The Widows of Braxton County: A Novel
Kate is ready to put her nomadic, city-dwelling past behind her when she marries Joe Krause and moves with him to the Iowa farm that has been in his family for more than 140 years. But life on the farm isn't quite as idyllic as she'd hoped. It's filled with chores, judgmental neighbors, and her mother-in-law, who—unbeknownst to Kate until after the wedding—will be living with them.
As Kate struggles to find her place in the small farming community, she begins to realize that her husband and his family are not who she thought they were. According to town gossip, the Krauss family harbors a long-kept secret about a mysterious death. As the past creeps into Kate’s present, she’s caught in a web of dangerous, unexplainable events.
While suspenseful and absolutely chilling, THE WIDOWS OF BRAXTON COUNTY is also very much the story of a woman coming to terms with her past and learning who she truly is. In the vein of Jennifer McMahon’s Promise Not to Tell, comes a haunting story about family secrets and how well we really know the people we love.
This is the first book have read by Jess McConkey and won't be the last.
The book starts out with a murder in the Krause Family in 1890, then comes to the present date with Kate newly married to Joe Krause and new to the town of Dutton. The book shifts back and forth from 1890 to present telling the story of the first murder in the Krause Family ,a Century old Feud that includes a family curse,and the present day Murder of Kate's new Husband Joe.The characters and story line are strong . Before I even opened the book the first thing that caught my attention was the haunting yet beautiful image of a White house with white picket fence that adorned the cover.I opened the pages and started reading to find not only a murder but a mystery in 1890 the book is fabulous from the start the deeper I got in the more suspenseful it became and added more mystery through out the story keeping me engrossed until the final page.where the ending completely blew me away.I Highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from Jess in the future.
Jess McConkey (aka Shirley Damsgaard) is an award-winning writer of short fiction, the Abby and Ophelia series, and Love Lies Bleeding. She lives in a small Iowa town, where she served as postmaster for more than twenty years.
(Disclosure: I Received a copy of The Widows of Braxton county in exchange for a Honest Review,All opinions expressed are 100% my own)