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The Widow of Saunders Creek: A Novel [Paperback]

Tracey Bateman
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Book Description

May 8 2012
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? 

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Praise for The Widow of Saunders Creek

“Tracey Bateman has the extraordinary gift of plummeting into the human soul and finding the deep and complex facets for which we most need redemption and hope. She weaves emotion and truth and all the things we fear and grieve into a story that touches and challenges the heart, while reminding us there is an unseen world as close as our
own breath. The Widow of Saunders Creek is one of her finest.”
     —Rene Gutteridge, author of Listen and Possession

“Bateman does a superb job of bringing her characters vividly to life and giving the reader a taste of what it would be like to live in the Ozarks, where superstition and the supernatural are alive and well.”
      —Debbie Viguié, author of Kiss of Night

“Tracey Bateman has a winner on her hands. I started the book intending to read just a little then put it down. I couldn’t. I had to read and read all the way to the end. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. This is a wonderful story about moving past grief and realizing it’s possible to fall in love again. This book has a fabulous love story. It has a chilling confrontation between good and evil and shows us how calling on the power of Jesus’s name can stop evil in its tracks. I can’t wait for the next book by Tracey.”
     —Lynette Eason, author of When the Smoke Clears

Praise for Tracey Bateman

“Deep, cutting, an intoxicating blend of human and supernatural, of characters scarred by the past, drained by life. This is the book I’ve waited for.”
      — Tosca Lee, author of Forbidden with Ted Dekker and Demon: A Memoir

“…raises thought-provoking questions concerning who and what one lives for. These themes are worked in nicely and eventually set up a beautiful and hopeful conclusion.”
     —The Christian Manifesto for Tandem

“Bateman has written a page turner with a compelling vampire character that will set evangelical Christian readers talking.”
      —Publishers Weekly on Thirsty

“I loved the way Tracey Bateman incorporated the struggle against alcoholism into the theme [of Thirsty]. Great writing and a compelling read!”
      — Colleen Coble, author of Lonestar Secrets and the Rock Harbor series

About 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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Touchy subject, well handled Aug. 23 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Can the dead speak to people on earth? Tracey Bateman explores this topic realistically and biblically. Although I was a little creeped out at first (being unsure of where the author was taking me) I was really impressed with how well the topic was handled; not preachy, not cheesy. Another great story from this great author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very eye-opening for those interested in ghosts May 8 2012
By Katie Garvin - Published on
What does a young, newly-widowed woman do when she thinks her husband is trying to contact her from the afterlife? That's the (creepy!) question Corrie Saunders must figure out as she returns to her husband's childhood home in The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman. There are several spine-chilling scenes with the spirit/demon that "haunts" the house, thus making this a book that will grip your attention.

Corrie isn't your average heroine, as is shown in the first few chapters when she drinks herself and deals with a full-blown hangover the next morning. This made her first meeting with Eli rather interesting and humorous! The romance between Corrie and Eli was very sweet--and a bit different than the normal, which I liked very much! It wasn't focused, so much, on the physical attraction (though it was there!) as much as the way they bonded while working together, and their battle against the dark spirits within the house. Very memorable relationship!

The writing was well done, sharp, and brings the story to life. Reading The Widow of Saunders Creek reminded me of the Christy movies and her adventures among the mountain folk with their superstitions and traditions. Just like Christy, Corrie had to adjust to like, get to know the town folk, and meet a few interesting characters.

I've never read a book that dealt with ghosts, mediums, séances, and the like from a Christian perspective. I ended up really appreciating Bateman at tackling this subject. I loved the way she handled it--showing how, when some people think their relatives might be back from the dead with "unfinished business", it's really a devil in disguise. Very eye-opening for those interested. I definitely plan to read more by Bateman in the future.

I received this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group via Blogging 4 Books. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not something I normally read! May 24 2012
By R. Jolly - Published on
Corrie Saunders loses her husband Jarrod, an army soldier who was in Iraq. Six month after his death, she moves into a home he had inherited and loved because it was the closest she could get to having him back in her life. She soon meets Jarrod's cousin Eli and the two have undeniable chemistry, which, not surprisingly, invokes some guilt.

However, the house is haunted and Eli isn't so sure that dabbling in the occult is healthy for Corrie -- no matter how desperately she misses her husband. Is it really Jarrod or is it the devil in disguise?

I have to admit that I was shocked that a Christian writer would tackle drinking to the point of having brown bottle flu, seances, and the like. These are pretty taboo subjects and she handled them gracefully. I've never been one to believe in ghosts, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a good story that involves them. If you have a fascination with the paranormal and enjoy a bit of romance or simply want to read something that you wouldn't normally, pick up a copy! I was not at all disappointed.

Disclosure: I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book about God vs ghosts May 29 2012
By San Antonio Lady - Published on
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I absolutely adored this book. Adored it.

I found out about this book through another favorite blogger/author of mine: Kristine McGuire. Kristine has answered many questions I've had about Christianity and ghost hunting. This book was recommended by her and I am so glad I read it.

I could NOT put this book down. It is very rare that I will finish 80% of a book in one sitting. I read it for several hours and could not stop.

As a Christian, who unfortunately has done authentic ghost hunting/paranormal activities in the past, this book hit the nail on the head. It held a very valuable lesson with a very sweet love story. It was balanced out superbly.

Demonic spirts can and DO mimic human behavior and I kept wanting to shout at Corrie, "Don't continue down this path looking for your husband!" Tracey definitely illustrated a great point: one would NOT experience a paralyzing fear while communicating with an actual departed loved one. (From experience, this is 100% accurate.) The departed would also not mention something to embarrass you, such as drinking to drown out your grief weeks before.

Eli was such a strong, Christian character that helped guide her down the right path. He was also such a joy to read and get to know.

I found myself crying several times throughout this book (the painting on the wall that Corrie worked on for Eli, to name one scene); which has not happened to me in a long time.

Thank you for writing such a wonderful, heartfelt book that addressed the real dangers of ghosts and what they really are.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Read!! Nov. 20 2012
By Melanie - Published on
The Widow of Saunders Creek was a very interesting read and different than most other books I've read - I really liked it! The characters were great and I think my favorite was Eli, although I also really liked Corrie and Lola.

The story was good and I liked how it dealt with ghosts: whether or not they are real, and if there is a "presence" in a house, what is it - a demon or departed soul? All of that made for an intriguing read! :)

The ending to The Widow of Saunders Creek was a little abrupt/rushed (in my opinion), but it was still a nice ending... even though I would have preferred a few more details about certain things.

The Widow of Saunders Creek had suspense, romance, and even some humor at times. I really enjoyed the book and am kind of hoping for a sequel. If you like suspenseful reads dealing with the paranormal, then I think you'd enjoy The Widow of Saunders Creek! I recommend it. :)

*I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving story July 20 2012
By M.Fields - Published on
I have never read anything by Tracey Bateman before, so I did not know what to expect. Well let me tell you this book was creatively written and unlike any other christian fiction book that I have read. I found this book to be a one of a kind read. Once I got started reading I could not put it down until I finished the very last page. This is a book about healing, love, forgiveness, grief all rolled in to one very good story. I recommend this book. 4 stars for sure.
I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group
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