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The River Widow

Her freedom must begin with a lie.


In 1937 with flood waters approaching, Adah Branch accidentally kills her abusive husband, Lester, and surrenders his body to the raging river, only to be swept away herself. 


So begins her story of survival, return to civilization, defense against accusations of murder, and the fight to save herself and her step-daughter, Daisy, from the clutches of her husband’s notoriously cruel family, who have their sights set on revenge for Lester’s death.  Essentially trapped, Adah must plan an escape.


But when she develops feelings for the one person essential to her plan's success, she faces a painful choice:  Will she choose to risk everything saving Daisy or take the new life offered by a loving man?

Questions for Discussion may be found in the back pages of the hard copies and Kindle version.

        Publication Date: December                                2018



“Ann Howard Creel’s accomplished, fluid storytelling makes for a pacey, page-turning read.” —Gemma Liviero, author of Pastel Orphans and Broken Angels

“The River Widow grabbed me from the first page. Ann Howard Creel’s elegant and vivid prose brings to life a remarkable woman’s struggle against oppressive forces during one of the darkest periods of American history. Haunting and ultimately uplifting, The River Widow is one of the best books I’ve read this year.” —Olivia Hawker, author of The Ragged Edge of Night

“The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel shows a mother’s fierce love for a child of her heart.” —Laila Ibrahim, bestselling author of Yellow Crocus and Mustard Seed

“The River Widow paints a vivid picture of life on a 1937 tobacco farm under the shadow of one family’s corruption and exploitation of others. A page-turner from the start, the story draws you in with a simple but compelling question: After murdering her husband in self-defense, can a young woman save her child from the cruelty of her in-laws?”—D.M. Pulley, bestselling author of The Buried Book

“Ann Howard Creel weaves a haunting, compelling tale. This simmering novel grips you and draws you in.” —Ella Carey, bestselling author of The House by the Lake

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