Hello, folks! Today we have here a book review of Widow’s Heart by the lovely Willowy Whisper! I’m happy to finally have this review up.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required; all opinions expressed are my own!*
Historical fiction, particularly Western, isn’t my genre. However, sometimes I find myself enjoying the better works from the category. WIDOW’S HEART is definitely an example of one of those “better works.”
This book follows the story of Gabe Anderson and the recently-widowed Essie Kincaid, and their love story. The thing that caught my eye about this book was that Gabe was the one who killed Essie’s husband, which really got my attention. I decided that a novel with such a good premise had to be worth a shot.
I was right. 🙂
This book was amazing. Willowy Whisper has a lovely writing style that was so easy to follow, and at the same time had me very absorbed in the story. Besides the originality of whole idea, it was done very nicely, and the romance took its time in developing– which was realistic and made it all the more sweet. Each character could be sympathized with depending on his or her plight, and their more redeeming qualities really gave you something to think about. I think this book reflected the truth about how every person can have even the tiniest mite of goodness in them. Of course, that isn’t always true, but I loved how this story brought out the redemption of several characters.
Then there was the plot. Oh my, it was intense. Every thread seemed to bring you closer to the truth, until the answer finally whacked you upside the head. I never suspected the ultimate bad guy ’till the end, and I usually have an eye for that sort of thing! *Frustration*
The characters were awesome. Both Gabe and Essie were admirable protagonists. Gabe was sometimes a bit on the gruffer, harder side, and Essie might have been painfully submissive at other times, but other than that they were both wonderful. The author did a great job highlighting Essie’s doubts about her relationships with Gabe and her late husband, and how Gabe was so very patient with her (and himself as well). The villain was very villainous. Some of the side characters– Sybil, Fletcher, etc.– were also layered and intriguing. I think the most interesting character was probably, in fact, Essie’s dead husband, Walter. He was definitely a bad guy, but he was a really three-dimensional bad guy. ^^
Now for the content. I don’t have anything really against this book on regards to the content, as I can easily stomach reading violence up to a certain point (don’t try me), and thankfully this book was below that level. Still, there was a lot of shooting and several times when a man is not chivalrous to a lady. I would not recommend it if you dislike violence in Christian fiction. The romance was, of course, clean with only a couple kisses; however there are mentions of adultery and such (disapproval aired). I can’t think of anything else that I would object to in a book.
All in all, I’d give it a four-star-rating. Not perfect, but good enough that I’ll probably be reading it again.
Yep, that’s all for today! Don’t forget to have yourself a very Merry Christmas!
And until next time…
~ Merie Shen