Confessions of a Mediocre Widow by Catherine Tidd (Audiobook – Tantor Audio)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5-stars


I have to admit that based on the cover I didn’t know this book was non-fiction. It quickly became apparent to me that it was. This is an emotional read that left me with a tear-stained face several times. It’s one of the best memoirs I’ve read thus far.

Brad Tidd, thirty-four, could not have known when he left his house one morning in 2007 that a single decision would immediately change his life, and then end it. Catherine, his wife, thirty-one, and the mother of their three small children, would spend her eleventh wedding anniversary planning her husband’s funeral. She details the agony of that experience, along with the surreal feelings that followed her husband’s sudden death and the ways it affected her life. She chronicles the many stages of grief she experienced, and she does it candidly and in a poignant, yet inspiring way.

Tidd talks about many pertinent aspects relating to the grieving process, and gives excellent advice to widows, as well as to friends, relatives and associates of widows, emphasizing what to say, what to avoid saying, and how to help. I found her advice very practical and beneficial since I’ve had the awkward experience of feeling at a loss for words when speaking with newly widowed friends. She recites her journey through the beginning stages of widowhood, and shares her experiences and feelings about dating, her in-laws, counseling, anxiety, the widow stigma and much more.

This book had a profound effect on me. As I listened to the author recount the sudden loss of her husband it shook me to my core and made me uncomfortable. It forced me to think about what it might be like to lose my own husband, or for him to lose me, a thought I try to avoid. My heart went out to Catherine because she was so young when it happened to her, and it was totally unexpected. Having to plan a funeral, deal with feelings of intense loss, raise three children under the age of five, alone, and become the sole breadwinner after having been out of the workforce for several years would feel overwhelming to anyone. And yet, she eventually confronted her fears, got her life in order and triumphed.

Confessions of a mediocre widow was gripping, moving and memorable. If you’re a widow, young or old, this book will likely resonate with you and stir up many raw emotions. If you have not yet come to terms with your widowhood status, this book might be a bit difficult for you to get through, but I can say confidently that it will be informative and affirming as well. For the rest of us, especially those who are married, if you read this book you will look at your spouse in a very different way. I felt the need to make a conscious decision not to take any days that I share with my husband for granted. Very highly recommended.

After reading this book, as regards the title, Confessions of a Mediocre Widow, I’m convinced that the author is anything but.


Narrator – Celeste Oliva: I cannot think of a better narrator for this book. Celeste Oliva’s voice was composed, mellow, and pleasant to listen to; comforting, but not weak. Many times I had to remind myself that the voice was that of a narrator and not the author herself. She sounded so convincing, as though she was telling her own personal story. She was appropriately animated when necessary, which brought the author’s feelings to life. Excellent!!


Thank you, Tantor Audio, for a complimentary download of Confessions of a Mediocre Widow. In exchange I have provided an honest review.

16 thoughts on “Confessions of a Mediocre Widow by Catherine Tidd (Audiobook – Tantor Audio)

    • Thanks, Diana. It was a very difficult subject. It made me sad, but taught me so much about grief and the grieving process. And although everyone grieves differently, which was also discussed, I learned a lot about what to expect. I didn’t like thinking about it at all, but the way in which the author told her story was so powerful I couldn’t stop listening to it.


    • Oh, Berit…..I remember you talking about your experience with me. 😔
      But never say never, okay? Maybe you won’t, but you just might one day. 😃 But if you choose not to, that’s fine too. 😉


    • This book was so remarkable I was thinking about buying a paperback copy to keep. And even though I recommend the audiobook version since the narrator did such a phenomenal job, I think it would be appreciated in any form you can get it.
      Thanks for visiting, Jill. 🥰


  1. It sounds like a winner. I think everyone has had that uncomfortable feeling of “what do I say” to someone grieving. There is no one right answer, but it would be interesting to get the author’s take on it.

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    • Linda, this book was so impactful. I don’t think there was a single thing related to widowhood that she didn’t address. It’s a book I’ll remember for a long time. In fact, I told my husband I’d like for us to listen to it together. We’re going to start on it soon. I highly recommend it to any adult, not just widows.
      Thanks for reading my review, and for commenting. 😊

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  2. It’s very emotional, Holly. There are many sad parts, but it’s also inspiring, educational and hard to put down. Honestly, I couldn’t stop listening to this woman’s story. My heart went out to her. And in the end I admired her strength, courage and honesty. I think anyone who reads it will benefit.
    Thanks for stopping by. 🤗💕


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