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Jorie King has been waiting for Benjamin Zook to return home to Lancaster County so they can marry. When news arrives that Ben has been killed, Jorie finds comfort in the friendship of his brother Caleb. That friendship ripens into love, and it seems that they are meant to be together. But when the unexpected happens, their worlds are turned upside down once more. Will Jor Jorie King has been waiting for Benjamin Zook to return home to Lancaster County so they can marry. When news arrives that Ben has been killed, Jorie finds comfort in the friendship of his brother Caleb. That friendship ripens into love, and it seems that they are meant to be together. But when the unexpected happens, their worlds are turned upside down once more. Will Jorie trust God to lead her into the arms of a new man? A multifaceted story about complex people living the simple life, The Waiting is the second book in the LANCASTER COUNTY SECRETS series. Readers will find themselves transported into the world of the Amish and deeply invested in these wonderful characters.


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Jorie King has been waiting for Benjamin Zook to return home to Lancaster County so they can marry. When news arrives that Ben has been killed, Jorie finds comfort in the friendship of his brother Caleb. That friendship ripens into love, and it seems that they are meant to be together. But when the unexpected happens, their worlds are turned upside down once more. Will Jor Jorie King has been waiting for Benjamin Zook to return home to Lancaster County so they can marry. When news arrives that Ben has been killed, Jorie finds comfort in the friendship of his brother Caleb. That friendship ripens into love, and it seems that they are meant to be together. But when the unexpected happens, their worlds are turned upside down once more. Will Jorie trust God to lead her into the arms of a new man? A multifaceted story about complex people living the simple life, The Waiting is the second book in the LANCASTER COUNTY SECRETS series. Readers will find themselves transported into the world of the Amish and deeply invested in these wonderful characters.

30 review for The Waiting

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    An improvement on the first volume of the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy Clipston

    A gripping story of family, faith, and healing. Fans of Amish fiction will love this series and the authentic community details.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    This is the 2nd book in the series, i would have thought because it set in the time of the Vietnam war it would have been better being the 1st book This is a complete change from most Amish books i have read yet it wasn't in other ways it told of Ben Zook who goes to Vietnam & the other brothers who stay behind even how they got called up which i didn't think even happen There was a bit about Colour which is mention as it was at the time plus about the Amish School & their exam all in all you not This is the 2nd book in the series, i would have thought because it set in the time of the Vietnam war it would have been better being the 1st book This is a complete change from most Amish books i have read yet it wasn't in other ways it told of Ben Zook who goes to Vietnam & the other brothers who stay behind even how they got called up which i didn't think even happen There was a bit about Colour which is mention as it was at the time plus about the Amish School & their exam all in all you not only felt like you read a good book but you also learnt a bit This is a book well worth reading or waiting to get to read

  4. 5 out of 5

    L8blmr

    This sweet story was different than other Amish romances I have read. It is set during the era of the Vietnam War, which definitely affects the characters in different ways. There are some very emotional moments that felt genuine to me, though there were a few cliches as well. Still, a pleasant read that was less preachy than other books in this sub-genre.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Russell

    Much, much better than book 1. A really sweet read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    An Amish tale set in during the Vietnam war, this book doesn’t really give off the strong Amish “flavor”, but I think that is what sets it apart from the mainstream Amish fiction. There is definitely a writing style to this book that can seem jarring until you get into the story and then if flows very nicely. Several major events happen right away in the story lending the reader to be sympathetic towards the characters. The emotions were a roller coaster ride and all the little subplots were wov An Amish tale set in during the Vietnam war, this book doesn’t really give off the strong Amish “flavor”, but I think that is what sets it apart from the mainstream Amish fiction. There is definitely a writing style to this book that can seem jarring until you get into the story and then if flows very nicely. Several major events happen right away in the story lending the reader to be sympathetic towards the characters. The emotions were a roller coaster ride and all the little subplots were woven together to form an enjoyable story without leaving loose threads. I think what I enjoyed the most is the flavor of the novel. It is about the Amish, but it does not focus strongly on their beliefs, it is more character driven. I think what I liked the least is the story can feel detached at times and I wasn’t really drawn “into” the story during those times. But the overall story I thought was good. I liked the different angles and basic approach to the Amish beliefs. The characters are strong and likeable and the plot moves forward easily. I would definitely say if you enjoyed the first book, The Choice, you will want to read THE WAITING. This is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review. Available October 2010 from Revell, a division of Baker publishers.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm so sad to see this story end. I adored many of the characters and due to this I would have been happy for it to go on much longer, especially if the future of my favourite couple was to be told. Once again another great read and a beautiful addition to book one. I'm looking forward to delve into the next book, I definitely recommend this to lovers of romance and Amish stories. Be prepared for many twists and turns that you wouldn't see coming:). I'm so sad to see this story end. I adored many of the characters and due to this I would have been happy for it to go on much longer, especially if the future of my favourite couple was to be told. Once again another great read and a beautiful addition to book one. I'm looking forward to delve into the next book, I definitely recommend this to lovers of romance and Amish stories. Be prepared for many twists and turns that you wouldn't see coming:).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sundin

    In The Waiting, Suzanne Woods Fisher takes the sweet story expected in Amish fiction and adds a kick of realism—of racial tension, mental illness, scheming aunties, and Vietnam. I treasured my time with Jorie King and the whole Zook family, sharing their grief and laughter—what a lovely read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rosemarie

    This is the second book in the series, and I thought the story would involve some of the characters from the first book, but it didn't. In fact, it's a historical piece, taking place during the Vietnam War yet in the same town of Stoney Ridge. The main character, Jorie, is in love with an Amish man who is serving in Vietnam as a conscientious objector. Hoping he'll mature while he's gone, she waits for his return. Unfortunately, she and his family get news of his death, and Jorie's world is turn This is the second book in the series, and I thought the story would involve some of the characters from the first book, but it didn't. In fact, it's a historical piece, taking place during the Vietnam War yet in the same town of Stoney Ridge. The main character, Jorie, is in love with an Amish man who is serving in Vietnam as a conscientious objector. Hoping he'll mature while he's gone, she waits for his return. Unfortunately, she and his family get news of his death, and Jorie's world is turned upside down. Time passes, and she thinks she may be able to love again until a miraculous surprise once again turns Jorie's world upside down. With a major decision to make that could affect more than just her own life, Jorie must rely on the truth that's deep in her own heart.

  10. 5 out of 5

    JenV

    This is the second book in this trilogy, but as other reviews have stated it should have been first as it took place 2 generations prior to the first book. This is the story of Jorie King and Caleb Zook who was Mattie Zook’s grandfather, the much-loved late Bishop briefly mentioned in book 1. I think this book was much better than the first. It was more well-written, contained much less far-fetched drama, and the characters are more realistic and endearing. I would love if the author had provide This is the second book in this trilogy, but as other reviews have stated it should have been first as it took place 2 generations prior to the first book. This is the story of Jorie King and Caleb Zook who was Mattie Zook’s grandfather, the much-loved late Bishop briefly mentioned in book 1. I think this book was much better than the first. It was more well-written, contained much less far-fetched drama, and the characters are more realistic and endearing. I would love if the author had provided an epilogue with more info into the future to tie up loose ends, especially since Caleb was only briefly mentioned in the first book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Rhyne

    I loved this book! The beginning took me a minute to get into, but in the end I found (for the first time in a while) that I had fallen in love with the characters and the setting. The author's writing style is pretty good, and lots of little sub-plots keep you interested. However I did notice a few mistakes in the writing (like how she described the cougar having short ears and a bobbed tail, then in the next chapter describing it 'thrashing it's long tail' but nothing too devastating). All in a I loved this book! The beginning took me a minute to get into, but in the end I found (for the first time in a while) that I had fallen in love with the characters and the setting. The author's writing style is pretty good, and lots of little sub-plots keep you interested. However I did notice a few mistakes in the writing (like how she described the cougar having short ears and a bobbed tail, then in the next chapter describing it 'thrashing it's long tail' but nothing too devastating). All in all, a very enjoyable read with a lot of plot twists and a very worth-it ending!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Larisha

