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The Waiting Time

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  269 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Bostonian Abby Banes becomes the pampered mistress of a plantation on Georgia's glorious seacoast when she marries the much older Eli Allyn. When he dies, Abby defies Southern tradition to run the plantation alone and to embrace a people's call for freedom. And she never expects the intense emotion that draws her to another man--or to be struck by a passion, fierce as ligh ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 14th 1997 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 1997)
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Aug 26, 2012 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Waiting Time by Eugenia Price is set on a plantation in Darien Georgia and in Boston Massachusetts from November 1858 to January 1860, with prologue in 1853.

In 1853 Boston, Abigail "Abby" Banes promises to marry Eli Edward Allyn, considered a good catch by her high-society Boston family. She dreams of the romantic life they will have on his newly-acquired Georgia rice plantation. 5 years into their marriage, she feels isolated and bored by his silent personality and constant focus on making
Beth Withers
May 21, 2011 Beth Withers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book for a number of years (in fact, I found I had 2 copies of it!) but have just gotten around to reading it. I met Eugenia Price when I was in 8th grade, after my class read the St. Simons trilogy. I've been a fan of hers ever since. This is the last book she wrote before passing away; it is obviously meant to be continued. The main characters are fictitious, but many of the supporting characters are not. As always, the book is well researched. It takes place in Darien in the lat ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story set in coastal Georgia shortly before the election of Lincoln and the civil war. The story is about a quietly abolitionist slave owner. It was of interest to me that such a slave owner was enslaved by the system, as were the slaves. The characters and relationships developed in the story were compelling, interesting, sometimes moving.
The story is well written. This is Eugenia Prices last book, written when she was about 80 and almost blind. She intended it to be the first of a trilogy
Nov 27, 2007 Graceann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Eugenia Price Fans, Historical Fiction Fans
Shelves: eugenia-price
This was Eugenia Price's final novel, finished just days before she passed away. Unfortunately, it is not her best, but perhaps I felt this way because it was the first book she wrote based on entirely fictional characters. I still enjoyed it - and everything Genie writes gets five stars from me.
Jan 23, 2015 Natalya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If I could, I'd give this book 3 and a half stars. There were many parts of this book that I enjoyed; the writing style of Eugenia Price, the setting and characters of the story, along with the ending. The steady mention of God in the story was also refreshing for me. Perhaps, I left half a star out because it was not exactly what I was anticipating. So, don't take my review based on the quality of this book, regard it as an opinion only.
Jul 24, 2014 Donia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Waiting Time was this author's last book before her death. I'm thinking she just didn't have it in her any more. Sad but this book was childish and poorly scripted in time and place. I tried numerous times to read it since I own it but I'd have to be locked up in jail with nothing else to do before I could force myself to finish it.
The Waiting Time
Engenia Price
Historical Fiction
342 pages
copyright: 1997
isbn: 0-312-96505-0

Bostonian Abby Banes thought marrying much older Eli Allyn would be a romantic dream: he would make her the pampered mistress of a plantation on Georgia's glorious seacoast. But she wasn't prepared for the realities of slavery or aching loneliness. And when she finally reached out in friendship to her housekeeper Rosa Moon, she found a lifeline during the tragedy that made her a widow. Now, in a land being
Nov 29, 2010 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was actually better then I though it would be. It dealt with a young gal who married an older man because of the excitement of moving and owning a rice plantation. As time goes on it is not as exciting as she thought it would be. Years later her husband becomes a victom of a boat accident and now she finds herself sole owner of the plantation along with many slaves. This does not sit on her conscious very well. As she goes to the plantation to learn more about it she becomes very close ...more
Bonnie Dieffenbacher
A young woman marries an older gentleman to start a rice plantation in Georgia in pre civil war times. She decides she wants to free her slaves. I love civil war novels, but this one was only fair.
Nov 30, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eugenia Price's last book. She died shortly afterwards. The love story part was a little dramatically "Gone with the Wind"...always rushing into each other's arms. However, the background history behind the story is a good picture of how difficult it was to free plantation slaves before the Civil War, when they would be taxed as freemen and had no way to pay the taxes or to take care of themselves. I was interested in the historical information on "Wanderer", the ship that came to Jekyll Island ...more
Barb Cullen
Interesting, but not absorbing. Another Civil War era book softly written.
Mar 11, 2015 Shawn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
Just awful...the writing was so simple and repetitive. Couldn't finish...
Rebecca Jones
I didn't enjoy the read it didn't engage me i skimmed parts.
Aug 27, 2014 Mikelkpoet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All her books are great and this one is no exception.
This book was written about the time just before the civil war. The main character, Abby faces the loss of her husband when he falls overboard in a bad storm. He was on his to purchase 2 illegal slaves. This leaves Abby with a rice plantation and 100 slaves to manage. The book is a romance and it held my interest. I learned something about that time period and how hard it would have been for a slave to be freed by the owner with no sure shelter, food or work. What a mess that time was in our his ...more
Emily Decobert
I started this book with excitment, for I liked the idea of anti-slavery people in the deep South. The plot did continue to be good, but the conversation was often stilted and false sounding. The author is a talented writer of prose, but often the conversation tended to limp and the addition of religious sentiment didn't quite fit in. It is not a bad book, but it only gets three stars with me and if you want to read about the South before the Civil War, go read somewhere else.
Heather Leipart
Jan 10, 2010 Heather Leipart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! A woman marries, and finds her husband to be well...not her soul mate. Not that he is awful, just that something is missing. Conveniently, he dies. She falls in love with another man soon after who is everything her late husband wasn't. They have a very respectful period of dating, and of course the book culminates with a happy ending and their coming together. *tear* so good! I just wish there was a sequel!
Jul 05, 2013 Patsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite author's is Eugenia Price she has given much pleasure to many people thru her books. This Book was about a plantation home in Georgia and a rice farm run by he overseer
after her husband passed away trying to bring more slaves into Georgia.
This is very good book for a lazy afternoon.
Jan 17, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this as it was set in the area we visited over Christmas. Did not realize this was her last book. She died while begining to write the sequel. Saw her grave on St Simons Island. May read some of her other. Old south, plantation life.
Borrowed from church library. Adult fiction.
Widow Abby, owner of rice plantation and 100 slaves, overseer Thad, both of whom are Northerners. It's about wanting to free the slaves. Always like Eugenia Price's books. Have read many of them.
Mar 09, 2009 Laurita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was a good non thinking read on a cold day by the fireplace kind of book. Historical fiction which gave a slight into the time shortly before the Civil War. I did learn a few new things.
Nice story, even though the author is somewhat childlike in her style. Made me think about what a challenge it would have been to own slaves. Not something I ever thought about before.
Oct 23, 2007 Cara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fic-lit, 2007, wasteoftime
I liked the book up until the end. The end leaves the whole story unresolved.
Apr 26, 2010 Betony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Stilted writing and repetitive conversations make this one a snooze.
Aug 01, 2008 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Price is a worthy voice in southern historical fiction.
Apr 07, 2012 Daniele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Repetative, boring, couldn't finish it.
Jan 14, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Wish she had more books
Jordan Mierek
Oct 27, 2008 Jordan Mierek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Price was born into a middle class family in Charleston, West Virginia. Her father, Walter Price, was a dentist. At the age of ten Eugenia decided that she wanted to be a writer, an ambition encouraged by her mother Anna. She submitted a poem to her school's literary magazine. In 1932 she graduated from high school, declared herself an atheist and decided to pursue a career in dentistry instead of ...more
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