When very carefully proper widow Jane Weber discovers she’s pregnant, she escapes eastern society and 1880’s Boston life to work as a housekeeper in the Dakota Territories. Though Jane secretly researches and assures her new employer that she’s hearty and strong, the rigors of the prairie and the rawness of the people in Flats Junction are more defined than she expects. She must live with the enigmatic Widow Hawks (the last Sioux in town), and attempts to run a household, pick up nursing, and befriend the town’s half-breed grocer. Life in the territories is both simple and difficult, and tries Jane’s character in many more ways than merely learning to survive in the pioneer west. Will her pregnancy prove too much? Will she marry the cowboy who courts her? Or will her wall of lies and glassy cage of respectability shatter?
WIDOW 1881 is the second book in the Flats Junction series.
“Ms. Dahmen has managed to capture the essence of the time period and the heart of the woman brave enough to find her own way in this thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing novel. Don’t miss it!” – Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of The Mutual Admiration Society and Whistling in the Dark.
“Sara Dahmen has done something most writers can only hope for. She’s created a character whose inner strength, her unyielding sense of honor, just might be her undoing. Widow is a breathtaking journey through the interior landscape of a woman whose head has accepted her fate, but whose heart and quiet passions have other ideas.” – Scott Wilbanks, award-winning author of The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster.