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Waiting For Spring [Kindle Edition]

R.J. Keller
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The pain in Tess Dyer's heart stems from a lifetime of rejection: by her distant mother, by a string of one-night stands, and by her husband, Jason. He promised to love her forever, yet here she is, divorced and shunned in her own town. She tries everything to dull the pain: sex, work, and endlessly cleaning the house. Finally, in a fit of despair, she abandons the small town of Brookfield, Maine, for an even smaller town, determined to start over with a clean slate. But she can't run from the demons in her head, and she soon falls back on her old habits, this time with the help of her sexy new neighbor Brian. Though she tells herself he is just a warm body to dull the pain, his kindness has a soothing effect on her bruised heart. But the fear of losing his love is always there, and before long, Tess’s past threatens to destroy her fragile new happiness. Ultimately, she must make a choice: continue drifting through life, or confront the cruel realities of her past and start living. A dramatic departure from contemporary chick-lit, Waiting for Spring is a moving novel about a real woman struggling to find her place in the world.

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From the Author

I was inspired to write Waiting For Spring by the lives of the people around me. I wanted to tell the story of a group of regular people who were dealing with the kind of problems everyday people face, the kind of things I saw the people in my life dealing with. There are so many stories about ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances--housewives or businessmen who stumble into danger and end up saving someone's life, or saving the world--and that's cool. I like those kind of books, too. But getting out of bed in the morning and forcing yourself to go to work when your heart is breaking after a divorce, or when your world is falling apart because someone you love has died, is heroic, too.

About the Author

R.J. Keller is a writer from Central Maine, where she lives happily with her husband, two kids, and the family cat. Waiting For Spring is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 609 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597558
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045EOLDE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 3/4 Stars July 8, 2009
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Plot/Storyline: 4 1/2 Stars

I was pleasantly surprised as I was afraid since the main character was an artist, that the reader would be treated to long, boring passages about colors and scenery. That didn't happen at all throughout the book.

The story line flowed beautifully and horrifically at the same time.

Reading this book brought to mind the old movie "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." Not that the storyline was similar, just that the tone flowed in the same manner.

The sex scenes were a bit long and drawn out. Many of them did not even seem to be essential to the story, at least not in the detail they were delivered.

Character Development: 5 Stars

Every character was real - You could be living next door to any one of them.

The main character reaches out of the pages and squeezes your heart. Her honesty and realism are refreshing.

The mother is evil in ways that only a mother can be; while the father is the only type of man who could be with a woman like her.

You will fall in love with Brian. I promise.

Writing Style: 4 1/2 Stars

As good as the writing was, about 20% of this novel could have been left in the Recycling bin of the author's computer. There were several passages where it just 'rambled on' repetitively, driving home the same points until emotional numbness.

The usage of caps to try to bring attention to certain words was a bit annoying. I think the work would have been better served by using either italics or nothing. Using caps actually detracted a little from the power of the words as I felt like I was being force-fed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, realistic, emotional roller-coaster. November 27, 2010
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One of the things I like most about WAITING FOR SPRING is the prose. RJ Keller's wit adds to the story, making Tess more fleshed out and real. Tess is far from perfect, but she is likeable! She's everywoman, a welcome change from Miss Mary Sue who pops in and out of most novels every so often. We can relate to Tess, and all of her trails and tribulations.

The other thing I liked was how two different love stories kind of merged--as Tess' marriage fell apart, she deals with the heartbreak. Then in its wake, she meets Brian the young, handsome guy downstairs. The chemistry between Tess and Brian is brilliant, real, and at times dramatic.

It was a real page turner, and emotional feel right along with Tess. All her highs and lows, moments of joy and valleys of pain and shame.
You really root for her, and you want it to all work out in the end for Tess.

I highly recommend Waiting For Spring, as well as anything else by RJ Keller.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising writer; flawed book December 11, 2010
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There is much to like and appreciate about Waiting for Spring. Keller is a talented writer who has created a believable world with a cast of well-drawn characters, most notably the protagonist, Tess, and her love interest, Brian.

