Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman
About the book:
A grief that knows no boundary.
A love without any limit.
A need that doesn’t end at death.
Corrie Saunders grew up in a life of privilege. But she gave it all up for Jarrod, her Army husband, a man she knew was a hero when she vowed to spend her life with him. She just didn’t expect her hero to sacrifice his life taking on an Iraqi suicide bomber.
Six months after Jarrod’s death, Corrie retreats to the family home her husband inherited deep in the Missouri Ozarks. She doesn’t know how to live without Jarrod—she doesn’t want to. By moving to Saunders Creek and living in a house beloved by him, she hopes that somehow her Jarrod will come back to her.
Something about the house suggests maybe he has. Corrie begins to wonder if she can feel Jarrod’s presence.
Jarrod’s cousin Eli is helping Corrie with the house’s restoration and he knows that his dead cousin is not what Corrie senses. Eli, as a believing man and at odds with his mystically-oriented family members, thinks friendly visits from beyond are hogwash. But he takes spirits with dark intentions seriously. Can he convince Corrie that letting go of Jarrod will lead to finding her footing again— and to the One she can truly put her faith into?
My review of The Widow of Saunders Creek:
I read Tracey’s previous release Thirsty and to say I loved it would be an understatement. I was browsing the available books for review on the Blogging for Books website and saw The Widow of Saunders Creek. I had no idea she had another book coming out in this genre and I was so excited. I think books like this can provide a safe and powerful Christian message to help us understand the truth, especially when the lies are becoming more and more popular.
I knew I was going to love this book and I did. It’s been a long time since I read Thirsty, so I can’t remember which book I liked better, but I think it would probably be this one. This book had me on the edge of my seat many times, but I also knew there was going to be a good spiritual message in the end.
I have to admit that I was a tad disappointed, initially, when Corrie finally had her revelation or awakening. I was hoping for something a little more earth-shattering and dramatic. However, after reflecting on this for a while, I realized that it was rather simple because that is how God works. He doesn’t need these big dramatic moments to bring us to Him. It’s just that quiet voice in our hearts that will set us free. That is what Tracey showed us through Corrie. And she showed us through a powerful and amazing story.
By the time I reached the end of this book, I felt like Tracey may have left the book open for a sequel. I really hope that is the case. I highly recommend The Widow of Saunders Creek. My time was well spent in this book.
For more information about this book and to read a sample, click here.
This book was provided for review by Water Brook.