    I enjoy Suzanne Woods Fisher's style of writing. I enjoy her characters, and I love the way God is gently included throughout the whole story so that you're left with a warm hug after the last page This story, The Waiting, has many plots and lots of sub plots to keep you reading to find out how the story goes. I enjoy Suzanne Woods Fisher's style of writing. I enjoy her characters, and I love the way God is gently included throughout the whole story so that you're left with a warm hug after the last page This story, The Waiting, has many plots and lots of sub plots to keep you reading to find out how the story goes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    M

    A beautiful story of patience and long suffering. It is wonderful how God's plan comes through to fruition. I fell deeply in love with the characters. I was happy for them in the end but I cried with them too. It was such a beautifully written story that I would love to read again. A beautiful story of patience and long suffering. It is wonderful how God's plan comes through to fruition. I fell deeply in love with the characters. I was happy for them in the end but I cried with them too. It was such a beautifully written story that I would love to read again.

  14. 5 out of 5

    K B

    Lancaster County Secrets: Read in Paperback **The Choice {Lancaster Secrets book 1} 5 stars Read in paperback many years ago **The Waiting {Lancaster Secrets book 2} 5 stars Read in paperback many years ago **The Search {Lancaster secrets book 3} 5 stars Read in paperback many years ago

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dorry Lou

    Jorie King was waiting for love. Living the simple life was not always simple. Her good friend Mary Anne dies and Jorie becomes friends with Mary Anne's husband Caleb. Life seems to improve until both of their worlds are turned upside down. Jorie King was waiting for love. Living the simple life was not always simple. Her good friend Mary Anne dies and Jorie becomes friends with Mary Anne's husband Caleb. Life seems to improve until both of their worlds are turned upside down.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Lawrence

    This is so much more than a sweet Amish story. I loved the courage and strength of the people, especially Jorie. The author truly developed the suspense in the romance between 2 men who wanted her. Wonderful ending!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Swartz

    Very interesting and emotional. I think I may have even liked it more than the first one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    :( wished the ending was better....onto book #3

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan Rang

    This was a wonderful Amisg story set in the time of the Vietnam war.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie Ramsey

    I enjoyed this book. I do wish the author could have tied in the characters from the first book somehow.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cyd

    I liked this one much more than The Choice which should have been the 2nd book. Well drawn characters and subtle humor make this Amish tale a winner.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Great book This book was intriguing interesting and inspiring. I enjoyed and learned while reading it. The characters plot surprises kept me reading whenever I had a chance.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sierra Vander Zanden

    Not really an Amish life style book. There's way too many Amish rules they break Not really an Amish life style book. There's way too many Amish rules they break

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Shaw

    Another great book read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marcy

    Heart rending story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I really enjoyed this book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I enjoyed the storyline with Jorie and Cal. It had a lot of great elements. There were a few too many other side plots but overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Another beautiful story!

