It’s 1924, and Lily Ross learns that her husband — Sheriff Daniel Ross — is killed while transporting a prisoner. She is devastated by the news. But even more surprising is the arrival at Lily’s front door of a woman — Marvena Whitcomb — looking for Daniel, wanting him to help find her missing daughter. It doesn’t take long for the two women to realize that Daniel had a few secrets. When Lily is asked to take over the job as sheriff, she is determined to find the answer to some of the questions being raised. Like Daniel really overtaken by the prisoner, or is there something else going on in this mining community? And in order to find out the answers to some of these questions, she must rely on the help of Marvena, who shared Daniel’s love with Lily.
The Widows is the first of two books written by author Jess Montgomery that are based on the true story of Ohio’s first woman sheriff. I enjoyed the book very much. I got a history lesson, both on Ohio’s first woman sheriff (Lily Ross is a real-life person though the story isn’t necessarily true), but also some insight on the fight for better conditions social justice, and even unionization of the mines in the east and northeast United States during the early 1920s.
I am eager to read the next book in the author’s Kinship Series.