Historical Fiction Favorite

The Widow’s War

Sally Cabot Gunning, Colonial New England, 336 pages

The Widow’s War, set in pre-revolutionary war New England tells the story of a Cape Cod sea captain’s widow, Lyddie Barry. Lyddie battles several wars as she chafes against the laws, written and unwritten, of her times. I read this novel once on my own, drawn to it with its setting in Satucket, modern day Brewster, on Cape Cod, less than 10 miles from my home. I re-read The Widow’s War with my book club for a Cape meeting preceded with our own walking tour of Brewster. For anyone interested in a deep dive into the book, there is an organized bus tour available which includes narration by a trained guide on an air conditioned bus (with restrooms), five stops at historic, scenic locations, complimentary refreshments & house tour at historic Hopkins House Bakery, book sales and signing with author Sally Gunning after tour. For more information or for tour tickets, visit the Brewster Historical Society website.

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