Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Widow of Saunders Creek {book review}

The Widow of Saunders Creek - Tracey Bateman

The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman is not your typical contemporary Christian fiction.

The book is about a young woman named Corrie who grew up in a life of luxury, but set that aside to follow her love; her military spouse, Jarrod.  However, when her husband dies a hero, Corrie finds herself wallowing somewhere between sorrow and anger.  Yet she moves back to a family house that came to her through her husband's inheritance.  She decides she will renovate it, just like they had planned.

When she gets there, she can't shake the feeling that Jarrod's presence is there, surrounding and protecting her.  This old house is in a small town, and brings her into constant contact with her husband's family, most of whom believe in the mystical and witchcraft.  Everyone that is, except Jarrod's cousin, Eli.  He's a preacher, and he believes dark spirits will only harm Corrie.  At odds, Corrie wants to reach out to Jarrod, while Eli is trying to "save" Corrie from her misguided beliefs.

There was something odd a bout this book, though.  Batemen's writing is good, and the emotional connections were there, but something about the story line itself was just not right.  There was an imbalance between the mysticism and the Christian beliefs, and I felt like the underlining theme of the story was never properly settled.  Overall, I probably wouldn't pass it on intentionally.

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher as part of the Blogging for Books program, in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.

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