[BOOKS] ⚣ The Widows ⚡ Jess Montgomery – Z55z.co

Kinship, Ohio, 1924 When Lily Ross Learns That Her Husband, Daniel Ross, The Town S Widely Respected Sheriff, Is Killed While Transporting A Prisoner, She Is Devastated And Vows To Avenge His Death.Hours After His Funeral, A Stranger Appears At Her Door Marvena Whitcomb, A Coal Miner S Widow, Is Unaware That Daniel Has Died, And Begs To Speak With Him About Her Missing Daughter.From Miles Away But Worlds Apart, Lily And Marvena S Lives Collide As They Realize That Daniel Was Not The Man That Either Of Them Believed Him To Be And That His Murder Is Far Complex Than Either Of Them Could Have Imagined.Inspired By The True Story Of Ohio S First Female Sheriff, This Is A Powerful Debut About Two Women S Search For Justice As They Take On The Corruption At The Heart Of Their Community.


10 thoughts on “The Widows

  1. Linda Linda says:

    Revenge keeps the pain of the wound seeping blood into the forever.Lily Ross bends wearily as she sets thing right in the Rossville jail Strapped with a derringer at her ankle, Lily eyes the prisoner in the cell facing her The Appalachian foothills in 1925 in this small Ohio town provide a panoramic view of the Devil s Backbone and the coal mines that give dangerous employment to the men of the community Lily s own father was killed in a mine blast in the Widowmaker due to a build up of methane gas.Lily tends to her duties as the jail mistress It s just within sight of their small home where her two young children sleep contently under the watchful eye of Hildy Her husband, Sheriff Daniel Ross, left to pick up another prisoner He promises to be back in time for her famous buttermilk pie.As the hours pass, Lily waits alert to any footsteps on the stairs But the footsteps on the stairs aren t going to belong to Daniel His Uncle Elias stands in the doorway with sorry written in the form of blood on his hands and his shirt Daniel has been shot to death on the county road It appears that the prisoner wrestled away his gun and the tragedy occurs.Within hours of the funeral, Lily is approached by Daniel s deputy to take over the job of sheriff until the elections can take place And here is where Jess Montgomery steadies your hands as you clench this book tightly The character of Lily Ross will take on the owners of the local mines, the Bureau of ...


  2. DJ Sakata DJ Sakata says:

    Favorite Quote Mama s round face is so puckered with outrage that her mouth looks like the top of a drawstring purse.My Review I am in awe of this author, this is her first novel and it was simply stellar The storytelling was commanding, cunningly crafted, enthralling, emotive, highly descriptive, and smartly nuanced I was instantly sucked into her vortex and heard a multitude of sounds, accents, and dialects in my head I was right there with them, riding in their cars, feeling the dynamite blasts as well as their deep sorrows, and smelling their sweat and fear The mystery was hopelessly intriguing and appeared an impossibly tangled knot that I feared was without hope for a s...


  3. Fran Fran says:

    Life often demands doing contradictory things in exchange for survival Life in the Appalachian mining town of Kinship, Ohio changed in the blink of an eye following a 1924 cave in resulting from an undetectable buildup of methane gas ignited by lightning John Rutherford, Marvena Whitcomb s common law husband and Caleb McArthur, Lily Ross s father died trying to rescue trapped miners in the Widowmaker Lily and Marvena would soon meet each other under less than ideal circumstances.Lily Ross was jail mistress, keeping prisoner records and assisting her husband, extremely popular Sheriff, Daniel Ross Daniel s half brother, Luther owned and managed Ross Mining Miners lived in company housing and were paid in scrip, in lieu of money, to be used for purchases in the company store Workers who complained often were forced to vacate company housing units Luther hired Pinkertons, thugs used an enforcers Sheriff Ross was sent by a Pinkerton to pick up and jail a prisoner who was a miner Daniel never returned Lily was informed that he was killed by the escaping prisoner.Lily and Marvena meet after Daniel s funeral Each woman has a connection to him What happened to the close, honest marriage between Daniel and Lily The uncomfortable relationship be...


  4. Erin Erin says:

    3.75 stars rounded up to 4 Thanks to Netgalley and St.Martins Press for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Described as a historical mystery, The Widows is the beginning of a new series called Kinship set in the 1920 s and featuring two captivating women Lily Ross, who becomes sheriff of her Ohio town after the death of her husband and Marvena Whitcomb, a miner s widow who is an active member in the union movement Lily is bent on bringing vengenacnce down on her husband s killer Marvena is determined that the sheriff s brother in law be stopped from re opening the dangerous part of the coal mine known as the Widowmaker and finding out what happened to her teenage daughter Together the two women find themselves working together and standing up for justice The Widows is an engrossing tale that is impossible to put down I felt that our two main leads Lily and Marvena who both take turns with the narration...


