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So, groaning inside, I offered to read a virtual friend's eBook. The cover art looked dull and not promising and then I remember, my cover art isn't so hot either. Good cover art is difficult to come by when you're an Indie. The story didn't seem to be my normal reading...not that I have narrow tastes but this didn't seem to be a fit.
But I'd made a promise. So I started reading.
Waiting for Spring is indeed outside my usual genres but Keller's characters got their claws into me. They slipped off the page and burrowed into my brain as people I knew and cared about. The story itself is gritty and raw and so real I swear that Keller followed me around and implanted a recording device in my head, capturing my own thoughts and experiences as I dealt with my ex-husband and my own childhood issues.
I kept thinking, how much longer can this story go on, because it's so real? What else could possibly happen? And it was obvious. Nothing good could happen. So, one day I avoided the book, because I didn't want to know what bad things would happen to Tess. She had become more than a two-dimensional character. She was me. She was my best-friend in high school, the one who popped a bunch of niacin to get the crank out of her system before the impending drug test she faced. But at the end of the day Tess called to me and I had to know what happened to her. It was a story I couldn't stay away from.
Waiting for Spring made me laugh. It made me angry. More than once it made me blush and then concede, "Yea, that's how it is." And more than once I cried, though I tried desperately not to. As soon as it was over I wondered what the second book would bring and nearly decided not to read it whenever it comes out because I don't want to know when anything else bad happens to Tess.
But I will buy it because I know Tess, she is so strikingly solid, as are all of Keller's characters, that she cannot be ignored.
Keller's powers of observation and her ability to communicate that to the written page are stunning and unsettling. If you have lived a life of any kind of hardship you will feel as though Keller was there, hiding in the bushes, taking notes. I told my husband, "What Gabaldon does with minute, physical detail Keller does with emotional detail. And sometimes it feels a little too personal, as though she's airing my own dirty laundry."
But dirt and grit and all, you can't help but love Tess.
"I had zero expectations when I picked up this book. It's been a long time since I could say that. However, I knew by the end of the first chapter that I was reading something special. That feeling did not disperse, even after I reached the very last sentence. R.J.'s prose is strong. Her voice is even stronger. She's a hell of a writer, with masterful control of description and dialogue. As a writer, I know how difficult it is to write characters who are: 1) Believable; and 2) Sympathetic. She makes this look easy, and it pisses me off (in a good way).
Her characters are going to touch your heart. I never thought I would write that, but it's the absolute truth. I hurt with them, I celebrated with them, I lived with them for a month, and I find myself thinking about them even now as I move on to other things. I can't reiterate my praise for this book enough. As I tweeted last week, 'Buy it. Read it. Devour it.' I highly recommend you do the same."
Take from what what you will. I loved the book. I think R.J. Keller is a strong writer with a lot of promise, and I can't wait to read her follow up to WFS.
The story takes you to a small Maine town and Keller makes sure you know every nook and cranny of the town -- along with it's residents who are "trudging" just like the protagonist. Surprisingly, unlike the protagonist, the story does not "trudge" -- it whips and winds along with her. The author says, "I wanted to write about a group of regular people" and she did.
If you're a fan of well-written slice of life and emotionally deep people -- you'll love Waiting for Spring.
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