Widow's Tears (China Bayles Series #21)

Widow's Tears (China Bayles Series #21)

by Susan Wittig Albert
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I began reading and learned that this one centered around Ruby and not China, I was disappointed. But, not for long. Ms.Albert did a wonderful job of including China and at the same time making the story about Ruby. Also, I am a fan of paranormal stories. For her first try at paranormal (as far as I know) this is a great work. I feel one reason it worked so well is the story centered around Ruby and her psyhic abilities. It is a very good read. I am looking forward to the next book.
flowergirlAR More than 1 year ago
This is a little different venue for China, and Ruby. If you have read Albert's series about China Bayles, you certainly know these two. If you haven't I highly recommend you read them all. I don't usually like books about the paranormal, but this one was a little different. The detail about the hurricane in Galveston, was amazing, to me, that was almost, the best part of the story. As always, Albert gives us a good story, and some information about herbs, this time she adds historical information. I have read all her series, they are all superb. She is one of my favorite writers. Hope she lets us visit with China a long, long time.
jj39 More than 1 year ago
Albert's books in all series are very entertaining but the herb books are often educational as well. This one informs the reader about the devastating hurricane of 1900 in Galveston Texas....and is a thriller beyond compare if you have ever gone through a storm like this!
Caltrop7 More than 1 year ago
I have read all 21 of the books in this series, and this to me, was the best. Its focus is on Ruby and her "psychic" powers. She helps her friend, who inherited a haunted house, and a parallel story during the 1908 Galveston, TX hurricane. The common link is a spirit present in the house, who has ties to the disaster. It was great to read a story detailing more of Ruby's life. Well done, Ms. Albert!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great new twist from the usual China Bayles sleuthing. The well-told story of the Blackwood family and the resulting tragedy makes the reader's heart break. Love the way it is tied to the present, from Ruby and China's very different perspectives. My only complaint...I read it too fast. Can't wait for the next story!
RetLD More than 1 year ago
China takes a back seat to Ruby in this tale that focuses on the Galveston Hurricaine of 1900. The ghost of a woman whose family was washed away in the hurricaine has taken up residence in a home modeled after the one that was lost in the storm. Ruby's childhood friend has inherited the home and hopes to make it into a Bed and Breakfast, but must first quiet the ghost. She asks for Ruby's help because Ruby saw the ghost many years ago. If you've read other books in the China Bayles series you may be surprised to find that this time murder is secondary to ghost hunting. Susan Wittig Albert has thoroughly researched the Galveston storm and realistically recreated the storm scenario so that you almost see the Galveston residents as they cling to their hopes and later to pieces of lumber to keep them adrift in the ensuing flood. The illusion of Rachel, the ghost, is so realistic you want to believe that ghosts do exist.
mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
This is Ruby's story, no doubt about it. I'n bit about to give the story away. Just know that it is one of Susan's best - and yes, China is in this one as well. I was fascinated by the story and read the book in two nights. Buy it, you won't be sorry you did.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Widow's Tears is the 21st book in the China Bayles series. And still loving the series. One of the reasons that I like this series, is that Albert provides the reader with interesting little snippets about the herb that is featured in the title of her books. Quite often China will comment, too, within the story itself. Widow's Tears is a two part book and China pretty much gets a little time off. Ruby owns the Crystal Cave, which is located in the same home that China's Thyme and Season is located and takes the spotlight in this book. Alternating chapters take the reader back to 1900 in Galveston, TX as the storm that was to devastate Galveston so terribly, is approaching. The story center around a family as Rachel and Augustus Blackwood and their five children, nurse and housekeeper. They thought they would be safe from the storm. Back to the present day, Ruby has received a call from a girlhood friend, Claire. Claire has inherited the Blackwood Mansion in Round top, TX, from her great Aunt. Claire is asking Ruby to come and help her to get rid of the ghosts that have taken up residence. Claire would like to get the house on the Historic Register and turn it into a B&B, but she needs to get rid of the ghosts first. Ruby has some psychic abilities and has dabbled with them, but has never fined tune them. Once she arrives, she almost leaves as the groundskeeper is a bit creepy. Once Ruby meets his wife, she also finds out he has a violent nature. Add to this the fact that her car's battery becomes drained for no reason, no cell phone service, puddles of water turn up when they're in a drought, and other super natural occurences, Ruby is not so sure this beyond her capabilities. China has a very important business matter to discuss with Ruby and what with not being able to get in touch with her, heads for Round Top. Once there she sees what Ruby is up against and ehlps Ruby get an understanding and provides her with the confidence to deal with the ghosts. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written story. I liked all the history woven into it. I could feel the fright, the fear, the horror of what happened to Galveston, TX in that hurricane of 1900.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a little surreal but worth the read. This author cannot turnout books fast enough for me.'Like her research into herbs and really learn a lot. Plan to start reading the books she writes with her husband.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous China Bayles and Ruby story. Looking forward to more of their escpades!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes this is a part.of the China Bayles series but most of the focus was on Ruby. The author dida great job blending Galveston's history in the story. It was especially interesting how shewove in Ruby's special talent to thestory.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
