“The Widow of Saunders Creek” by Tracey Bateman is the story of Corrie, the young widow of a soldier who was killed in Iraq. She comes home to the house left to her husband Jarrod by his grandmother. It needs a lot of remodeling, so she hires Jarrod’s cousin Eli to do the repairs. Eli and Jarrod had a close relationship, but Jarrod was always trying to best Eli in everything they did. When Corrie moves into the house strange things keep happening. Corrie thinks it’s her husband coming back to her as a spirit. Eli, however, is convinced that it’s the dark side. Eli’s and Jarrod’s families are descendants of Appalachian people who had the “gift”. The longer Eli works on the house, the more strange things happen. Because Corrie is angry at Jarrod for getting himself killed, she is afraid that Jarrod is angry with her. She has lost her faith. Eli, who is also a pastor, tries to make Corrie see that God is always with her and if she calls for him, she can overcome the spirit of darkness that has pervaded her home.
I never like reading about spirits and hauntings, but this book was different. I really liked the way Ms. Bateman treated the characters in the novel, bringing them to real life almost. I usually get goosebumps reading stories like this, but the characters of Corrie and Eli weren’t afraid, but were determined to rid the home of spirits. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens.
The author, Tracey Bateman, lives in the Missouri Ozarks with her husband and family. With more than thirty novels in print, including Thirsty and Tandem, Tracey spends all her time telling tales, creating characters, and dreaming of other worlds. You can read more about Tracey Bateman on her website: http://www.traceybateman.com/
I received a free Kindle copy of this book for my honest review from the publisher. The opinions expressed here are my own.