His Other Wife

His Other Wife

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by Deborah Bedford
     
 

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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

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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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers 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.)
People Magazine
Bedford is a star in the burgeoning Christian fiction genre.
CBA Retailers+Resources
"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."
RT Book Reviews
"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)
People magazine
Bedford is "a star in the burgeoning Christian fiction genre."
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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

Library Journal
Hilary has done her best to raise her son, Seth, to be a responsible young man, and she's managed to do it alone. Now Seth is looking forward to college, proud of the scholarship that he has earned. Then the unthinkable happens. At a postgraduation campout, a rock-climbing accident leaves a young woman dead and Seth's future uncertain. The return of Seth's father and his new family adds more confusion to the mix, challenging all those involved to make amends and start fresh. VERDICT 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446544306
Publisher:
FaithWords
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
347,134
File size:
746 KB

Meet the Author

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.

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His Other Wife 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
His Other Wife by Deborah Bedford might be classified as fiction, but it is so much more. It is a deep and thought-provoking lesson on the effects of divorce on the entire family. The ex-wife has her own insecurities, the second wife feels she is always being compared to the first one, and the children of both marriages aren't sure how things all fit together. The husband/father tries to be the mediator/peace keeper of everything, and he wasn't doing a very good job. When an unfortunate tragedy strikes the family, they all need to be willing to offer forgiveness, acceptance and tolerance towards each other. They need to rally together to support the teenage son that they share, as he goes through a situation that no family should have to deal with. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover, and it would be an awesome choice for book club discussions. I received a complimentary copy of His Other Wife through Hachette Books in exchange for my honest review.
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Carlybird More than 1 year ago
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.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
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.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Hilary is a survivor and a fighter who knows the ups and downs life can throw at you and how to come back from the brink of disaster. She thought she had a good marriage only to find out that her husband wanted a great marriage to another woman. She believed her 18 year-old son was mature enough to make an adult decision but learned that while she had raised him to have a head on his shoulders at times he didn't want all that bearing down directly on him. When Hillary's husband moved out of their house and left a void as to who should be the man she asked her young son to take on that role. She depended on him and at times relied on him to help her fill the voids she had in her life without her husband. All that pressure on her son was too much and Seth was a tornado of emotion. It all comes to a head one night when a quick decision and poor judgment has him deciding to take a dare and not look back. Seth wanted to be a kid like everyone else and enjoy life without the burden he bore as the son of divorced mother but no one is listening to him when he talks. Hilary's life is changed again and never to be returned to the way it was but this time if she and her son get out of this mess she has decided to move her life in another direction, one she is not clear on but one she will be guided to walk down. Hillary knows it is a life where she may be on her own but not alone. But even when Hilary is faced with disaster, crisis and her ex-husband's new wife and family she still knows that there is a power so much stronger that will guide her through the sadness and crisis. Hilary tries to move past the hurt of what her ex-husband had done and draw him and his new family into her heart and let them help her son heal from his mistake but can she, is she stronger enough to let go of the hurt and see past problems to let them work together to find a resolution. That which does not kill us makes us stronger but at times we all question whether God is paying attention or has forgotten to help us with the cross we bear. But when you stop to hear the whisper in your ear that says you are strong enough and you can get past this if you just don't dictate what you need but appreciate what you have.
SidneReadz More than 1 year ago
Since her divorce, all of Hilary's energy has focused on her son, Seth. She worked hard to raise him on her own, and now he's set to graduate from high school and enroll in college with a full scholarship. Beneath a calm surface, however, she's terrified of failing him, and now that he's getting ready to leave home, she wonders how she will let him go. She knows Seth loves her, and believes that the bond between them is strong, but she's unprepared for the accident that will change both their lives forever. When tragedy strikes at a graduation campout, Seth finds himself in the middle of a nightmare of family conflicts, fear, and guilt. He must confront not only the consequences of his choices, but also his feelings toward Eric, who has returned for graduation wanting to make up for his past failures as a father. Much to Hilary's chagrin, Eric brings his new family with him, including his wife, Pamela, but rivalry between them will only make Seth's life harder. With his college scholarship now a distant memory and his entire future at stake, the two women must come together for the sake of the son they now share .(publisher's synopsis) MY REVIEW: The obstacles and challenges that faces blended families leads to mixed emotions for every family member. Thats the story of His Other Wife. I was upset with the first wife throughout most of the book. I grieved with her as she tried to understand her husband decision to leave the marriage, but her insecurities about decisions she made was most disturbing for me. Then the other wife, I would of threw her out of my home. There are just some things you do not open your mouth to say in someone else house. The Son was a good kid. He was in the middle of so many emotions. He was his mom's protector. He refused to allow himself to like the other wife, (his step mom) because he didn't want to hurt his mother's feelings. I loved his relationship with his stepbrother and half sister. Now it time for them to come together under one roof for a weekend. Can the first wife cope with this, will the other wife cease the opportunity to show how loving her hubby has been to her, how will the ex-husband of the first wife and husband to the second wife react under one roof with these women. Will they try to be civilized for the sake of the weekend celebration or does it take a tragic to bring them together. I enjoyed reading this novel. The first wife, Hillary, is a contemporary Hannah of the bible, she experiences tragedy, loss and yearning also. I really enjoy a book when the author's storyline have me speaking to the characters as if i'm also a part of the storyline. This is an enjoyable novel, Definite makes for a good book club discussion. choose it for your next book club selection.