I chose to read and review this book for Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
This historical romance is set in seventeenth century England during the time of the civil war between parliamentarians and royalists. Charlotte was married off by her family at seventeen to a man several years older than her, after a month of marriage and barely knowing her husband she became his widow. Now she and her family are embroiled in a bitter dispute regarding her inheritance from her husband, who due to his royalist loyalties has been disinherited by his family who also refuse to give Charlotte land that was given to her husband in lieu of a dowry. Charlotte’s aspirations to be independent and running her own farm are under fire, but in an age where women seem to be traded like chattel can she truly find independence?
Defying expected propriety Charlotte goes riding and meets Nate Weatherall, a rebel soldier who could not be more different from her but with her families’ loyalties under question and the defeat of the remaining royalists, Charlotte is put in a position once again to make a match for the greater good of her family rather than a great love, which she feels should be the reason for her to marry again
I really enjoyed reading A Widow’s Tale; Charlotte, despite the attitudes towards women of the time, is quite a character and a challenge to those around her. Her attraction to Nate is bewitching to read but the path of attraction and love does not run predictably or particularly smoothly for them.
As a historical novel the facts, conditions and details of the time seem very much in keeping with the seventeenth century, however, if you are a historical fiction reader that requires all the language in a book to be periodically appropriate then I fear you will be disappointed as Charlotte’s language is littered with words and phrases not exclusive to the language of the time. This did not detract from my personal enjoyment of the book as I found the characters of Charlotte and Nate captivating and their story had sufficient twists and turns to keep me engrossed.
This book could have been made even better with a decent proofread and editing, but despite the errors in the book it is a very beguiling read and I would definitely want to know what happens next in the series. The Widow’s Tale is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.