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Serena Murphy was losing her mind. Every night Serena stood on the deck of O'Flanagans Tavern, searching Maine's rugged coast for a sign of her husband's body. Though he was pronounced lost at sea, Alan Murphy still haunted her as only his malevolent spirit could. In the loft above her tavern, Serena hears footsteps pace across her living room floor, yet when she turns, noSerena Murphy was losing her mind. Every night Serena stood on the deck of O'Flanagans Tavern, searching Maine's rugged coast for a sign of her husband's body. Though he was pronounced lost at sea, Alan Murphy still haunted her as only his malevolent spirit could. In the loft above her tavern, Serena hears footsteps pace across her living room floor, yet when she turns, no one is there. Alan would not let a little thing like death stop him from tormenting her. If she could just find his body, surely this torture would stop. It had been ten years since Brett Murphy saw his sister in-law, although the separation was by design, to avoid temptation. Now Brett was in Victory Cove, not to declare his feelings for Serena, but to discover the truth about his brother's death. In doing so, he must battle Serena's ghosts, both real and contrived....

Title : Widow's Tale
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ISBN : 9781448617937
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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Widow's Tale Reviews

  • Kelly
    2018-12-23 22:01

    I've finished this book and I must say I was very pleased. I enjoyed it and when I put it down, I honestly looked forward to picking it up again. The relationship between Brett and Serena was a joy to watch develop. It had the right amount of tension and suspense and a nice surprise at the end! Well worth the read. Enjoy it I certainly did.

  • Celia
    2019-01-02 21:46

    Storyline: Maureen Miller's Widow's Tale is a tale for long, cold winter's nights in front of roaring fires with a many cups hot cocoa topped with extra marshmallows!Our hero, Brett Murphy, is every girl's dream, but he has a problem with our heroine, Serena Murphy. Besides the fact that they are related by marriage, there is more between them than first meets the eye. Serena's deteriorating state is lost on him at first when he comes to town asking questions about his brother's mysterious disappearance. In his eyes, the residents of Victory Cove are all suspects including Serena. Serena, on the other hand, seems to have a death wish regarding her brother-in-law, which appears to be insurmountable. She has her own ideas about her husband's disappearance which leads the reader to assume that she is either deranged or at the very least deserving of Brett's suspicions. As the story develops and the mystery unfolds, so does their on again, off again relationship. In the end, it was not what either of them expected. Her warm descriptions of O'Flanagan's Tavern has me yearning for a trip up the eastern seaboard and a bottle of Allagash beer.Grammar/Spelling: I found very few typos and/or grammatical errors in Widow's Tale. Maureen put together an excellently edited work with no more errors than a reader might expect to find in a Danielle Steele novel. Character Development: The characters are very well developed over the course of the novel with emphasis on the two main characters, Serena and Brett. Her descriptions of them paint wonderful pictures of two very real persons with real issues and real emotions. Writing Style: Ms. Miller's writing style is fresh and clean with little if any distraction from the storyline. The action flows as smooth as melted chocolate. Mmmm. And is just as sweet. She draws the reader into a frenzied state of anticipation and then backs off (I would say just like a good lover, but that might offend someone.) She knows how to bring her characters and scenes to life without exaggeration or graphic displays of affection. Certainly, she is able to turn out a grand romance with style, mystery and adventure woven into the tapestry.The dialog is realistic and believable and quite colorful according the coastal folks in the area. Continuance: I did not notice any problems with time-lines other than the fact that it seemed we would never get to the nitty-gritty and that just keeps the reader interested. Overall Rating: 5

  • Amy R
    2019-01-06 16:56

    Just finished Widow's Tale and really enjoyed it. It was a different story than I was used to, but was really good (most of us don't like to read the same story written by different authors, right?). I found the characters to be real and developed well. I truly did not know "who did it" until close to the end, but I knew it was probably one of three people. It was a good book that flowed nicely and kept me wanting to read on and finish. This is my first book by Maureen A. Miller and it will not be my last. There was a good amount of suspense and the intimate scenes were appropriately scattered throughout the book and right on with the story line and accurate according to the characters and their personalities. I high recommend this book!

  • Lina
    2019-01-07 21:55

    Widow’s Tale by Maureen Miller – Lovely!! A romantic suspense that draws you in. Not only that, but the growing mystery, tension and suspense are mirrored by weather and elements in such a way that you’ll feel the ice, and the cold and the desolation. I loved the way Ms. Miller used those elements to deepen the suspense in this book. <> I just loved Maureen’s voice and her visual descriptions that could warm you up, or strip you down to feel the icy cold, and leave you feeling ultimately satisfied with the ending.

  • Sierra Rose
    2019-01-09 20:44

    Widow's Tale has so much going for it that it's hard to speak of it all. It's a beautifully written romance that has a fantastic murder mystery mixed in. The author will pull you right in from the first chapter and doesn't let go. The setting in Maine makes you want to go there, visit the pub and have a drink with those characters. It's like you can see and small the ocean or the storm when it blows in. Very realistic descriptions. The characters are also so well written that you feel as if you've known them. Serena and Brett will soon become your favorite romance couple and you feel for each of them as the book goes along. There's romance, mystery, excitement and so much more in this book that it's a must read.

  • Amanda
    2018-12-26 20:41

    A eerily beautiful tale of a couple brought together by the mystery of murder. Maureen captures your heart and attention from the beginning of this novel. Anticipation on every page then keeps you reading of the realistic and likeable character's horrors and attraction. Her description and plot are to the point, yet enough to put you right in the middle of the haunting chill that is Serena's New England home. I highly recommend this book and anything else by the author. As far as the genre goes, Ms Miller does romance tastefully and suspense adequately among couples with the most playful personalities. "Dammit woman." - Brett

  • Sherri Dub
    2019-01-02 19:50

    Ms. Miller did a nice job of tyding up all the angles in this suspenseful romance.I knew that Serena was in trouble when her brother-in-law, Brett Murphy showed up to investigate her husband's death. The two of them do a nice dance of evading their own feelings, while attempting to figure out what happened to Alan Murphy.However, the story that unfolded was tight and concise. I enjoyed the coastal town atmosphere and the secondary characters that made the tavern come to life.I'll look forward to more of Ms. Miller's work in the future.

  • Teri Heyer
    2019-01-03 00:33

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Widow's Tale." I was instantly drawn into the story and found the characters really came alive. Actually, I had to remind myself from time to time that they weren't real people. Honest, I don't usually get that drawn into a story. I don't want to give anything away, so won't go into the story itself, just let it be known that this is a romantic suspense worth reading. It's one you won't want to put down until you reach the very end. Now I'm looking forward to reading the rest of Maureen A. Miller's books.

  • Brendan Carroll
    2018-12-23 23:40

    Intriguing from the start. Keeps up the pace. Extremely well written love scenes. Likable hero and lovable heroine. Being an author myself, I like to read many different genres in order to hone my skills when I find myself attempting to write horror scenes or thriller scenes or humorous scenes in my own works. For romance, Miss Miller cannot be beat. Her work is tasteful and stylish, never crass or crude and can only be classified as "Hot" (which is a word I do not use often)! LOL. If you want a good mysterious ghost story starred with romance, Widow's Tale is for you.

  • Misty Vauble
    2018-12-21 22:58

    I took me longer to read this book then it normally would a book of this length, but it had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with the story and EVERYTHING to do with circumstance. I LOVED this book. I loved Serena and Brett and I loved the spark that Brett brought out in Serena. This is my first book read by Ms. Miller It won't be the last.

  • Pauline Barclay
    2019-01-20 22:53

    Widow's Tale is a romantic thriller. When Serena and Brett meet after 10 years it is in disturbibg circumstances, trust for each other is the last thing on their minds. Maureen is a great story teller and I love her writing.

  • Nancy Houston Fields
    2019-01-07 20:47

    This book had ghosts, murder, lost love, danger, deception and romance all set in a tiny fishing village of the shore of Maine. Enjoyable reading!

    2018-12-29 18:48

    Well written and will draw you in with it's seductive plot. I love both the love story and the mystery. I will be looking for more from Maureen Miller as I throughly enjoyed Widow's Tale.

  • Dee/ bookworm
    2018-12-25 19:01

    I was really excited about this book because I read the Beyond series by this author and it was phenomenal, but this one fell far short.

  • Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
    2019-01-11 22:49

    A haunting murder mystery. After marrying 10 years ago Serena Murphy returned to the rugged coast of Maine to run her family's Tavern. Marriage to Alan Murphy was not a bed of roses. She realized her mistake early on but her sense of family kept her from leaving him no matter what he did. Then one day he disappears at sea never to be heard from again. She feel she is being haunted by him every night and is losing her battle with sanity. Brett Murphy hasn't seen his sister in law since her marriage to his brother 10 years ago where he wanted to warn her about his brother and claim her for himself. But he didn't and now he has gotten word about his brother's death and after hearing all the lies over the years from Alan about Serena he thinks she had something to do with his death. But after hearing Serena's "ghost" and seeing how visible scared she is Brett begins to thing somethings are not as they appear to be. Serena and Brett not only have the mystery to solve about what Alan had been up to but they also both have to get over there guilt of always being attracted to each other and see if they can make a relationship between them work all while trying to avoid a killer who is getting impatient.

