The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel

The River Widow

From the bestselling author of The Whiskey Sea comes a stirring novel of a young woman’s survival and liberation during the Great Depression.In 1937, with flood waters approaching, Adah Branch accidentally kills her abusive husband, Lester, and surrenders his body to the raging river, only to be swept away herself.So begins her story of survival, return to civilization, defense against accusations of murder, and the fight to save herself and he...

Details The River Widow

TitleThe River Widow
Release DateDec 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The River Widow

  • Suze
    River Widow and so much moreNormally my pick of the Kindle First books would be the thriller or the suspense choice, but being I had read Ann Howard Creel before -I went with the historical fiction choice. The book I had read before was While You Were Mine, and I enjoyed it immensely.This book is set in time during the Great Depression- the main character Adah had a very hard life from her early teens, but yet she just persevered and made the bes...
  • Mandy
    I picked The River Widow as my November Kindle first book because it was marked in the historical fiction genre (which is one of my favs)...sadly, this book disappointed me. It was filled with suspense, which I normally enjoy, but this story made me uncomfortable and angry. And some of it felt too rushed and unrealistic (romance development)...and there were times when the dialogue was overly cheesy - I literally said out loud, “gross. Did he r...
  • Bonnye Reed
    GA Adah found herself orphaned at 13 years of age by the 1918/1919 flu epidemic. Her only living relative couldn't or wouldn't take her in, but turned her over to Father Sparrow at Saint Mark's Church in the Bowery in New York City. Adah spent a year studying under Father Sparrow and developed a love for books before Father Sparrow passed away, and fairly soon thereafter she gave up on the foster system and lived among thousands of other young ro...
  • Melissa
    Got this one as a November kindle “first read” and could not put it down. So glad I stayed up late to finish it!
  • abdulia ortiz-perez
    I received this book from Book Sparks for honest review.This book will keep you up reading long past your bedtime! It has a gripping plot and page-turning suspense…but that's about all. And it's such a shame! The characters are so one-dimensional that it actually becomes a drag on the book. The bad people are so bad it's almost not believable, and the good people are so good, they don't feel authentic.The story opens in 1937 on a farm in Paduca...
  • Crystal Zavala
    Rating: 3.5/5During the Great Depression, there is a massive flood in Ohio. While attempting to retrieve items from her house, Adah kills her husband in self-defense. Adah attempts to cover up the crime by taking her husbands body to the river and let it float away. Adah ends up in the river herself and is swept away until rescued by local farmers.Adah moves in with her in-laws who are long time locals that other townspeople avoid because of thei...
  • Kathy Shaw
    “The River Widow” by Ann Howard Creel is about a woman during the depression era living with an abusive husband and his very young daughter. A flood of biblical proportions changes the direction of Adah’s life drastically as her life becomes a living nightmare when she desperately tries to save her life and that Of her step daughter’s. Also, this book illustrates what abuse can look like and how far women have come as far as legal rights ...
  • Linda Romer
    The River Widow was a good read. I enjoyed reading Adah's story. A heartfelt read of a woman pushed to her limits. Adah's life was not easy and reading about it wasn't pleasant at times, but her strength and courage was admirable. The flood of 1937 was a terrible occurrence that she survived along with an abusive marriage.I give The River Widow 4 stars for its heartfelt read.I would recommend this book to Historical Fiction Fans.
  • Larada Horner-Miller
    Ann Creel is a superb writer with almost a lyrical quality. The development of Adah throughout the story captured my heart—I loved Adah. The ending surprised me—be prepared!
  • Peter
    Doubt, blame, despair ... repeat.While this book is reasonably well-written, I was worn down well before midway by the unremitting doubts, questions and guilt of the protagonist and the page-after-page put-downs and pointless cruelty of the family she lives with. Are we having fun yet? Fair warning, readers. Life is too short!
  • Emily Renee
    A beautiful story of what a mother will do for the sake of a child, even a child who isn’t her own, but one she has chosen as her own. The River Widow is a tragic and heartbreaking novel by best selling author Ann Howard Creel set in the Great Depression during the time of the flood in Paducah, Kentucky. Adah is a young woman who finds herself trapped in an abusive marriage. While they are packing to escape from the flooding river in Paducah, K...
  • Cindy Woods
    Powerful!This is a powerful story that begins in 1937 during the catastrophic flooding of the Ohio River.Main character Adah is the abused wife of a farmer. She is stepmother to his little girl Daisy who has been mothered by her since infancy. Adah and Daisy have a strong, loving bond. Adah's husband 's cruelty is horrific and during their attempt to rescue property from the farm during the flood she accidentally kills him in an act of self defen...
  • Cathryn Conroy
    This book will keep you up reading long past your bedtime! It has a gripping plot and page-turning suspense…but that's about all. And it's such a shame! The characters are so one-dimensional that it actually becomes a drag on the book. The bad people are so bad it's almost not believable, and the good people are so good, they don't feel authentic.The story opens in 1937 on a farm in Paducah, Kentucky as what is now known as the Great Flood subm...
  • Barbara
    'The River Widow' was my choice for this month's Amazon Prime 'freebie' and it's an 'OK' read. The premise is interesting. During the Great Depression, battered wife Adah kills her abusive husband in self defence during a dangerous flood. Whilst the flood would give her a great excuse to cover up the killing and escape to pastures new and start over, her sense of responsibility to her dead husband's daughter by his first wife means she's unwillin...
  • Kellisa
    Oh my. This book. I went into reading The River Widow thinking it would be historical fiction. I was completely unprepared for how much this story would stress me out! Set during the Great Depression, this is a haunting novel of survival and a mother’s love. The story opens against the rising floodwaters of the Ohio River that threaten the farm Adah lives on with her husband Lester and her stepdaughter in Paducah, KY. After years of violent abu...
  • SPANTA628
