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She was waiting for love--and found it in the most unexpected place.

Jorie King's life is on hold. She has been waiting for Ben Zook to return to Lancaster County. Waiting for him to settle down and join the church. Waiting to marry him.

But when news arrives that Ben has been killed, Jorie is devastated. She finds unlikely comfort in the friendship of his brother Caleb. Friendship ripens into love, and two broken hearts plan for a life filled with the promise of a fresh beginning--until their worlds are turned upside down.

With her realistic characters whose weaknesses develop into strengthes, Suzanne Woods Fisher offers a reading experience that rises above the others. You will love growing in spirit with these complex people living the simple life as The Waiting transports you into a world where things aren't as simple as they seem.

"More than just a story of the Amish, The Waiting is the story of a woman, sometimes triumphant, sometimes struggling, carried through turbulent times by a plain faith."--Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Tending Roses and Never Say Never

"Fisher takes the sweet story expected in Amish fiction and adds a kick of realism. I treasured my time with Jorie King and the whole Zook family, sharing their grief and laughter--what a lovely read."--Sarah Sundin, author of Wings of Glory series

Suzanne Woods Fisher's interest in the Anabaptist culture can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is the author of The Choice, Amish Peace, and Amish Proverbs. She hosts an internet radio show called Amish Wisdom and lives with her family in California.

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
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Product Details

  • Series: Lancaster County Secrets (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080073386X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800733865
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzanne Woods Fisher has a specialty: she writes about real people living in faith-based communities. With over 750,000 copies of books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, ranging from children's books ('The Adventures of Lily Lapp' series) to novels ("The Choice") to non-fiction books ("Amish Peace: Simple Living for a Complicated World").

When Suzanne isn't writing, she's probably playing with puppies. She's been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind for over fifteen years. Raising puppies, she says, is like eating a potato chip. You just can't stop at one.

Readers are invited to stop by Suzanne's website at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

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First, let me start this review off with this: Suzanna Woods Fisher is my Julie Lessman of Amish novels!!! She is FANTABULOUSLY AMAZING!!! I first read her novel, The Choice, last year when it released and that was when I was introduced to her novels. Boy, am I glad of that, too! Never, in a million years, did I think I would be hooked on an Amish author the way I am hers. I mean, I read Amish novels by Wanda Brunstetter, Beverly Lewis, Cindy Woodsmall, just to name a few. But Suzanne's books are P-O-W-E-R-F-U-L. You can feel every bit apart of the story as if Suzanne was writing about YOU!

In The Waiting, we get a glimpse back into time with this Amish story. It's a unique story, as we read about heartache and pain, laughter and love, and....secrets. So many amazing secrets that make up the twists and turns of this fantastic continuation to Suzanne's Lancaster County Secrets series. The thing that makes this so unique to me is this: Suzanne combines two very DIFFERENT subjects and blend them into one.....the war and the Amish. It was VERY interesting to read those subjects together, as when you read about Amish, they are VERY quiet and loving people.

As I was reading this very interesting combination plot line, I felt a pull to ALL the characters, like little Maggie, and even to Esther. But, my biggest pull was to sweet, loving Jorie. She wanted nothing but love and happiness and it seemed for her, she might not find that. I kept wanting to reach out to her and pull into a motherly hug, and tell her all would be alright. Now, just because I was pulled to Jorie, that didn't mean I didn't like the other characters any less! I LOVED Caleb's character. His chiseled character was wonderful and added so much meaning to the story. I wanted to be Jorie so many times!
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As a reader of all Suzanne Woods Fisher's books, I knew another story development with deepth was in my hands in few pages.

Little did I know that I would read Suzanne's latest book non-stop, sit in the woods with Ephriam , work with Jorie in the barn, call out to no one in particular, " Hush, Caleb", listen and learn as the story progressed while falling in love with the King and Zook family!..

Twists and turns, ups and downs, in and out, strong and weak-all a part of this grand story. THE SURPRISE? You will want to reread the story and catch the family dynamics to put in your own heart to remember.

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I loved the "The Waiting". It was very hard to put down so I finished it in record time. I was impressed with the way Jorie taught her students, and the way Cal took care of his family. I thought I knew where Suzanne was going with Ben's death----a switch in dog tags so he could go into the English world. I liked Suzanne's version better. As always the author brought in how important it is to forgive and never give up on love. This book is awesome!
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Suzanne Woods Fisher has written another brilliant novel, set in Lancaster County. Fisher weaves a poignant love story, transporting the reader back to the 60's to experience the Amish lifestyle and culture while at the same time segregation, racial tension and the Vietnam War dominates the world headlines. The Waiting is the second book in the series called Lancaster County Secrets. Readers who loved The Choice will discover that this is not a sequel to The Choice but rather a prequel.

There are numerous twists and turns in the plot that keeps the reader engaged and interested throughout the novel. I appreciated the realistic depiction of the social angst that one of the main characters in the book, "Ben" faced when he was drafted to go to Vietnam, and then the honest portrayal of a man on the brink of an emotional breakdown when he returns from Vietnam. Haunted by his actions on the battlefield has him question everything he once embraced as an Amish man.

Told that his brother has been killed in Vietnam, recently widowed Cal, Ben's older brother, has fallen in love with Ben's once girlfriend, Jorie. When Ben returns home, after being discovered catatonic in a hospital, the whole family is caught up in an emotional limbo, waiting to see what will happen next. Will Ben free himself of the horrors he witnessed on the battlefield enough to embrace the Plain way of life again? Will Cal and Jorie have to let go of their love for one another, so that Ben may once again rekindle his affections for Jorie?

There are many more sub-plots interwoven throughout this book that lends to the book's balance and pathos. I definitely recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction and give it five stars all the way!

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In the second book of this series "Lancaster County Secrets" Suzanne once again write a great story about the Amish people. I have not got to read "The Choice" yet but this one picked up just fine on it's own.In this one Jorie King is living with her grandparents helping with their Percheron horses. Her parents had left and moved to Canada to set up a new Amish settlement up there, but Jorie didn't want to go as she was in love with a neighbor boy named Ben Zook, but he had signed up to go to Vietnam, but as the Amish do not believe in bearing arms toward another human, he was supposed to just be a helper, but was he? He left Jorie behind as he wanted to see more of the world, so she was going to be the school teacher the next year.

She was not sure about teaching so many large eighth grade boys and they were all behind in their studies, so she needed to do something done, so that when the school board came around the next May they would pass their exams, but could she control so many large boys?

In this book, a good friend passed away with Leukemia and left her husband and little girl. The lot was also coming up for a new preacher in their community, who would the lot fall on? This book is really good it is a little different than a lot of the Amish books I have read before, as it changed some of the ways, the older books wrote about.

This book was sent to me by Revell Publishing for review.
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