Title: The Widows of Braxton County
Author: Jess McConkeyPublication Year: 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Date Completed: Sept - 2013
The Widows of Braxton County tells the story of two women, Hannah and Kate who marry into the same messed up family a century apart. The husbands of both women, Jacob and Joe Krause, die in a similar fashion, by a knife to their backs.
Kate's story takes place in the present day, in Braxton County, Iowa, when she marries Joe Krause. Kate couldn't be happier, she sees Joe is a good man and she feels that she has finally found happiness. Kate's own parents died when she was young and her grandmother constantly reminded her of the sacrifices she made by raising her. After the wedding she moves into the farm house that has been in Joe's family for over a hundred years. Kate's new husband has neglected to tell her that his abrasive mother Trudy, will be living with them. When Kate voices her displeasure, Joe reassures Kate that it's only temporary, but she is not so sure. Trudy isn't fond of Kate and at times is down right mean to her.
Bit by bit, details about Hannah's story and her marriage to Jacob over a hundred years earlier are revealed. Like Kate, Hannah never felt like she has a place within the family, and a century long family feud was fueled after Hannah's husband Jacob was murdered.
The story alternates between Kate's story and Hannah's story a century earlier. I enjoyed this one a lot. The author does a great job with the mystery element, making the reader want to read just a few more pages until all is revealed.. At times I felt like the story had almost a Gothic feel to it and even a quick reminder of Rebecca. Readers who enjoy stories about family relationships and long buried secrets will probably enjoy this one as much as I did.