Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Widow of Saunders Creek



Title:  The Widow of Saunders Creek
Author:  Tracy Bateman
Pages:  320
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Waterbrook Press
                Prior to this novel, Tracy Bateman’s writing was unknown to me.  In The Widow of Saunders Creek, readers will be engaging in a world far more real than the physical one.  Here in the lives of characters are displayed in the reality of spiritual warfare.  Yet, there is more to this story including romance, grief, unconditional love, and confronting an unseen realm that is very real.
Corrie’s husband was in the Army completing his first tour of duty, ready to return now to the family farm.  Then, 9/11 happens and Jarrod and Corrie’s future is irreversibly altered.  When she enters the house that Jarrod’s cousin had been remodeling, grief hits her full in the face all over again.  Eli went to seminary and runs a camp for kids whose parents are deployed, protecting our nation.  Eli and Jarrod were cousins; they loved one another.  What occurred in their history that impacts the present as well as the future?  The gift, which Corrie has and hasn’t used in almost eight years, is encouraged by Eli’s gift.  No matter how much Corrie protests the overwhelming love, gifts, and acceptance she receives, something is holding her back from truly embracing them.  What is it that is hindering Corrie?
Aunt Trudy is loved by her whole family.  At 75 years old, she is quite sprite and has no qualms speaking her mind.  Along with a few other family members she practices witchcraft.  She truly believes that she can help people and bring about good with it.  To what depth does one family member go that sends ripples throughout others’ lives?  Samantha loves and understands Corrie better than anyone else in Saunders Creek.  Sam is a true friend.  The gift she gives to Corrie is such a sacrifice that Corrie almost won’t accept it.
This is just the tip of the iceberg.  As anyone knows with icebergs far more of the berg tends to be underwater and not seen from on top of the water.  Tracy has written a mystery within a mystery.  Included in the mix is a character like Ava, a former girlfriend, who now finds her future holds more than anyone thought it would.  Can one experience love again with another without feeling guilty?  Corrie is learning about who she was, is, and may someday become.  As you read through the pages don’t be surprised if you can’t put it down and find yourself viewing life from a different angle.
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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