Corrie Saunders is a young widow. Having lost her husband Jarrod to the war in Iraq, she moves to his hometown of Saunders Creek to remodel the family homestead that his grandparents left to him.
Poor Corrie faces problems on all sides. The majority of her husband’s relatives are complete strangers, and she fears that they resent her decision to live in the farmhouse. Her own mother expects Corrie to come to her senses and return to the life of a socialite in Dallas. Jarrod’s cousin Eli has offered to help with the remodeling, but his presence confuses Corrie.
And then there’s Jarrod’s Aunt Trudy, a witchcraft practitioner who warns Corrie that Jarrod’s spirit is in the farmhouse trying to reach her. Is the farmhouse haunted? Is it really Jarrod’s ghost, or another spirit, or something else entirely?
Tracey Bateman weaves a thoughtful, fascinating story about love, loss, and family members with beliefs that are diametrically opposite of each other. I was completely engrossed in the story and didn’t want it to end. The possibility of a ghost adds a unique slant to the story.