The Widow

The Widow

by Anne Stuart
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Anonymous 8 months ago
I read this book back. when it first came out years ago. I thought it would be interesting to read again and it was on sale. For me, part of the charm of Anne Stuart's books is the romance contrasted with creepy ambiance she does so well. She does not disappoint in this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it!
Acanoffleas More than 1 year ago
Redonk Nutshell: Burned out writer takes tabloid job to write a book about a scandalous painter and his harem of women, and when he meets "the one that got away" he finds himself inexplicably drawn to her damaged yet strong temperment You can't really go wrong with Anne Stuart, and The Widow is no exception. Riding on the tail end of my Gothic fiction wave, The Widow involves the twisted and bizarre story of Aristide Pompasse, a brilliant, womanizing artist who longs for the one woman that managed to leave him. His death brings her back to his estate in Tuscany to pick up the shattered pieces he left behind. Maguire, a tabloid reporter posing as an insurance broker, weasels his way onto the estate and begins to catalog the bizarre life that Pompasse lived. His wife, delicate Charlie, is a study in damaged femininity, having managed to be the only one of Pompasse's women that managed to successfully leave him. He is drawn to Charlie, especially as things begin to take a turn for the weirder when paintings turn up mutilated and suggesting Pompasse's death was not an accident. Charlie is a woman that has barely managed to pull the threads of her life together with any sense of normalcy. Married to the brilliant artist at the age of seventeen, Charlie lived with him and his brooding collection of models and women for five years until she finally garnered the courage to leave. She's a shell of a woman, barely believing herself capable of feeling passion or contentment. When Maguire bullishly pushes his way around her at the Tuscan estate, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him. When things begin to get heated, both in and out of the bedroom, Charlie finds herself floundering for her sense of self. The Widow is a dark and bizarre tale set in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. I enjoyed the darker elements of the story that crept consistently throughout the background (traitorous mistresses, adulterous fiances, insane mutterings), and when the story came to a climax and all was revealed it was a satisfactory conclusion. This was my first contempory read of Ms. Stuart's and I enjoyed it. It was a quick, fluffy read. No lie, I finished this in a few hours. The Widow by Anne Stuart, 384 pgs, pub 2001 Rating: C Romance: 1/5 Raunch: 3/5
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very entertaining book. good dialog between main characters. fast paced.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In his Florence apartment, someone murders renowned philandering portrait artist Aristide Pompasse. The body is discovered by tabloid reporter Connor Maguire who planned to write a tell all book about the infamous artist. Upon learning about his death, Aristide¿s wife Charlie returns from New York City, where she had started a fresh life without her domineering spouse five years ago, to her husband¿s Tuscan, France villa. Now she just wants to bury her memories of him by shutting down the estate quickly and re-crossing the Atlantic.

However, before she can attain some peace, Charlie must contend with her husband¿s slew of mistresses all claiming a piece of the estate. Worse is Maguire who obviously wants something from the widow. As they yell at one another while together looking for Aristide¿s missing paintings, the danger and the passion mount.

The story line of THE WIDOW emphasizes the romance much more so than the suspense until very late in the tale. The war of words between the lead protagonists is fun to watch as they are an engaging duo who seem both right and wrong for one another. However, anyone expecting a terse suspense-laden tale will be disappointed in Anne Stuart¿s latest novel. Those readers who relish a powerful love story with torrid passion and a dab of action will fully enjoy THE WIDOW.

Harriet Klausner