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The Widower [Kindle Edition]

Ryan LaForge
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Young lawyer Jacob McKinley–Old Charleston money and socialite–had it all until God took his loving new bride, Leah, in an instant.

Dr. Bill Foster, dynamo pastor and Leah’s father, empowers Jacob to find a way forward in his battles with his resentful widowed mother, a sister-in-law who blames Jacob for Leah’s death, ruthless business partners–and God.

Spunky grad student Rachel Anders sparks Jacob from prolonged malaise and self-perceived guilt for his incomplete work as a husband. When Jacob gets a chance to save the life of Rachel’s teenage brother, bonds form. But what about these feelings he’s developed for Rachel? Is there a timetable on loving another?

God lays the path back to faith, life, and love in Jacob’s lap. If only the silver-spoon boy can step up and become a man again.

Product Details

  • File Size: 399 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Windrush Books (January 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6QQD08
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Message but Falls a Bit Flat June 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching Story of the Journey from Grief to Life March 19, 2013
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great inspirational read April 19, 2013
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant April 8, 2013
By Jeff
Format:Kindle Edition
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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Incredibly sensitive story with such detailed emotion! I still find it hard to believe that a man wrote this story, but that makes it all the more endearing to me that he can so clearly describe what this widower is going through. I hung on every word waiting to find out why he felt such guilt, and hoping that there would be a happy ending to what seemed like such a tragic story. But it doesn't come easy. And for that I was grateful. I found myself wanting to feel his pain and re-live the story as he told it to Bill. I cannot say enough about this book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good May 10, 2014
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Enjoyable and easy reading with great characters .Remaining words written simply to comply with the minimum word count requirement. Thanks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made you think! September 26, 2013
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It was a great book with a redeeming message! I like it a lot and I hope you do too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story of overcoming guilt through love September 2, 2013
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After his wife, Leah, dies in a fatal accident, Jacob McKinley is overwrought with guilt and grief. Returning to normal life would not have been possible if not for the help of his father-in-law, Bill Foster, who wrapped Jacob in the love of God and showed him that God is a forgiving and loving God. After Leah's funeral, Jacob takes some time off from the law firm he "inherited" from his father until his partners could no longer handle his absence.

If it weren't for Bill, he would have given up completely. Even through his own grief over the loss of his daughter, Bill brought Jacob back into the land of the living. He introduced him to Kip, a young boy who was facing death if he did not receive a kidney transplant. Once it was determined that Jacob was a match for Kip and he decided to donate one of his kidneys to Kip, Jacob's life began to have meaning again.

"The Widower" by Ryan LaForge is about a man overcome with guilt who finds forgiveness through a gift of love--his gift of life to a boy whose outlook was grim without it. It is a story of how a man learns from his mistakes and finds love again and discovers that God can and does perform miracles today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Got bored, didn't finish
I rarely give up on a book, but didn't finish this one. It got boring.
Published 6 months ago by Barbara R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was o.k.
Published 7 months ago by Ruth Prostka
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book
Published 7 months ago by Marsha Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Did not much care for this book
I kind of found this book hard to continue reading. It was nothing like i expected. I have no interest in reading more by this author.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving
I'm sorry to say that I never finished this book, because I was so bored with it. I really expected to like it, but only got about half-way done. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sandi Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars just okay
I had high hopes for the Widower. Jacob McKinley is only twenty-eight when he buries his young wife, Leah. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Wendy L. Hines
5.0 out of 5 stars The Widower review
This is a wonderful book about loss and eventual recovery. Having suffered devastating loss myself, I totally understand the stages that he went through. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Janet Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Introspective
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,... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Voracious Reader
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More About the Author

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.

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