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Review: The Waiting

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Review: The Waiting

2011 Christy Award Nominee

The Waiting by Suzanne Fisher
Reviewed by Amber Stokes
Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish, Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: October 2010



Jorie King and Caleb Zook find common ground in their suffering. Jorie had hopes of settling down with Caleb’s brother—until word reaches her that he has been killed in the Vietnam War. Caleb was already settled with a family when his wife passes away. Amid the trials of life, can two hearts find hope in a time of waiting?

Unexpected. This word from the back cover description of the book is the aspect of the story that really drew me in and captured my interest. The plot of The Waiting is rather different from many other books set in an Amish community. The time period (during the Vietnam War) and the characters both intrigued me.

The issues that were raised throughout the book were dealt with in a way that satisfied me, as far as the idea that while there was still room for me to wonder about what happened after the last page, there weren’t any “loose ends” left dangling to frustrate me.

In fact, the more I read the more I enjoyed the book. There were some deep parts–unexpected–that were moving. And I was pleased that the author did not shy away from difficult, real issues. She wove compassion and pain together into a story that felt authentic and hopeful. And I was left guessing as to what would happen in the end until the very last pages!

*With thanks to Revell Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

Note: First reviewed on Amber’s blog, “Seasons of Humility,” in October 2010.

Rating: PG – Mature themes.


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