Widow 1881

Widow 1881❰Reading❯ ➿ Widow 1881 Author Sara Dahmen – Oaklandjobs.co.uk The Dakota Territories held promise for misfits outlaws and hardened pioneers but would Flats Junction offer enough sanctuary and hope for the widow from Back East Boston widow Jane Weber moves to the The Dakota Territories held promise for misfits outlaws and hardened pioneers but would Flats Junction offer enough sanctuary and hope for the widow from Back East Boston widow Jane Weber moves to the Dakota Territories to reinvent herself Stirring up controversy Jane rooms with the last Blackfoot Sioux in town and navigates a mercurial friendship with the fiercely independent town grocer She finds everyone has an untold story including her unpredictable employer the town doctor The print version of Widow has charming illustrations and a map of the Flats Junction Dakota area Both the epub and print editions come with Book Club uestions Historical References and Notes for the Reader “Ms Dahmen has managed to capture the very essence of the time period and the heart of the woman brave enough to find her own way in this thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing novel Don’t miss it” —Lesley Kagen New York Times bestselling author of The Mutual Admiration Society and Whistling in the Dark “ A character at war with the world is good A character at war with herself is better Sara Dahmen has done something magical She’s given us one at war with both” —Scott Wilbanks author of The Lemoncholy Life of Anne Aster “Dahmen brings into focus the joys and deprivations of life on the American frontier through the eyes of a newly independent albeit naive woman It pulls on the gut as much as the heart” — Chanticleer Reviews. In Widow 1881 the first book in the Flats Junction series Mrs Jane Weber is a widow with a secret Unable to continue living within the stifling social conventions of Boston she leaves her life of status and relative ease to take a job as a housekeeper for Dr Kinney in the Dakota Territory Knowing she leaves domestic comforts behind she finds the courage to face the unknown What I love about this book is how author Sara Dahmen has overlaid a small story against the giant backdrop of the western territory with well research historical richness The issues her characters grapple with—a woman’s place social confines tolerance change shame taboo love loss—are painfully familiar to modern readers Gently coursing through the book is a slowly evolving love between Dr Kinney and Mrs Weber the culmination of which is thoroughly satisfying I was immediately drawn into this story and remained in its thrall throughout the entire book The heroine Jane Weber is a strong plucky woman determined to make her escape from her straight laced judgmental peers and family in Boston She accepts a house keeper position with a doctor in the Dakota Territories The descriptions of life and people in the small community sucked me into the era The attitudes and behaviors of the townsfolk felt real to me Some deeds or beliefs were mysterious and it is only as the story continues to unfold that the reasons for the sometimes perplexing actions become known Certain prejudices and feelings are blatant within the Dakota Territories while some biases are veiled There are expectations for living harmoniously Jane and her employer are tolerant than most but they still must tread carefully Everyone one has their secrets it seems The book examines intolerance in its ugliness but also reveals how sometimes even deeply ingrained bigotries can be modified over timeI love to read clean stories of the American West that grab me and feel believable This book did not disappoint in the leastReviewed by Laurie J Title Widow 1881Author Sara DahmenGenre Women's Historical Pioneer FictionBlurb Boston widow Jane Weber moves to the Dakota Territories to save her respectability but finds her proper views challenged every step Rooming with the last Blackfoot Sioux in Flats Junction and navigating a mercurial friendship with the fiercely independent town grocer leaves Jane reeling as she stumbles to understand the town folk and the unwritten rules of the west in 1881 Everyone has a story including Jane herself and her unpredictable physician employerExtract Suppose it is not real I have not yet felt the uickening It is early yet – too early to really discuss it For this employer to know when my lover had not and my husband could not feels as if I am exposing my private bedroom to a stranger Terror shoots into me I hadn’t wanted him to find out Not so soon and not like this Damn the Widow I’d asked her not to speak Now he will send me back home to be a widowed mother alone in the uietness of my parents’ house and the sharp stigma of the loose widow No one back east will truly believe the child is Henry’s They might think I went wild in the westNo one knows me here There is some safety in it and I must convince him to let me stay And I must tell him the same lie There’s no other way Everyone here in Flats Junction must think I was as married and settled as I say And the Doctor too – what would he think having hired such a loose woman? The shame of my brief uick desire for Theodore and the self loathing I carry rises up and tries to choke me The Doctor walks away from me fuming and vibrating with anger and I feel I must follow him to hear my fate Review I am going to give this book 5 stars It’s a wonderful read and the author draws you back into the 1880’s The novel shows how hard it is for a woman to be anything but a wife and how one’s reputation can define them I love Jane she is a strong person and faces all her difficulties with courage and guts Moving from Boston to the Dakotas is a large change for her along with the housekeeping job she has applied for and accepted Jane wanted a change and she got it The new world she finds herself In has made her find courage and strength she didn’t know she had Jane is not really been a housekeeper she has had her own household to take care of but they did have a maid come in once a week to help with the heavier cleaning Now she is the one that is expected to clean floors kill the mice and do laundry Then there is the doctor Pat a man after my own heart Kind and generous he takes an interest in her health right away and when he finds out she’s pregnant he makes sure that he does all the heavy lifting He was also looking forward to having a child in his house even if it was not sired by himWhen Jane goes back to Boston the reader really does get to see the differences between her life as a housekeeper and her life as a cook for a wealthy family Boston’s manners and a women’s reputation mean everything When she is being courted there needed to be a chaperone at all times There was no touching allowed and certain subjects were not talked about Back in the Dakotas courting was direct Small touches were allowed along with