  29. 5 out of 5

    TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey

    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 weakn 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 strengthes, 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. "More than just a story of the Amish, The Waiting is the story of a woman, sometimes triumphant, sometimes struggling, carried through turbulent times by a plain faith."--Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Tending Roses and Never Say Never "Fisher takes the sweet story expected in Amish fiction and adds a kick of realism. I treasured my time with Jorie King and the whole Zook family, sharing their grief and laughter--what a lovely read."--Sarah Sundin, author of Wings of Glory series Suzanne Woods Fisher's interest in the Anabaptist culture can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is the author of The Choice, Amish Peace, and Amish Proverbs. She hosts an internet radio show called Amish Wisdom and lives with her family in California. Review on 11/20/11 - No book has ever made me want to post a review before I'm actually done with it. But this part of the book moved me. Here's the part... "What will it be like in heave?" Maggie asked Mary Ann as she handed her a warm mug. .... "Maggie, how do your hands feel right now, holding on to that warm mug after playing in the cold?" "Good." "Really good?" She nodded. "But after a while, that good feeling fades away." She nodded again. "In heaven, that good feeling won't go away. That warm good feeling is like the presence of God, and it will last for all eternity." All I can say is WOW!!! What an amazing example for a child and, apparently, for a 28 year old woman like me. I will never forget this example or this part of the book. Very few books move me enough to shed a tear or tell my husband what is going on in it but this book did both. I shed a tear or two while I was reading it and then after that I told my husband and shed another few. Amazing! My Final Review - I LOVED this book. I don't know if it's cause I'm pregnant with a little girl but Maggie just touched me in this story. Jorie and Cal were very touching as well. Overall this book is going on my favorites list. It's a must read and you really don't even have to read the series in order for the books to make sense. In my review of the first book, The Choice, I was worried that would make me not like the book because they had nothing to do with each other...BUT it didn't factor into my liking of the book at all. Fisher painted wonderful pictures with words throughout the book. Sylvia and her daughter Esther did get on my nerves quiet a bit. But I think Fisher was trying to show that no matter where you go in life you are always going to have those people that try to make life hard for you. And that maybe we non-Amish people need to take an Amish approach to them and kill them with kindness so to speak. Again, I LOVED this book and you should read it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This is the 2nd book in the Lancaster County Secrets series. You don't have to read the first one in the series, this book could be considered a stand-alone. And as far as amish fiction goes, it was decent. Jorie King is quite content on her grandparent's Percheron farm. Her one love, Ben, went off to war to be a conscientious objector and she hasn't felt compelled to date anyone else. Her friend Maryanne lives near by with Ben's brother Caleb and she enjoys the children that inhabit the house th This is the 2nd book in the Lancaster County Secrets series. You don't have to read the first one in the series, this book could be considered a stand-alone. And as far as amish fiction goes, it was decent. Jorie King is quite content on her grandparent's Percheron farm. Her one love, Ben, went off to war to be a conscientious objector and she hasn't felt compelled to date anyone else. Her friend Maryanne lives near by with Ben's brother Caleb and she enjoys the children that inhabit the house there, so is especially pleased when she is selected to be the schoolteacher. Not everyone is happy with this decision though and Jorie must deal with the sharp insults and sting of disapproval from some of the Amish. Jorie is a strong character. She is still very Amish, but with an independent streak. And I liked that she valued education highly. She's the type of woman that knows what she wants and is patient enough to get it. Caleb, the neighbor and minister, is a little more confused. He has a good heart but is unable to focus with everything going on in his life. I do think that he recovers from some strong emotions a little too quickly, but it's hard to say if it's authentic as different people feel things differently. There were a lot of other characters, but I do have to say that I thought the character of Sylvia was treated unfairly. She was clearly the "bad guy" in this book and it just seemed as if all the negative aspects were pinned on her. The plot was ok. Since it takes place in the Vietnam war I expected there to be a whole lot more mention of it and how it changed the Amish's lives. Especially considering some of them were drafted for it. But aside from the mentions of Ben, and the other brother working in a hospital, there was surprising little of it. A cougar actually got more book time. And there was a tiny plotline of a black man becoming the veterinarian during such turbulent times, but it was so downplayed I'm not even sure it really effected the book too much. I just don't think with it being the time period that it was that a lot of the book stuck true to what actually happened. It just didn't seem authentic. Overall though it was a quick read and I did like the small love story that played out. I won't go rushing back to get more books by Fisher, but if some happen to slide their way into my to-read pile, I wouldn't turn them down. The Waiting Copyright 2010 Large Print 438 Pages Review by M. Reynard 2013 More of my reviews can be found at www.ifithaswords.blogspot.com

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