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The Widow Waltz

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  2,150 ratings  ·  280 reviews
Georgia Waltz has things many people only dream of: a plush Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park, a Hamptons beach house, valuable jewels and art, two bright daughters, and a husband she adores, even after decades of marriage. It’s only when Ben suddenly drops dead from a massive coronary while training for the New York City Marathon that Georgia discovers her husb ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published June 13th 2013 by Viking Adult (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'd give it an extra half star if I could but truly cannot bring myself to give it a neutral three stars. The characters were two-dimensional and unemotional - even in the face of monumental life events - and the storyline was sketchy in spots and ridiculously unbelievable far too many times. I'm all for a certain required "suspension of belief" to enjoy a story but really? This author expected too much and delivered too little. Can't even say the writing was good enough to overcome the plot def ...more
David Kinchen
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
"The Widow Waltz" is a cautionary tale about trusting a spouse about the
family's finances. In a word: Don't!

Successful litigator Benjamin Silver, an avid marathon runner, has never shared information about the family finances with his adoring wife Georgia Waltz. Only when Ben suddenly is felled by a massive coronary while training in Central Park for the New York Marathon is Georgia made aware of the realities of the Silver-Waltz finances: Georgia, and her daughters Louisa (Louey) and Nicola di
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
A summer beach read with an unrealistic ending.

People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book! I am an Elizabeth Berg fan, so I knew this would probably be a book that I would love.

Georgia Waltz seemed to have it all, but when he husband dies unexpectedly, she learns that her life is not what it seems. Her story is told through three different view points, and it is a story of healing and forgiveness.

Georgia's is a remarkable story and this novel is the perfect accompaniment to a day at the beach, beside the lake, on a train or plane.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ugh- the heroin of this book is so unlikeable, and I don't believe that was the author's intent. I believe Koslow wants us to feel sympathy for Georgia Silver-Waltz as her husband has died suddenly and it becomes apparent that he has left her and their two daughters penniless, but it is so hard after reading her description of her husband (an adonis) and then herself (she was a real beauty and when she walked with her friends and heads turned she and her friends all knew they were turning to loo ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I both liked and did not like this book at times. The writing was good and the characters were interesting, but I never really developed a connection with them that made me feel turning the page was a must rather than an option.

There were parts of this story that were written so beautifully you are reminded how talented some authors can be at making you forget reality. Other parts didn't really hold my interest all that much.

Overall this was a good book and a very thoughtfully written one. I w
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I was coming down with something so I headed to bed with a cup of tea and this book. Judging from the blurb on the back cover, I was pretty sure I would enjoy it. Instead, I found that I couldn't put it down. I read it all in one sitting. The Widow Waltz was charming, sad and heartwarming. I will be sharing this with friends and family. ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
A light summer read, The Widow Waltz, Sally Koslow's fourth novel, is an enjoyable novel about family, loss, independence and moving on.

When successful litigator Ben Silver suffers a fatal heart attack while training for the New York City Marathon, his wife of twenty something years, Georgia and their two daughters, are devastated but their grief turns to bewildered hurt when it is revealed that their expensive Upper East Side apartment and beach house in the Hamptons are mortgaged to the hilt,
Carole P. Roman
Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This book looks like a summer read but I found it heavy handed. Husband drops dead leaving his pampered wife and offspring pole axed with confusion, when they discover he left them penniless. Each one of them is disconnected, held together simply together by a common gene pool, thinking they are close, but each in his or her own way, living in insular and splendid isolation. Somehow the emotions didn't ring true and the characters I liked best were her brother Stephen and his lover. It took so l ...more
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Georgia’s husband has suddenly died, and with him goes the privileged lives that she and her daughters have always enjoyed. Koslow tackles themes of love, betrayal, loss, anger, resilience, and family dynamics in surprising and refreshing ways through wonderfully flawed characters. The end result is a smart and witty contemporary read that never bogs down under the weight of sentimentality, but instead is a page-turner with twists and turns that expose mysteries and revelations alike.

