The Waiting is the second book in the Lancaster County Secrets series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. This book tells the story of Jorie King who is waiting for Ben Zook to return home from Vietnam. She’s hoping that once Ben comes home, he’ll settle down, join the church and then they will get married. Although the Plain people do not believe in going to war, Ben was tricked into serving as a conscientious objector and has been away almost two years.
During her long personal vigil of waiting for Ben, Jorie reluctantly accepts the position of teacher for the elementary school after Caleb Zook (Ben’s older brother) convinces her that she can help the students get caught up on their studies. Jorie must work hard with the older students so that they pass a very important test in May, which will decide the fate of the school. If the eighth grade students do not pass – the superintendent may close the school.
Meanwhile, Caleb’s wife Mary Ann, is given the horrible diagnosis of leukemia and the Zook family is devastated. Caleb Zook, already under enormous pressure, has just been appointed as the new minister and is expected to look after the spiritual well being of the people. At only 32 years of age, his wife has been given just weeks to live. The Zook family is trying to bear the weight of this horrible news, as well as the fact that Matthew Zook has been called up for service.
The Waiting is an emotional roller coaster! I felt sorry for Jorie, dutifully waiting for her love to return home to her and then my heart broke for Mary Ann and Caleb. Fans of Suzanne Woods Fisher will not be disappointed.
Look for Book Three in this series, The Search, which will be available January 2011. The Choice, which is the first book in this series, was named a “top
pick” of fiction by Christian Book Distributors. You can read my review of that title here:
Thanks to Donna at Revell for sending me a review copy of The Waiting