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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Second-Year Widow: The Path From Grief to Transformation by Anne Thrower is the poignant story of the author after losing her husband Mac, who died of a massive cardiac arrest on Thanksgiving Day morning. The memoir captures her journey of grief and she hopes it will be a 'lagniappe' (an old New Orleans Creole word meaning 'something extra') for her widow companions. She speaks about continuing to find ways to integrate Mac into her life forever and how her life as a widow might give hope to other widows and ease their journey. Her first year after losing Mac was devoted to the process of getting over losing him and then how later on she became a regular churchgoer.
Second-Year Widow is a story of loss, grief, resilience, and it is uplifting to read how the death of her husband helped Anne Thrower refocus and listen to God working in her life. She speaks about how her faith in God helped her to look at the difficulties, adversities, challenges, trials, and brokenness with a new outlook and sculpted her to become a new human being. It is tough for many widows when their anniversaries approach and it is important to calmly move on with their respective lives. This memoir gives hope to many readers out there who are battling loneliness after losing their loved one and do not know how to come to terms with it. Anne Thrower is honest when she speaks about her life and helps readers understand that it is not easy to get over grief entirely and how finally it becomes part of life's normal healthy healing process.