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Is it possible to disappear from your old life and create another?
The Widow Nash is a riveting narrative, filled with a colorful cast of characters, rich historical details, and epic set pieces. Europe in summer. New York in fall. Africa in winter. The lively, unforgettable town of Livingston, Montana. And in Dulcy, Jamie Harrison has created an indelible heroine sure to capture the hearts of readers everywhere.
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The Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison is a 2017 Counterpoint publication.
Captivating and absorbing historical fiction.
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 and searches through his ‘disaster’ journals for clues to the whereabouts of the missing money.
However, Walton, commits suicide before Dulcy’s research has produced any results. Not long after Walton dies, Dulcy vanishes, and is presumed dead, another probable victim of suicide.
But, in truth, Dulcy took advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to reinvent herself. She does this by settling into the Elite Hotel in Livingston, Montana, presenting herself to the residents there as ‘Mrs. Nash’, a wealthy widow.
From there Dulcy occasionally reminisces about her travels and adventures with her father, a self -made man with an obsession with earthquakes, and a penchant for the ladies, which eventually caught up with him, when he contracted syphilis.
These flashbacks paint a complex father and daughter relationship. It was an unconventional upbringing, which provided Dulcy with experiences no other girl her age would have hoped for, but also came at a high cost to her in many other ways.
But, in her new life, Dulcy escapes the dangerous Victor, takes a lover, and for the first time in her life appears to have found her niche. She blossoms and begins to really take command of her life, until her past comes calling…
This is such a good story. There are some difficult passages sprinkled throughout, and has its share of dark undertones, but it is also very fascinating and interesting. This author has a real talent for bringing to life vivid and unique characterizations.
The dialogue and prose is exceptional, as are the lavish details, descriptions and landscapes. I traveled around a bit and absorbed pieces of history, while getting to know Dulcy, a strong-willed and determined woman who works to escape a most untenable situation and grabs her chance to live life on her own terms.
There are a few distractions in the narrative, especially with the 'disaster' journal entries, which were interesting in the beginning, but, the interruptions they brought could be exasperating at times. I understand why the author felt it was
There’s suspense, adventure, drama and intrigue, romance, poignancy, and irony, and rip -roaring tale of the wild west. I don’t know if I have ever read historical fiction quite like this.
This is a new author for me, but I’m impressed with her writing style, and will certainly add more of her novels to my reading list.
I highly recommend this novel for fans of historical fiction, or to anyone who enjoys rich characters, strong female leads, and marvelous storytelling.
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