  5. Carol Carol says:

    The Hook Just give me fiction with the facts, Ma am The Line Life is hard Have tea In addition there are many references to hymns, ballads, and songs, which are much a part of the heritage of the people of the fictional town of Kinship, Ohio, these used in worship and comfort Be certain to read the author notes Precious Memories, how they linger, how they ever flood my soulThe Sinker My sincere thanks to Librarian, blogger and trusted reviewer, Lesa Holstine lesasbookcritiques for recommending The Widows Stop by and read Lesa s review here on GoodReads I ve also discovered this interview with author, Jess Montgomery on Bookpage Behind the Book The Widows Read the book, read the author s inspiration, visit Vinton County Ohio s webpageMaude Collins, Ohio s First Female SheriffI really enjoy books like this featuring strong female characters who are pioneers as the first in careers formerly held only by men Like many females of her day, Lily Ross was content, even comfortable in her role as wife and mother Lily s extra duties as mistress of the jail headed by Sheriff Daniel Ross, her husband, was enough adventure outside the home 1920 s Bronwyn County, Ohio, home to Company Mine 9, the Widowmaker, impetus for Lily s appointment as acting sheriff when her husband is killed, sets the backdrop of the interesting plot, a story of life, of love, of sorrow, of home.The Widows, a debut is a winner which should appeal to historical fiction lovers...


  6. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    The year is 1924, and Lilly Ross learns her husband, Kinship s sheriff was killed while transporting a prisoner However, just after the funeral, a strange woman shows up not knowing that Daniel Ross is dead Marvena Whitcomb has known Daniel for years, and now she s there to talk to him about her missing daughter Her husband was a coal miner who died a while back Both women have to deal with the loss of Daniel, and they join fo...


  7. Fictionophile Fictionophile says:

    A story of two courageous, hard working, and thoroughly admirable women, this story is set in an Appalachian mining community where a mine called The Widowmaker has proven its name on three separate occasions The sisterhood of widows Such a sorrowful sisterhood Lily has joined Lily Ross Wife of the Sheriff, Daniel Ross, pregnant and with two young children, she is widowed at the tender age of twenty six Approached by the deputy and offered the position of temporary sheriff, Lily accepts She aims to find out how and why her beloved husband was killed They have underestimated Lily s strength and obstinacy.Marvena Whitcomb Widow of a miner, mother to two girls, and former lover and lifelong friend of Daniel Ross The thirty five year old Marvena, having suffered many losses due to the dire conditions in the mining industry, is a union organizer She is also a moonshiner during the lean years of prohibition So many believe women are too sensitive for life s brutal truths That s only, Lily thinks, because they ve not experienced the brutal truths life gives particularly and uniquely to women The women overcome mistrust to merge together to combat desperate conditions and corrup...


  8. Dennis Dennis says:

    I m torn between 3 and 3.5 stars The Widows is a character rich historical fiction novel that takes place in small town, coal mining Ohio during the 1920 s The two main protagonists, Lily and Marvena, are both strong, independent, and powerful women, who are helping shape America s coal mining society during a time where the rich kept getting richer, while the poor was kept in the shadows Kind of reminds me of America today While Lily represents Ohio as their first female sheriff, Marvena represents the coal industry townsfolk struggling to organize and union Lily s husband is killed while transporting a prisoner, and she struggles to work while being a single parent, while Marvena loses her husband as well in the mines The two characters face off in a battle that both parties are unprepared for, but they both believe that they re right The Widows provides a gripping bird s eye view from a woman s point of view, at a time where women were not regarded as equals in ...


  9. Libby Libby says:

    3.5 stars Our story begins September of 1924 in the fictitious Bronwyn County of Ohio Jess Montgomery writes in her author s note that Bronwyn is meant to represent western Athens, eastern Vinton, and southern Hocking and Perry counties of Ohio The Appalachian region is ever of interest to me its histories and varied, distinct, and fascinating characters strike a chord Born and raised in my own briar patch of western North Carolina, I sometimes take for granted my heritage, sometimes ugly in its prejudices, but resilient, hopeful, and beautiful when it s accepting, tolerant, and aware.This novel will strike a chord in the heart of the feminist as well Lily Ross becomes the first female sheriff in Ohio in 1925 When her husband, Daniel, is murdered, Lily who had assisted Daniel as jail matron, is given the mostly honorary title of sheriff The men who bestow the title upon her have no idea at the lengths Lily will go to find the answer to who murdered her husband Lily thinks as many women do and rightly so , that the men have underestimated her Daniel s half brother, Luther, owns the coal mining business where ...


  10. Heather Blake Heather Blake says:

    Oh, how I love this book Two strong women, a gripping mystery, and so beautifully written that I can practically hear the hawk s cry, taste the sorghum, and feel coal dust on my skin The Widows has earned a spot on my keeper shelf, and may there be many, many books in this series to come.