There are
Erika Robuck
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With style, wit, and unflinching honesty, Sally Koslow explores the devastating confusion of a woman and her daughters betrayed by their beloved husband and father, who has died suddenly and taken secrets with him, and how these women summon wisdom and power to help one another heal.
Lydia Laceby
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Rated 3.5 Star

Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes.

The Widow Waltz is an intriguing and entertaining read. The thoughtful observations and wit within are first encountered with the title’s play on words and then continues throughout. An easy read, not only does this novel grapple grief and loss, but tosses in a deceitful spouse who has left behind a legacy of lies. Unfortunately, Georgia Waltz doesn’t discover her husband’s deceit until after the massive coronary that takes him from her – and no
Stephanie Ward
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
'The Widow Waltz' is a heartfelt novel that follows main character Georgia Waltz as her life spirals downward when her husband, Ben, dies from a sudden heart attack while training for a marathon. Even more surprising is the fact that Ben left Georgia practically penniless - her life of luxury had been built on lies. As Georgia tries everything in her power to keep her family together while learning about Ben's secrets, as well as her daughters' lies, she comes to the realization that nobody is p ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a sad, happy, and surpizing book wrapped all in one:)
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Georgia Waltz has things many people only dream of: a plush Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park, a Hamptons beach house, valuable jewels and art, two bright daughters, and a husband she adores, even after decades of marriage. It’s only when Ben suddenly drops dead from a massive coronary while training for the New York City Marathon that Georgia discovers her husband—a successful lawyer—has left th
Laura Kay Bolin
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Georgia Waltz has a comfy life. A fabulous apartment over looking Central park, great daughters, jewels, art and most importantly she is still madly in love with her husband, Ben. But when Ben suddenly dies everything about Georgia's life begins to unravel. After a visit with the family attorney, Georgia and her daughters find out the money--the money is gone and that isn't all Ben was hiding from his family.

Daughters, Nicola and Louisa (Luey) are no long
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book after reading the great reviews about via iBooks and Goodreads. After read the blurb, I decided to download and start reading.

In all honesty, I was attracted to this book by the blurb. I've always liked to know the insight of what happens to a woman when she discoveries such as what Georgia had discovered upon her husband's death. But, I was kind of disappointed.

The book is written well; this I cannot fault. But, I found the overall book long winded. If the suspense was tow
PopcornReads - MkNoah
Book Review & Giveaway: In my quest for this summer’s beach reads, I ran across The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow and knew I’d hit beach-read pay dirt. Whoot! To make it even better, the publisher graciously sent me a finished hardcover copy to offer in a giveaway. Double Whoot! The Widow Waltz is women’s fiction at its best. Whether you’ve been widowed, divorced, are happily married, or are single, I think this one will speak to you because these are issues women face when they least expect it. W ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, 2017
Okay, so there is no reason I can find for the intense verbiage used in this book. It was so pretentious is distracted from the story. There are 3, maybe 4, instances where they even talk about the big words they used. Only once was it necessary to the plot; the rest just seemed liked the author trying to brag about how big their vocabulary is. It kept me from getting into the book and caring about what what happening when I was reaching for my dictionary every 50 pages or so.
The cover makes it
Aug 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
About 100 pages in and I just can't with this book anymore. I don't know how I fell into this hole of reading several books about spoiled rich ladies but I wish I hadn't. I'm sure there are rich East Side ladies-who-lunch that disdain work and know nothing about their finances that end up like this when their husband dies up to his neck with debt they don't know about. have zero sympathy for this family and am kind of glad he died and left their spoiled asses penniless. But the final straw was t ...more
Dayle VanderBurg
I really liked it. It was a little unrealistic but entreging . Not everyone can imagine being a widow and finding out there's no money left. Especially those in the highest income level. There were so many story lines to follow but anyone with children can imagine the level of dispar. The ending was different than what I could imagine. I think Georgia and her children learn to grow and continue living after losing the father and husband. ...more
Arlena Dean
Title: The Widow Waltz
Author: Sally Koslow
Publisher: Viking Adult
Genre: Mainstream
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4

"The Widow Waltz" by Sally Koslow...

What Is This Book About?

