9780062188274.340x340-75Reviewed by Amanda Farmer

I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Widows of Braxton County. I was expecting the book to have more of a paranormal aspect to it. We are introduced to Kate, who has had a rough childhood. She grew up with a conniving manipulative grandmother and therefore jumps at the chance to marry someone she met over the internet. Kate meets Joe Krause and is instantly in love; they are quickly wed and are to live on Joe’s family farm (which has been in Joe’s family for 140 years).

After the wedding, Kate is in for a rude awakening. She is to share her home with her mother in law, Trudy, who gives most mother in laws a bad name. Trudy is judgmental and can’t handle losing her only son to his new wife; she stops at nothing to get what she wants, which is for Kate to leave. As they progress through the marriage, she finds out that the family is cursed and the whole town knows about the curse but her. She also finds out that the neighbors have never truly gotten over Hannah and Jacob’s story (the first of the Krauses to live in the farmhouse). The men in the Krause family die horrible deaths at a young age and their wives are to blame… or are they? Kate’s determined to find out all she can about the curse from the beginning starting with Hannah.

I wanted to like this book but had a hard time liking the main character. She forgave too easily and never questioned anything, especially when her new family kept saying that she needed to remember her place (a woman’s place is in the home). And she didn’t bat an eye when her husband struck her. Although at the end she did finally find her strength and “fought” back. I really liked the aspect of Hannah in the story and how she did what she had to to save her son.

This story was well written and flowed nicely. I just didn’t care for it overall. I like stories with strong female characters, not ones who are whipped by their husbands. This story will appeal to those who like a good mystery though.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

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