The Widow's Watcher by Eliza Maxwell
Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isn’t about to let her follow through.
Jenna Shaw didn’t ask for Lars’s help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In Jenna, Lars recognizes his last chance for redemption. And in her quest to solve the mysteries of Lars’s past and bring him closure, Jenna may find the way out of her own darkness.
But the truth that waits threatens to shatter it all. When secrets are surrendered and lies are laid bare, Jenna and Lars may find that accepting the past isn’t their greatest challenge. Can they afford the heartbreaking price of forgiveness?
I am going to be completely honest, this book did not grab my interest at all when I first started reading it. What drew me to the Widow Watcher initially was the description on the back cover. All that to say, this book started out a bit slow for me, but then picked up in pace, and I couldn't stop reading from there.
Two people who have dealt with loss, find friendship in very hard and difficult circumstances. This novel is one of forgiveness, love, grief and loss. It is deep and has difficult emotions, but also will bring two strangers together in a way that will leave you amazed by the end of the book. I was rooting for Jenna as she was trying to uncover what happened to her family, but I also was heartbroken. Lars' story is a heartbreaker, too. Make sure you have chocolate and tissues on hand for this book. Eliza Maxwell has a complete craft for writing a story well and this one will dive deep into your heart long after the story is over.
About the Author:
Eliza Maxwell lives in Texas with a patient man, two impatient children and a bird named Sarah. When she's not working on her next novel, she stays busy trying to keep her children from some future therapist's chair.You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.