"Georgia Waltz has things many people only dream of: a plush Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park, a Hamptons beach house, valuable jewels and art, two bright daughters, and a husband she adores, even after decades of marriage. It’s only when Ben suddenly drops dead from a massive coronary while training for
Annie McDonnell
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am not one to give many details about a book, so that you can read it and have the story unfold in your own time. This books hits on the highs and lows of familial and other relationships; regarding stability, trust, loyalty and financial security. You name it; “The Widow Waltz” has it!
This is a perfect summer, vacation, and weekend or truly “anytime” read! Sally Koslow’s writing is superb. I was entertained by the way she methodically introduced characters and told this story…She gave you the
Imogene Drummond
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Widow Waltz captivated me to such an extent that I luxuriated and did nothing else except immerse myself in it for a day and a half. This deeply engaging novel is about what happens when the American Dream, suddenly and unexpectedly, turns upside down.

The mystery of what happened, why, and what the future holds, pulls the reader in and propels the story forward. The main characters—Georgia Waltz and her two daughters—are beautifully etched and knitted together in a family torn by a shocking
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
When golden boy Ben Silver dies his wife and daughters find out he wasn’t quite the man they thought he was. Their lives have changed overnight and they’re left to solve a mystery – why did he leave them without the expected inheritance but instead needing to sell off possessions in order to live?

As mother and daughters slowly get their bearings they begin to move forward in directions they’d never anticipated. Georgia Waltz is witty and sometimes snarky. At first she grated on me but I soon un
Katie Hanrahan
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
A pampered New Yorker of privilege is abruptly widowed and just as soon she discovers she is skint.

The makings of a sad tale, perhaps, but the tone of the narrative starts to grate after a few chapters and Ms. Waltz, along with her two daughters, became rather dull. Perhaps I have read too many novels featuring a female Jewish protagonist who dislikes her mother, but I was not drawn in by the narrator's flippant tone and penchant for metaphors.

This family trio comes to grips with unexpected imp
Paul Lunger
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Sally Koslow's "The Widow Waltz" is the story of Georgia Silver-Waltz whose husband Ben Silver has died & instead of leaving her with the fortune she thought she had left her with nothing. The tale then follows Georgia on her quest to return her life to normal & also to find out what happened to the money. Also in the story are 2 daughters Louisa (Luey) & Nicola whose own lives are chronicled through their own struggles in life in general. Koslow's story is one of growth, deception & of moving o ...more
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
The heartwarming story of how to reinvent yourself when your husband dies and forgot to tell you the money was gone before he went. Georgina must find a way to keep a roof over her head, and find out where all their money has gone, she thought the houses were paid for and there was a nice trust fund for each of her daughters and herself, but this is not to be. The widow Waltz takes us on her journey as she learns new lessons about the kind of person she was and the kind of person she wants to be ...more
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
More summer reading schlop. Could be subtitled "Another New York Fairy Tale". Georgia Waltz's husband Ben drops dead from a heart attack. All the money from their joint accounts has disappeared, leaving Georgia struggling with how to support her two young adult daughters and their jet-setting, no money worries lifestyles.

Enter Georgia's brother who supplies a job for one daughter, the wealthy and popular music star one-night-stand who is the father of the second daughter's surprise pregnancy, an
Bonnie Franks
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book with a small amount of skepticism as I was afraid that I would be turned off by the wealthy lifestyle of Georgia, the widow.

I have to say I barely even noticed, other than to think how difficult it must have been for her to step away from some of the things she had grown accustomed to. She was easy to relate to right from the beginning. I came to adore all of the characters in this book in a short period of time. I wanted the best for them. I rooted for them. I felt s
Sally Koslow
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yes, I'm biased, because I'm the author, but this is what makes THE WIDOW WALTZ a read you'll thoroughly enjoy. The novel is a hybrid of family saga and mystery set in Manhattan and the Hamptons, where Georgia Waltz becomes a woman who--due to her husband's sudden death--is profoundly tested and needs to become resilient. Fast. Georgia is a woman to whom almost any of us can relate. The book traces her journey of building bonds with her two daughters (one adopted, the other biological,) brother, ...more
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