As Georgia tries everything in her power to keep her family together while learning about Ben's secrets, as well as her daughters' lies, she comes to the realization that nobody is p 'The Widow Waltz' is a heartfelt novel that follows main character Georgia Waltz as her life spirals downward when her husband, Ben, dies from a sudden heart attack while training for a marathon.
As Georgia tries everything in her power to keep her family together while learning about Ben's secrets, as well as her daughters' lies, she comes to the realization that nobody is perfect and we must love them - all of them - including their flaws. Amidst the pain of losing her husband, her efforts at rebuilding her life and retaining her family, Georgia will find the most surprising thing of all - self realization and - maybe - even love. This was a wonderfully written novel that was full of well rounded and realistic characters and memories along with heartbreaking realizations, self discovery, and the strength of love.
The writing was fantastic and I was immediately drawn into Georgia's world. She was an interesting main character - strong and intelligent yet flawed and uncertain at times. She was easy to identify with and I was rooting for her early on in the story. The plot was fresh and dealt with deeper topics underneath the surface, especially those of family, love, the past, secrets, self discovery, and inner strength.
Although there are aspects of the book that are heavy, the book itself was uplifting and a fast read. The characters - especially Georgia - and the dialogue really keep the book moving and flowing seamlessly. The writing was very well done and shows the immense talent the author possesses. Definitely recommended for fans of women's fiction and contemporary fiction! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 01, Janet rated it it was amazing. This is a sad, happy, and surpizing book wrapped all in one: The amazon.
May 20, PopcornReads rated it it was amazing Shelves: affair , general-fiction , relationships , family , family-death , fiction , secrets , giveaway , grief , infidelity. To make it even better, the publisher graciously sent me a finished hardcover copy to offer in a giveaway.
Double Whoot! We all think this could happen to someone else but never to us — well, heads up ladies, because this can and does happen to anyone. We all are faced with reinventing ourselves, often many times during our lives and when we least expect it. Apr 09, Erika Robuck rated it it was amazing.
With style, wit, and unflinching honesty, Sally Koslow explores the devastating confusion of a woman and her daughters betrayed by their beloved husband and father, who has died suddenly and taken secrets with him, and how these women summon wisdom and power to help one another heal. Aug 30, Emily rated it it was ok Shelves: reviewed , Okay, so there is no reason I can find for the intense verbiage used in this book. It was so pretentious is distracted from the story.
There are 3, maybe 4, instances where they even talk about the big words they used. Only once was it necessary to the plot; the rest just seemed liked the author trying to brag about how big their vocabulary is. It kept me from getting into the book and caring about what what happening when I was reaching for my dictionary every 50 pages or so. The cover mak Okay, so there is no reason I can find for the intense verbiage used in this book.
The cover makes it seem like a beachy read. Alas, I suppose this is an instance where you shouldn't judge the book by its cover, because I was sadly mistaken.
Part mystery, part family drama, no parts light-hearted. I feel like I cheated by using it as part of a challenge - read a book that takes place in the summertime - but, what the heck. May 27, Arlena rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-stars , chit-lit , contemporary , death , my-reviews , women-fiction , relationships , secrets , infidelity , parenting.
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Sally Koslow's fourth novel is deftly told through the alternating viewpoints of her remarkable female protagonists as they plumb for the grit required to reinvent their lives. I will say this story really take the cake and icing when all is said and done I was all caught up in this story until that ending?
I will say that this novel was a fast paced read for me because I couldn't put it down once I had started reading from it. This was truly a story that was woven into many lives with such intermingle with all the discoveries that would be found out in the process of it all was deliciously presented by this author. I liked how this author was able to give us a good read of how this main character Georgia was able to deal with her unexpected circumstances of life. For the heroine along with the daughters had to learn to re evaluate the life they had lived and enjoyed and for a live of change.
I did like the interchange between the daughters because I felt it was real. Be ready for some side stories in the rich tale as Georgia life crumbles, stories about a ring, stolen necklaces, French chefs, rock stars, dog watching Thank God for that assurance! What I also liked from the read When all is said and done this could be any women who suddenly loses her husband and you are caught having to deal with something like this can really give us something for all to think about.
In the end "The Widow Waltz" showed that change is possible for one through loving and healing. What gave me cause to wonder That ending and I won't spoil it for you but that left me saying W O W and a few more words! Is that believable! I know it's fiction but really???? Jun 11, Annie McDonnell rated it it was amazing.
I am not one to give many details about a book, so that you can read it and have the story unfold in your own time. This books hits on the highs and lows of familial and other relationships; regarding stability, trust, loyalty and financial security. I was entertained by the way she methodically introduced characters and told this story…She gave y I am not one to give many details about a book, so that you can read it and have the story unfold in your own time.
I was entertained by the way she methodically introduced characters and told this story…She gave you the next piece to this huge conundrum, piece by painful piece. She learns that she was living a life without all of the puzzle pieces; even though; she definitely thought her puzzle fit nicely together and was undoubtedly whole.
I cannot imagine moving forward after losing a husband that you love so dearly and thought was perfect in every way.
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She believed their love to be that of a fairy tale. Exactly, how do you move on when everything you know to be true, begins to unravel into falsehood? This is a story about sustaining life without the man of the family, and moving forward and being able to look up again. Even with all of the kinks. Get this book! Devour it!
It is one now one of my favorite books, quickly adding Sally Koslow to the list of authors that I absolutely adore. Can something new and beautiful come from such a tragedy? Nov 29, Imogene Drummond rated it it was amazing. The Widow Waltz captivated me to such an extent that I luxuriated and did nothing else except immerse myself in it for a day and a half. This deeply engaging novel is about what happens when the American Dream, suddenly and unexpectedly, turns upside down. The mystery of what happened, why, and what the future holds, pulls the reader in and propels the story forward.
The main characters—Georgia Waltz and her two daughters—are beautifully etched and knitted together in a family torn by a shocking cata The Widow Waltz captivated me to such an extent that I luxuriated and did nothing else except immerse myself in it for a day and a half. The main characters—Georgia Waltz and her two daughters—are beautifully etched and knitted together in a family torn by a shocking catastrophic event in their lives.
However, the ending takes this excellent novel to an exceptional level. For me, Koslow is a rare thing—a stealth writer who engages, fascinates, titillates, and then at the end, delivers a transformative twist.
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Where a less insightful author would tie up a plot neatly with ribbons and bows, or conversely gut our emotions with cataclysmic destruction, Koslow shows us an expanding universe, and helps us experience the possibility that we are part of it. They can surprise you.
Highly recommended. Feb 17, Natra rated it it was ok. I picked up this book after reading the great reviews about via iBooks and Goodreads. After read the blurb, I decided to download and start reading. In all honesty, I was attracted to this book by the blurb.
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I've always liked to know the insight of what happens to a woman when she discoveries such as what Georgia had discovered upon her husband's death. But, I was kind of disappointed. The book is written well; this I cannot fault. But, I found the overall book long winded. If the suspense was towards an inevitable, shocking outcome, I would have been satisfied and found more interesting. However, I found myself having to push through each page, hoping it gets better and the suspense of the story being drawn out would have a type of 'wow' factor.