Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Waiting, The: A Novel (Lancaster County Secrets)
Waiting, The: A Novel (Lancaster County Secrets) is one of the best Amish novels I've read lately.

About The Waiting: Book 2 in The Lancaster Secrets collection and hot on the heals of the best-selling The Choice, The Waiting, a stand alone story, is a compelling page turner. Jorie King has been waiting for Benjamin Zook to return home to Lancaster County so they can marry. When news arrives that Ben has been killed, Jorie finds comfort in the friendship of his brother Caleb. That friendship ripens into love, and it seems that they are meant to be together. But when the unexpected happens, their worlds are turned upside down once more. Will Jorie trust God to lead her into the arms of a new man?

A multifaceted story about complex people living the simple life. Readers will find themselves transported into the world of the Amish and deeply invested in these wonderful characters. 

My Comments:  I really enjoyed this book.  It was set in the 1960's and gave insight into how the Amish dealt with the draft and the Viet Nam war.  It was a book that began with sorrow, but which ended in hope.  The characters were real people who happened to be Amish, rather than cardboard cutouts of "typical" Amish folk who all acted alike--and perfectly.  It is a romance novel, but not just a romance novel.  The plot was interesting and not completely predictable.  While faith is a part of the Amish life, the book doesn't beat you over the head with religion.  Grade:  B+

Contest:  Enter to win your very own KINDLE in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s KINDLE Giveaway! Enter at the link below and then be sure to attend Suzanne’s Lancaster Secrets Book Club Party on October 28th to see if you won (and to chat about books and win one of the MANY other prizes Suzanne is giving away)!

About Suzanne Woods Fisher: Suzanne Woods Fisher is the CBA bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, Amish Peace, and Amish Proverbs. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures 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. Benedict eventually became publisher of Christianity Today magazine. Suzanne is the host of a radio show called Amish Wisdom and her work has appeared in many magazines. She lives in California. Find out more about Suzanne at

I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a complimentary review copy.  You can purchase yours from Amazon by clicking my links (and giving me a small commission) or from your local bookstore.

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