The Widows of Braxton County


The Widows of Braxton County by Jess McConkey

Pub: Jul 23, 2013

4 of 5 stars

Newlywed Kate struggles to fit into the small farming community in which her husband Joe grew up, especially as she learns about his family’s terrible secrets and a supposed curse that has fallen upon them.

“Hannah was Jacob’s second wife and you’re just like her.  She didn’t fit in any better than you do.”  Trudy wagged a finger at Kate.  “Mark my words… history is going to repeat itself.”

Though this book began with the feeling of a chick-lit novel (of which I’m not a huge fan), the somewhat depressive story lines about a poor city girl who didn’t fit in her new rural community, her overbearing grandmother and mother-in-law, and her husband’s downward spiral into abuse are eventually overshadowed by some eerie coincidences, tense confrontations, and two murder mysteries that leave the main characters unable to trust even those closest to them.

Though often I’m not a huge fan of books with dual story lines in different eras, this one did it well, focusing more on the modern-day tale, and only relating back to historical story line when it actually moved the plot forward.

I think the thing I liked most about this book was the fact that the mysteries kept me guessing until the very end.  Even when I thought I knew what had happened, the author sprung some new information into the mix that had me second-guessing myself, and yet, when it was all said and done, fit perfectly into the plot.  I’d definitely read more from this author.

TLCBookToursCheck out what other TLC bloggers have to say about THE WIDOWS OF BRAXTON COUNTY:

Tuesday, July 23rd:  Dwell in Possibility

Thursday, July 25th: 5 Minutes For Books

Monday, July 29th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, July 30th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

Wednesday, July 31st: BoundByWords

Thursday, August 1st: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews

Monday, August 5th: A Dream Within a Dream

Tuesday, August 6th: Excellent Library

Monday, August 12th: Tina’s Book Reviews

Tuesday, August 13th: Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, August 14th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Thursday, August 15th: Becca’s Byline

Friday, August 16th: Sweet Southern Home

Monday, August 19th: The Reader’s Hollow


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One response to “The Widows of Braxton County”

  1. Heather J. @ TLC says :

    I like it when the “solution” to the mystery isn’t something that is apparent from the start. Sounds like this was a great read, better than you expected it to be!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

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