A Widow in Waiting

Rated 4.67/5 based on 12 reviews
Who killed Alfred de Maine, Lord Farnton? His pretty widow Eleanor knows the truth, but she also knows the value of a secret. Will patience, love, and Eleanor's magic of moving win her the man of her dreams? Or is she doomed to live and die a Widow in Waiting? More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781476228297
About Anne B. Walsh

Anne B. Walsh was telling stories about magic and intrigue from the time she could talk, but it took her twenty years to realize she could make a living at it. Her first novel, historical fantasy "A Widow in Waiting", has its origins in a PBS special which changed her life; her second, semi-traditional fantasy "Homecoming", takes its inspiration from some of her other writing; and her third, soft science fiction "Killdeer", stems from her constant interest in the ways in which the future and the past coincide.

Anne lives east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with one roommate (Krystal), two black Labs (Buddy and Brando), and two black cats (Starsky and Hutch). Sadly, their Cane Corso mastiff, Bruce, passed away in mid-August 2013, and their first cats, Poppy and Sesame, who helped inform Anne's first collection of short stories, "Cat Tales", passed out of their lives after an accident on Christmas Day 2013. No one ever said life was fair.

Anne's parents and siblings live two hours north of her, otherwise known as just far enough away. She has also been writing Harry Potter fan fiction for nearly ten years and is known best in that genre as the creator of the "Dangerverse" alternate universe (which inspired "Homecoming").

Beyond writing fiction, Anne's preoccupations include reading fiction; singing anywhere that will have her, including her church and local galas; theatre, especially musicals; all forms of cooking; and her family and friends. Within writing fiction, her preoccupations are much the same, meaning most of her stories involve loving families, delicious food, and good music. Consider yourself warned.

A number of projects continue to need Anne's attention as she writes her original novels. Among these are the final novel-length work in the Dangerverse, "Surpassing Danger", and the themed fantasy anthologies she co-authors with her friend and fellow author Elizabeth Conall.

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Reviews

Review by: Marilyn Velez on July 17, 2014 :
I received this book as part of a LibraryThing Member Giveaway. I really enjoyed the setting, the time period seemed very well-researched. The world that the author creates within that time period is fascinating and very well described. It is very easy to picture the towns and households of this novel. The characters are very well-written. They are well-developed and described with both their physical attributes and their personalities. There are a lot of characters in the book, and it can be somewhat confusing to keep them straight, however, the author as provided information about the families at the end of the book to help keep them organized. I thought all of the characters were very well done. The only problem I really had was the plot somewhat. Although I did enjoy the story very much, the plot was very confusing. The book is a 400 page book, the first 200 pages of the book mostly talks about events that happened previous to the present time in the book, I thought at first that this book must be a sequel and I had missed the first book in the series, and not much else happened for the characters in their present time except constant references to the previous events. i almost gave up on the book, thinking that I would have to find the previous book and read it first so I would know what was happening in this book. This flashback style continued throughout the book, enough so that most of the previous events were understood and explained, however the plot for the characters in their present time didn't really pick up until halfway through the book. I would just suggest that maybe for the first half of the book that there might be a little less flashbacks and a little more storyline for the characters in present day. One other thing I felt was confusing was that the blurb for the book was who killed the husband? This was not the main theme of this book, really, although it was part of the plot, it was not the main driving theme of the book. The main them was the wonderful world the author created and the characters. It is about choosing love and peace and family over society's version of success and wealth, and how the characters learn and grow and decide what is important to them. The book also includes "magical" powers, gypsies, and much more. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rebecca Soto on March 28, 2013 :
I LOVED this book! The story of Eleanor/Nora/Noreen is filled with adventure and likable heroes as well as those villians we do not care for. Eleanor finds herself with a chance to escape from her controlling husband. Taking that chance changes her life in more ways than one. Her father and his friend want to know the truth about how her husband died- she is just glad to be free of him and waits for the next chapter of her life to begin. Throughout this time she meets and makes several new friends, however, we also get to see life in the small town where her husband died. It is an interesting story to follow, with all of the high society drama as well as the small village and "gypsy" lifestyle. I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading more by Anne Walsh!

*I received my copy for free in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rebecca Soto on March 28, 2013 : (no rating)
I LOVED this book! The story of Eleanor/Nora/Noreen is filled with adventure and likable heroes as well as those villians we do not care for. Eleanor finds herself with a chance to escape from her controlling husband. Taking that chance changes her life in more ways than one. Her father and his friend want to know the truth about how her husband died- she is just glad to be free of him and waits for the next chapter of her life to begin. Throughout this time she meets and makes several new friends, however, we also get to see life in the small town where her husband died. It is an interesting story to follow, with all of the high society drama as well as the small village and "gypsy" lifestyle. I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading more by Anne Walsh!

*I received my copy for free in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: AJ Murphy on Jan. 21, 2013 :
While this timeline can be a bit on the confusing side, I did find the book a good read. I'd definitely recommend it...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Maialen Barquin on Jan. 13, 2013 :
Even though it took me way too long to read, RL got in the middle, I really enjoyed the book. I have to say it's a typical story with a very interesting twist.

I found the timeline a little bit confusing at some points, and I think some parts were not too clear.