  • Diana Hockley
    2019-01-01 16:46

    It was entertainingSerena - first encountered in Endless Night - is haunted by footsteps and a child crying - after her husband has been missing at sea, presumed dead, for a month. No one in the village really cares about Alan, including the police who have declared him dead. He wasn't much chop as a husband or neighbour - so it isn't until his brother Brett turns up that anything is done.I enjoyed this romantic thriller though not quite as much as Endless Night. I was slightly disappointed that Jake and Meg from that novel didn't rate a mention as the rellies of John Morse, but that is my quirk and nothing to do with the story!However, the pace was good and the tension rose and fell just at the right times. The only thing I didn't find convincing was the repeated attempts of Brett and Serena to show they'd had a falling out in a bid to bring the intruder into the open. They did this too often and the fact that the perpetrator, who was a bit of a surprise, didn't "twig" that was a minor plot fault.However, the ending was satisfactory and I congratulate Ms Miller.

  • Elaine
    2019-01-20 23:37

    I read about a third of the book. I was really disappointed. Instead of a mystery though that was in there, it is mostly about the lust her brother-in-law has for her. She is in a daze and not responding to his trying to get her attention, so he kisses her passionately. Not that he hasn't wanted to before that. This was just an excuse. Serena's husband Alan is presumed dead. However, no one has been in any hurry to look into it much. That is until his brother Brett comes to the small Maine coastal town of Victory Cove. He tells Serena he's not leaving until he has answers. There were things about Alan that others weren't aware of. I never did find out what really happened to her husband but to me, it isn't worth continuing on.

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2018-12-29 20:54

    The jury is still out for me on this is an interesting storyline. Abusive husband dies leaving broken down wife. Brother in law comes to investigate what accident caused brother's accident. So far, the story is keeping me interested. Some mystery, luckily little romance, but,for some reason, I feel a huge twist coming on. This book is ending up to be a little to "romancy" for my liking..still a good read, but I normally don't like books romantic-suspense which is heavier on the romance vs. the suspense.I will end up giving this book 2.5 stars..only because the book was too much like an early Harlequin Romance to me...the cheesy romance dance..

  • Liz
    2018-12-29 00:51

    I really liked the creativeness of the story. The words she used were descriptive, and the sentences were not dull in any shape or form. I finished this book in one day. I couldn't put it down. It was a very hot book. The one thing I didn't like was that the love between the two main characters was really shallow to me. It never says why Serena married Alan in the first place. Another thing is that how realistic is that Alan really looked that good? I never met anybody who looked like that (god I wished I did). It was a good quick book to read.

  • Jamie DeBree
    2019-01-12 18:37

    I enjoyed this for the most part - the suspense/storyline was very well done, and had me guessing until the very end (hard to do anymore!). The prose is well-written and flows smoothly. The only thing that bothered me was the romance - I enjoyed the build up, but the actual culmination seemed...too quick, I guess. Sort of unbelievable, though I could easily buy the couple together. All in all a good book though - I'll certainly be reading more from this author.

  • Vicki Tyley
    2018-12-29 23:56

    This is the fourth Maureen Miller novel I’ve read, so I knew before I even started what to expect. And I wasn’t disappointed. Widow’s Tale is a fast-paced, easy read that I found hard to put down (I read it in two sittings). For me, the author’s strengths are her sense of place – I felt as if I was right there on the rugged cliffs of Maine – and her fine balance of mystery and romance/sexual tension. Highly recommended.

  • Joanne
    2019-01-20 16:47

    This was a good story, but I had a few issues with some of the plot line of which I cannot say or it will give away a spoiler. Overall good story with reality well written characters, and a good love story. It would have been better with a more believable plot line, but overall entertaining.

  • Laurie
    2018-12-29 21:59

    I enjoyed this book. The author had me hooked as soon as the word "ghost" was mentioned. The author did a good job of keeping the identify of the "ghost" hidden until the end. At least, I was not able to figure it out. Well thought out and likable characters.

  • Mary
    2019-01-03 20:36

    I'm actually disappointed, I read so many glowing reviews but I just found it 'eh'. There were more than a few grammar issues (you're vs your) that a good proofreader should have caught and the story dragged.

  • Keri
    2018-12-28 23:43

    This was a good quick read for a sick day. I found the mystery a little predictable but it was entertaining enough.

  • Marnie
    2018-12-31 22:40

    Predictable, but a very nice read

  • Jeanne
    2018-12-28 23:02

    It was much better than the previous book by this author. The mystery wasn't as obvious and the romance part seemed a little more genuine.

  • Karen
    2018-12-21 19:42

    I was hooked on this book; read it way past bedtime because I just couldn't put it down. 4 1/2 stars!!!

  • Wendy Soliman
    2019-01-17 00:44

    A fabulous read. Great atmospheric descriptions, beautifully written with lots of tension, steamy romance and I didn't guess who the villain was.Highly recommended.

  • Marnie
    2019-01-08 20:01

    A nice enjoyable read. While predictable, it still had me turning pages to the end.