Friday, January 25, 2013
The widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman
The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman is an interesting read. This is Christian fiction romance, with a twist. There is a paranormal element in this book, and not just a subtle one. The premise of the book is that it is based around a young army widow (Corrie) who moves back into her dead husband's childhood home. Corrie has not reconciled her husbands death, and her unsettled emotional state is compounded with a demonic presence that has been in the house for generations. Corrie thinks that the spirit is actually her husband, and she wrestles with this throughout the story. There is, of course, a handsome, wonderful guy in the mix (her dead husband's cousin, Eli). Eli tries to direct Corrie to seek truth in the God's word regarding death and the afterlife, and in the meantime develops an attraction for Corrie. I have never read a paranormal romance, and for that, I must give credit to the uniqueness of this story. I was very unsettled by the demonic descriptions, and it was hard to feel warmth toward the characters because of that element. The story is written in first person narrative with two point of views, Corrie's and Eli's. This gives insight into what they are feeling, but once again, it is a little unsettling. I give this good ratings because it is so different and because it did a good job of scaring me. I like books that aren't predictable and just like everything out there. It is a very clean read and will keep you up at night wanting to know what happens next! I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 :"Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".