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The Waiting: The True Story of a Lost Child, a Lifetime of Longing, and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave Up Paperback – April 1, 2015
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When author LaGrow heard her grandmother Minka's story of her first daughter--conceived as a result of rape nearly 80 years earlier, when her grandmother was 16; born in secret; and then placed for adoption--she could hardly imagine that it was all true. Yet the adoption file contained indisputable evidence: decades worth of Minka's letters asking for news of this baby she had named Betty Jane. Unbelievably, that same baby, now also a grandmother and named Ruth, was seeking her biological mother and had obtained the previously sealed adoption record. Through many cross-country meeting between the women and their families, LaGrow came to know the stories of both women's lives through the decades during which they had been separated and their ultimate and utter joy when reunited. While the presence of some historical details distracts from the rhythm of the story, LaGrow tells Minka's story with candor that makes the characters come alive. It is a stunning story of forgiveness, faithfulness, and persistent hope.--Publishers Weekly
"The Waiting" offers up the poignant and true story of a lost child and a mother who never gave up searching for her, and gathers decades of secret letters from a mother reflecting her perpetual agony wondering how her daughter is doing in life. As her reflection turns to an all-out search, readers follow her progress, begun when she was raped by a stranger in the woods and following her search for God's insights along the way. The result is a title that blends biography with spiritual reflection and a vivid, true search that readers will find engrossing.--Midwest Book Review
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Decades of secret letters from a mother longing for her daughter . . .1929: I sure hated to give her up. But I know it was for the best. I miss her so every night . . .1933: I would like to know how my big baby girl is getting along. . . . Sometimes the hills are hard to climb, and if I could only hear of her once in awhile it means so much.1939: Bless her little heart, I hope she shall be happy always. . . . I would so appreciate just a line or two about her.1944: I'm wondering how my little Betty is. I know I should be very proud of her now. She must be a young lady, nearly sixteen. I think of her so often. . . .1945: Betty Jane will be seventeen yrs old . . . it hardly seems possible . . . please write me if you've any news . . . she is at such a tender age now.1947: Please write me if you have word . . . will make my Xmas happier just to know she is fine and happy. . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book is a true story of sorrow borne with dignity and grace by a woman who faces troubles as they come. Her life is hard, starting in childhood when she loses her father. Work is what they do to survive. Hard work. At age sixteen, the unthinkable happens, she is raped, which ushers in a new level of hardship. She gives up her dear Betty Jane so her daughter can have a better life than her own, but she never stops loving her daughter.
This book made me weep. The pain is emotional in nature, the type that never fully leaves even though one picks up the pieces and life goes on. Yet, you can never quite go back to the person you were before nor would you entirely want to. For close to twenty years, Minka writes letters to the adoption home with hope for a little word of her dear Betty Jane.
Written by Minka’s granddaughter and with a middle insert of family photos, this remarkable story is about a remarkable woman and her indomitable spirit. The cover photo is of Minka’s hands and the photo is her with Betty Jane on the day they had to say goodbye in 1929.
This book is so beautifully written, it allows the reader to imagine so many things that happened because of the way the author uses the words. This memoir is honey for the heart. Unforgettable Minka's love story. God bless her loving soul.
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Grab the kleenex.
Required reading for mothers and daughters.