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Waiting in the Wings

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  10 reviews
At the grand old age of 92, my mother Dot suddenly starts telling me that she loves me. I am quite dumbstruck at these outbursts of emotion, as she has never mentioned the fact before in all of my 58 years. Over the entire course of my lifetime we have often argued bitterly, and have never really seen eye-to-eye over anything. I squirm with the inner knowledge that she ...more
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Published November 30th 2016 by KDP
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Surabhi Sharma
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
‘Waiting in the Wings’ is a memoir of Stevie Turner with her mom, Dot, who has completed 92 summers of her life and health deteriorates more towards the final chapters of her life. Stevie takes the role of a carer and the mother-daughter duo spends much of their time together remembering the old bitter-sweet moments which also brings some revelation and confessions.

I think every mother is like Dot. Over protective and caring and never see her child has grown up already and thinks they are still
D.G. Kaye
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Turner's memoir is an insightful story about a mother and daughter relationship that has moved to a new dimension. Throughout the author's life she struggled with her relationship with her mother. Dot was set in her ways and always seemed to be trying to conform Stevie to what she wanted her to be. The angst Stevie felt growing up with Dot is documented through this touching and heartfelt memoir as Dot is now old and being an only child, Stevie has taken on the roll to care for her aging invalid ...more
Lizzie Winns
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aging parent

While reading this book, it makes me think of my own aging mother who will be 74 this year. Although she is still capable of taking care of herself and still drives her car. She also uses a walking stick." Even though she keeps misplacing it" I tell her that she doesn't need it if she keeps losing it. I know the day is coming when she won't be able to do those things and my siblings and I will be taking care of her on a full time basics. Dot was a hand full but she was full of life
Gloria Squitiro
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An inspiring story for those of us who are now "parenting" our parents. Shows the conflicting emotions that crop up, especially when we weren't parented so well by the folks we're now care-taking.

Gloria Squitiro: A First Lady of Kanas City and author of May Cause Drowsiness and Blurred Vision: The Side Effects of Bravery
Yecheilyah Ysrayl
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book as a gift from the author*

This book is close to my heart in more ways than one. To start, my mother happens to be sick at the moment. In Waiting in the Wings, Stevie’s mother Dot is also very sick and is getting worse as time moves on. Dorothy Eliza Wilkins or Dot had a breech birth. My twin sister was breech as well. It means that she was born feet first instead of head first. Sadly, Dot suffered a dislocated hip and osteomyelitis due to being pulled from the womb by her
J.M. Johnson
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have come to expect a well-constructed, intelligently-written book from this accomplished author, and Waiting in the Wings ticks all the right boxes. The story of the author’s rollercoaster relationship with her mother is told with honesty. She regrets that she cannot say the words, ‘I love you,’ to a mother who has been exasperating and difficult to deal with, even in her vulnerability and defiance as she clings to her independence and refuses professional care help. Although the author can’t ...more
Nancy Silk
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Very Insightful and Compelling"

This is a true account which the author shares with readers via flashbacks and in modern-day humorous conversations with her mother. Stevie is 58 years old, her mom, Dot, is 92 when Dot starts telling her she loves her. They always had arguments and disagreements over the years. But looking back there are also lots of humorous times to remember. This is a life event which most of us have to face eventually. It's not easy, but caring for an aged person can
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
My only complaint is that the formatting for kindle was significantly off the mark. Written in British English, the book tells the story, flipping clearly between the past and the present, of the author's life and interactions with her mother over nearly 60 years of life. Mostly it is told as a story of her mother's journey with aging as she reaches the age of 92. Nicely conveyed.
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Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a good story about an emotive issue that many of us face at some point.

Daughter becomes carer to her mother who has never displayed affection or emotion and the two establish a carer/dependent relationship. Hard for everyone.

It's open and honest, exploring issues that aren't very comfortable, but nevertheless happen.

Should be an easy four stars because Turner can tell a good story, but the editing lets it down. In some places the prose didn't flow as well as it should and there were
D. Thrush
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story of Stevie and her mother, Dot. I can identify, although I thought it would delve more into the reasons behind their lack of saying “I love you.” This seemed to be just a small part of the story, not the focus. Stevie shares memories of growing up, her sometimes difficult relationship with her mother, and Dot’s slow decline. Since this is a true story, some photos would’ve been nice. I did notice the lack of consistency with paragraphs. Some were indented and some were not. I ...more
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Stevie Turner is a British author of suspense, women's fiction family dramas, paranormal and darkly humorous novels. She has also branched out into the world of audio books, screenplays, and translations. Most of her novels are now available as audio books, and 'A House Without Windows' gained the attention of a New York media production company in December 2017. Some of Stevie's books have been ...more