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Preview — The Widow's War by Sally Cabot Gunning
The Widow's War (Satucket #1)
Married for twenty years to Edward Berry, Lyddie is used to the trials of being a whaler's wife in the Cape Cod village of Satucket, Massachusetts—running their house herself during her husband's long absences at sea, living with the daily uncertainty that Edward will simply not return. And when her worst fear is realized, she finds herself doubly cursed. She is overwhelm...more
I love Sally Gunning's writing style and if I had highlighted all the beautiful prose I would have quickly gone over the limit. Very visual, simple, and eloquent.
I couldn't help identifying with the widow since I once lived alone, and even fought the "system" a tim ...more
I found this book because the jacket copy in another more recent book, John Smolens' THE SCHOOLMASTER'S DAUGHTER, compared that book to Gunning's. I'm so glad I followed through on that comparison. I tore through this story, although I wanted to savor it. It was that good, so good you hate to put it down because you can't wait to see what happens next. It's a 1760s tale from colonial ...more
Lyddie Berry has taken good care of her home and her family for 20 years while her successful whale hunting husband is away. Her constant worry is that her husband will not return home. This sad case is exactly what happens at the start of the story.
In the midst of her grief she must also come ...more
This book was about a woman's struggle for independence in colonial Massachusetts. After being widowed from her fisherman husband, Liddie Berry is swept along in life's changes. She is expected to live the rest of her life with her daughter and jerk of a son-in-law,utterly dependent on them for any money, living space and food. All her belongings were really her husbands, and they all revert to her son-in-law. Liddie, to the surprise of herself as much as anyone, de ...more
Edward Berry is a whaler, married twenty years to Lyddie, when an unfortunate turn of events leads to his death. It is what Lyddie has feared her entire married life. Grieving for her loss she moves into her daughter and son-in-law's home and finds that she is unable to do what is expected of her. Instead she breaks wit ...more
When I did finally sit down, I devoured it and really loved it. Lyddie was a really relatable character and my heart just broke for what was happening to her. I was really glad that the author included some information, at the end, about how life really was during the year she had written about. It is fascinating and it was inspiring to read about a woman who bucked the ...more
Although she is grieving and destitute, Lyddie finds the strength challenge Nathan when he violates the terms of her husband's will, and refuses to sign over her third of the share when he wants to sell the ...more
My only cr ...more
In trying to explain this book to a co-worker yesterday, I realized I'll never do justice to the story-line. It sounded so boring, coming out of my mouth, BUT it's not. Between the great writing, solid plot, a couple of twists and a little suspense (which I did not see coming), this book really kept me up all night trying to finish.
I have to admit, I could have done without the slight suspense presented . . . I would rather have had a logical explanation come out about why ...more