The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher
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.
With her realistic characters whose weaknesses develop into strengths, Suzanne Woods Fisher offers a reading experience that rises above the others. You will love growing in spirit with these complex people living the simple life as The Waiting transports you into a world where things aren't as simple as they seem.
Jorie is next door neighbors to the Zook’s and is living with her grandparents and helping to run the horse farm. Ben Zook went off to the Vietnam War and Jorie is waiting on him to come home. Caleb is the oldest of the Zooks and has been running the farm since his parents died. Matthew is another brother and he ends up being called to work (Military service)at a hospital a few hours away. The youngest brother is Ephraim and he is finishing his 8th grade year. Caleb also has a daughter named Maggie. In the beginning of the book you also get to know Caleb’s first wife Mary Ann. Yeah there are a LOT of characters in this book!
I struggled to get into this book at first. I found it hard to get to know all the characters. I also disliked getting to know Caleb’s first wife and then being with her as she deals with a life changing illness. Once I got into it though I really enjoyed it. I did enjoy reading the story from so many different characters. Though I sometimes felt there could have easily been another book written just about Matthew himself!
As is in Suzanne’s style there where quite a few surprises which makes her books quite fun. I would highly recommend the 2nd book in this series.
I give it 4 stars.
I am looking forward to the 3rd book The Search due out January 1st 2011!