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The Widow's Watcher

From Eliza Maxwell, the bestselling author of The Unremembered Girl, comes a gripping novel about the mysteries that haunt us and the twists of fate that can unravel them Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isnt about to let her follow through.Jenna Shaw didnt ask for Larss help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In Jenna, Lars recognizes his last chance for redemption. And in her quest to solve the mysteries of Larss past and bring him closure, Jenna may find the way out of her own darkness.But the truth that waits threatens to shatter it all. When secrets are surrendered and lies are laid bare, Jenna and Lars may find that accepting the past isnt their greatest challenge. Can they afford the heartbreaking price of forgiveness?...

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The Widow s Watcher by Eliza Maxwell goodreads The Widow s Watcher has ratings and reviews Erin said From the moment I opened my eyes this morning, I was lost in Minnesota as a woman stepped The Widow s Watcher eBook Eliza Maxwell Eliza Maxwell is the author of The Unremembered Girl, The Grave Tender, and The Kinfolk She writes fiction from her home in Texas, which she shares with her ever patient husband, two impatient kids, a ridiculous English setter, and a bird named Sarah. The Widow s Watcher The Widow s Watcher Eliza Maxwell on FREE shipping on qualifying offers From Eliza Maxwell, the bestselling author of The Unremembered Girl , comes a gripping novel about the mysteries that haunt us and the twists of fate that can unravel them Living in the shadow of a decades old crime that stole his children from him The Widow s Watcher Openly Bookish Jenna Shaw is at the end of her rope of grief Her family of dwindled down to just her within the length of one gut wrenching phone call She s left behind her last family member of sorts, a fur child called Beckett Jenna was on a mission to get to a frozen lake so The Widow s Watcher Kindle edition by Eliza Maxwell The Widow s Watcher Kindle edition by Eliza Maxwell Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Widow s Watcher. The Widow s Watcher Audio Download Books Advanced Search Best Sellers Top New Releases Deals in Books School Books Textbooks Books Outlet Children s Books Calendars Diaries

The Widow's Watcher Reviews

  • Kari

    I'm sure I have said it before, but I rarely cry when I read books. Once in a while a book comes along that hits me right in the heart. The Widow's Watcher is one of those books. Jenna Shaw has been dealt an incredibly crippling blow. With one phone call, her entire world has ended. But fate puts her in the path of the one person who may be able to help her find her way to the other side of grief.

    This book was gut wrenching, sad and emotionally draining. I think I spent the first 40% of the boo
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  • Joan

    Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isn’t about to let her follow through.

    Jenna Shaw didn’t ask for Lars’s help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In Jenna, Lars recognizes his last cha
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  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M

    I read two previous novels by Ms. Maxwell, The Unremembered Girl and The Grave Tender, and liked them both very much. In several ways, they were outside my usual reading sphere: I usually avoid contemporary fiction heavy on relationships, deep emotions, and a fair amount of psychological issues because my experience with them has generally been unpleasant. Not so with Ms. Maxwell, and thus I began to read The Widow’s Watcher with anticipation, and finished it with satisfaction.

    As always, peeps,
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  • Kath

    Actually, 4.5 stars

    Jenna is really struggling. After suffering devastating and total loss, she has got to the end of her tether so to speak so makes a big decision. She drives off and randomly stops by a lake. She then walks out onto the frozen surface of the lake. Lars spots her from his house and prevents her continuing with her goal. And thus a bond is formed which, despite reluctance from both parties seems strong. Lars has his own demons to fight, the loss of his wife and two of his childre
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  • Kristine Hall

    This is the third book I’ve read by author Eliza Maxwell, and there is a reason I keep coming back. Yes, her book covers are gorgeous and enticing and make you want to crawl inside and find out the story behind the image. But those covers are only one appetizer before a multi-course meal. The cover of The Widow’s Watcher whets the appetite, and then Maxwell, like all good chefs, sets the stage by feeding the reader morsels of information that hint at the delicious feast to come. (Note to self: h

    "Is there anything so empty as something that's once been full?"


    Oh, the GUILT in this book. Guilt is such a driving force of human nature, and the richly drawn characters in The Widow’s Watcher are immersed in it. They feel guilt about what they’ve done in equal parts with what they haven’t done…or are going to do…or have thought about doing – or maybe didn’t really do at all. The pain of their guilt radiates from the characters and is exacerbated by the secrets they keep. Eliza Maxwell knows how to write secrets.

    "Forgiveness is hard. It's painful. It's giving when you've got nothing left to give, from places you can't afford to give anything else."


    In what I would say is Eliza Maxwell’s trademark style, she creates complex characters who are ruled by the guilt they carry and the secrets they keep and who are their own worst enemies. Maxwell builds extraordinary, yet realistic relationships between the characters that allow readers to relate to them. These connections, both between characters but also between the reader and the characters, are powerful and make us feel invested in the characters’ lives.

    "Hope was a frightening thing to rekindle. As impossible to control as a wildfire on a dry plain."


    The Widow’s Watcher is powerful and poignant. Prepare to feel emotionally drained after you finish reading because this book puts readers through the wringer. It is at times profoundly sad, but there is a constant hopeful thread that weaves its way in and out of the sadness as the characters search for redemption and forgiveness they don’t know they are seeking.

    The writing is lovely and flows well with short chapters that allow for a quick read. There are some scattered SPAG errors, but none were enough to impact my enjoyment. As I did with The Grave Tender and The Unremembered Girl, I highly recommend reading The Widow’s Watcher for a smorgasbord of feelings that will leave you satisfyingly full but not in need of an antacid.

    Extra credit awarded: Yes, there is a library in the story and though I was initially bummed by the librarian’s attitude and *GASP* withholding of information, in keeping with the rest of the story, there is redemption. Double points awarded for one of my favorite sayings, "You can't judge a book by its cover...but you can judge a person by their books."

    Thank you to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the author for providing me a beautiful print copy in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give. This full review and more special features on Hall Ways Blog .

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  • Deb

    My review in exchange for winning this book. The beginning was very slow and uninteresting to me and the only part that originally kept me reading was the attitudes the main characters had toward each other with the bantering. The center of the book started getting into the meat of what made it want me to keep going and going even though I had to put it down for hours and I did other things, after all it is summer. The last quarter of the book is more to the type I enjoy personally as it got thr ...more

  • Jennifer

    I LOVED this book!! It was beautifully written and had me hooked from the moment I started.

    At first I thought Jenna was taking a trip with her teenager. Then my heart sank when I realized the truth and that the conversations were actually one sided. I'll admit I cried during this book. There were so many heartbreaking moments. Jenna found Lars when she needed someone the most. Both were struggling with losing loved ones. For nearly thirty years, Lars has not been able to find his two younger ch
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  • Literati Literature Lovers

    The Widow’s Watcher by Eliza Maxwell touches on many topics: suicidal ideation, surviving tragic loss, mental illness, and the importance of family and forgiveness. For those of you who are thinking right now that this book sounds like a real downer, I’m not going to lie. You will be well into the narrative before you begin to see some light. Yet, isn’t literature supposed to be real? And isn’t it supposed to reflect the human condition? Aren’t we supposed to find characters with whom we can ide ...more