Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Widow of Saunders Creek: A Novel by Tracey Bateman Book Review

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?



The Widow of Sunders Creek is an EXCELLENT book. It is so full of love, hurt, pain, and healing. The War in Iraq took so many of our men from us. Fathers, brothers, husbands, best friends, wives and so on that it is a war no one will forget. When you lose someone so special to you and the way they died in Iraq it can haunt you and the persons family for a long time. This story is about a women who loses her husband in Iraq and has to comes to terms with his death. Easier said then done and what happens to her as she comes to terms with his death is nothing short of a miracle.

Corrie Saunders loves her husband Jarrod. She misses him and can't wait for him to come home from Iraq. But one day she gets the visit every Military family dreads. She is told that Jarrod was killed in Iraq. She is left feeling numb because she has no one and all she wants is for her husband Jarrod to come home. When he came home this time they were going to move back to his home town of Saunders Creek where they were going to live in his childhood home. 

As Corrie comes to terms with losing Jarrod she moves to his hometown to be closer to him. She knows once the house is renovated she will be able to feel him and love him even though he is dead. So Corrie keeps up the facade of being happy and having Jarrod's cousin Eli help her with the renovations. As Eli and Corrie get close Eli helps Corrie comes to terms with the lose of Jarrod. But Corrie tells Eli she can feel Jarrod in the house and Eli tells her she is not feeling Jarrod because he is in a better place. As time goes on Eli convinces Corrie that the spirits haunting her are bad.

Corrie has to let go of Jarrod in order to move on and get rid of those bad spirits.It's hard for Corrie but with Eli by her side she can do anything. What will Corrie chose in the end? Will she and Eli be able to over come the loss of Jarrod? Will the bad spirits leave and never come back? This is such a heart warming story. It is a story of strength and courage to face the pain and the hurt and move on.
Tracey Bateman lives in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks which provide much of her inspiration for the books she writes. She has approximately one million books in print. Tracey loves to hear from readers you can find her on facebook

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