The Widow's War

The Widow's War

by Sally Cabot Gunning
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The Widow's War 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 240 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sally Gunning's The Widow's War places the reader in an historical time that we all think we know about, (18th Century New England - specifically, Cape Cod), since so many of us had years of American History in school and had possibly visted myriad historical sites with classmates and/or family. This novel, however, brings an intimacy with the times, which may have been lacking in history classes, that not only makes the time period live, but makes the characters interesting and worthy of our compassion. It is not a 'Woman's' book. At a recent meeting of my book club, we were fortunate to have Sally Gunning as a guest who shared much of her detailed research, historical models for her characters, and why she turned from writing mysteries to penning an historical novel. She mentioned that men who had read the book were clear that they felt it was not a feminine read. It is for anyone who enjoys an engaging story steeped in historical fact. The characters, the place (Brewster, Cape Cod, Massachusetts), 18th Century mores, and the smells and textures of a community that depended on whaling, are drawn so vividly that details are immediately turned into pictures in the reader's mind. Lyddie, the main character, is like no other 18th century woman that I've ever read about--she is so real and vibrant. The dialogue is rich and the vocabulary full of 18th century meanings. But you won't need a glossary of terms. You'll learn, for example, what a 'necessary' was in those days. The relationship between Native Americans and colonists, the role of law in the society, and a strong hint of the burgeoning idea of freedom from England in the person of an historically accurate James Otis, all contribute to this engaging novel. It is a window into one woman's world, that in its detail gives an encompassing view of part of the 18th Century, in New England, in all of its complexities and richness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book so much, I have started giving it to my friends for a birthday present. I have gotten more ''thank you''s for The Widow's War, than from any other present I've given.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy historical fiction very much and this ranks with the best of them. Lyddie could be any woman, any era. She is strong, frank and forthright about her concerns and decisions. The issue of racial prejudice was handled with wonderful candor and honesty. The conclusion of the story made sense, without giving us a fairy tale ending. This would be a great discussion book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stunning (the story, not the setting) historical novel of a women fighting for her human rights in extremely hard times with rigid rules. Don't forget to read the Historical Notes at the end of the book. In fact, read them first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read in awhile. Bravo!
Too_Busy_Reading_To_Write More than 1 year ago
I read this hoping for a good historical fiction, however, other than references to some political going-ons of the day, the point of view of the main character had little to do with the 1700s. A pet peeve of mine is when "historical fiction" is infused with 21st century thoughts and ideas which usually take the characters down a road of "sexual liberation" and 20th century feminism. The main character was not believable and I found most of the supporting characters to be flat and caricature-like. I also did not feel invested in any of the relationships, except maybe the widow's relationship to her dead husband.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great read - engaging, enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable. Leaves a 'good taste'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. The strong female character was refreshing and the way she managed her struggles was inspiring. There were even a few chuckles to be had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed this book and realize much appreciation of our present day situations regarding property and widowhood. Women have come quite a long way since the days of this character. Great weaving of the tale; I wanted to cheer this widow on!
BrenW More than 1 year ago
Interesting how little value women had in the early days of America. I usually avoid books that are focused on women's issues as the story is lost in the political stuff. But this one is very good, with focus on history and the character.
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clg1982 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The historical elements were very interesting. The characters and the setting were engrossing. A really enjoyable read.
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Elwhy More than 1 year ago
Fascinating and a good read; very different and yet kept me spell-bound the entire book. I was sorry to come to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since I read a book I had trouble putting down. Thanks to Sally Gunning for a fascinating story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a bit slow for me to get the language and writing style, but holy cow THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING BOOK!!!! I will remember and think of how far women have come in america. I loved the story and the characters so much. This is one of those books that you just cant get out of you head. I eish i could give it 10 stars
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One of my all time favorite books. Love how character,.plot, and setting waswritten to perfection.
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This book is such an eyeopener to what life for women was like in the mid-1700's. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The story was gripping and you feel like you know her and want only good for her.
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Having grown up in MA this book was so interesting to me. I was captivated from the first page to the last.