I hope this lovely Saturday is going well, I have already posted a review today, so it won’t be a surprised that I have another one ready to share with you guys.
“The Widow’s Mite“, written by Allie Cresswell, is the second novel of the Widows Series, published on 5th March 2020.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Allie Cresswell for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Minnie Price married late in life. Now she is widowed. And starving.
No one suspects this respectable church-goer can barely keep body and soul together. Why would they, while she resides in the magnificent home she shared with Peter?
Her friends and neighbours are oblivious to her plight and her adult step-children have their own reasons to make things worse rather than better. But she is thrown a lifeline when an associate of her late husband arrives with news of an investment about which her step-children know nothing.
Can she release the funds before she finds herself homeless and destitute?
Fans of ‘The Hoarder’s Widow’ will enjoy this sequel, but it reads equally well as a standalone.
Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.
She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.
She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.
She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England.
The Widow’s Mite is her tenth novel.
I have read Allie Cresswell’s books before, but I haven’t read the book one in this series yet, and I will say, although I don’t like to do it, I didn’t feel left out, because it could be read as a standalone. Of course there were some things I know came from Maisie’s story (book one), but it was totally fine with me and it makes me curious now about that novel, just so I can connect some dots.
We follow Minnie Price during this new phase in her life as a widower. It’s something I have no experience about, but I have seen my grandma and some aunts and a cousin go through it, and I could empathize for Minnie as I would for any member of my family.
There was this vulnerability in the story that is heart breaking and emotional. Did I love that about the story? Well, yes, Allie Cresswell wrote a brilliant story that was thought provoking while taking us on a emotional rollercoaster.
Because we get to see Maisie’s story as well, the format of this novel combined with the plot and the development of the characters, it was like this beautifully knitted blanket. Minnie and Maisie are amazing, well written, characters that touched my heart, and seeing the storytelling unfold was fantastic.
The characters interactions were realistic and that made it for a bittersweet realization about human interactions and our society. There’s always plenty of different attitudes and personalities. Something that made this story sound so real.
Overall, it was a brilliant novel. I do hope I get to read the first novel soon so I can fully understand Maisie and the connections with this book. Nevertheless, “The Widow’s Mite” was a book I enjoyed reading and if this is the kind of book that sparks your attention, I would say: Go for it and be prepared to feel.
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