Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone.
For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman—one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancé. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise.
Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death…
I was immediately hooked with the story after only reading the first two chapters. I was a little confused with the first chapter, but I knew I wanted to find out who the couple was and what her secret was. Once I finished the second chapter I was wanting to find out the answer to “Jacqueline’s” question regarding her husband. I felt bad for “Jack’s” but at the same time I caught myself laughing at the question itself.
I felt like everything “Jack’s” knew about her life and depended on were taken away from her and flipped her entire world upside down and she had to learn how to get her life back and learn a new way of moving on. I loved how “Jack’s” wasn’t the only person whose world was turned upside down, by the information about her husband’s death. I felt bad for “Nick” as well because his life was turned upside down as well. I loved that “Jacks” and “Nick” could help each other through their difficult time and find out exactly what happened to their other halves.
I really loved how the story was written; I like that the story was written in 1st person, from the main character point of view. I honestly felt like I could see and experience everything “Jacqueline” was doing and going through. It made it an easy read and I loved how involved I felt in the investigation that her and “Nick” were doing.
I really like how Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke broke up the chapters, with before/after and then with the character’s name that that certain chapter is more centered around. I love these types of stories that deal with mysteries and a family or husband and wife. I thought this was a great book and a quick and wonderful story. I give The Good Widow an 9 and Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke a 9.5 out of 10.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Tiffany