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Dulcy Remfrey has traveled the globe with her eccentric father Walton, a wealthy entrepreneur obsessed with earthquakes and catastrophe, searching to cure his long battle with syphilis through any crackpot means necessary. Their deep connection is tested, however, when Walton returns from an African expedition without any of the proceeds from the sale of his gold mine. It ...more
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Counterpoint
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The Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison is a 2017 Counterpoint publication.

Captivating and absorbing historical fiction.

Dulcy left home after breaking things off with her fiancé, Victor, who also happened to be her father’s business partner.

But, when she receives a phone call explaining her father, Walton, is in very bad health and has also misplaced a very large sum of money, she has no choice but to return home.

Although she must face the distasteful and creepy Victor, Dulcy cares for her father a
J.L.   Sutton
May 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
"She liked the idea of people more than the reality."

Livingston Montana Birdseye View Railroad Depot Train Station Vintage Postcard | United States - Montana - Other, Postcard / HipPostcard

Jamie Harrison's The Widow Nash features a strong-willed heroine who decides to distance herself from an ex-fiancé by disappearing and creating a new life for herself. There are questions about whether it is possible to create a new life. However, the mystery of her father's missing fortune and his cryptic notebooks continue to call her. This is rich and thoughtful historical fiction that evokes a picture of Livingston, Montana in the early 20
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read 60%. Did not work for me. Love the ending.
Ginny Pennekamp
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you love Theodore Dreiser and Edith Wharton, but feel like all the great books in those styles were written in and about a very long time ago... then THE WIDOW NASH is a book for you.

Set in the American West instead of the big cities of Chicago or New York, THE WIDOW NASH follows a young woman from her kept youth to her free adulthood. It has seriously big drama - murders! rapes! suicides! unwanted pregnancies! beatings! theft! illness! -- incredibly big passions -- should I marry the man wh
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book for the second time, and, yep, it's amazing. I don't think I can even count all the ways it captivated and entertained me. I am so sorry to be finished with Dulcy and Lewis and Walton and Samuel and Margaret and Irving. Hell, I'm missing them all already. ...more
Well, I am glad that is over. There were many times when I considered giving up and not finishing The Widow Nash, but I just had to know what happened with Dulcy. She was never what I disliked about the book; often there were just too many unnecessary words (and I like words) between the interesting parts.
I totally understand Dulcy's desire to disappear and become someone else in a different place; however at the beginning of the 1900s, her options were very limited. She'd lived an interesting l
Full review here. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

