The Widow of Saunders Creek: A Novel Paperback – May 8 2012
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
Corrie had no relationship with the Lord, and willingly participated in an occultic episode despite a warning from a godly man. Then she used the name of Jesus and everything was better. To suggest that the name of Jesus can be wielded about without a right relationship with him is serious error. The seven sons of Sceva in the book of Acts, learned this the hard way. They were evoking the name of Jesus (of whom Paul preaches) and got their tails whipped by a demon. Folks should know that the name of Jesus does not work like a lucky charm or magic word. Relationship and fellowship is at heart of our faith, especially when we confront the powers of darkness.
Another issue I had with the book was that Eli ( a preacher) never once seemed concerned that Corrie was not saved. He just seemed more enamored with her winsome charm than with issues of her personal faith in Christ. The same holds true with Lola's beau. Joe was a committed Christian, Lola spoke in sophmoric terms about "going all the way" but in the end, he goes after her? Where did she convert? I didn't get that.
Despite my issue with the book I thought the author did a good job tackling the issue of familiar spirits and how deceptive the world of the occult can be. I would (with reservations) recommend this book to my Christian friends.
For months after Jerrod's death, Corrie lives with her mother in Dallas then decides to move to Missouri to the old home place Jerrod inherited from his grandmother. Jerrod's cousin, Eli, is hired to fix up the old place.
When Corrie arrives, she experiences some strange things around the house. The small town is deep into mystic, including Jerrod's aging aunt who assures Corrie that Jerrod hasn't truly left her. Eli, a strong believer in Christ, realizes that in order to save Corrie from falling into trap of believing in such thing, the battle for the Truth has just begun.
If I need to sum up my initial thoughts on this book, I might have to say "strange". While I am fully aware that spiritual warfare exists and that mountain people may have some odd ways of thinking, I must say that I have never met anyone like Jerrod's extended family and people of Saunders Creek believing in ghosts and haunted houses. Even Eli, who is the strongest Christian in the book says in his mind that there is no evidence from the Bible or from reality.....Isn't the Bible and reality the same thing? Since those wonderings occur on page 15, it left me wondering about the theology of the whole story.
Overall, I did enjoy watching the friendship develop between Corrie and Eli but all the supernatural thinking sort of got in my way. This probably won't be a title I will add to our church library.
I did receive this advanced copy free from the publisher, Waterbrook Press.
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.
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