Great romantic, novel with a little suspense, too!

Dori Stowell

5 Stars

July 30, 2012

I was a little hesitant to read this book, as it seemed a little to scary for my usual tastes. I enjoy a good romantic, Christian novel and the description of this book seemed to have too much mystery for me. However, this book did not disappoint me for my own requirements for a good book: romance and Christian, too and it was refreshing to read a little bit of mystery.

As a new widow, Corrie Saunders, was searching for a way to hold on to her hero husband, Jarrod, who died saving others from an Iraqi suicide bomber. She seeks her husband at his family home, which he inherited in the Missouri Ozarks. Many in the area feel that the house is haunted.

As Corrie renovates the family home, she finds a special interest in the strange presence she feels in the house. Many in the area feel she should give the family home back to the Saunders family, but Corrie holds on to the only thing that makes her feel close to Jarrod.

Eli, Jarrod's cousin, feels he just can't live up to his cousin's hero legacy. His own dream of joining the Army was dashed in an accident that occurred as a result of Jarrod as youngsters. Eli always allowed Jarrod to be the hero. As Eli works as the contractor on the Saunders home, he finds himself, again coming in second to Jarrod as he comes to care for Corrie. Eli's faith in God, and his profession as a pastor, prevent him from believing the spirits in the Saunders' home are Jarrod. Can he convince Corrie to believe that the spirits are not of God or Jarrod?

This was a wonderfully developed book by Tracey Bateman, and I highly recommend it, even if mystery is not your thing. It has a little of everything, suspense, romance, and drama to keep you interested from cover to cover. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review of the book from Multnomah WaterBrook Press.