IF I HAD YOU
Nora Crabtree has given up hope of ever seeing her runaway daughter again. She guards her heart behind a strong wall of church-going and righteous deeds. Then Tess shows up unwed and pregnant. Can Nora open her heart again to mend their destroyed relationship?
Tess craves unconditional love, something she never got from her mother. When a man seems to offer what she needs, she runs again, leaving her infant daughter with Nora. Years pass, and God works in each woman's life to expose the deceptions they've believed about themselves and each other.
Bedford plucks the heartstrings with this unusual page-turner. She guides readers through layer by layer to a satisfying, sighful resolution. (Aug., 304 pp., $12.95)
Jill Elizabeth Nelson