What I read in August 2020 (Part 1)

I bought The widow’s secret by Katharine Swartz from a local bookshop, which is currently opening in the mornings only.

I have read and reviewed the previous three books in the series, The Tales of Goswell. Two characters from earlier in the series appear in this book, which may be read as a stand-alone novel. The widow’s secret continues with the same structure – two linked stories set in different centuries but similar locations told in alternate chapters. The stories are gripping. I finished reading this book the day after I began. The subject matter is not for those of a squeamish disposition, but tackles important matters of human relationships, exploitation and more.

Living in the area in which the stories are set (and having known the author when she also lived here) added to the interest of the book for me. I hope other readers will be encouraged to visit some of the places mentioned once travel becomes easier after the pandemic. The Beacon Museum and The Rum Story are worth visiting, but are currently closed.

My reviews of Katharine Swartz’s earlier books may be found here.

Book reviews A-M has the rest of the book reviews I have written.


2 thoughts on “What I read in August 2020 (Part 1)

  1. I read The Widow’s Secret too whilst I was on annual leave. I agree with you that it’s a gripping read and harrowing in places. The novel really moved me and made me think. I think it’s quite different from the other books in the series, what do you think?

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    • While the structure is similar, it is a different sort of story. Goswell features less than in the others as Whitehaven is where most of the action takes place. It would work well as a stand-alone historical novel for those, who haven’t read the series.


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