The Widow of Saunders Creek

A Novel

Christian - Romance - General
320 Pages
Reviewed on 07/03/2012
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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

Corrie Saunders loses her beloved husband Jarrod in Iraq as he pulls a suicide bomber away from a crowd of people. Jarrod and the suicide bomber are blown to bits. Now it has been six months since Corrie buried what was left of Jarrod's body in the family plot in Saunders Creek in the Missouri Ozarks. She moves into the old Saunders family homestead that Jarrod left to her. Corrie's mother wants her to come home to Dallas to live, but Corrie feels drawn to Jarrod's family home for she senses that it is here where she can connect with her dead husband. Jarrod's cousin Eli, an ordained minister, helps Corrie with the many needed repairs on the old homestead. Many Saunders family members are into tarot card readings and seances with the dead, but Eli senses that what Corrie believes, Jarrod's spirit reaching out to her, is actually something else.

"The Widow of Saunders Creek" is a highly well-written story of a young widow's dealing with her husband's death and how she slowly comes to love once again. The story is organized into parts that begin with a section from Psalm 23 but even the non-believing reader will love this story of love lost and then regained. Corrie, Eli, and all the other characters are well-created and totally believable. There is a bad guy who is a total mental case but even his character fits into the story.
The plot flows smoothly to the story's conclusion as Corrie's heart and her old inherited house both are slowly but surely healed. "The Widow of Saunders Creek" must find a place in reading lists everywhere.