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His Other Wife

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  433 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Since her divorce from Eric, Hilary has done everything she can to control life for herself and her son, Seth. Beneath a calm surface, she is terrified of failing Seth. Shes worked hard to raise him on her own, and shes succeededhes now set to graduate from high school and enroll at the University of Illinois with a full scholarship. But Hilarys worst fears are realized wh ...more
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Published February 4th 2011 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published February 1st 2011)
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Sally
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The title is a hint that the plot is loosely based on the story of Hannah, Samuel's mother, in the Bible. Her husband Elkanah had another wife who was unkind to Hannah because she couldn't have a child. The parallels are stretched in this story about a woman whose husband leaves her and their son for another woman, marrying the woman and having a child with her. I didn't connect with any of the characters in this story, and the section where the protagonist is crying out to God in prayer about a ...more
Michele
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started out really good.. Then, it got boring!!!
Carrie Schuman
Aug 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh...Christian Fiction is so not for me!
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
We have to talk...four words that as a rule aren't going to have an outcome of something one wants to hear. That was the case for Hilary and Eric....he didn't love her anymore and was filing for a divorce. What about Seth? Our son doesn't deserve this.

But, the divorce went through, Eric married Pam, and Hilary and Seth successfully made it through the year his dad left when he was eight to his high school graduation. Everything was working out for Seth...he was a football player, he was popular
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Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

This poignantly and beautifully penned story examines the reality of life after divorce and demonstrates how the journey of healing and forgiveness is an ongoing process. Hilary's story is one that many women can relate to and become emotionally invested in.

This is not only a story about divorce and "the other woman"; it is a story about discovering your personal worth in the eyes of God instead of in the eyes of the world. Hilary com
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Grace
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Christian book series book. Started good, but then got a little too sugary

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-grad
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Misteeyed
Feb 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Skip this read.
Sarah Buchanan
Mar 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, garbage
(Spoilers here. I can't remember what is spoilers and what is not because I read this so long ago, but be warned.)

I desperately wanted to like this book. The title was intriguing, the premise sounded really interesting, and as I began to read it, I thought it would be a good read.

Unfortunately, this was before the main character ruined it for me.

OK, I get it. Her husband cheated on her and left her for another woman. OK, that sucks. A lot. But when she's still whining about it six years later (o
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Cafelilybookreviews
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, los
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Mary Gramlich
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HIS OTHER WIFE written by Deborah Bedford
02/11 – FaithWords - Paperback, 320 pages

Never give up or give away your own true self

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
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Carly
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-favorites
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 h
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Sarah
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mary
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Ever since her divorce from her husband Eric, Hilary Myers has done everything within her power to control life for herself and her son, Seth. Beneath a calm facade, she is terrified of in some way failing Seth. She has struggled hard to raise him on her own, and she has succeeded - Seth is 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.
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Maureen Timerman
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
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
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Ishanie
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Thanks goodreads for this great win! As soon as I get it and read it, I'll update my review!

***UPDATE***

After reading the summary on the back of this book, as a reminder of what it was about, I was very skeptical. The book is in the Christian fiction genre and something I wouldn't ordinarily read. However, I started reading it and could barely put it down. The story is a modern day version of Hannah which is a biblical story. It wasn't until nearly the end of the novel, that the book was in any
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Monkeyface
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to His Other Wifeby Deborah Bedford. Since her divorce from Eric, Hilary has done everything she can to control life for herself and her son, Seth. Beneath a calm surface, she is terrified of failing Seth. Shes worked hard to raise him on her own, and shes succeededhes now set to graduate from high school and enroll at the University of Illinois with a full scholarship. But Hilarys worst fears are realized when there is a rock-climbing accident at a postgraduation campout. A young girl ...more
Nizzy
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Overall, it was a nice story. The reader did a good job of keeping me interested because I think if I decided to read this book myself I would have been a little bored. The title was a little misleading in that it really wasn’t much about the other wife, but more about the accident that takes place. It only hits the surface of Hillary’s healing after the divorce, coming to terms with her faith, and acceptance of her ex-husband’s new wife. There were a few times that I felt for Hillary and just w ...more
LadyS
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pros: imagine a God-fearing woman who's husband suddenly decides to leave her to start a family with someone else. I like how the author demonstrates through the character how her treatment of "the other woman" should be in the midst of so much pain. That situation could never be easy. For the emotional portrayal i give this book 2 stars.

