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The Waiting (Lancaster County Secrets #2)

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  1,791 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Bestselling author of "Amish Peace" and "The Choice" delivers another contemporary Amish romance sure to satisfy.
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Published October 1st 2010 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 1st 2010)
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Janice Aitkens
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
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Oct 14, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: Revell
First, let me start this review off with this: Suzanna Woods Fisher is my Julie Lessman of Amish novels!!! She is FANTABULOUSLY AMAZING!!! I first read her novel, The Choice, last year when it released and that was when I was introduced to her novels. Boy, am I glad of that, too! Never, in a million years, did I think I would be hooked on an Amish author the way I am hers. I mean, I read Amish novels by Wanda Brunstetter, Beverly Lewis, Cindy Woodsmall, just to name a few. But Suzanne's books ar ...more
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
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:).
The WAITING by Suzanne Woods Fisher topped The CHOICE! In The Waiting, Jorie King, the main character who helps her grandparents on their Amish horse farm and agrees to teach school finally finds love. This is a great story that focuses on one particular Amish family, the Zooks. The oldest, Cal is left with his young daughter, Maggie and his three brothers--Ben, Matthew, and Ephraim when his beloved wife dies of Cancer. Cal stepped up to run the family farm when their parents died. Issues in thi ...more
Karen Korb
My Thoughts On The Book: This book was yet another awesome Suzanne Woods Fisher story that will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride from page one until the final page. I cannot tell you how many times I found myself crying while reading the book. The characters are so real and so very charming and you instantly fall in love with each of them. The story had a number of twists and turns that kept you guessing right up until the end. I absolutely love the way Fisher handles the Amish faith ...more
Sarah Anne Carter
The Waiting is the second book in the Lancaster County Secrets series. I really enjoyed reading the first book, The Choice, so I read the second book shortly after. The Waiting is also the first book I have read entirely on an e-reader. I got a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and am trying it out to see how I like reading on it. So far, I’m only finding two main differences between an e-reader and a paper book. I can’t visually see where I am in the book or how many pages until the chapter ends. ...more
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.
At first I thought this book was a very average, very typical inspirational romance. However, as I continued reading, and more and more subplots were introduced, I was drawn into the story and was often pleasantly surprised at the plot twists that popped up. It's very mild on the romance, which is expected from an Amish romance, and it did have some characterizations and elements that are pretty cliche of the the genre at this point, but it was an interesting story, especially for the later half ...more
Oct 10, 2010 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian fiction fans!
Recommended to Renee by: Revell
I've enjoyed the Amish fiction that I've read this year some more than others. The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher should probably go at the top of your Christian fiction read list for this year if it isn't already there. If you like Amish fiction or you've never read it, I suggest this story.

The first thing that I liked about this book, it is set during Vietnam. When you think of the Amish, war is not something that immediately comes to mind. This book shows that nobody is immune to conflict. S
Jennifer Jung
The author wonderfully transports us, the readers, to an Amish settlement during the Vietnam war. We are able to see how the Amish respond to dilemmas of the time such as racial discrimination and the draft of young men into the war, regardless of their wanting to fight. We see the main character, a young woman named Jorie, go through the struggles of losing loved ones, including her betrothed and her best friend. Just like in book one of the series, the main character also struggles with where ...more
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
Jorie King, is a young Amish woman who is in a holding patterns of sorts. She has been waiting on Ben Zook to come home from the Vietnam War, where he is serving as a concientious objector, waiting on him to come home, settle down and to marry her.

However that all changes when several deaths happen very close together, first of all the Army declares Ben has been killed in the war and sends home his ashes, then Mary Ann Zook, Jorie's best friend dies, she is married to Ben's older brother Caleb.
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher: Revell
October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3386-5
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Jorie King has been waiting for Ben Zook to come back to Lancaster County. He’d been sent to Vietnam to serve as a medic, since he was a conscientious objector. But then life starts falling apart. Caleb Zook’s wife is diagnosed with an aggressive cancer which is threatening her life. And then news comes that Ben has been killed.

As the families struggle to heal, Jorie is hi
I was so excited when I received this book to review. So excited in fact that I had to borrow the first book in the series from my Mother In Law! I will openly admit that I drug out the reading of this book. I didn't want it to end and found myself rationing my pages to make the book last as long as possible!

Suzanne has a brilliant mind and through the emotions on her pages, she draws you right into the book along with the characters. I found myself completely understanding exactly where each ch
Although this is the 2nd book in a series, it can easily be read as a stand alone novel, as all the characters are different and it's a different time period from the first in the series, The Choice. Jorie is young Amish woman in her early twenties, a likeable (bit too perfect for real life to be honest)young woman who is waiting for Ben, who she loves, to return. Other reviewers commented that the blurb on the back cover gives too much away, but it comes as a shock to realise that Ben is away f ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the second book in the Lancaster County Secrets series, but you don't need to have read it to enjoy this novel. The Zook family has a long history in Amish community of Lancaster County. Eldest son Caleb took over the family farm after the death of their parents in a tragic accident. Next brother Benjamin is in Vietnam as a conscientious objector. Matthew, the third son, is eighteen and starting to wonder if there's more to the world, and youngest Ephraim i ...more
Mary Oddi O'Brien
**This is the second book in the series, the first book being The Choice. If you have not read the first book, you may not want to continue reading**

All Jorie King has ever wanted to do was marry Ben. However, her plans are put on hold when he is sent(actually signs up) for war. Now she patiently awaits the day he returns to Lancaster County.

