Friday, April 20, 2012

Book Review: Tracey Bateman's The Widow of Saunder's Creek

  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? 
  I always hope one of these books will live up to it's synopsis, and be good, but as usual this proved otherwise again.  The premise sounds very interesting, but then you begin reading, and the story lacks what the summary conveyed, which was a mysterious romance type of story.  It's filled with terrible cheesy moments, and stereotypes that are unending. I don't know how the writer doesn't get bored writing her own book. 
  The first thing that bothered me about this book was Eli. He does not sound like a man at all in this book. He is way to feminine. Sometimes I actually confused Eli's perspective for Corrie's.  A whole book is ruined for me when you cannot make your male character sound the least bit male. I know many people complained about this problem in Water for Elephants, but I never noticed once that Jacob's voice sounded feminine. He always seemed masculine to me. 
  The other frustrating thing is that there was potential for a good story line, but it seems like it is always kept at bay under boring dialogue, and empty romance. Eli's aunt seems to be into dark stuff, but instead of really amping up the temptation this might give Corrie it is drastically played down. I was always waiting for more hints that Corrie was loosing it by waiting on Jarrod to speak to her after he had passed away. 
  I wish this book had more substance, and stronger writing, but as I said I didn't feel anything while reading it, and I couldn't tell the author cared about her characters either. You can check out the book at Amazon.

This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for a review. 

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