It’s my pleasure to take part in the blog tour for Suzanne Woods Fisher’s latest release, The Waiting. Not only was this my first acquaintance with Ms Fisher’s writing but also my first time reading Amish fiction. But after reading this book, it’s unlikely to be my last.
Although the main storyline revolves around Jorie King, a young Amish maiden, waiting for her beloved Benjamin Zook to return home from the Vietnam War, the book is filled with characters that are in a wait of their own. Waiting to be free. Waiting to die. Waiting to love again. Waiting to be understood. Waiting to be accepted despite one’s skin color. As anyone who has experienced the wait between one’s dream and its manifestation knows things don’t always go as planned. And, the Amish are no exception. Readers are taken along alongside Jorie, Caleb, Ben, Matthew, Ephraim, and Maggie as they try to make sense of their changing world through the eyes of their faith. The Waiting drew me in from the very first page and as I turned the last page, I long to stay a little longer at Beacon Hollow.
The Waiting include scenarios most individuals could easily relate to like:
- A single father struggling to make a living and raise two children on his own, while battling grief.
- An African American veterinarian facing prejudice and opposition in the 1960’s.
- People of faith attempting to balance being in the world but not becoming a part of the world.
- A young man seeking to find his own identify and place in the world outside of the confines of the expectations of others.
- A family facing the reality of Alzheimer’s disease
From the back cover: 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 have 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.
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Join the FUN
As a part of the blog tour Suzanne is hosting a KINDLE giveaway and a Lancaster Secrets book club party. The contest and blog tour run October 8-October 27.
What are you waiting for?
Go ahead and enter the contest and pick up your copy of The Waiting at Amazon.
DISCLOSURE: Thanks to Amy Lathrop with LitFUSE for providing a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes. The views and opinions expressed are my own.