His Other Wife  -     By: Deborah Bedford
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His Other Wife

FaithWords / 2009 / Paperback

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Dedicated to raising her son since her divorce, Hilary views Seth's high school graduation and full college scholarship as evidence of her success. But when an accident at a post-graduation campout lands Seth in jail, his stepmother, Pam, blames Hilary. Is Hilary's love strong enough to join forces with Pam to redeem Seth's future? 304 pages, softcover from Faithwords.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0446698679
ISBN-13: 9780446698672
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

New York Times bestselling author Deborah Bedford sweeps readers into this compelling drama with her trademark style of beautiful, lyrical writing. Since her divorce from Eric, Hilary has done everything she can to control life for herself and her son. Beneath a calm surface, she is terrified of failing Seth. She's worked hard to raise him on her own, and she's succeeded--he's now set to graduate from high school and enroll at the University of Illinois with a full scholarship.

But Hilary's worst fears are realized when there is a rock-climbing accident at a post-graduation campout. A young girl is hurt, and Seth is arrested. Pamela, Eric's new wife and Seth's stepmother, blames Hilary for letting Scott go to the campout in the first place. With Seth's college scholarship now just a distant memory and his entire future at stake, the two women must come together for Seth's sake.

Is Hilary's love strong enough to save her son and release him to her ex-husband's other wife?

Author Bio

Deborah Bedford is a career fiction writer who began her professional life as a journalist in a Colorado mountain town. Deborah and her husband, Jack, have two children and live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Publisher's Weekly

Bedford (Remember Me) examines the unresolved emotions behind divorce in this psychologically persuasive novel. Hilary is left by husband Eric for Pamela, and also left to raise their son, Seth. When Eric and Pam return for Seth's high school graduation with their own children in tow, the tension between Pam and Hilary is disconcertingly obvious. Bad gets worse when an unsanctioned graduation campout goes terribly wrong, and the adults are forced to get along in order to cope and respond. Bedford writes with skill and acuity. She also has a good feel for teenagers, who are part of the emotional center of this book. The Christian notes in the plot feel less organic and logical than the rest of the development, but the plot itself is based on the biblical story of Hannah in satisfyingly subtle ways. An edifying read. (Feb.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

Bedford is "a star in the burgeoning Christian fiction genre."—People magazine
"Divorce is a difficult subject to tackle in Christian fiction, but author Deborah Bedford handles the challenge with grace and integrity....Bedford creates winsome characters and places them into brilliantly crafted, emotionally charged drama. His Other Wife parallels the biblical story of Hannah and provides a beautiful model of letting go and relying on God to work out His purposes in a child's life."—CBA Retailers+Resources
*Starred Review: "Bedford's (A Morning Like This; When You Believe) multilayered tale is leisurely paced and full of engaging characters. It is sure to attract fans of Christian romances, particularly those by Catherine Palmer and Debbie Macomber."—Library Journal
"Bedford takes the familiar storyline of a single mother raising a son and elevates it beyond the expected. The characters and their actions seem real and believable. Parents will shudder when they realize how easily this scenario could occur." (4 out of 4 stars)—RT Book Reviews
"Bedford (Remember Me) examines the unresolved emotions behind divorce in this psychologically persuasive novel. Bedford writes with skill and acuity. She also has a good feel for teenagers, who are part of the emotional center of this book....[T]he plot itself is based on the biblical story of Hannah in satisfyingly subtle ways. An edifying read."—Publishers Weekly

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  1. Michigan
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 30, 2011
    Nise
    Michigan
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    I was totally absorbed in this book. There is so much going on and the author handled it all well while raising thoughts and feeling of "what would I do in this situation?" Everyone can relate on some levels to the hurt, betrayal, anger, bitterness, loss, forgiveness, doubt and fear themes of this book.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    His Other Wife by Deborah Bedford
    March 16, 2011
    CKendall
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have not had the pleasure of reading a book by Deborah Bedford before, but to say that reading His Other Wife is a pleasure would be a huge understatement. This book was absolutely fantastic on so many different levels.

    The first thing that struck me about this book was simply the writing. Sometimes it takes me a little time to get used to an author's writing style, but not this time. I instantly responded to Deborah's writing and welcomed the experience of a story that sounded like it could have been heavy and a little tough to take.

    Naturally, with writing as flawless as this, the story captured my attention right from the start and not one moment passed through the entire book where I felt bored or where I felt the story was too heavy. There was a lot of drama and a lot of painful history in this story, but Deborah skillfully avoided having "too much" at any one time. The reader learns about each character and his or her issues slowly as the story unfolds just as we would naturally learn about someone we would meet in real life. Watching Pam and Hilary both come to terms with the situation they find themselves in and watching God take hold of Hilary's heart was very inspiring.

    Some folks may find that the story wrapped up too neatly, and I must admit that I briefly felt that way. But, after reflecting on it for a few minutes I think that was done intentionally by the author to show the reader that once we surrender to God, things have a way of falling into place. For good or for bad, God takes care of us if we let Him. That is the message Deborah was conveying throughout this story and she did it beautifully.

    His Other Wife is one of those books that I didn't just read. I savored it. I had certain expectations and each of them were either met or exceeded. This book is going on my all-time favorites shelf and I will certainly be reading more from Deborah. If you are looking for a story with a powerful message that will inspire you and leave you feeling uplifted, I highly recommend His Other Wife.
  3. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Learning to Trust
    March 11, 2011
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As the title suggests there has been a divorce. Hillary has put her whole life into raising Seth, and he knows it. Seth is just graduating from High School, and has his whole life ahead of him. Seth makes a decision and Hillary agrees, only it is a very bad decision that is life changing.

    Her ex husband and his new wife and family are in town to share in the joy of the graduation....then the tragedy happens. Will the two families be able to come together in order to focus on what is important?

    I don't know if I could be a generous as Hillary...she opened her home to Eric and his family. I know it is a celebration, but letting the other woman in her home?

    This story is a great is a great lesson of letting go and letting God be in control. It will make you angry, sad, and joyful! The story itself is loosely based on Hannah of the Bible.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hatchett Book Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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