Sunday, January 23, 2011

His Other Wife by Deborah Beford

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, and he had a full college scholarship.

Then on graduation night, disaster struck, and his life became shattered again just like when he was eight, but only worse.  Seth was unapproachable both physically and emotionally, and the only thing Hilary could do was to pray for Seth's handling of the current crisis.  After all, they had the best attorney in the city, and most importantly she had God on her side.

The book was a good depiction of family life after a divorce and also a reminder of how things can change in an instant and transform the entire scope of any situation.  The book had a religious theme based on the story of Hannah from the Bible, but it wasn't too evident or obvious.  The focus was on the Wynn family and how each member dealt with the tragedies their family was enduring as well as the tenderness between a mother and her child.  

I enjoyed the book.  The author did a wonderful job of depicting emotions in tense situations and allowing the reader to truly experience those emotions along with the characters.  Have some tissues ready for the ending.

I originally was going to give it a 4/5 until the last few pages and then I bumped it up to a 5/5.  The ending was very heartwarming.

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