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Length: 166 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Windrush Books (January 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6QQD08
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,226 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kairos Prize-finalist Ryan LaForge writes contemporary fiction for one reason: for fun. He hopes you'll have fun with his stuff too. Oh, and if there's a decent message along the way, that's even better.

When Ryan is not watching movies or Clemson and Gonzaga sports, he's usually chasing around his two killer kids, Elle and Jacob. He lives with his wife, Shanda, and the fam in Greenville, S.C.

Please visit Ryan on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/laforgeryan

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When I was asked if I'd review this book, I was happy because I've never read Christian fiction before (which is strange for me since I am a Christian). While this book really wasn't for me, I loved the message behind it.

The book blurb is spot on on what the book is going to be about. What you read is what you get, I guess you could say.

The title of the book is very straight forward. The book is about a widower, and the title says it all. Does the title grab my attention? Not really. Perhaps, maybe, the title could have been a bit more catchy.

I think the cover is pretty, but I don't think it suits the book. You don't really get much about the book just from looking at the cover. I would've liked to see Jacob and maybe a ghostly image of Leah on the cover.

The world building is quite good. Jacob's grieving was very believable as was everything else that happened. I never found myself questioning the world in which The Widower is set. All my questions were explained throughout the book.

The pacing was just too slow throughout the book for my liking. It wasn't painfully slow, but it was slow nonetheless. Mostly, the pages are just filled with Jacob feeling sorry for himself and blaming himself which became rather redundant and boring really fast. This is a short book, and I guess the author wanted to fill up the pages, but I just would've liked to see a bit more than Jacob feeling sorry for himself.

The plot is simple. Man loses wife too soon, grieves, starts having feelings for someone else and questions if it's alright o have those feelings. There's no real plot twists or anything, and as I've said with the title and blurb, it's pretty straight forward.
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I opted out of reading the book summary before finishing the book, and am I glad I did! Yes, this is a loved-and-lost-and-loves-again story, but it's so much deeper than that. Jacob has barely gotten his feet under him as a married man, as a Christian, and as a reformed party-boy bachelor, when his wife is killed. How he continues on his journey without her physically there to help him is really what this book is all about.

I've come to find that I prefer reading a love story written by a man, especially if a man is the main character, and Mr. LaForge does not disappoint. He provides just enough details that you know something more is there, just waiting to be revealed. I wondered how long I'd have to wait before finding out how Leah died, and the suspense kept me flipping digital pages.

The author also has a strong command of vocabulary, and there was never a point at which I felt I could just skim through some pages or skip spots because they were fluff. What my high-school English teacher would refer to as "50-cent words" were sprinkled over every page, making me dig out a dictionary a time or two. Considering that Jacob is an intelligent, successful lawyer, this writing style fit the overall mood of the book.

On a personal note, I'll be recommending this to all my Lowcountry friends, as Mr. LaForge really did his homework before he set his book in Charleston, SC. Life as someone who comes from multiple generations South of Broad is unique to this historical city, and I held my breath when I realized the author had chosen that as the birthplace of his blue-blooded main character. Colloquialisms, local haunts, food, culture--he hit the nail on the head in all the fine details, down to common first and last names in Charleston society.
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Having lost my husband, I know the grief, pain, and adjustments Jacob endured... you are captured by the reality of day to day living after loss... Jacob was real and the faith he thought he lost was just beneath the grief surface. Great read, very inspirational...
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By Jeff on April 8, 2013
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What a great story - masterfully told, with a solid underlying message. I would recommend this book to anybody: guy, girl, young, or old. Emotional - but not a tear jerker, powerful - but not preachy. I'm ready for his next book!!
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Jacob McKinley was used to the good life. He had been born into a privileged family in Charleston, became a successful lawyer to follow in his father's footsteps, and married Leah, the woman he loved. But, it was all taken from him when Leah was killed before they could celebrate their second anniversary. He fell into an abyss so dark and deep he feared he would never find his way out. He didn't even know if he wanted to, because he feels guilty about how little he'd given Leah of himself as a husband. With the help of Dr. Foster, his pastor and Leah's father, he begins to find his way back. He learns how to be a little stronger every day and to focus on helping where he could. When Jacob gets the chance to save the life of a teenage boy, he begins to have feelings for the sister, Rachel. Can that be possible? Is it too soon? Can he handle it?

First, on the cover, the U.S. flag should not be displayed under the South Carolina flag. Now to the story--I found the first part of the book moved a little slowly and has some unusual vocabulary, but that changes. It had almost no scanning or grammatical errors. I felt the better title would have been FINDING A WAY, because the phrase, "find a way," was used over and over again and spoke to the theme. This is a very introspective book, which can seem to move slowly at times, but it has some great messages. It forces the reader to step back and consider what is really important in life. And, don't we all need to reflect on that from time to time?
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