Some of the ancillary characters are less three-dimensional, particularly the well-to-do, who are almost without exception stereotypically typed as fairly greedy and shallow. In fact, money and Tess's perception of it as evil is an ongoing thread in the novel. This appeared to be presented as a principled stance for Tess, but the 'principle' didn't quite resonate and the reasons for it were not entirely clear to me.

This book has great potential, but the excellent world Keller has created does not shine as brightly as it should, and the occasional poignant turn of phrase gets lost in the muddle. The main problem is that, in my opinion, Waiting for Spring is overwritten, so much so that it was a struggle for me to see it through to the end. I believe a good one-third of this book could be eliminated, perhaps even more. Repetition of thoughts, ideas, and impressions in Tess's internal monologue, along with some repetitive physical descriptions (i.e. "Van Dyke Brown"), give the novel a rambling, unfocused quality at times.

There were a few graphic sex scenes in the book. As I came to know Tess better, I began to understand the reason for Keller's inclusion of them. Sex is, after all, Tess's default fallback coping strategy; and this is Tess's world, seen through her eyes (first-person narration). But like all else in the novel, including the excess use of four-letter words, less trumps more.

The ending was a disappointment. It felt tacked on, like an afterthought, and it seemed out of sync with the flow of the book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for Spring August 10, 2009
I've been watching this book and this author for over six months now. I've owned a copy of the book for two months. At 480 pages, I've casually been reading it the whole time. To be honest, I usually frown at 300+ pages so that might have also been a factor in my original rejection. And now that I've finished the book, looking back through it and deciding how I wanted to approach this review, I'm captivated by a few lines on the first two pages where the narrator is seven years old and explaining to her friends why God's love seems most real to her when she opens her box of crayons:

"The reason was actually very simple even if they were too stupid to get it. There wouldn't be colors called Burnt Sienna and Hot Magenta and Aquamarine if God didn't love us. There would just be brown and red and blue."

Waiting for Spring has lots of moments like this when the words just touch you emotionally in a certain way and make you stop and reminisce or ponder them for a while before continuing on. R. J. Keller is a master storyteller when it comes to character development as the story of Tess Dyer unfolds. Tess, a cleaning lady in her mid thirties, is recently divorced with no children (she doesn't want any) and is about to relocate from one small town to another to start over. She starts by moving into a duplex upstairs from sexy 25 year old Brian LaChance. With a name like LaChance, a gorgeous body, and long locks of hair, Brian echoes the male protagonist of a Harlequin romance novel. It's easy to guess where Tess's story line will take her.

Tess is the black sheep of her family and of the whole town which is another reason she chooses to relocate. Tess not only denied her "sports town hero" husband children, but she also cheated on him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading
It became more and more interesting as I read the book. It really hit home that you can't judge people until you know what they have gone through.
Published 4 days ago by Donna
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, good read!
Certainly kept my attention. Well woven story. One star missing due to a little too much drama, though probably necessary to define the emotions.
Published 1 month ago by C. Zalek
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for summer?
Great book. Can't believe this is your first. Hope there are more. Made me realize how we need to forgive ourselves sometimes.
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awesome book
Published 3 months ago by Charles Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down!
This book made me feel very emotion under the sun - it is so well written and I'm very sad now that it's over.

Sign of a great book.
Published 3 months ago by Catskills Gardener
4.0 out of 5 stars So much reality. Life's like that.
I love the way the author took moments to look at

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great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was one of those books I was anxious to see the conclusion but oh...
This author just "got it right." Human emotion was brought to life in such a way I could honestly put my self in each character's place. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Karen Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully rendered
The lady can write. Get this novel, & hope she writes another. Prose does not get any better than this.
Published 10 months ago by Kirk Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This book is very much an emotional roller coaster, but I still loved it. It was sad, funny, happy, uplifting, and depressing all at the same time. Read more
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More About the Author

R. J. Keller is the author of the novel Waiting For Spring and the co-host of Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran, an internet talk show that features interviews with authors and publishing professionals. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and currently writes, shoots, and edits episodes of the writer-centric YouTube show, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi.

She enjoys rooting for the Boston Red Sox and watching other people cook.

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