one, I didn't even take a look at who wrote this book, but now seeing that it was Kim Kano I am not surprised. I read her other novel On The Inside, and loved it. While both books are about middle aged women, they are so different but both are emotionally packed. A Widow Redefined is about the unlikely friendship of two women from different worlds, who bond over the death of a man they both loved. It proves that money can not buy you happiness. Of course, I'm sure it doesn't hurt. I'd be more than willing to try this theory out of anyone wants to give me some money. Seriously though, both women are strong in their own ways, and both have their own insecurities. I really don't want to say much about the story but it is a thoroughly engrossing and emotionally charged book I give this one 5+ stars. Once I started the book, I couldn't put the book down. Kim Cano's talent knows no bounds. I'm sure she will end up on the top of Bestseller's List. This is a wonderful book that you will want to share with your girlfriends. You don't have to worry about adult situations. This book is appropriate for all ages. I strongly urge you to run (not walk) out and get a copy of this book now. You will love it. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
BeccaW More than 1 year ago
This book was not quite what I expected after reading the description, but it was different in a very good way. I liked that it was not the romance that everyone is dying to read or familiar with. It was real and true emotion that was raw and to the point. This was a great book to bring you back to reality with events that could actually happen in your life or to someone else that you love. Cancer is real and itcan strike anywhere and anytime. It is not always predictable and the way that it makes you feel is not always what people hear about. They only hear about triumphs and overcomings, but what about the hardship and difficulty? The author gave lots of detail in the book, which sometimes could be overwhelming, but in all honesty, it was probably necessary. Amy first finds a woman that she has no idea who she is putting yellow flowers on her husband’s grave. I don’t know how I would be able to handle something like that. I would feel like he was my love and my completeness. Why is this other woman even here? I was glad that as I was reading this one that there was not much predictabilty to it. Sometimes that can get boring. I was never bored with this novel and it made me think. I wsa happy that all my doubts about the other woman were laid to rest as I kept going and the friendship that was blossomed was one that was to cherish. I will let you read the book for yourself and be taken on the journey through a widow that is anything but conventional. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
Holy Awesome! Kim Cano hooked me from page 1. Amy's a fairly recent widow, and hasn't quite gotten over the passing of her late husband. Making a fairly regular stop by his grave, she see's flowers left by someone else. Who else, other than family, would be leaving flowers on Valentine's Day? Is everything she remembers about to be tarnished?  Amy goes into super sleuth mode. Putting aside her grief for the first time since the cancer stole away her husband, Amy is bound and determined to get to the bottom of the daffodils.  This is the second novel by Cano that I have totally loved. Amy's story manages to be deep, thought provoking, and emotional. Making me want to go up and hug my husband for no reason. With each turn of the page I rooted for Justin to be the perfect husband Amy remembered. Grab your own copy and delve in, but make sure you have a box of tissues with in arms reach!
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
What a marvelous book. It is about loss and friendship. Amy White is left devastated when the love of her life dies young from cancer. She is left with her son and luckily her Mom has moved in with them. Amy goes through her life in a daze--she gets up, goes to work, tries her best to keep her son happy but worries about him. Even after two years she still goes to visit her husbands grave on his birthday to leave flowers. Then comes the day when someone else has left daffodils on his grave. Amy is immediately suspicious and bound and determined to find out who this person is and how they were connected to her husband. She does find out and against all odds becomes friends with this woman. She meets a man at a party but does not pursue it. This guy is persistent and funny and suave, and has a singing cat! Then comes the fateful day her friend tells her the truth. Amy walks away and does not look back, until she receives a phone call telling her that the friend was in a very bad car accident and is asking to see her. She does go and the friend does die. When Mr. Persistent comes knocking at her door (did I mention that he was also her friend lawyer?) with a big surprise-Amy begins to get her life back. This is a heartwarming book that everyone would enjoy. I definitely give it 5 stars.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
What a different read. It wasn’t my typical romance. It wasn’t a fantasy book. It wasn’t even a thriller. It was just a normal, every day, general fiction book. In complete honesty, I thought it dragged on a little bit – a lot of detail, but in hindsight, I’m not really sure what I would change. It just felt slow in the beginning (but that didn’t stop me from finishing the book in 3 days time). I have to say, this is one book I have read in a long time where I could not predict where it was going. I seriously had no idea. When Amy first finds this mysterious woman leaving yellow flowers on her husband’s grave, I was in rage. (Personal crises from the week did not help calm this fire.) I thought the worst (don’t I always!) As we got to know the mysterious woman, I really had no idea the purpose or the intentions. In all honesty, I saw the story going a completely different direction than what it really did. (I don’t want to give too much away and ruin any thoughts you may develop on your own while reading this story.) All in all, it was a book that came down to a once in a lifetime friendship that no one saw coming. It was a very heart lifting story that I truly enjoyed.
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
A Widow Redefined is an amazing piece of women's fiction. From page one you can feel the urgency the main character feels to find the person who has visited her husband's grave. Kim Cano does such an amazing job at pulling you into the story and making you become emotionally invested in the characters. If you love women's fiction, read this book.