Thursday, May 8, 2014
THE WIDOW WALTZ (SALLY KOSLOW)
Viking Adult|June 18, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-14-218099-0
Benjamin Theodore Silver was a handsome, fit, runner with the finesse of someone many years younger. Running the track today he was putting men thirty years younger than himself to shame. With hair well-cut, and graying sideburns, someone once told him ten years ago that "he looked like a young Jeremy Irons. He liked that." Ben was a popular man having been in six other weddings the year he and Georgia had been married. Now he was the emergency contact on nine phones and he was a lawyer with an enviable law practice, an apartment on Central Park South, a house at the beach and club memberships.
Other men loved, Ben with exception of Georgia's brother, Stephan Waltz. He had suspicions but women especially loved Ben, but the woman who loved him most was his wife, Georgia. Georgia Waltz had kept her maiden name when she married, Ben. Georgia was just fifty-years-old and she and Ben had two daughters: Louisa, twenty and Nicola, their 21-year-old Korean adopted daughter.
Ben was in Central Park warming up for the marathon when a "blistering pain crept from his chest like a hot poker heading for his neck. He grabbed his left shoulder and started to crmple to the ground. Someone called 911 and he was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to the hospital, but he died of a heart attack. He and Georgia had been married for twenty-nine blissfully, happy years.
Georgia receives a phone call from Ben's lawyer to come in for the reading of the Will. She and her two daughters are shocked beyond despair to learn they are flat broke except for $38,000 which will only keep them for two months if they're careful. The beach house is mortgaged to the hilt, he owes debts, the insurance policies are gone, both his daughters trust funds are gone and there is just nothing left. What are Georgia and the girls going to do now? They are literally penniless. What kind of man was Ben, really?
Sally Koslow weaves an intricate tale that you won't believe. I certainly didn't see the ending coming and it shocked me sraight out of my chair! I thought I'd had it figured out but I was dead wrong. THE WIDOW WALTZ is a heartfelt, light read that you won't want to put down until you've turned the last page.