I made the rookie mistake of leaving my (almost completed) book locked in the bedroom with a sleeping baby. Not to worry, thought I, because there was also a Kindle in my bag. Battery: dead. Finally, I had coveted time to read, and no book. Luckily for me, my dear sister had brought a couple of books for mom to read. I grabbed the one that looked most interesting and headed outside to get started.
|Pardon the darkness. I took this when I finished the book|
around 10 p.m. and there wasn't much natural light left.
The photo is really beautiful and touching.
It look me just a couple of pages to be hooked on The Waiting. The story begins in 1929 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, when a young girl was raped and conceived a child. She gave birth and placed the baby for adoption. She then spent decades writing letters, missing her baby, and healing from the wounds she suffered at such a young age. Her life moves across the country and eventually into a new century. The writing is compelling and I couldn't put it down. I stayed up way past my bedtime for two nights, and had my nose buried in the book for two days.
I had no reason not to finish the book in two days, with my mom doing all the cooking and my beloved nieces caring for my kids. I'm SO glad I left my other book and picked this one up. The writer, a granddaughter of the story's main character, does such a great job of helping the reader understand the emotions, the yearning, the struggles and joys of this woman's life. I will heartily recommend this story to everyone. Go find it!