Review: The Widow's Mite
The Widow’s Mite
Minnie Price married late in life. Now she is widowed. And starving.
No one suspects this respectable church-goer can barely keep body and soul together. Why would they, while she resides in the magnificent home she shared with Peter?
Her friends and neighbours are oblivious to her plight and her adult step-children have their own reasons to make things worse rather than better. But she is thrown a lifeline when an associate of her late husband arrives with news of an investment about which her step-children know nothing.
Can she release the funds before she finds herself homeless and destitute? Fans of 'The Hoarder's Widow' will enjoy this sequel, but it reads equally well as a standalone.
This bittersweet novel looks at grief through the eyes of the family outsider. We don’t meet the man she married - we only know him through the prism of family dynamics. (I felt sorry for him. His kids are not the ones we dream of producomg.)
Poor Minnie can’t find a scrap of joy after her husband dies. She’s allowed to live in her husbands home only until her wicked step children’s patience wears out. Her investments aren’t coming to fruition and her friends are all shallow. Everyone is more interested in taking advantage of her than giving her an advantage. Shes also shy, which doesn’t help at all. In the end, luck and love help her to find her confidence. She overcomes her struggles as she learns to value herself and trust the people around her.
There are a few loose plot points that never really coalesce but overall this was an enjoyable read. I was so sad that so many people mistreated the sweet Minnie. Our world is far too quick to rob the widow and feed the wealthy. I didn’t really understand how Minnie was as naive and unskilled as she was given that she married late (how did she make money before her marriage??) but it didn’t lessen my love for the character. I was so glad when she found her way. I left the book wanting a next chapter where Minnie gets an Italian lover with a big, Italian family full of love and goodwill. She deserves a massive happy ending.
Author Bio –
Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.
She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.
She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.
She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England.
The Widow’s Mite is her tenth novel.
You can contact her via her website at www.allie-cresswell.com
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