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It is New York, 1904, and Dulcy Remfrey, despite an idiosyncratic, traveling childhood, faces the predictable life of a woman of the time. But all that changes when her eccentric father returns from his expedition to Africa without any of the proceeds from the sale of a gold mine. It seems he's lost his mind along with the money, and Dulcy's obsessive ex-fiancé (and her father's business partner) insists she come to Seattle to decipher her father's cryptic notebooks, which may hold clues to the missing funds. When her father dies unexpectedly, taking the truth with him, Dulcy looks at her future, finds it unbearable, and somewhere in the northern Rockies, disappears from the train bringing her father's body home.

Is it possible to disappear from your old life and create another? Dulcy travels the West, reading stories about her own death, and finds a small Montana town where she's reborn as Mrs. Nash, a wealthy young widow, free from the burden of family. But her old life won't let go so easily, and soon her ex-fiancé is on her trail, threatening the new life she is so eager to create.

The Widow Nash is a riveting narrative, filled with a colorful cast of characters, timeless themes, and great set pieces - Europe in summer, New York in fall, Africa in winter, and the lively, unforgettable town of Livingston, Montana. This is a book that surprises with its twists and turns, ribald sensibility, and rich historical details. And in Dulcy, Jamie Harrison has created an indelible heroine sure to capture the hearts of listeners everywhere.

©2017 Jamie Harrison (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Lynne Hill
  • 15-02-21

Forced myself to finish!

The premise of this story was interesting, but it could have been so much more engaging if it had been severely edited. My mind wandered incessantly, and once I actually fell asleep. I like the writer's writing style, but it is unlikely that I will read her again. This was brutal for me. I finished for 2 reasons: to discuss with my bookclub, and to read the end as I had read that there was a payoff.

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  • Steven & Alycia Mcleod
  • 05-06-18

What a story!

Wow!! What an amazingly well written story! So... Much... Detail! I loved it!! However, I am really glad I listened to the audio version rather than trying to tackle this monster for 30 min each night before bedtime. I was at least able to listen to 50 min each morning, while shelving books in the library. 14 hours later.... FINISHED... and satisfied!

A really spectacular novel that I recommend listening to if you are the type who may get bored easily with parts that lack momentum.

5 stars!

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  • JD
  • 26-02-21

Blah

I wanted it to get good. But it never did. Just a long twisting tale peppered with descriptions of sexual exploits that are neither interesting nor fitting. By the end I cared about nothing, especially not the soulless characters. I guess the narrator did a good job.

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  • RGB
  • 06-08-17

Engaging and satisfying

An excellent performance of a well written story. I enjoyed the strong heroine. At times there felt like a few too many odd characters but isn't that what you found in the pioneers willing to strike out in newer frontiers?
All in all I highly recommend.

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  • Catherine
  • 26-08-17

Not a favorite

I learned more about (historically) syphilis than I ever care to. The writing was good and I wanted to find out the story's end.

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  • Cheryl Chiarello
  • 21-03-21

Emjoyable settings and story

"Out-of-the-norm" circumstances and settings give this story a different feel. The main character Dulcy has been educated in many facets of life that most young women of her day (or even of current-day) have not. Her father's life story is interesting and offbeat. The geographical settings were interesting also as I'm not familiar with Portland and Montana history at the turn of the 1900s, not to mention descriptions of Dulcy and her father's travels in the late 1800s. The Widow Nash is a good story that can transport one to other times and places.
The only reason I gave 4 stars for "Overall" is that for me, this was difficult to listen to as an audiobook due to the innumerable cast of characters, esp when Dulcy gets to where she's going. I had difficulty keeping track of who was who, which names went with which job titles. I had to rewind various times to figure out who was good and who was evil. I looked online to see if there might be a "cast of characters" (that would have been great) but alas, nothing like that existed. Actually, that's a good idea for all audiobooks bec the listener doesn't get to "see" names and have them burned in their brain as would happen if one was reading.
All in all though, an interesting story with interesting characters.

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  • J. Davis
  • 08-03-21

Not what I expected

I listen to audible books daily. I thought the summary is this book would interesting since it was Victorian. I was surprise, disgusted and offended at the vulgar language. I highly doubtful this was normal language for the late 1890s. I do realize this is fiction however I didn't enjoy it. I did appreciate the characters and story plot. Not sure how I would recommend this book.

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  • Kareng
  • 27-02-21

Foul language unnecessary

The detail and history in this book made this worth the listen but the foul language jarred my mind from the story. It didn’t fit with the mood of this otherwise well written tale.

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  • Linda
  • 25-02-21

Draws you in

I sometimes thought it was a bit “wordy” but eventually realized that was important in order to set the stage and mood. I really enjoed the story and recommend it to anyone who likes a good story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-05-21

Not worth the time

I'm sorry...repetitive, and after 5 chapters...I had to just remove it. Uninspiring story line and characters.