by Jodi Thomas

August 2003
ISBN: 1-55166-715-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

The Widows of Wichita County by Jodie Thomas is a book that will touch your heart. It stirs a lot of emotions, yet I did not find it to be a read that demanded I keep the tissue box handy.

This is the first contemporary by Ms. Thomas and it is set in Clifton Creek Texas. The women involved are Randi Howard, Crystal Howard, Meredith Allen, Helena Whitworth, and Anna Montana. They are five women who span every social and economic class in Clifton Creek, and had it not been for the tragedy that affected them all on one horrific day the friendship that they formed would not have happened.

How the women come together to protect each other is a wonderfully touching story. Ms. Thomas has created five very independent women who each must deal with their tragedy in their own way, yet they never lose sight of the fact that they and they alone know what one another is feeling. As the women move through the various stages of mourning there is no downing of each otherís feelings. Itís quite the opposite, in fact they encourage each other to move forward in their lives, and help in every way that they can.

As I read I didnít want to quit turning pages. Iím not a reader who can stay up all night and read, read, read, however The Widows of Wichita County made me want to be that sort of reader. If Ms. Thomas makes a permanent switch to contemporary novels than she has made a new fan of me.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Sandi.

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