    Probably 3.5Not badly written at all and a powerful story (which, for me is ultimately)about the sacrifices parents make for their children. I enjoyed that this takes place in 1937- it gave me a sense of the progress we’ve made regarding women’s rights, particularly those in regards to domestic abuse. The effects of the Great Depression and a recent flood are evident throughout, and that definitely put some things in perspective for me. This ...
  • Diana Green
    I recently read The Uncertain Season by this author, and found it to be very good, so I was excited to read The River Widow, with its intriguing cover and plot concept. Sadly, it did not prove to be as successful as her earlier novel. There were certainly strong elements. I felt sympathy for Adah and her plight. I could picture the setting quite vividly. But the story itself meandered, with too many repetitions of the same internal process and no...
  • Cori
    This book will not be for all readers. I think the audience intended would be those looking for a deep character study on an abused woman. You will experience the love that comes from a mother (even if she’s not the biological mother), and the toxicity that results from having decrepit, unreasonable in-laws.Even though Adah killed her husband in self defense, she still fears the backlash that will come when and if the truth gets out. Adah has a...
  • Nicole
    This book had a lot of promise, but it fell flat for me. The characters were all confused. Their character traits and original personalities were abandoned to fit the narrative of the story. The author left nothing to the imagination, spelling out every detail, including Adah's every inner thought--which all happened to be in the form of questions, for some reason. What was up with that? There were literally paragraphs full of obvious questions t...
  • Cortne BooksBoozeandBikeRides
    ***Book Review!*** This book was my November selection with #amazonfirstreads and I’m so glad I chose it. It was also my first #buddyread.🔥I finished The River Widow last week. I have been wanting to review it but didn’t know if I could put into words how good I thought it was.🔥Adah is a strong, fearless, brave woman. She accidentally kills her abusive husband and now has to live with The Branch family, along with her stepdaughter, Dais...
  • Hillary
    Another Kindle First Read book. This was pretty good. I liked the setting and the mystery quality. I liked how the author set the book during the Great Depression, but kept the details simple so no there were no (or only minor) anachronisms. Good plan. I couldn't quite figure Adah out. Was she really that clueless after having lived on the road for years and made her living as a fortune teller? I would think that a 31-year-old woman with that kin...
  • Ashley Turner
    More like 3.5 but a weak 3.5, so I rounded down instead of up.This was a super intriguing story. I devoured the book as quickly as I could manage to do so. I liked Adah, and I was rooting for her in her tough situation.I did not feel like the story benefited from the "love" (I put that in quotations because that's not what love is.. "I just met you -- this is crazy -- you killed your husband -- marry me, baby") story. It was haphazard, childish, ...
  • Abbe
    I was drawn to this book because of the stories of the 1937 flood I heard from my mother who was 5 years old when her Ohio River town was devastated by the flood. The event was well-researched and served as a backdrop for the story. The central character, Adah, is a victim of abuse. From the first page, this book grabs your attention with the urgency of the flood then something dreadful happens which sets the tense mood that persists throughout t...
  • Kirsten
    I actually skimmed this book because the flood survival was too tough for me to read what with it happening in the real world too. The story opens with a woman Adah being once again beaten by her husband Lester (a very cruel, temperamental man) and her defending herself, but accidentally killing him. They are both (dead body and living soul) swept away in the flood, and as she is rescued, she keeps up the pretense of looking for her husband. She ...
  • Joanne Otto
    Even though this novel was a bit on the dark side for my literary taste, I knew from my previous experience with Creel's books that ultimately it would leave me with an echo of redemption. I was not disappointed. I cared about the principle character, Adah, from the very start, and although a few of the experiences she lived through stretched my credulity, not for a moment was I tempted to lay aside the book. Creel's vivid descriptions of human i...
  • JT
    It was difficult for me to get anything done this weekend, as I was too involved in reading this book. From the first paragraph on I just couldn't put this psychological thriller down until I finished it.....It was a real page-turner! The author's writing style is easy to read and she fleshed out her characters well with dialogue to match (the baddies were really hateful people and the goodies pulled at your heart strings). The storyline was real...
  • Dina
    What a story!What a story! Jerked into the historical fiction from the first page, I couldn't stop reading. The Branch family is diabolical. Their cruelty toward the world is contrasted by Mabel's desire to be seen as a normal, happy family. Interestingly, Mother Nature set the story in motion and created the outcome of the story. At first dissatisfied with the ending, I later realized the resolution was apropos. Love comes in many forms, none of...
  • Lncropper
    This is a brand new book. I read it on my Kindle and found it hard to put down. It is clean, even if the story is not a pleasant one. Adah has married a horrible man and suffered as a result, but the bright spot is her love for his daughter by a previous marriage. When he dies as their farm is flooded, she and the little girl go to live with his family, who are as bad as he was. They are virtual prisoners. Can they get away? And could Adah find l...
  • Mary
    This book was my November pick for the Kindle First program. I was initially excited to read it and expected to really enjoy it, but I was left feeling disappointed. There were several good things about the book. The plot is decently suspenseful and I had a hard time putting it down. The author also didn't shy away from illustrating the consequences of domestic violence. However, while I found the plot intriguing, I felt unsatisfied with the reso...
  • Gwyn Haller
    Beautiful, poignant and InspiringI love the author's use of words as she weaves a story of Adah, a young, widow woman, her-four year-old step-daughter and a crazy family wanting revenge and savage natural disasters. It's about courage and failure and being able to identify true gifts amid turbulent, disastrous and dangerous events and taking and appreciating and participating in the joy. I love this author's writing style, I bet even her grocery ...