Inspired by the true story of Maude Collins, Ohio's first female sheriff, and prominent labor and community organizer Mary Harris 'Mother' Jones, Montgomery's debut novel features two tough-as-nails, strong-willed women whose empathy leaves a lasting impression. A simultaneous examination of women's rights, coal mining, prohibition, and Appalachian life, make this is a fantastic choice for historical fiction fans.
... intriguing ... Beautifully plotted and filled with believable characters, The Widows explores an era and an area struggling to be a part of the modern 20th century, yet constantly pulled backward to its unsettled past ... Jess Montgomery... draws on actual historical incidents that richly explore the people behind events in the launch of this series that shows much potential ... Montgomery skillfully explores the residents ... Montgomery's storytelling skills and historical research in The Widows make this new series one to look forward to.
... riveting ... The author's extensive research into the issues surrounding this struggle are presented with compassion and genuine emotion ... This amazing, thoroughly researched historical novel by debut author Jess Montgomery shows how love, determination, and courage can overcome bitterness, deceit, and violence.