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Monday, February 21, 2011

His Other Wife

I first discovered Deborah Bedford when I came across A Morning Like This.

As soon as I saw her newest title His Other Wife  I was excited to read it, having enjoyed her other book so much.  Deborah has a wonderful gift of being able to take complex real-life situations that most readers can relate to and put them into riveting novels.

Deborah wrote this story loosely based on the biblical story of Hannah.  In this novel, Hilary Wynn is the contemporary version of Hannah who experiences tragedy, loss and yearning in her personal life. 

Hilary is a smart, energetic woman who little by little feels the life sucked out of her through various hardships. Her world comes crashing down and she has to find the resolve to keep on living one day at a time.  Hilary endures the ultimate betrayal by her husband and ends up divorced.  Just when she thinks she has life under control, she then faces another devastating heartbreak when her 18-year-old son Seth is caught up in a horrific accident on graduation night and arrested.

My heart ached for Hilary all the way through this book as she grieved first her marriage and then her son’s mistakes. On top of everything else going on in her life Hilary has to come face to face with her ex-husband’s new wife, who seems to enjoy flaunting her position of “his other wife” in Hilary’s face.  For the sake of her son Seth, Hilary grits her teeth and attempts to be civil towards Pam, whose presence is a constant reminder of her marriage to Eric that failed. 

As they all attempt to get along under one roof for the weekend of Seth’s graduation, Hilary is pushed to the brink many times as she compares herself to Pam and second-guesses her decisions.  Pam seems to be able to give Eric everything Hilary wasn’t able to, including another child.  Pam also seems to be competing for Seth’s attention and Hilary feels threatened that her relationship with her son may be overshadowed by Pam’s affections and ability to give him more material things.  When tragedy strikes and Seth is arrested, Hilary and Eric have to find a way to set their differences aside and unite as parents.  Seth faces a murky future and the possibility of prison time. 

This story is a perfect example of the challenges that many blended families face, and how it takes time to heal and move past heartaches and offenses.  If you haven’t had the chance to read Deborah’s books, I highly suggest starting with this one!

This book was provided free for review by the author

From the Author’s Website:

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?


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Other books by Deborah:

When You Believe: A Novel

Remember Me

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