Ben's brother Caleb is dealing with a tragedy himself. His wife dies at a young age leaving Caleb(now the minister) to care for his daughter and his brother
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, J
Lynn Dove
Suzanne Woods Fisher has written another brilliant novel, set in Lancaster County. Fisher weaves a poignant love story, transporting the reader back to the 60’s to experience the Amish lifestyle and culture while at the same time segregation, racial tension and the Vietnam War dominates the world headlines. The Waiting is the second book in the series called Lancaster County Secrets. Readers who loved The Choice will discover that this is not a sequel to The Choice but rather a prequel.

There ar
Amber Stokes
Unexpected. This word from the back cover description of the book is the aspect of the story that really drew me in and captured my interest. As other reviewers have pointed out, the plot of The Waiting is rather different from many other books set in an Amish community. The time period (during the Vietnam War) and the characters both intrigued me.

What really bothered me when I first started reading the book was not the necessarily the story itself, but rather the back cover synopsis. It was alm
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Jorie King isn't your typical Amish woman. Yet she seems to be waiting for Ben Zook to come home from Vietnam or at least that is what everyone thinks. Jorie believes that she's the keeper of her grandfather's song. Jorie's best friend is Mary Ann Zook. They believe the best of people even if they don't themselves. Ben Zook is away from his family serving in Vietnam yet he's never really been happy with his life. Caleb (Cal) Zook is hoping the members of Stoney Ridge don't vote for him to be a m ...more
Holly Weiss
Sales of Amish fiction continue to soar. The apparent simplicity of the Amish lifestyle is a welcome escape from our uncertain times. A new author in this genre is Suzanne Woods Fisher. The Waiting is her second in a series called Lancaster County Secrets. The Waiting is actually a prequel to her first book, The Choice, which she wrote secretly on an antiquated computer. Her interest in the Anabaptist faith stems from her grandfather who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church ...more
Jorie King has joined the Amish church and is more than ready to get married, all that's missing is her groom...Ben. He's "fighting" in Vietnam as a conscientious objector and has asked Jorie to wait for him to return. Jorie allows it and spends her time helping her grandparents raise their famous Percherons and teaching at the one-room schoolhouse. Teaching in such a way that her pupils are left in awe of God's majesty and splendor does not exactly earn Jorie any accolades within the community ...more
Set during the mid sixties, when the county is immersed in the Vietnam war. Jorie King is waiting for Ben Zook to return for the war, he is serving as a conscientious objector and has been sent to Vietnam. She told him she wouldn't wait, but has been doing just that, even though she has been getting on with her life, taking the job as the schoolteacher and helping on her grandfathers farm, turning down all requests from suitors.
Caleb Zook, Ben's older brother has been thrust into the position
THE WAITING by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a inspirational contemporary fiction set in 1965 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It is the second in her Lancaster County Secrets and can be read as a stand alone. It is well written with details, love,romance,depth, twists and turns. It has devotion, faith, hope, forgiveness, Amish, struggles, friendship, death,grief, laughter and a plain faith.The characters are charming, believable, will grip your heart,and have a strong plain faith. They struggle with g ...more
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
Nov 22, 2011 TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: 2011, favorites
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
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Set during the time of the Vietnam War, everything about the story is timeless because of the way the Amish people live their lives. It could be nearly any time in the last 60 years. As Jorie King waits for Ben Zook to return from the war, she begins teaching school and when news comes of his death, tragedy soon strikes the community twice. Ben's brother Cal has his own grief to face, as well as the frustration of interfering family members. When Jorie and Cal find themselves drawn to each other ...more
Jocelyn Green
I really enjoyed this book. Just as in the first book, I found that the plot moved along swiftly with enough developments and complications to keep it interesting without being so complex that the reader is confused or left breathless just to keep up. It’s a great book to read before bed to get your mind off the day’s anxieties. But once I got into it, I carried it around the house with me to sneak a few pages in here and there whenever I could, too. I think I read this one in three days, which ...more
I liked the twists and turns in this book, it did keep me wanting to read and find out what happens next, but didn't like the ending. The ending seemed sort of flat and empty. The whole book leads up to that moment when the two main characters realize they are supposed to be together only to have the story end with a hug.

I also felt that the author should have left out the whole racial issue. For being a book that takes place in the Vietnam Era with racial tensions high at home, that subject
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine.

Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to
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