So let me introduce you to Harold’s wife, Louisa. She’s got her friends – a pack of chickens named after the girls in Little Women, a cat who has a taste for bourbon, and a sister who never judges and that she can tell anything to – no matter how crazy or bizarre.
What she doesn’t have anymore is her husband Harold, gone too soon and unexpectedly. And gone even more untimely, and even more suddenly – her grandson Cody – killed at the hand of a drunk driver.
Harold wanted nothing more than revenge on the man who killed Cody, and Louis is determined, along with the unwavering support of her critter housemates, to finish what Harold started.
This book sounds dark.. but it’s not. It sounds serious and sad, but it isn’t. This was such a fun book to read, and a clever story to follow – and I fell in love with Louisa! Her fierce loyalty to the loved ones she’s lost, her undying love of all creatures and her brutal honesty and witty chit chat with them had me cracking up throughout.
Her calculated plans to accomplish vengeance on the man who essentially snatched pieces of her heart are cunning, inventive and endearing and I was entertained from start to finish.
Thank you to Lynne Hugo, Suzy Approved Book Tours, and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this fantastic novel of both heartbreak, and humor.
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- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Kensington (September 25, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 149671668X
- ISBN-13: 978-1496716682
About the book:
From award-winning author Lynne Hugo comes a witty, insightful, refreshingly unsentimental novel about one woman’s unconventional path from heartbreak to hope . . .
After losing her husband, Harold, and her beloved grandson, Cody, within the past year, Louisa has two choices. She can fade away on her Indiana family farm, where her companionship comes courtesy of her aging chickens and an argumentative cat. Or, she can concoct A Plan. Louisa, a retired schoolteacher who’s as smart, sassy, and irreverent as ever, isn’t the fading away type.
The drunk driver who killed Cody got off scot-free by lying about a deer on the road. Harold had tried to take matters into his own hands, but was thwarted by Gus, the local sheriff. Now Louisa decides to take up Harold’s cause, though it will mean outsmarting Gus, who’s developed an unwelcome crush on her, and staying ahead of her adult son who’s found solace in a money-draining cult and terrible art.
Louisa’s love of life is rekindled as the spring sun warms her cornfields and she goes into action. But even the most Perfect Plans can go awry. A wounded buck, and a teenage boy on the land she treasures help Louisa see that the enduring beauty of the natural world and the mystery of human connection are larger than revenge . . . and so is justice.
About Lynne Hugo:
Lynne Hugo is an American author whose roots are in the northeast. A National Endowment For The Arts Fellowship recipient, she has also received repeat individual artists grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her publications include eight novels, one volume of creative non-fiction, two books of poetry and a children’s book. She lives with her husband, a photographer, in the Midwest. They have two grown children, three grandchildren, and a yellow Labrador retriever who excels at barking and playing tennis ball shortstop.
Ms. Hugo has taught creative writing to hundreds of schoolchildren through the Ohio Arts Council’s renowned Arts in Education program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College, and a Master’s from Miami University.
When an editor asked her to describe herself as a writer, she responded:
“I write in black Wal-Mart capri sweatpants. They don’t start out as capris, but I routinely shrink them in the drier by accident. And I always buy black because it doesn’t show where I’ve wiped the chocolate off my hands. Now that my son and daughter are grown, my previous high grade of ‘below average’ in Domestic Achievement has dropped somewhat. But I’m less guilty about it now. I lose myself in crafting language by a window with birdfeeders hanging in the branches of a Chinese elm towering over the house. When I come up for air, I hike by the ponds and along the river in a nearby forest with my beloved Lab. My husband, with whom I planted that elm as a bare root sapling, joins us when he can.”
5 thoughts on “The Testament of Harold’s Wife by Lynne Hugo (Book Tour & Giveaway!)”
This sounds like a fun read for sure!
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It was! Good luck!! 🙂
I have chickens so now I want to read this because she has chickens! haha
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Yes! Perfect! The chickens just might be my favorite part of the book!