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The Widow's War Married for twenty years to Edward Berry, Lyddie is used to the trials of being a whaler s wife in the Cape Cod village of Satucket, Massachusetts running their house herself during her husband s long absences at sea, living with the daily uncertainty that Edward will simply not return And when her worst fear is realized, she finds herself doubly cursed She is overwhelmed by grief, and her property and rights are now legally in the hands of her nearest male relative her daughter s overbearing husband, whom Lyddie cannot abide Lyddie decides to challenge both law and custom for control of her destiny, but she soon discovers the price of her bold war for personal freedom to be heartbreakingly dearIncludes the fascinating story behind the story of The Widow s War, a map of colonial Brewster, and a driving tour of the village of Satucket


10 thoughts on “The Widow's War

  1. Jill Jill says:

    Historical fiction at its best Story of a woman struggling to retain a little autonomy at a time in American history that did not allow for this After her husband dies, the widow of the title is determined to hold onto as much of her independent as possible but the law of the land dictates that she is now under the care of her closest male relative, a boorish son in law She uses as much of the law as she can to fight the system A fascinating look into life in New England in the mid 1700s.


  2. Nikie Elwood Nikie Elwood says:

    This book was a cheap purchase on my Nook and it has been given great reviews but I am not a fan I really liked Gunning s description of an 18th century whaling village on Cape Cod I thought the descriptions were beautiful, but that is about all I liked I thought it was a bodice ripper disguised as historical fiction I hate it when an author inserts 21st century thinking and s into historical settings Within months of her husband dying in a whaling accident, our heroine, Lyddie, has pas This book was a cheap purchase on my Nook and it has been given great reviews but I am not a fan I really liked Gunning s description of an 18th century whaling village on Cape Cod I thought the descriptions were beautiful, but that is about all I liked I thought it was a bodice ripper disguised as historical fiction I hate it when an author inserts 21st century thinking and s into historical settings Within months of her husband dying in a whaling accident, our heroine, Lyddie, has passionate sex with the Indian neighbor, gives up her belief in God, is banned from attending church, and has hot thoughts about her lawyer Whew Where did she find the energy to fight with her son in law over a widow s right to property, which is the pretext of this novel I didn t find it to be what it advertised


  3. Britany Britany says:

    Massachusetts, early 1800s, Lyddie Berry finds herself suddenly widowed, and back then the laws stipulated that she has to move in with her son in law Nathan Clarke Evil Chauvinist and she stands up for herself and decides to live in her 1 3rd of her old house Interesting to read about the lack of women s rights during this time period I just wanted so muchThe characters were difficult to connect to, and towards the end I didn t really understand her relationships with the men in he Massachusetts, early 1800s, Lyddie Berry finds herself suddenly widowed, and back then the laws stipulated that she has to move in with her son in law Nathan Clarke Evil Chauvinist and she stands up for herself and decides to live in her 1 3rd of her old house Interesting to read about the lack of women s rights during this time period I just wanted so muchThe characters were difficult to connect to, and towards the end I didn t really understand her relationships with the men in her life, I kind of shrugged to myself and thought What s the point of this So many things that didn t really add value to the book


  4. Jane Jane says:

    Interesting novel about an 18th century widow who tries to maintain some independence of thought and action, after the death of her whaler husband of 20 years She fights against the strictures on women of her day and against her overbearing son in law s controlling Her main ally is a lawyer Much food for thought here wow, I m glad I live in this day and age


