The Unlikely Widow — Denise Weimer

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Denise Weimer as she shares an unlikely widow and more about her new book, Fall Flip.

Think about the widows we most often see portrayed in books, TV show, and movies. Did a particular type immediately come to mind? Either the “black widow” who kills off her mates, or, more likely, the Hallmark-style widow. She’s sweet, young, and as she’s exiting her period of deep grief, her husband still holds preeminence in her heart. Maybe he died of a tragic accident or illness. They probably had the perfect relationship, which we glimpse through smiling honeymoon photos and rose-tinted flashbacks. She’s convinced no one can ever measure up, but in walks Mr. Right #2. Sigh. Lucky girl.

What, I wondered, about a woman whose first marriage was just … okay?

My new novel, Fall Flip, features an unlikely widow in Shelby Dodson. She doesn’t fit either of those initial descriptions. Shelby and her husband Chet shared some incredible memories and successes in life, but there were also hurtful and disappointing aspects to their marriage. Red flags that maybe she was too young and eager to get married to notice before she said “I do.” Things that most people never saw because they covered it up with the façade of perfection. Things that only a truly observant person, like Fall Flip’s hero, Scott Matthews, would notice after the fact, as he spends time with Shelby.

How would that type of marriage set someone up for a second relationship? Would they be guarded?

Disinterested? What if they shocked themselves by falling even harder the second time around? Would they fear it was too good to be true?

Find out here, and chime in below with your thoughts on an unlikely widow as a heroine!

About Fall Flip:

The tragic death of Shelby Dodson’s husband—her partner in a successful Home Network house flipping business—stole love, status, and career. Now a bungalow redesign thrusts Shelby into the company of a new contractor. Scott Matthews remembers high-and-mighty Shelby from high school, and her prissy, contemporary style goes against his down-to-earth grain. When the house reveals a mystery, will its dark secrets—and their own mistakes—cost them a second chance at love?




About Denise:


Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She’s a managing editor for Smitten Historical Romance and Heritage Beacon Historical Fiction imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and the author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and a number of novellas, including Across Three Autumns of Barbour’s Colonial Backcountry Brides Collection. Her historical romance, The Witness Tree, is also releasing this month with LPC’s Smitten ( A wife and mother of two daughters, she always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses! Connect with Denise here:

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