The Widow's War by Sally Gunning
In my 2016 highlights post, I listed Sally Gunning's The Widow's War as the best book I read last year. I see that the Kindle version is on sale for 99¢ at present. I don't know how long that price will last, so I just wanted to mention it if anyone might be interested.
In 1761 Cape Cod, a happily-married wife loses her husband in a whale hunt. The inheritance laws drastically alter her life, and she struggles against the family members, laws, and community that steal the home, autonomy, and reputation that she enjoyed before her husband's death.
It was really eye opening for me. I think I really identified with the main character since her husband (like mine) was away from home for much of their marriage and she dealt with the responsibilities and independence with the blessing of her community. But when her husband is lost, so is her entire way of life. I loved how she sought out ways to maintain her autonomy and needled those who sought to make her conform.
This is yet another reason I am happy to be living in the time that I am.