Friday, December 31, 2010
Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Waiting ~ Reviewed
Waiting, The: A Novel (Lancaster County Secrets)
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Paperback: 311 pages
Publisher: Revell; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
Jorie King has been waiting for Benjamin Zook to return home to Lancaster County so they can marry. When news arrives that Ben has been killed, Jorie finds comfort in the friendship of his brother Caleb. That friendship ripens into love, and it seems that they are meant to be together. But when the unexpected happens, their worlds are turned upside down once more.
Will Jorie trust God to lead her into the arms of a new man?
Suzanne Fisher Wood returns with her second Lancaster County Secrets novel set during the war in Vietnam. While Amish novels rarely find their way to my TBR, both of Suzanne's have been enjoyable and for me, it comes down to Suzanne's character development. The focus of her stories are on the emotions, heartache, hopes and dreams of her characters rather than the religious order and rules, which appeals to me. Jorie, Cal, Ben and Ephraim are unique and complex, each dealing with grief and pain, battling duty and love and facing difficult choices. The only drawback for me was the slow pacing of the story which is not unexpected for an Amish novel, otherwise The Waiting is a satisfying read.
Reviewed by: Rel Mollet