Over the years, visitors have come to the small home of Beatrice Bartling to view her historic rose bush. And just as the roses bloom each year, she awakens every morning with the same heartache. Until one stormy night, when her hopes of reconciliation with her son are forever dashed. Alone in her grief, Bea struggles to understand why God has deserted her. Bea has no time for a young woman and small child who seemingly arrive just to view the roses. But this ragamuffin pair, Gemma and Paisley, could help ease Bea's burden, and she theirs,if she would open her heart a little. Will Gemma take her daughter and leave before Bea has a chance to gain back a portion of what she has lost? A ROSE BY THE DOOR (4) is a poignant and moving story about faith lost and then found, tenderly written by Deborah Bedford. (Jan., 352 pp., $11.95)

Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston