“The Widow of Saunders Creek” by Tracey Bateman – book review
Corrie Saunders returns to Jarod’s home town, Saunder’ Creek, following his heroic death in the Middle East Conflict. Jarod sacrificed his life to save civilian bystanders. But Corrie feels that he should have thought of her. After six months of grieving in Texas, she packs up and moves to the home place that Jerod inherited. She had contracted with Eli, Jerod’s cousin to begin the repairs needed to make the house livable.
Now that she is here, she just wants to find Jerod again. And she finds Saunders Creek deeply seeded in witch craft and several offer to help her “connect” with Jerod’s spirit. While Eli, a small town preacher, tries to discourage her from this, one afternoon she tries. And while she feels she has connected with a spirit, it is an evil spirit. With the guidance of Christian friends Corrie is able to find closure and assurance that Jerod is in heaven.
I was a bit bothered by the dark and evil elements of the book, and the constant inclusion of the evil spirits. But I was pleased that Eli takes a very firm Biblical stand to the dark intentions of the characters, even within his own family. I am pleased that good wins out in the end, but had hoped for a quicker conclusion.
The book is easy to read and has a very current theme. We all can learn something from Corrie’s character in how to relate to the new war widows that probably live in our own community.
Disclaimer: this book was provided to me from Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.