Widows-in-Law

Widows-in-Law

by Michele W. Miller

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Overview

After the sudden death of her ex-husband Brian, Lauren helps Brian's much-younger widow, Jessica, arrange the funeral and settle his affairs. Although they were once adversaries in the battle for Brian's heart, Lauren agrees to pitch in for the sake of their troubled sixteen-year-old daughter, Emily. But Lauren gets much more than she bargained for when information comes to light about Brian's shady business deals with his old college friend Jordan Connors and the crime lord Jorge Arena, jeopardizing Brian's estate and throwing the women into the world of high-stakes illegal gambling.

With only a few days to find out where Brian hid millions of dollars in bonds and in fear for their lives, Lauren, Jessica, and Emily must set aside their differences and work together to secure their inheritance and evade Jorge Arena's murderous crew.

Widows-in-Law is a gripping tale of mothers and daughters, wives and ex-wives, broken and remade families, and unlikely partners-in-crime. Most of all, it is a moving story about the women left behind to clean up the messes men make.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161608876
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 4,990
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Michele W. Miller is the author of The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery, a 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Quarter-Finalist. Married with two children, Michele is a lawyer practicing in New York City.

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Widows-in-Law 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Intense and entertaining. Lots of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. And for good measure, there's the question about how well one knows another person.
CherryPie0420 More than 1 year ago
It is hard to find a good suspense that captures your imagination, but Widows in Law grabs hold the instant you start reading, to the point that I could not read this book fast enough. The story line is engaging and relatable, and the plot has so many twists and turns that there was never a good stopping point, so I had it read within hours of finishing, staying up way past my bedtime, just so I could see how the story played out. The characters interaction with one another is unique, which is refreshing, and you truly connect with the characters and the unusual situation they find themselves in. There is strong language in this book that I personally could've done without, but given the setting and circumstances it did make it feel authentic. A rollercoaster of suspense and emotion that has your heart pounding until the end, Widows in Law was a rush that I thoroughly enjoyed! *I have reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are completely honest, and my own.
Suzette Wuthrich 27 days ago
Well written and very good
3no7 More than 1 year ago
“Widows-In-Law” by Michelle Miller opens with a frightening confrontation and two women flattened against a plank avoiding gunfire. How did they get there? Readers go back in time to mid-October. Lauren Silverman, the “first wife,” juggles relationships with her ex-husband Brian, his current wife Jessica, and her daughter Emily, now living with Brian and Jessica. The group struggles with all the things that happen in “extended” families, and had reached a tolerant truce. That all ended with a phone call, “Brian’s been injured.” Sorrow, chaos, confusion, and trauma follow any death, but especially Brian’s. The story includes flash backs detailing the past events that shaped characters. The casual conversational style helps readers get to know the participants and to see events from several perspectives. Little details come out piece by piece as Lauren and Jessica struggle with their new situation. There are money concerns, two households to maintain, bills for education, mortgage, and the orthodontist, but Brian’s job should provide earned commissions to allow them time to sort out finances. A call from Brian’s company changes all that. “Is there a problem?” Well, yes, there is a problem, and there is no money due to Brian’s family. Events continue chronologically and quickly starting on October 18 and ending on December 1. Readers follow the search for answers day by day as indicated at the start of each chapter. The plot shifts points of view, with side-by-side story lines following Jessica, Emily, Lauren, and others. It seems that Brian had many secrets, dangerous ones, complicated ones, illegal ones, deeply hidden ones. Colorful descriptions put readers into the scenes. “The streetlights still glowed outside Brownie’s but the sky had become sepia….The gray sky ripened into pink and orange as she rode downtown.” Fear and tension fill every page. “An icy fear kept Jessica’s muscles stiff and her mouth dry. She was trapped between Lauren and the silent man.” Lauren, Jessica, and Emily form an unusual alliance of women forced by circumstances to clean up a mess left by a death, to work together for mutual good, and to secure a financial future for each of them. I was given a review copy of “Widows-In-Law” by Michelle Miller, Blackstone Publishing, and NetGalley. It is full of secrets -- codes, trips, money, and influence -- all unveiled in surprising and dangerous ways. It keeps readers turning pages, anxious to learn what disaster or solution waits on the next page.
Pamela33 More than 1 year ago
This is a blast to read! It has great characters, a plot that twists and it kept me wanting more right to the end. I read it in two days and when I put it down I couldn't wait to get back to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lauren and Brian Silverman, both attorneys, are divorced and the parents of Emily, 16. Brian is now married to Jessica. Lauren is not fond of Jessica because she feels the woman intentionally set out to steal her husband. Lauren works at Family Court and Brian is with a private firm. He claims to have some big cases in the works that should make him rich. Lauren has to constantly remind him to pay the bills he is responsible for. Emily’s behavior has become more difficult for Lauren to handle so she asks Brian to let her live with him. He is happy to have her. Lauren herself had had a difficult childhood with parents always doing drugs. After getting into some of it herself, she finally straightened around, got her schooling, and became an attorney. So, she hopes that Brian may have more influence on her and keep her in school. While on a short business trip to Miami, Brian dies in a fire in his hotel room. The authorities believe it was from him smoking in bed. The funeral is difficult for all of them and Lauren worries that if Emily comes back with her, she will start getting into trouble again. So, it is agreed that Emily will stay with Jessica. Brian’s law partner, Steve, says he will take care of settling things for all of them. But when he says that Brian was never a partner, but just an employee and, therefore, not entitled to a share of the money from the cases, Jessica and Lauren both are shocked and furious. In addition, it appears that Brian had been involved with some shady people and cases that didn’t make sense so they take it upon themselves to do their own investigating and see if they can find the real truth. This is a story that deals with some very dangerous, international criminals and big money. It is gruesome and heart-stopping at times. These women are strong and determined to find out about Brian’s past even if they have to risk their lives for it. My feelings? Why would two women and a teenager think that they can outfox the “big guys” and get away with it? That made me roll my eyes. In reality, one who go to the police. I know teens are fairly tech savvy, but for Emily to be able to do and understand the computer things she did made me question it. It is good to see two women who were once considered to be enemies become friends. I’m sure that people who like an edge-of-the-seat thriller will like this one. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
lee2staes More than 1 year ago
Great book! I loved the story line. I loved the characters. A wife and ex wife come together for the daughter and for safety after the husband dies unexpectedly. Filled with mystery, murder, adventure and friendship. I highly recommend this one. My thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
Lauren, Brian's ex wife and mother of his child feels left out in the cold sometimes. Brian has a beautiful, young wife now. When Brian dies unexpectedly and due to their child, Emily, Lauren helps Jessica, the new wife arrange the funeral.  Emily's feeling's are worth more than than the anger. It comes to light that not all of Brian's dealings are on the up and up. Will they survive long enough to get everything in order? Is the danger caused by someone closer to Brian than they realize. I really liked this book. It is about how two women survive through their differences. I received this book from Net Galley and Blackstone Publishing for a honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.