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The Waiting – A Review

ThewaitingAn 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.


This is a beautifully written, true story that seems like it could be nothing but fiction.  This has been one of the hardest reviews for me to write, because everytime I start to type I either repeat everything in the book description or I give too much information (spoilers).

So let me tell you that I read this book in less than two days, so I can honestly say that I couldn't put it down. I loaned this book to a friend, and she did the same. Then she loaned it to her mother, and she read it in record time as well. Three out of three, folks!

It is so compelling, and heartwarming. A wonderful story written about patience and faith. This story made me want to be as faithful and dedicated as Minka.

I have to say that I am not a crier when it comes to reading books.  Remember the friend that I loaned the book to? Well, she is a crier, and so is her mother. They both mentioned that they cried through the whole book. So, if you are a crier, grab some kleenex!

This is one of those books that will always have a place on my bookshelf, and one of my highly recommended reads. I apologize for such a lame review, but I tried my best to let you know that I loved this book without telling you everything that happened in it.

The Waiting on Amazon

Thank you to Tyndale for providing me a free copy of this book in return for my honest review.

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  • Reply Lindy Leigh October 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Sounds incredible!

  • Reply Jen October 13, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I just requested this from our library. I was getting emotional as I read your review! Sounds like a great read…thanks for the introduction.

  • Reply Heidi October 14, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Wow, Julie, this sounds like an amazing book, and right up my ally!! I’m going to get this on my kindle!! Thanks for sharing!!

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