The Widow of Saunders Creek
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The Widow of Saunders Creek

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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...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by WaterBrook Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Well this is a favorite for me this year. I didn't want to do anything but read this book. 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. You can't dabble with spirits. There are no such things as good spirits, but only demons cloaked in whatever you want them to be so they can get close. That gave me the shivers. Anyway, there were a lot of good nugge...more
Kristine Pratt
I wasn't expecting a ghost story.

I make a practice of not reading back cover copy because I hate spoilers. And more than once, I've had the entire story given away on a back I'm cautious.

So when I saw this book, I thought, ok it's a Christian romance. Maybe historical. Looks interesting. I like the moody cover.

This was NOT at all what I was expecting.

Corrie's husband is killed in action and so she goes to his childhood home to start over and find herself again. Or to maybe...find HIM...more
The Widow of Saunders Creek is a very dear book. It made me cry and smile all in the same book while keeping me on the edge. You meet Corrie Saunders and she is a young widow. Her husband of seven years, Jarrod was in the Army and died while serving his country. Some may say he died a hero but she looks at it as reckless sometimes during her grief and wished that she could have him back. Corrie travels back to the town where Jarrod was buried and grew up after dreams of living there. She moves i...more
The Widow of Saunders Creek

Tracy has done a phenomenal job of taking a controversial subject and dealing with it realistically, and nonjudgemental in this heart warming novel of a woman who lost her husband to the war too soon. Are ghosts real? Do they talk to the living? Can we really communicate with our loved ones who have died? The story is told from two points of view, both in the first person, but it draws in the reader and you feel as if Corrie and Eli are in the room telling you what has...more
I cannot give a good assessment of this book because, frankly, it just wasn't for me. I was very uncomfortable with the book as a whole, not just in parts. As anyone can see by my reading list, it's not that it deals with paranormal stuff, nor Christian beliefs, not even that it's a romance book of sorts.

What got to me was the tone of the book. I felt like I was prising into someone's life. The characters seemed to have a "for or against" mentality when it came to the spiritual world, and I fel...more
*First Reads Won*

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I did not expect it to be anywhere near as good as it was. It didn't treat demons as I was worried it might, but instead, the author created a moving story that tackled many genres, respecting them, and flowing them all into a beautiful story. There was grief, romance, horror (light), supernatural, all in a religious setting. I've read some advance reading copies before and was so glad that there was only a few typos and grammatical error...more
Kristine McGuire
I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of this book. It's outstanding! The Widow of Saunders Creek is a moving, authentic look into the grieving heart of a young widow desperate for her husband's spirit to remain with her. As Corrie is encouraged by some to believe her home is haunted by a spirit who could be her husband, others warn her of the dangers of such beliefs. In this story, Tracey Bateman does not shy away from revealing the truth of what lies behind a haunting or spirit communi...more
Loraine Alcorn
I really loved this book and was so happy to read it it really touched on some close to home issues about paranormal activity and how Christians can deal with it. I also really loved the atmosphere and romance it was very well done and I look forward to reading a lot more books by Tracey Bateman.
The Widow of Saunders Creek touched on a lot of issues current to today, as the main character in the story lost her military husband and is grieving the loss so much so she is tempted to contact him be...more
Ginger Solomon
Grief can make you do crazy, unexplainable things. This story tells us about Corrie Saunders after the death of her husband. We see her journey to acceptance of Jarrod's forever absence, and back to the One who loves her no matter what.

I found the "ghosts" to be a little creepy, but completely realistic. Tracey Bateman handled a touchy subject with a lot of grace and well-written words.

I highly recommend The Widow of Saunders Creek if you like suspense with a touch of romance.

***I received thi...more
Elizabeth Olmedo
The Widow of Saunders Creek is unlike any other fiction book I have ever read. Tracey Bateman deals with ghosts, séances, spirits and witchcraft from a Christian perspective. In a world where these are often glorified in novels, movies and TV shows, the author tackles the subject from the point of view of what God’s Word has to say about them.

Bateman did a great job projecting Corrie’s emotions onto the readers. I often found my throat constricting or tears filling my eyes as the main character...more
Nikole Hahn
The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman is a mixed bag of romance and ghost story; a story of loss and love; of demons and witches.

Corrie married dynamic Jarrod Saunders. He joined the military and went off to Iraq. Corrie and Jarrod were childless. After Jarrod died saving at least fifty lives, Corrie submerged into her grief as a war widow until Saunders Creek called her home. Her mother and her never got along–both have different agendas. Her mother is always trying to force her agenda...more
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

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...more
Most Christian fiction, especially romantic, novels shy away from the topic of ghosts, but in The Widow of Saunders Creek, Bateman explores the supernatural that just can’t be explained. Hoping to connect to her husband’s past, widow Corrie moves back to her husband’s family farm in the Ozarks where she finds she is not alone in the house. Rumors of ghosts and strange occurrences in the house leave Corrie wondering if her war hero husband has come back to her. Will she find the answers she despe...more
The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman was a pleasant, light read - just in time for the summer season. The novel is completely constructed of contrasts, city folk vs. country, lost love vs. new love, the front lines of a war vs. the ones who stay behind and the world of the light of the Lord vs. the dark of demon spirits. It is ultimately a story of healing and rebirth, and readers who appreciate a story free from crude language and sexual situations that is faith affirming will be pleas...more
After a devastating loss is it possible to have the promise of new hope?

Jarrod, who gave his life in military service left behind unforgetable memories and insatiable loneliness for his widow, Corrie. Six months after his death she traveled back to the familiar surroundings of Saunders Creek Missouri (a town that has a few secrets of its own), back to the fragrant lilac bushes, back to the home left to them by Jarrod's Grandmother.

