Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Waiting, by Cathy LaGrow

From the Publisher:

An unforgettable true story that will touch your heart and make you believe in love’s enduring legacy, and in the power of prayer.
In 1928, 16-year-old Minka was on a picnic in the woods when she was assaulted and raped. And suddenly this innocent farm girl—who still thought the stork brought babies—was pregnant. The baby was secretly born, named Betty Jane, and given up for adoption. For decades, Minka wrote letters trying to get news of her daughter; she kept loving and praying for her, even though she never dared believe they would meet again. Until nearly eighty years later, when Minka whispered her secret, impossible prayer for the first time: Lord, I’d like to see Betty Jane before I die. I promise I won’t bother her or interrupt her life. I just want to lay eyes on her. Unbeknownst to Minka, that very same day, a judge was releasing the sealed adoption records to her 77-year-old daughter. And soon, Minka’s phone would ring. Written by Cathy LaGrow (Minka’s granddaughter), The Waiting brings three generations of this most unusual family together over the course of a century to tell a story of faith that triumphs, forgiveness that sets us free, and love that never forgets.
My Review:

I knew that I wanted to read this book as soon I as I saw it listed on the Tyndale Blog Network offerings. It took FOREVER for me to get it; it was lost in the mail or not sent or something. Finally, I received the book after waiting a long time. I started reading it and it was really good... then I met Brian, my wonderful and amazing boyfriend. So, my two books read a week reduced down to one book read every two months and I finally finished this book today.

The Waiting is very well written. It's easy to read and flows well. I really liked that it's a true story. Minka's story will really touch your heart and the reunion between Minka and Betty Jane/ Ruth was beautiful.

I would have liked to have a little more information about Betty Jane/ Ruth's life, but I understand that since the book was written more about Minka and her love and her waiting and by her granddaughter that it would contain much more about Minka than Betty Jane/ Ruth.

I like that the book contained details about things like the weather... details that make you feel like you were really there. Everything was very well researched.

I highly recommend this book.
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