Rating: 5 out of 5.

The widow’s war by sally cabot gunning

historical FICTION, 336 PP

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. Gunning also weaves in scenes from Barnstable Village, the seat of county government, then and now. 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.

related recommendations

Also by Sally Cabot Gunning: Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard and Monticello. Related blog post: The Writer, The Laborer

Check out my other top picks for Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Non-Fiction and Simple Pleasure Reading.

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