Jarrod's cousin Eli, a talented contractor, lends a hand in fixi...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Widow of Sunders Creek is an EXCELLENT book. It is so full of love, hurt, pain, and healing. The War in Iraq took so many of our men from us. Fathers, brothers, husbands, best friends, wives and so on that it is a war no one will forget. When you lose someone so special to you and the way they died in Iraq it can haunt you and the persons family for a long time. This story is about a women who loses her husband in Iraq and has to comes to terms with his death. Easier said then done and what...more
I was intrigued by the description I read of this book when it became available for review, and had actually planned to buy it at some point to read if I was never given the chance to review it for free! Well, it came available again in ebook form so I snatched up the chance and was so glad I did!

Tracy Bateman's book, "The Widow of Saunders Creek," is described by the publisher, "A grief that knows no boundary, a love without any limit, a need that doesn't end at death." The protagonist, Corrie,...more
Erin Cataldi
I love it when I find something that I swear I'm going to hate and it turns out to be a real gem. The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman didn't sound all that appealing to me at first. I hear widow and I start thinking about sappy romances and God's true calling, etc., etc. Thankfully, this story had a lot of depth and added witches, seances, spirits, and demons to the plot.

The story follows Corrie, a widow of six months (her husband died a heroic death in the military) as she moves out i...more
I wasn't too sure how I was going to feel about this book. The subject matter intrigued me, but I was cautious at first, not sure where the author was going to take readers, regarding demonic activity. This story is a great example of just how easy it is to fall prey to deception.

Corrie is broken hearted after losing her beloved husband, and goes back the home they had planned to live in, in search of some peace. While there, Corrie encounters some strange activities in the house, that at one p...more
The Widow of Saunders Creek is a well written novel. Corrie lost her husband of 7 years in a blast in Iraq. After months of mourning she has moved to the Ozarks of Missouri to his family home. The author paints an accurate picture of the beauty of the land in the Ozarks adding to the spirituality of the book. Corrie feels a presence in the house she inherited that she is sure is her husband. Eli, her husband's cousin, is a pastor whom has dealt with the presence in the family home since childhoo...more
Virginia Campbell
Author Tracey Bateman walks her own path when it comes to storytelling. Anyone who has read "Thirsty" and "Tandem" knows to expect the unexpected. "The Widow of Saunders Creek" is a unique tale of grief and recovery in which spirits battle spirituality for control of a young woman's soul and sanity. After the loss of her army hero husband, Jarrod, in a tragic battle incident, Corrie Saunders finds herself adrift. Her unending grief compels her to move to her husband's inherited home in Saunders...more
Aug 01, 2012 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian Fiction Readers
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The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman is extremely well written. I found it to be a fascinating read. There are many issues that the author has dealt with throughout the story. From Grief to God’s Grace, the characters face issues that they have to decide how to handle them and I was captivated by the process.
The story takes place on the old homestead for the Saunders family. Corrie Saunders in...more
Corrie and Jerrod were two young people full of life and love until the day Jerrod jumped on someone loaded down with explosives. The life they had planned was not to be and Corrie was alone. But, she needed to feel connected to Jerrod. She couldn't go on without him, so she moved back to his home town, to the home that they would have shared together. Could this move help Corrie move on with her life or would it bring more pain?

Jerrod's death dealt a blow to Corrie that she couldn't snap out of...more

War widow Corrie Saunders has had enough of living with her wealthy parents. She can't take the pretending that everything is fine, holding back the tears and playing a role to please her mother. Her husband, Jarrod, died six months ago and she hasn't properly grieved, she would do anything to see his smile again. Corrie decides to move to the Ozarks and live in the house her husband had inherited hoping she will feel closer to him.

Once in the house Corrie senses a presence and believes her hus...more
I'm continuing to branch out into other genres of books written by Christian authors. This particular book happened to be mostly a romance novel with a little suspense thrown in. It's probably the only way I could make it through a "romance novel". Granted, with the Christian spin it's a little less romantic but not any less cheesy.

The book is about a recent army soldier widow who moves back to her late husband's hometown. She inherited a house that is haunted and also in need of repair. The ha...more
Six months after her husband dies in a bombing in Iraq, Corrie Saunders moves to her late husband’s family farm in the Missouri Ozarks. Some of his family resent her presence, but her late husband’s cousin Eli Saunders welcomes Corrie and helps her to restore the old farmhouse that she inherited when her husband died. After Corrie moves into the old farmhouse, strange things begin to happen. Is her husband Jarrod’s spirit come back to comfort her or is there something more sinister at work in he...more
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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 depa...more
Krys (Black & Write Reviews)
Love. Love loss. Religion. Spirituality. Witchcraft. Hauntings. Mixed emotions. Some of the adjectives that immediately come to mind as I describe this book.

Corrie loses her husband in the military and has trouble coping with his death, but decides that as her way to recover is to move into the home he inherited from him grandmother located in the Ozarks, Missouri. A grieving widow fighting to clutch what she has left of her departed husband, she is constantly surrounded by "feelings". The sens...more
There's something to be said for a good ghost story. Maybe because it conjures up those childhood memories of trying to scare one another on sleepovers and campouts, maybe it's just that we never outgrow a good scare. There's something about ghost stories that draw a lot of readers.

The challenge, for the Christian market, is writing a good spooky story that remains true to biblical principles. That's the challenge that Tracey Bateman took on in The Widow of Saunders Creek. I'm pleased to say she...more
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I liked this story from the very beginning where Corrie is driving from Dallas Texas to Ozark country. She has plenty of time to think and think she does of the husband she has lost after such a short time of being married. She gave up her life and lived solely for Jarrod.
Jarrod was a larger then life type of guy and everyone loved him. He joined the army and went to Iraq and it was there that he lost his life being the Hero-He picked up a young...more
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