Dulcy Remfrey's father, Walton, has started to lose his mind, and in addition, a large fortune. His business partner (who is also Dulcy's brutal ex-fiance) requests Dulcy come to Seattle to see if she can figure out what he has done with his money by reading through the twelve eccentric notebooks her father has kept over the years. When Walton dies and Dulcy's ex, Victor, grows suspicious that she may no
Jul 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Could not finish this book. Read half which was about the illness and death of a father and his effect on several people including his daughter, Dulcy. To escape the life she could not face, she reinvents herself as Maria Nash. The plot had a chance to pick up the interest and the pace, but it continued with interspersing the present with past travels with her father, including disaster after disaster. I tried skipping those blasts of the past until...I could no longer. I did view the satisfying ...more
Patricia Lawler
Jul 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Didn't finish it. Slow going. ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Could not engage with this novel.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Finally finished this book after having to drag myself through it. I kept thinking that things would pick up, but after I got about halfway through I finally realized that it was never going to pick up. I should have cut my losses and stopped reading, but I hate to leave a book unfinished. All of the elements of an intriguing story are there, but unfortunately it was not strung together in a way that could keep my attention. Too much extra information and side stories about characters who I coul ...more
Sep 10, 2017 marked it as to-read
Marking as "abandoned" for now because even though I was really excited to start this, I find the writing unnecessarily convoluted and the characters rather boring. ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure exactly how to describe this richly narrated romp through the wild west of the early 20th century, but it's got just about everything you could possibly ask for in a novel--history, mystery, love, travel, friendship, family, and more than a little disaster. Dulcy has a good reason to disappear from her life. Her dead father's partner is sure she is the keeper of funds her father owed him for the sale of a mine in South Africa which he "lost" as he was losing his mind from complicat ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had a rough time getting started on this book. However, before too long I looked up and noticed hours had ( gone by and I was halfway through. Dulcy, a woman alone, is kept captive by men, including her syphilitic dying father, in a hotel owned by her ex fiancée in Seattle. Harrison does a wonderful job describing the various climatic conditions that Dulcy inhabits as a captive, a fugitive, and a woman at peace. Initially Dulcy sees herself as invisible compared to her sister yet to me she isn ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
A little slow to start, but great writing and a look at life in Montana in the early 1900s. This is about a young woman dealing with the death of her eccentric father and running from an abusive ex-fiancé. There is a lot about her deceased father and his prolonged illness with syphilis. Also, a lot about people suffering from malaria contracted in foreign wars. Thank goodness for modern medicine! A good look at a strong, intelligent woman trying to escape her past.
Tom Buske
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
A decent plot is spoiled by a style that is frequently a slog.
Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books
Call me vulgar, but when a book opens with a young woman, a father who’s dying of syphilis, missing money and a murderous ex-fiancé, I’m all in. It’s the early 1900s, the young woman is twenty-four-year-old Dulcy (short of Leda Cordelia Dulcinea) and her father, Walton Remfrey, is an eccentric but brilliant inventor and engineer with a penchant for women (hence the syphilis) and a love of travel. He partners with Victor, Dulcy’s ex-fiancé in a series of African gold mines, but when he returns to ...more
Joseph Reynolds
Jan 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
This novel has been a disaster for me as a reader. It's one of those novels that you go 'this could be a nice meaty read' and you get sucked in. The scene-setting is excellent, the characters are interesting although possibly a shade cliche. Then, around page 40 I had a slight dread creep up. Nothing happening. Am I getting conned here? I keep reading, thinking, well, things are bound to happen, I'm just a reader-chondriac. Page 50. Nothing happening. Lots of fluff. Fluff fluff fluff. Ok. I'll g ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Of all the unconventional lives created for fictional heroines, I don’t know if anyone has conjured up anything as dangerously madcap as Dulcy Remfrey’s life in Jamie Harrison’s The Widow Nash. As the daughter of a syphilitic geologist/miner, Dulcy grew up crisscrossing the globe as her father searched for precious minerals and cures. His death in Seattle is just the start of her own deadly adventure...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from Edelwei
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down! It has adventure, treasure hunting, tragedy, love and a cast of complex characters to admire and loathe. The heroine, Dulcey, has moxy and intelligence which keeps her alive though a suspenseful saga. For anyone who has spent time in Southwest Montana near Yellowstone National Park, the descriptions of the weather and landscape will resonate and for those who haven't, it will make you want to travel there to see for yourself. And if that wasn't enough, the food des ...more
Lynn Meland
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book captured me from beginning to end! I wish I were a better writer so that I could properly express my response to reading The Widow Nash. The characters are intelligent and real. I felt pulled back in time. The story is so creative - not your typical fluffy love story. But there is love... and hate... and well... just read it! This is a must read!
Anita Lynch-Cooper
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
What's not to like ? A crazy father with tertiary syphilis , a missing fortune, an abusive ex-fiance and clues to a mystery. I found the beginning a bit of a slog but it really picked up midway . ...more
DNF- Gave up after 70pp as it was just not grabbing me. Rambling, overly full of descriptions and lists of words. Tedious. Confusing. Might try another day but then again, life is too short.
Elizabeth G.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-2017-reads
This is a debut novel from a writer to watch for. It is a fast-paced, action-filled novel, set with a distinct terroir of a small wind-swept town in the west in the early 1900's. A full cast of 8-10 characters are easy to keep straight because they are all so quirky. All are profane; most with some kind of secret past they want to hide. There's a compelling love story at the center that is lightly sketched with delicate but telling details. Lot's of seriously bad guys who meet varied, largely gr ...more
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I received a complimentary copy of the Kindle edition of this book from the publisher during a Goodreads Giveaway. I was not required to provide a review or to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. This information is being disclosed in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials."

I’m not sure how I feel about this book...
At times the prose was simply beau
This was a 3.5 read

Thoughts coming shortly
Cathee Evans
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Would recommend to people who love historical fiction.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the widow Nash. Jamie Harrison took me with the widow to the early 1900's in one of my favorite states, Montana. The conversations, the words used, the pictures painted by the words all took me far from where I am. I recommend especially for any women looking for a very cool woman star!
nikkia neil
Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC.

A woman taking control and fighting back would land you in a madhouse in the time period of this novel. Would you take the chance? A loved that this novel explores so many taboo topics with aplomb.
Chancellor Fangirl
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
What I really like about this book are the unique characters. All these characters feel real and yet not like others I've run across before. It feels oddly structured and paced sometimes, but there's also some really lovely passages. ...more
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Jamie Harrison is the author of six novels: The Center of Everything (January 2021, Counterpoint), The Widow Nash (2017), and the four Jules Clement/Blue Deer mysteries, slated to be reissued soon by Counterpoint Press: The Edge of the Crazies, Going Local, An Unfortunate Prairie Occurrence, and Blue Deer Thaw. She was awarded the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Reading the ...more

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