I received "Widow of Saunders Creek" by Tracey Bateman for free from www.blogginforbooks.org. This is a wonderful ghost story for grown ups. Saunders Creek is set in the Ozarks near Springfield. Corrie has recently lost her husband to war in the Middle East and moves into his grandmother's old house in Saunders Creek to restore and live. Eli, her cousin-in-law, is the contractor helping her remodel. While Corrie is in the house she believes she is being visited by her late husband. While this is very comforting to her, Eli is exptremely alarmed. Eli is also a minister and he doesn't believe in ghosts, but rather he believes in demons. He is afraid for Corrie, that she will be led into the dark arts through her grief and need for comfort. And so the war between good and evil over Corrie has begun.
This novel is full of wiccans, postions, spirituality, and christianity. Eli and his wiccan aunt struggle to claim Corrie for their own side of the spritual coin. Where his aunt is what one might call "a nut job"; Eli is what one might call a "stick in the mud". It may come off as over the top for those readers who do not live anywhere near the Ozark Mountains, but I am one generation removed from the Springfield area myself. There are no witches in my family, but about 3/4 of the women in my family classify themselves as "sensitive". So I know that seeing ghosts is a regular thing and am not surprised at the regular occurance of it in the area. I am Christian as well, so this book had its points to be made at both ends and was a tug for the reader (me) as well.
This is a great book. I would recommend it for anyone who likes to be a little creeped out, but still be able to sleep at night. I had not read Bateman before, but I will be looking her up now.