When picking up a China Bayles mystery by author Susan Witting Albert, I expect murder, mystery, mayhem and of course, herbs. With WIDOW’S TEARS, Albert combines all my favorite elements with fascinating historical data about the deadly hurricane of 1900 that changed the course of Galveston, Texas. In addition, Albert focuses the story not on her protagonist, China Bayles, but on China’s best friend, Ruby Wilcox. China is still very much a part of the story, but just not as prominent. Ruby’s childhood friend Claire has inherited the Blackwood House and plans to open a B&B. However, the house appears to be haunted and Claire needs Ruby and her special gift to set things right. The story gives readers a look at the present, along with the past and how the house came to be with its mysteries and grief. As always herbs are involved and Albert uses the Victorian ‘language of flowers’ to help tell the story. Readers are also given delicious recipes to accompany the story and where to find additional information on the Galveston hurricane. Albert’s characters are well-developed and likable. She continues to evolve them with each new installment giving readers a better understanding of them and their interaction with one another. Changing the focus of the story to Ruby gives the characters a broader base to expand on in future adventures. The story flows at a quick pace holding you attention until the very end. WIDOW’S TEARS is a bit of a change for the China Bayles series, but in a good way that opens new possibilities. Another captivating installment in a riveting series. FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
The twenty-first book in the China Bayles series by Susan Wittig Albert is a departure from the norm that readers have come to expect from this series. Widow's Tears takes readers outside the small town of Pecan Springs and focuses on another character other than China as the lead. China's friend Ruby takes center stage, as her paranormal abilities are needed by a friend who thinks she has a haunted house on her hands. China ends up in the middle of a bank robbery and fans are treated to a tale with many layers and complex threads. A great addition to a long lived series! What I liked: As usual with any Susan Wittig Albert novel, the research was phenomenal. This author always does her homework and in this addition to the series, she gives readers a lot of historical background on the city of Galveston and the devastating hurricane of 1900. I thought Albert did a fantastic job of weaving in the historical details into the story without letting the history take over the mystery. Albert uses a deft hand and turns out a mystery that will have readers wanting to know more about the hurricane and it's deadly effects on the town while still being glued to every clue that Ruby and China turn up. I liked the fact that Albert is taking readers out of their comfort zone with this series. I think it is important especially for a long running series like this one, to have some variety and change and Albert seems to sense that as well. Taking the mystery outside of Pecan Springs, gives Widows Tears a fresh and original premise that readers haven't seen for awhile in this series. It also provides a wider range of outcomes because there are only so many places to find dead bodies in a small town.  I also enjoyed learning more about Ruby and her extra sensory abilities. Readers who are familiar with the series, know that Ruby has used her gift to help China out from time to time and now another friend, Claire needs her help in solving her own ghostly issues. I loved learning more about Ruby along the way as well. How she got her abilities, how she felt about them, etc. It was nice to see another character kind of take over the starring role. Don't get me wrong, China is amazing, but this was a nice break from the routine of the series. I thought Albert did a great job of letting Ruby take the lead and using China as the sidekick this time. It really added to the enjoyment of the book seeing her in a different role. I loved all of the information that Albert gives readers about Florigraphy as well. The language of flowers is both interesting and full of little known facts about herbs and flowers that I find incredibly entertaining. I think readers will enjoy finding out some of the meanings in the back of the book and trying out some of those great recipes as well. What I didn't like: I wasn't sure how the story of the bank robbery and murder were going to tie in with the haunted house in the beginning and I was scratching my head a little bit, but I shouldn't have worried, Albert always ties up the loose ends and brings everything together.  Bottom Line: If you are fan of Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles series, this one might be a surprise, but in a good way. I liked the change of viewpoint, and setting. I think it added a refreshing originality to this installment of the series and I think it is one of the best so far. You gotta read it!
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storiesCC More than 1 year ago
I thought the play between the past and the present was excellent. The description of the family waiting to celebrate a birthday and the changing weather sent chills through me and tears down my cheeks. I'm so glad that Susan chose to remind us of long ago disasters with such poignancy.
MalteseFalcon76 More than 1 year ago
As always, the story is masterfully written, but it is absolutely wrenching. I gave it 4 out of 5 not because the writing wasn't excellent, but because it's not a "fun," typical cozy. I've read almost all of her books, and they seem to be getting darker. Not a bad thing, necessarily, but it's not something I look for in an escapist cozy. If you have children, be warned: Widow's Tears will make you shed a few. 
TessT More than 1 year ago
This is the most current book in the China Bayles series. I was very pleased to get a deeper look into Ruby, China's best friend. There had always been hints about Ruby's physic abilities, but in Widow's Tears, Ruby gets the chance to show us and China just how far she can go. I loved that Ms Albert blended a real life event into this mystery. I felt as if I were part of that terrible storm so many years ago, which is one of the  reasons that I am such a big fan of Ms. Albert. She always grabs me from the first page and won't let go  until the very end. Please, do yourself a favor and read the great book. I don't think that you will regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
must be her tax book - poorly written and boring. I have liked all of her books in the past, but not this one. Sorry I bought it