I received a copy of The Widow’s Watcher by Eliza Maxwell from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. Although the characters in this book had each been through a tragedy, their subsequent relationship with one another was heart warming. Surprisingly, the main relationship in the story is not romantic, but rather a father-daughter type relationship.
“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 chance for redemption. And in her quest to solve the mysteries of Lars’s 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 isn’t their greatest challenge. Can they afford the heartbreaking price of forgiveness?”
I found Jenna’s infiltration into Lars’s life a little surprising in that she is not part of his family but somehow becomes enmeshed with them so much that she is the one who uncovers the mystery Lars has been living with for years. The family members seem to accept her without question, while I would have expected more suspicion at her sudden appearance. However, her presence does provide the answers and the healing that the family obviously needed.
I did not guess the twists or the answers in this book and I’m not sure if that was due to lack of hinting or lack of paying attention on my part. The reveal did make sense and offered the characters healing which was hopeful and uplifting to read. The unique plot made me wonder what I would do in the characters’ situations and kept me reading this book quickly.
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