I recently read The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman. This book, while not my favorite, was an interesting, captivating and entertaining read to me.
Corrie Saunders returns to her home that had been in her husband's family for generations. Corrie faces some coldness from family members who think she should have returned the home to the family and moved on with her life after her husband died a hero at war. Corrie feels somewhat out of place in his hometown, yet it is also the place she feels closest to her late husband, Jarrod. Corrie believes that the spirits she senses belong to her husband and that maybe he hasn't left her after all. Jarrod's cousin, Eli, is helping with the renovations of the family home. He is concerned for Corrie and her safety as she begins to open up about the odd occurrences. Eli begins to witness the spirit occurrences as well. Eli, a strong man of faith, is aware of the evil that has been allowed to roam the home for generations, invited to stay by his grandparents. Eli is aware of many of Jarrod's failings and struggles to hide his somewhat ill feelings from Corrie to not dismantle her hero view of her late husband and her delicate emotions. Eli and Corrie find themselves drawing closer together, yet being torn apart by differing opinions. Eli encourages Corrie to grow in her faith and to rely on Jesus in those moments of concern. However, Aunt Trudy, a old magic practicing medium encourages Corrie that Jarrod is not lost to her and that she can reconnect with him and his spirit. Corrie must decide how she will choose to live the rest of her life.
The book is full of deep characters, the struggle between good and evil and the growing romance that grief and healing allow. It had a different plot than books I frequently choose, however, it drew me in quickly and kept my attention. I would not hesitate to read another book by Tracey Bateman.
If you are interested in The Widow of Saunders Creek, follow this link to a free preview available at Scribd.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.