Christian Fiction Review: The Waiting (Lancaster County Secrets, Book 2) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Waiting (Lancaster County Secrets, Book 2)
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Copyright 2010
Revell Publishers
320 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3386-5
Contemporary Fiction

From the publisher:
She was waiting for love--and found it in the most unexpected place.

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.


My Review:
I've enjoyed the Amish fiction that I've read this year some more than others. The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher should probably go at the top of your Christian fiction read list for this year if it isn't already there. If you like Amish fiction or you've never read it, I suggest this story.

The first thing that I liked about this book, it is set during Vietnam. When you think of the Amish, war is not something that immediately comes to mind. This book shows that nobody is immune to conflict. Second, this book deals with racism and prejudice along with other issues that our country faced in the 1960s and 1970s. This book is definitely not a light read and although I love a happy ending I don't feel like this book had one, but that's not a bad thing! To be honest it is a pretty realistic ending and it fit with the rest of the story. If you read this book or decide to give it a try I'm sure you will see where I'm coming from.

There were a few "iffy" moments for me as far as how Caleb got over a death (I can't say whose death without spoiling it) and how one the characters very sudden cure of depression and war related personal issues but I'm nit picking! :-) I can't tell you how many times I was near tears while reading this, so keep tissues close at hand! The characters were excellent, the plot terrific and I can say that Suzanne Woods Fisher has definitely taken her place at the top of the Amish fiction writers list. If you enjoyed The Choice you will like this step back in time to Lancaster County and the heart of Amish country.

“Available October 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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* I received my complimentary copy from Donna @ Revell Publishing in exchange for posting my honest review.*

Comments

  1. I agree, I liked it set during Veitnam too.

    I see you got it read and reviewed in time for the FIRST tour day. Some habits are hard to break, aren't they. *grin* I always try to read my review books right off and post the tour on Tuesday.

    Hey, just noticed, your almost to 200 reviews here on your blog! Way to go! :)

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  2. Hahaha yes I always like to post on the first day...but you knew that already! :-)

    XOXO~ Renee

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  3. Nicely done, Renee! ;)

    As for the review, I think I've been noticing some "iffy" moments, too. I'm hoping to have this finished soon, although I'm thinking my review won't go up until Wednesday or so... :)

    ~Amber

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  4. I have a friend who loves the Amish fiction above all else. I'll have to send her over to this review!

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  5. How cool that the timing is different then the average Amish tale.

    Great review :)

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  6. The US involvement in Vietnam in the late 60's was a breaking point for the country. We were not able to achieve our goals there, which ran against our national mythology so people still are unable to process it. Besides, the young people questioned why they should be involved and questioned faith and tradition and never got honest answers back. The damage done is still weighing on us.

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  7. Hi Renee--
    Thanks for your thumbs up for "The Waiting." Glad you liked the time setting of the storyline. "The Search" will be out in a few weeks--it's set in 1972, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow the Amish to educate their children in their own parochial schools. Hope you enjoy it, too!
    Warmly, Suzanne

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