The Widow's Watcher

The Widow's Watcher

by Eliza Maxwell


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ISBN-13: 9781503901049
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 544,707
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Eliza Maxwell is the author of The Unremembered Girl, The Grave Tender, and The Kinfolk. She writes fiction from her home in Texas, which she shares with her ever-patient husband, two impatient kids, a ridiculous English setter, and a bird named Sarah. An artist and writer, a dedicated introvert, and a British cop-drama addict, she enjoys nothing more than sitting on the front porch with a good cup of coffee.

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The Widow's Watcher 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KrittersRamblings 5 months ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Jenna Shaw feels like she has lost everything and because of that feels as though there is no reason for her to go on. She picks a place to end it all, but is interrupted by the person who lives on the land and from there her life takes a wild turn. Lars, the man who finds her, has a past of his own and when his past becomes a part of the present and Jenna gets involved wheels start spinning and this book is such a great ride.
AnnaDee More than 1 year ago
Some readers may find The Widow's Watcher a bit overwhelming. It is a great but tragic story that reaches those places where we ache and weep and grieve with every unveiling of a devastating event, a suffocating truth. The widow, Jenna Shaw, is indeed watched. She is watched by two men, Lars and Owen, father and son who also have suffered unspeakable loss. Though they are strangers, their stories are so intertwined as to capture the reader from the beginning and take us along on this incredible journey of forgiveness and healing. Jenna Shaw has a plan. She has made up her mind. She is resolute. She will do this. Lars Jorgensen cannot believe the sight before him, a woman on the ice - in the ice - on the lake right outside his cabin. What ensues is a compelling story, pulling us along with clever, sometimes witty, and always illuminating insight into very painful places. Prolonging her departure, in order to watch her for just a little while, Lars shares his own grievous past with Jenna who, after deep reckoning within herself, begins to put together pieces of the mysterious puzzle that has haunted Lars and his son Owen for nearly 30 years. This in itself is enough. The story could end here, happily even, but the inclusion of the housekeeper's involvement in the Jorgensen's life borders on a perimeter that may better have been left untouched. Or perhaps have been included in a different book. Ihesitate to call attention to the fact that it is too much for me. It is truly a well thought, well executed story. Perhaps I had grieved so much, first with Jenna and then Lars and Owen, that the added grief was just too much for me personally. The Widow's Watcher comes to rest at realistic place, one with some sense of peace and of hope. It is a story of love, forgiveness, and redemption. I highly recommend it and appreciate the opportunity to have read it.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: “They spend their whole lives walking away from you,” the kindergarten teacher had said on her little girl’s first day. “Your job now is to be there when they look back.” “When the judge said, ‘For better or worse,’ I agreed quick enough.” Lars pinned her with his piercing gaze. “Nobody tells you how bad the worse can get.” She marveled at his matter-of-factness. Was it an innate part of him, or was this what years and the grinding sands of loss did to a person? Shaped them into something smooth and hard and polished. Hope was a frightening thing to rekindle. As impossible to control as a wildfire on a dry plain. No matter how many years go by, the past never really lets you go.” She ran her hands up and down her arms, as if to ward off a chill. “It’s sewn in, like patches on one of my old granny’s quilts. You can run from it all you like, but it’s part of you. Goes where you go. What exactly is involved in playing knick-knack, paddy-whack anyway? And why does it need to happen on my knee? The old man sounds kind of sketchy. My Review: I’m not exactly sure how to classify the genre of this exceptionally poignant and beautifully written book, it was a Contemporary piece with elements of Suspense, but it wasn’t a Thriller. In addition, I also noted considerable Family Drama, Women’s Fiction issues, mental illness, and an unsolved Mystery that spanned thirty years. With a regal wave of my well-manicured hand, I push all that to the side as I have decided I want new categories of Brilliant, Ingeniously Crafted, and Extraordinarily Well-Written. Eliza Maxwell has word voodoo. I was quickly pulled into a disquieting and often uncomfortable vortex of unresolved issues and unsettling events, and oddly enough, I didn’t want to crawl back out. The characters were many and all were irreparably fractured, some hanging by a thread, and most were not always likable or admirable. Yet by the end of this uncannily insightful and maddeningly paced story, I understood that they had each been existing with and working at living through a long series of harrowing events as best they could, and I adored every single one of them by the time I arrived at the epilogue. I seldom cry but this eloquently evocative tale moved me, my eyes stung with an unusual wetness while my throat burned and felt constricted on several occasions. The storylines were brilliantly crafted, tautly written, and hard to quit as they were fraught with addictive tension and prickling intrigue. Sigh, my abused and bruised coronary muscle needs a rest, I believe I’ll be hitting the TBR for a comedy next.
lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
"Forgiveness is hard. It's painful. It's giving when you have nothing left to give, from places you can't afford to lose anything else." A book of grief, resilience and love, lots of love. Two people who have each suddenly, lost their families by tragic circumstances meet by coincidence ( is it ever?). They learn from one another to forgive and fight their way back in the world. This novel has mystery, mental illness, heartache and yet is very up-lifting. I truly loved this story! Let me add, reading the last few chapter I needed a *box of tissues*. "Mom, it was an accident" are the magic words in this beautiful book to be learned and accepted. Excellent!
LlamaJen More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book!! It was beautifully written and had me hooked from the moment I started. At first I thought Jenna was taking a trip with her teenager. Then my heart sank when I realized the truth and that the conversations were actually one sided. I'll admit I cried during this book. There were so many heartbreaking moments. Jenna found Lars when she needed someone the most. Both were struggling with losing loved ones. For nearly thirty years, Lars has not been able to find his two younger children. The key to finding them is his wife who is currently sitting in a psychiatric hospital since the disappearance of their children. Lars helps Jenna cope with her loss while she helps him uncover the truth of his children's whereabouts. I never guessed the ending. When Beck appeared, their was definitely tears. I was actually sad when it was over, I loved reading about Lars and Jenna. This book didn't just make me cry but also laugh. I definitely recommend this book and can't wait to read more by the author. Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author, Eliza Maxwell, for a free electronic ARC of this novel
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
An Emotional Ride! When two people who have experienced one of the worst nightmares a person can find each other, they form the most unlikely pair. Both broken; one old and one young; one newly battered; the other has learned to live with the nightmare; they reluctantly come together. From the beginning, this tore at my heartstrings. I don’t want to imagine what they went through, but as the tale unfolds, Lars becomes the family that Jenna needs, and ultimately gives her purpose. With twists and more than one unexpected turn, this story will keep you on an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end! This is a well-crafted story that will make you wonder what you would do in a similar situation. #TheWidowsWatcher #LakeUnion
Tangled in Text More than 1 year ago
I couldn't shut up about The Widow's Watcher after finishing it. I spent a few minutes trying to convince my husband he needed to read it, but then realized I couldn't wait and needed to talk to someone about it now. I spent a good hour in an animated recreation with all the little quotes and scenes I loved about this book. He is learning my lingo because at one point he air quoted when asking if this is what a "book hangover" was. Well yes it is, when two days have gone by and I'm still thinking about this book and smiling at how it made me feel. I just want to sit and soak in this story to appreciate the details for as long as possible. After the first scene I immediately compared The Widow's Watcher to A Man Called Ove, seeing a character who was looking forward to the unity death would bring, then not willingly and slowly considering staying alive for just a little while longer because of a stranger. Then I even saw a little hint of Britt-Marie Was Here with the eccentrically non-cooperative personalities I could argue were in all the characters in this book. (If you can't tell from these comparisons I just binged all Fredrik Backman's books.) Then the book took the turn I should have expected after reading The Unremembered Girl and it became more dark and mysterious. It began by laying a firm foundation, then steadily building on that, before the tornado was unleashed on this cast. This is why I love this author; her stories are refreshing and unexpected. They don't follow by any means a normal path, so I can never guess what is going to happen next and how far she's going to take things. My favorite detail in The Widow's Watcher was how the author made this woman both feel defeated and numb, but alive by using the greatest inner voice I've ever seen in a book. It was brilliantly incorporated even bringing humorous elements into an otherwise somber story line. All the characters were so well developed with such enduring and relatable personalities you couldn't help be invested. If you've experienced a loss or not, your heart will break for these characters. The main character builds up a wall, but when that first crack forms you draw in a breath and hold it throughout this story wanting and hoping it will grow until she'll finally allow herself to fully grieve and live again. Then, when that last scene happens if you don't get choked up, you might even shed a tear like myself. This is a beautiful story. Not every story needs a fairy tale, happy ending to still warm your heart and leave you wanting more. You are left with hope of possibilities and wishing them the best.