All in all I liked it, and enjoyed it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nightwing Whitehead on Dec. 15, 2012 :
A wildly happy romp through an alternate Victorionesque countryside, complete with a highly developed sense of magical skills obly possessed by a set few.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: mrsmonnandez on Dec. 09, 2012 :
Does magic exist? It certainly does in Anne Walsh’s A Widow in Waiting, a tome of an adventure that takes the reader from the upper echelons of society in England to the magical but humble hillsides of Ireland. For Eleanor (Noreen) de Maine, the titular widow whose husband, Lord Alfred, is mysteriously killed by a highwayman, wearing her mourning gown and putting on the face of a bereft lady is a small price to pay for being freed from the clutches of her manipulative husband (literally, for his power was manipulation). For John (Séan) Marlowe, resident of Glenscar, Ireland, Alfred’s death in his village allows him to finally meet the woman of his dreams (literally, for his power is dreaming about real people’s lives, including Eleanor’s). Six months is the minimum amount of time that Eleanor and John must wait for their union to be socially acceptable, but a lot can happen in half a year, and their love is certainly put to the test. A Widow in Waiting is the story of these months and the obstacles they must overcome—the least of which is a timely letter from an erstwhile resident of Glenscar to Eleanor’s father—until the can finally be together. If you love grand, sweeping regency tales (although, technically speaking, the 1780 setting predates the Regency period), small-community vignettes, and a large cast of quirky characters, then this story is surely for you!

Story & Pacing: 9
I waddled back and forth between giving this a grade of 8 or 9. The plot is easy to follow and successfully executed, but at 400+ pages, I feel that some parts of the six-month waiting period could have been compressed and/or possibly omitted, particularly some of the follies of Nevan and Kieran. Walsh’s descriptions of everything—from settings and characters to societal expectations—make you feel like you are dab smack in the middle of Jane Austen’s England.

Characters: 9
There are so many characters that I was definitely confused in the first 10 or so chapters, but once I resigned myself to understanding the major ones and that the minor ones would eventually become “obvious” to me, the long cast became bearable. In terms of the characters themselves, Eleanor is delightfully quick witted and sharp tongued; Annie is a sweet companion with a plethora of observances and one-liners that made me laugh out loud; and Cob is a loyal friend who observes more than he notes. You won’t find it difficult to find Walsh’s characters endearing.

Setting: 8
Walsh’s descriptions of the village of Glenscar provide enough scope for the imagination that you could almost feel like you were living on the coast of Ireland, too. Walsh has chosen excellent locales for her story of latent and hidden magical powers that feed of the nature of the area. You’ll want visit Ireland to feel the magic, too!

Style & Writing: 9
Walsh’s writing is elegant. She strives to maintain a tone that one would expect from historical pieces; there are elements of Jane Austen and Philippa Gregory in her voice, which, as a fan of both writers, is high praise. Her sentences are varied, but her syntax remains more modern than Georgian, two qualities that make her writing very easy to digest. I really enjoyed learning a bit of Irish along the way, too!

Learnability & Teachability: 8
If you want to read a period piece or just enjoy richly developed book with a variety of themes and sub-plots, you’ll have not trouble getting into this one. It’s a long read, but for those who like to settle in for such a story, this one’s for you. There’s a list of characters, Irish words, and other juicy extras at the end of the novel. Much to my chagrin, I only did find them at the end of the story, but I think I would have found the information much more helpful at the beginning.

POTENTIAL TEACHABLES
Geography and history of England and Ireland; British Isles vs. UK vs. Great Britain vs. Britain vs. England; Georgian time period, especially social etiquette of the time; gypsies, travellers, and the like.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: rhonda Lomazow on Nov. 28, 2012 :
A wonderful read will keep you turning the pages.if you like exciting adventure and romance this is for you.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bialy Williams on Nov. 26, 2012 : (no rating)
A Widow in Waiting is delicious.

Adventure and romance join great charactisation and a well-paced plot to make this a story I couldn’t stop reading. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face while I read, either. The banter between the totally believable characters is awesome fun, and the drama never felt stale.

Congratulations on a wonderful tale, Anne – I can’t wait for Shadow’s Dancing!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Australwind on Nov. 26, 2012 :
A Widow in Waiting" had the potential to wallow in mushy, bodice ripping crud that would have bored the socks off me.... but it didn't.

It felt as if it was meticulously researched and correctly placed in the historical timeline, yet it swiftly left that path and veered into the beginnings of a subtly disguised alternative Ireland where a group people had come to live together to protect themselves from discrimination based on their 'powers'. Guess its a bit "Wizards vs Muggles" but the differences were more subtle.

An engaging set of characters, multiple plot layers that enriched the basic storyline, action and adventure - it left you wanting to find out where the story would head next as there were definitely little breadcrumb trails left to entice you further in Glenscar.

I received this review copy through Members Giveway at Librarything
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Julie Harth on July 04, 2012 : (no rating)
love, love, LOVE it! Definitely a fan of Anne's work regardless of genre and this is no exception. You won't regret buying this, trust me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tricia Elbl on June 14, 2012 :
This was a great story. I'm a fan of Anne's from the fan-fiction world, and this book was well worth the money. The characters were engaging, the plot believable, with just enough detail to hook me in. I can't wait for the next volumes. It also made me REALLY want to watch Celtic Thunder!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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