The Widow was a surprising book for me, but a very good surprise. I always love it when an author, or in this case authors, manages to take me by surprise.
Vashti lost her husband a year ago and is still carrying the weight of his death. She feels trapped and alone, but one day forces herself to make a change. She leaves her home to venture into the nearby town, and that’s where the story really begins. Vashti meets Absalom when he rescues her from a run in with an angry man she accidentally knocks into. In turn Vashti rescues Absalom too, he ends up staying with her when things in his life change and his well made plans are ruined. As the pair become closer things take a romantic turn, Vashti feels happiness after feeling empty for so long. When Absalom’s friend from college turns up, their new found peace is put at risk.
What drew me into this book was the beautiful, in depth descriptions at the start. I could feel Vashti’s pain and loneliness through the words in the book, and I was hooked. The story has some unexpected twists and turns, and you really feel as though you are taken on a journey with the characters. This is a short story that will leave you wanting more. Great if you want a story to read in one sitting.