Barbara Petee has spent most of her professional life in Toledo, Ohio where she serves as Corporate Director for Community Relations and Advocacy, for ProMedica Health System. Coupled with her dual degrees in Journalism and American Literature, from Michigan State University, Barbara uses her 20-plus years of health care experience to weave a memorable tale that captures the defining moments of a family’s life, and how acceptance or denial of those moments can lead to a life of beauty or regret.
Barbara and her husband, Tim, have two children and live in Sylvania, Ohio. One Step From Grace marked her fiction debut and its sequel, My Father’s House, is also available through AuthorHouse and wherever fine books are sold.
Here’s What Readers Are Saying About One Step From Grace
I loved this book! I cried, and laughed and felt connected with this family from the start. How wonderful to have a story so honest and heart-wrenching, yet triumphant at the same time.
Warm, loving, tragic novel; couldn't put the book down! Barbara Petee's vivid descriptions of the Durling's life of tragedies, love, compassion -- the essence of life --- is so well written I look forward to all stories that will follow.
The read of the year! This novel is, quite simply, the best book I have read this year. While the story of the Durling family is achingly beautiful in both its honesty and heartwarming reaffirmation of the human spirit, it was the writing of Ms. Petee that most moved me. Effortless, flowing, and gut-wrenchingly real, the words of this up-and-coming writer are a credit to the literary world.