The Widow’s Walk

Written by Robert Barclay
Review by Alana White

Set in New Bedford, Massachusetts in the mid-19th century and the present day, Robert Barclay’s third book involves Constance Canfield, a young woman caught between life and death, and the only man in existence who can “save” her. His name is Garrett Richmond, and he is the sensitive architect who purchases the beautiful seaside home Constance once inhabited, so that he may renovate the place. What Garrett does not know is that 170 years earlier Constance—whom only he perceives—fell from the widow’s walk while awaiting the return of her missing whaler husband. Now Constance is a ghost of sorts, doomed to completely disappear if something isn’t done, fast. One consolation is that Garrett takes her shopping for some really cute clothes at Victoria’s Secret, which—somehow—he alone can see.

Together, eventually Constance and Garrett consult Dr. Brooke Wentworth, a world authority on a phenomenon called mora mortis. Quoting a few vague lines from that renowned authority Nostradamus, the doctor informs the couple the only way to break the spell Constance is under is for them both to hurl themselves from the widow’s walk. Maybe. Because the woman they have known for less than an hour says she doesn’t actually know what could happen then. Both could die, one could die, and so on, through various possibilities. Now Garrett finds himself contemplating suicide, something he denies to himself by considering the act a “leap of faith.”

Like the author’s previous efforts, this one is aimed at fans of Robert James Waller and Nicholas Sparks and may appeal to those who enjoy books similar to The Notebook.