no chaperonesI am recommending this book for anyone that is interested in society back in 1881 and how women were treated back thenAward and RaffleCopter Sara Dahmen will be awarding a set of American made pure maple wooden spoons from the author's kitchenware line wwwhousekeepercrockery valued at 60 international to a randomlydrawn winner via rafflecopter during the tourhttpwwwrafflecoptercomrafldispAuthor Bio and Links Sara Dahmen is a metalsmith of vintage and modern cookware and manufactures pure metal kitchenware in tin copper and iron She is the owner and operator of House Copper Housekeeper Crockery American made cookware created with pure andor organic materials featured in Food and Wine and Root Bone magazines among others She has published over 100 articles as a contributing editor for Veil Magazine and writes for many book and review blogs She has spoken at TEDx Rapid City in 2016 speaks across the country at multiple writer conferences such as the Writer’s Institute and RWA Nationals and co chairs the Port Washington Literary Festival since its inception in 2013 Prior to her writing gigs Sara was a print radio and TV producer before owning and operating a nationally award winning event planning company for ten years When not writing or sewing authentic clothing for 1830’s reenactments she can be found hitting tin and copper at her apprenticeship with a master tinsmith reading the Economist or hanging out with her husband and three young childrenWebsites wwwflatsjunctioncomwwwsaradahmencomwwwhousecoppercom Blog saradahmenbooksInstagram housecrockeryBuy link unavailable but can be found through websites above What a book I had to fight with myself not to skip ahead and see what was going to happen This is a book in the tone of a Jane Austin novel written in the Wild West As you can tell from the title it is set in the late 1800’s Times were changing; society was very unkind and full of prejudice Information about our nation was scarce or only what one person passed to another Information changing often and occasionally embellished in the telling was then printed in a newspaper thousands of miles away This is historical fiction a very good telling of a story following fairly close to fact of the times and true to the settings of the scenery both in the east and the west It’s also a little bit of a western and a love story It is in the second paragraph of a review that a reviewer writes of an author’s writing skills as well as any of those lacking I just cannot find anything to write about this author lacking writing skills Most times I can find something I would have preferred an author do differently but not so in this novel Sarah Dahmen seems to have created all of the parts of a good story here The characters are so well developed they become your friends or your enemies The storyline is good enough to want to read as fast as you can but yet not miss a word Much of this book is written as a narrative from the perspective of the main character Jane Weber While this is sometimes difficult to do it was very enjoyable here Jane’s thoughts and feelings seemed to keep my attention throughout the book Oh don’t get me wrongthere were a few times I wanted to pick Jane up and shake her for not seeing what was right before her This is not a lack in writing skills When an author can get a reader so involved that is just good writing After reading a review like this you must know I think you should make the opportunity to read this book I’m going to check and see if she has written any and sure hope she is working on a new book now Jane leaves her comfortable life on the east coast to go west in search of a new life and maybe even a new love Circumstances following her husband's death result in Jane's desire to reinvent herself in a place where no one knows her But life on the prairie is hard and sometimes gruesome work which comes as a shock to Jane To pile on Jane also has to room with a native woman who doesn't speak to her Luckily Jane is realistic with a thirst for knowledge which makes her surroundings bearable even when she messes up royally at first With her eager demeanor and open mindedness Jane endears herself to the town and vice versa Soon it becomes her home and she grows and comfortable playing house with her employer Irishman and fellow outsider Dr KinneyOf course the life Jane was trying to escape catches up to her in a dramatic and painful way which changes her relationship Dr Kinney I read the last third of the book at rapid speed wondering how the story was going to wrap up and if Jane would get her happy ending Sara captivated me with her vast historical knowledge and ability to create a vivid engrossing scene What she excels at most is capturing the maturity of love and how adult responsibilities intersect and with and sometimes impede the pursuit of happiness With an ultimately deliciously satisfying ending This is a first person narrated story about a widow who goes out west to the Dakota Territory in 1881 to be a housekeeper for a doctor She travels to Flats Junction where we are also introduced to a feisty general store owner Kate and to Jane's Sioux landlady Widow Hawks Jane's work for the doctor includes some nursing cooking working in the house and garden and secretary To the reader it is obvious the doctor has fallen for Jane but she has a secret that must be revealed she's carrying a child the fruit of a passionate fling that she had after her husband's death The author has done her research and the patterns of speech the settlers' prejudices against the Native Americans and the settings are brought to life in this captivating story There are details about everyday life on the frontier but most of all this is a love story between a woman who is stronger than she thinks she is and a man who will give up everything to win the heart of the one he's chosen I think all lovers of historical fiction and historical romance will enjoy this book I first read this story when it was called Dr Kinney's Housekeeper Dahmen's self published version While the editing was rough she is a really good storyteller and is good at building a slow burning romance in a well researched historical setting This new edited version is an improvement on the original and though you can tell it's her first novel in her other novel Tinsmith 1865 which technically comes before Widow in the series but was written later it is clear that Dahmen has improved on her craft it's still engaging enough that I read it through uickly and enjoyed the story If historical romance is your thing check this series out Pleasant story of Jane Weber a widow who leaves gossiping friends and family for the Dakotas in 1881 Answering a want ad for a housekeepernurse she begins her new life working for a doctorThis may have been published in 2014 under the title Dr Kinney's Housekeeper and reissued under the present title in 2017