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The Waiting: A Novel (Lancaster County Secrets) Paperback – October 1, 2010
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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.
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.
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!
Lynn Dove - author
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome book... Must read!!!, appreciate what life as giving you and the people around you... God has a plan for all of us.Published 6 days ago by ojmcgraw
I Really enjoyed this book. It's what I enjoy reading because the characters and settings are so well defined. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cheryl Williams
I really enjoyed this book from page 1 to the very end. A 5star rating, loved this book! Want to read the next one!Published 1 month ago by Ruth
Fantastic and charming. I was left with a good feeling. I will read it again soon. I have learned so much about the amish people misunderstand why they stay away from English.Published 2 months ago by andrea maas
Ms Fisher always tells a wonderful story.The title is wonderful because the whole book is about learning to wait for God's timing.......Published 3 months ago by Mary Ann Hurst
The Waiting is book 2 in the Lancaster County Secrets series. Although this is book 2 it can also be a stand alone book because each book in this series is about a different... Read morePublished 5 months ago by RebekahAshleigh
Kept my attention was a nice easy peaceful book to read yet not boring.Published 5 months ago by L. Cole