Cons: The book had different points of views from characters that i felt distracted the purpose of the story in ref to the title. More odious was the authors im
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Regina Spiker
Left alone to raise her son Seth, Hilary is still trying to terms with sharing him with her ex-husband Eric, his new wife, Pam and their children. Even though Hilary has raised a very mature young man, she has leaned on him heavily through the years, maybe too much. Now at Seth's graduation, the "new family" all want to appear and share in the fun. When tragedy occurs at a senior party, both families have to learn to work together to help Seth and themselves.

I really enjoyed Bedford's writing st
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Laura
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Meh, it was pretty good, but kinda okay. I know that the title isn't necessarily chosen by the author, but it really didn't have much to do with "His Other Wife" -- she was definitely had more of a minor role than I had imagined. This book also very much reminded me of Kristin Hannah's "Night Road."

I liked the tone of the narration and the pace kept things rolling along, but the internal dialogue was a bit jarring. I wasn't aware this book had a religious bent until I was listening to the audiob
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Rhonda
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Hilary's husband leaves her for another woman, and leaves her to raise their son, Seth on her own. Faced with the fear of him leaving home for college after graduation, she struggles with the feelings of letting him go, living alone, feeling she failed her son, etc.

Seth's father, Eric, and his wife of 10 years now, comes back to town for the graduation...Hilary can't believe Eric is bringing Pam and the little kids with him for her to deal with.....

On Graduation night, the graduates celebrate b
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Amy
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-me
Flat. Predictable. Dry. Forgettable. HOWEVER, I wanted to make sure I finished it, just in case something unexpected happened in the end. It really didn't. I hate to give the book such harsh words of review, but it just wasn't THAT good. I couldn't connect with the characters and they seemed somewhat 2-dimensional. I did appreciate the heartfelt words of the author at the end of the book explaining the Biblical connections she had hoped to achieve in writing the book. If only she could have lent ...more
Joi
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't think that I would, because it's not my typical sort of book. But I was proven wrong immensely. I don't really know why I am giving it four instead of five stars, but I believe it is because the situations just seemed too convenient and nobody talked about the main problem until the end of the book. I think this was done in order to prove how much the main character had grown since the beginning of the book, but for some reason it didn't sit well with me. Oth ...more
Megann Zeigler
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a wonderful book. Deborah shows us how parents should behave when they split up but she also shows us the reality of how many of us do behave. It takes a tragedy to cause this family to come together and find their way to being a blended family. Hurts are still there but they are put into perspective. It is a fiction work but could be a non-fiction as many people will understand the feelings that the characters share.
Michelle Welch
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are way too many divorces today and this book delves into the intricate details that are involved between the mother and the step mother. Hilary has always been either Eric's wife or Seth's mother. Now, when a seemingly insurmountable crisis arises, will she be able to set aside her anger at the other wife to work together to help her son? I loved this book. I read it straight through and paid dearly for that the next day.
April Adamson
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was surprisingly better than the reviews I read about it. Being a child of divorce and a divorced mom as well I can completely relate to the main character Hilary and her dislike of her ex's new wife. Some of the situations in are familiar and frustrating especially the tension between Hilary and her exs new wife. I'm glad it turned out in the end and this book was a pleasant surprise.
Sabrina
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I had reservations about this book when I looked at the title. I thought perhaps it was going to be about infidelity or something of that nature. However, when I started reading I was pleasantly surprised. This is a book about the struggle of a mother who must let go of her son. I recommend this to anyone going through a separation.
mom2wah
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love Deborah Bedofrs's book. They have a religious edge to them and great lessons. I this bok a man leaves his first wofe for his pregnant mistress. How do these families blend and how does there son endure not only the divorce but lifes challenges. One of which almost lands him in jail.
Easy read.
Laura
Hilary is devastated when her husband leaves her for another woman. Then she must try to form a positive relationship with this woman who becomes her son's stepmother. My favorite part of this book is the way Hilary prays frequently throughout the book. It definitely has a Christian angle in the story!
Lisa
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize until I got home that this was a "Christian fiction" book, which made me wary. However, my fears were not realized -- the author has the main character pray and ask questions of God periodically, but she is a very likable -- one might even say Christian, in the true sense of the word -- woman, not a Bible-thumping judgey type. The story was okay, and the writing was polished.
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Deborah Bedford was born on 1958 in Texas, USA and earned her degree in journalism and marketing from Texas A&M University. Immediately after graduation, she accepted editorship of Evergreen Today, a weekly newspaper based in the small mountain town of Evergreen, Colorado. While serving as editor there, she worked 70 or 80 hours each week, writing stories and cut-lines, sports
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