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A rose by the door
Bedford, Deborah.
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Publication Information:
[New York] : Warner Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
333 pages ; 21 cm
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X Adult Fiction Christian
X Adult Fiction Open Shelf
X Adult Fiction Open Shelf
X Adult Fiction Open Shelf

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Grieving and bitter over the death of her runaway son, Bea Bartling has no room in her home or heart for the woman and child who show up on her doorstep, but their arrival could open Bea's heart to the miraculous power of love.

Author Notes

Deborah Bedford was born in Texas and earned her degree in journalism and a minor in marketing from Texas A&M University. Her first book, Touch The Sky, was released by Harlequin Superromance. Its sales topped every Harlequin record for a first-time author. It earned rave reviews and a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice award.

In 2001 she begin publishing more Christian-themed books like A Rose By The Door with Warner Book (in 2006 this name changed to FaithWords). More recent books include The Penny and Any Minute, both of which she co-authored with Joyce Meyer.

She lives in Texas with her husband, Jack. They have two children, Jeff and Avery. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

For years, visitors to Ash Hollow, NE, have knocked on Bea Bartling's door and asked to see her famous pioneer roses, which once marked the wagon train trails. Each time, Bea hopes to see her estranged son, Nathan, but he never appears. After learning that he has been killed in an accident, Bea loses her faith in God and hardens her heart to the woman and child who appear on her doorstep weeks later. Gemma Bartling was an unwed mother with a young daughter, Paisley, when she met Nathan, and his love helped her find security again. Now he's gone, and she has pinned her last hopes on his mother. It takes a mysterious gardener, a pastor who never gives up, and the open heart of a small girl to break through the shells surrounding both Bea and Gemma and lead them back to God. Both heartwarming and melancholy, Bedford's (Harvest Dance) poignant tale will find a home in all collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.