  5. Shauna Hruby Shauna Hruby says:

    I loved reading this book it quickly became very obsessive Most of the time, I read books in snatches here and there, easily setting my book down to attend to the needs of the day but this book grabbed me and wouldn t permit me to let it go I postponed dinner and waved my children away let me finish I rooted for Lyddie from the first chapter, and I was caught up in her plight for independence, rights and freedom Acknowledging that my rooting may be influenced by my modern woman s perspect I loved reading this book it quickly became very obsessive Most of the time, I read books in snatches here and there, easily setting my book down to attend to the needs of the day but this book grabbed me and wouldn t permit me to let it go I postponed dinner and waved my children away let me finish I rooted for Lyddie from the first chapter, and I was caught up in her plight for independence, rights and freedom Acknowledging that my rooting may be influenced by my modern woman s perspective, I nevertheless felt that Gunning stayed true to her 18th century tale it was an insightful bit of early American historical fiction, and never rang false


  6. Heather Heather says:

    Sad I was REALLY liking this book I would even say I was LOVING this book I love historical fiction and strong female characters It was fascinating to learn how the women in the 1760 s were treated and what their life was like if they were widowed I loved the characters in this book and the story plot was intriguing However, the last 3rd of the book left me so disappointed the characters morals, decisions, and even the plot left me annoyed, disgusted, and completely at odds with this bo Sad I was REALLY liking this book I would even say I was LOVING this book I love historical fiction and strong female characters It was fascinating to learn how the women in the 1760 s were treated and what their life was like if they were widowed I loved the characters in this book and the story plot was intriguing However, the last 3rd of the book left me so disappointed the characters morals, decisions, and even the plot left me annoyed, disgusted, and completely at odds with this book It crossed my personal inappropriate and icky threshold as well The book had such promise, but sadly, I can t recommend it nor would I read it again if I d known where it was headed


  7. Joy Joy says:

    Okay, I ll try not to gush, because this is not a gushy is that a word kind of book It s as a hard as nails story about a widow living in the 1700 s the choices she had to make not much choice and the consequences of her choices.I love Sally Gunning s writing style and if I had highlighted all the beautiful prose I would have quickly gone over the limit Very visual, simple, and eloquent.I couldn t help identifying with the widow since I once lived alone, and even fought the system a tim Okay, I ll try not to gush, because this is not a gushy is that a word kind of book It s as a hard as nails story about a widow living in the 1700 s the choices she had to make not much choice and the consequences of her choices.I love Sally Gunning s writing style and if I had highlighted all the beautiful prose I would have quickly gone over the limit Very visual, simple, and eloquent.I couldn t help identifying with the widow since I once lived alone, and even fought the system a time or two myself Sometimes she was very courageous and sometimes she made choices by not making choices Her hard fought independence did not always make her happy, and she sometimes wondered about her decisions Yes, that is life.This is definitely a book I did not want to end, and one that I will read again Although I have learned to be cautious about reading sequels, I have already downloaded Bound The consequence of that choice remains to be seen


  8. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    The prose language held a convincing tone for the period The locale descriptions superlative We know the people, and their daily tasks and conversation habits Solid story and the property rights issue was illustrative But honestly, it was so revisionist in the pace of her changing choices and thoughts on self identity that it made my believability meter go off like a siren Women of the mid 18th century don t progress to 20th century choices and sensibilities, let alone actions, with such ju The prose language held a convincing tone for the period The locale descriptions superlative We know the people, and their daily tasks and conversation habits Solid story and the property rights issue was illustrative But honestly, it was so revisionist in the pace of her changing choices and thoughts on self identity that it made my believability meter go off like a siren Women of the mid 18th century don t progress to 20th century choices and sensibilities, let alone actions, with such jumps within such time periods The entire love triangle angle and much of the events of religious non belief Somehow that was just too far off perceptions for the time, IMHO It made a good story, but I m not sure I would classify this as historical fiction Muchlike period romance to fantasy


  9. Beata Beata says:

    I wish I could give this book two and a half stars It was better than ok, but it was a bit disappointing What started off as an interesting historical account of one woman s struggle for independence and a sense of self, soon descended into occasional pornographic descriptions of coupling and soap opera like intrigue Really, this could have been a muchserious book, but instead you might almost expect to see Fabio on the cover wearing a wig, of course.


  10. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    3.5 review to follow.


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