The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman

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29 Critic Reviews

Though the story has supernatural/spirit world/culture of superstition elements, it’s really a story about overcoming grief, of learning to let go of what is gone and of trusting God as one moves forward with life.
-Home is Where God Sends You

Synopsis

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?
 

About Tracey Bateman

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Tracey Bateman is the award-winning author of many books, including "Kansas Home".
 
Published May 8, 2012 by WaterBrook. 322 pages
Genres: Romance, Religion & Spirituality, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Widow of Saunders Creek
All: 29 | Positive: 25 | Negative: 4

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Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Miura on Jun 21 2012

THE WIDOW OF SAUNDERS CREEK is a quick-paced read with great imagery, a beautiful setting, intriguing characters, and plenty of eeriness for those who like paranormal activity in their novels.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Serena Chase on Jun 22 2012

Fresh, compelling, romantic and a little bit scary, The Widow of Saunders Creek is a creepy but well-written contemporary gothic romance.

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Crosswalk.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Ellingburg on May 07 2012

For a novel of this type, The Widow of Saunders Creek is refreshingly normal. We don’t see anything from a demonic or angelic point of view, there’s no hype or hysteria; we watch the events unfold with appropriate respect for their power, but with even more respect accorded to the power of God.

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Extant

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Jackson

As a Christian, I believe there are spirits out there, and Bateman handled it in what I believe to be a biblically sound way while still keeping the story entertaining.

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Fancy Little Things

Excellent
Reviewed by Taylor on Aug 12 2012

This book has been quite controversial in Christian circles, but I applaud the author’s ability to directly address spiritual warfare without delving into some sort of vague mysticism or belittling the power of Christ.

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Beth's Book-Nook Blog

Good
Reviewed by Beth on Sep 03 2012

I enjoyed reading this book, which combined dealing with grief, romance, and Christian elements. I found the supernatural aspect (the ghost in Corrie’s house) an interesting addition.

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The Friendly Book Nook

Below average
Reviewed by Sally on Jul 21 2012

I enjoyed this book, although not one of my favorites. If I were rating with stars, it would be 3 out of 5.

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Thoughts from Mill Street

Below average
Reviewed by Sue on Sep 03 2012

I was ready for an all-American down home story. What I got was a romance with way too much emphasis on the "spirit" presence for my tastes.

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Radiant Lit

Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Olmedo on Jun 20 2012

I recommend this novel to anyone who is not only looking for a good romance, but also a story that challenges readers to analyze their own beliefs on issues such as spirits and mediums.

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Healing Hearts

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Sutton on Jul 04 2012

The love story was tender and the mystery of the house was downright creepy. The thing I liked about this story were the spiritual elements because there was truth in what the characters said.

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Iola's Christian Reads

Good
Reviewed by Iola on Aug 22 2012

...it makes no apologies for the fact that there is a spiritual realm, and that the name of Jesus is the answer. A touching story of a developing relationship.

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WV Stitcher

Good
Reviewed by Brenda on Aug 21 2012

The paranormal twist was really an added bonus for me, and I really thought the author did a great job of bringing it into perspective, while keeping a christian feel to the story.

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Carlybird's Home

Good
Apr 18 2012

This book had me on the edge of my seat many times, but I also knew there was going to be a good spiritual message in the end.

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Books and Such

Good
Reviewed by Donna Safford on Sep 03 2012

The characters and situations are realistic, and the story draws you in completely. I recommend it to readers who love a mysterious love story...

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Heart to Heart Books

Good
Reviewed by Renn on Aug 01 2012

Tracey Bateman developed the plot line and characters well, and both were very informative and realistic.

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Grace Notes for Me

Good
Reviewed by Reese on Apr 28 2012

Author Tracey Bateman has successfully woven the elements of a good romance, a suspenseful look into the spirit world (it exists, and it is not of God), and the love of God.

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Living Better One Day At A Time

Good
Reviewed by Rachel on Sep 08 2012

Even though this is a Christian book, the ideology of ghost and ghost acting like humans even when they are inherently evil, was handled with grace and care.

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Amanda Stephan

Good
Reviewed by Amanda Stephan on Aug 31 2012

I don’t think Ms. Bateman sugar-coated what was really going on, and she didn’t try to gloss over the occult issue. I enjoyed this book, and I will read it again.

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Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Erin Cataldi on Aug 29 2012

All in all I thought it combined a few different genres and did a pretty darn good job of conveying a spooky, uplifting, and moving story.

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Home is Where God Sends You

Good
Reviewed by Janet on Aug 28 2012

Though the story has supernatural/spirit world/culture of superstition elements, it’s really a story about overcoming grief, of learning to let go of what is gone and of trusting God as one moves forward with life.

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Reviews by Renae

Below average
Reviewed by Renae on Aug 21 2012

The plot is about the spiritual war for a young woman's soul as she struggles to work through the death of her husband. However, the overt use of spirits, demons, ghosts and the like was too informative.

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Parsonage Fence

Good
Reviewed by Leigh Powers on Aug 05 2012

The challenge, for the Christian market, is writing a good spooky story that remains true to biblical principles...I'm pleased to say she succeeded.

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You Are What You Read

Good
Jul 31 2012

What I found was a very good explanation as to the differences between a relationship with God and witchcraft. I would recommend this book to someone who needed to see those differences as they began their walk with the Lord.

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The Old Crow's Empty Nest

Good
Reviewed by Narita on Jul 31 2012

The book was well written and I was impressed with the important spiritual lessons woven throughout the book.

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Robin's Nest

Good
Reviewed by Robin Prater on Jul 30 2012

Evil exists all around us...But this book is more. It shares the story of one woman. A woman who is hurting and in search of more.

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Jettie's Ramblings

Good
Reviewed by Jettie on Jul 24 2012

It is spiritual and otherworldy at the same time, and until the very end, I wasn't sure what was going to happen. I would love for this story to be continued in a 2nd book.

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Reading with Teddy G

Good
Reviewed by Teddy on Jul 11 2012

In addition to the supernatural aspects of the book, the characters within story made it so much richer and fuller than just a ghost story.

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Book Reviews by Lady Katy

Good
Reviewed by Katy McCurdy on May 06 2012

The writing was well done, sharp, and brings the story to life...Very eye-opening for those interested.

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In Which I Blog for Books

Below average
Reviewed by Emily on Apr 13 2012

The spirit world element of of the story was interesting but I thought it seemed a little overboard and unrealistic some of the time...In short, this story was predictable and lacked some depth...

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