During The Great Depression, one woman must fight against everything — including herself — to survive after her husband is tragically killed in “The River Widow” by Ann Howard Creel.

The immediate twist is Adah Branch is responsible for the accidental incident which killed her abusive husband, Lester. The year is 1937 and options and opportunities are painfully limited. 

Scared and uncertain what to do post-death, Adah places her husband’s body in the torrents of raging water at the river. A slip means Adah is swept away herself into a new and altered life.

Thus begins Adah’s return to civilization and society, her secrets and pain from all the years for everyone to see. She must provide a defense against all the accusations of the intentional murder of Lester. She also must brace for the fight to save herself and stepdaughter from the clutches of the former husband’s even-more-cruel family. 

Among all the pain and struggle, Adah meets one man and develops feelings for him against everything she ever believed herself capable of. Adah will find herself torn between saving her step-daughter, Daisy, and a new life offered by a kind man. 

Adah has been the lifelong victim of domestic abuse. There are many pages of this novel which are both sad and heart-wrenching, yet touching. Coming through the most are Adah’s reining spirit to survive and create a happier, gentler life for both herself and Daisy. 

Creel has a bold and impactful way of writing. She is descriptive in a nature with paragraphs that give a punch of each and every scene. 

Adah will find liberation, and herself in this stirring novel.

Creel is the bestselling author of “The Whiskey Sea.”

“She took that God-given talent and further developed her observational skills. Everyone had a tell, and she used that more than anything else to survive by fortune-telling.”