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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (782 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lancaster County Series Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781608147670
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She was waiting for love—and found it in the most unexpected place. 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 strengths, Suzanne Woods Fisher offers a listening 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A great next installment in the Lancaster County Secrets series written by a talented author. Fisher writes with her heart and soul. Her characters…want to do the right thing, but they struggle to know just what that right thing is.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “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, 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Kidwell | 2/18/2014

    " Love the way I was drawn into the lives of Jorie King, Ben and Caleb, Amish characters who despite the great things they deal with, continue to lean on the Lord, and call out to him not only when they are strong but when they are weak as well!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/6/2014

    " library has print ver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/21/2014

    " 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 grief, some struggle with their plain ways and their plain faith, while others strive to follow their faith and move on with their life. This is an amazing story of life and it's struggles. While, Jorie, believes Ben her friend and supposed to be boyfriend, as joined the Army and is sent to Vietnam, she waits for him.She is close to his brothers and his family. His oldest brother's wife dies, Ben is declared dead, Jorie and Caleb,Ben's oldest brother believing Ben is dead began close. Then they learn Ben is alive. Nothing is simple, they struggle to help Ben recover from his dramatic experience in Vietnam all the while Jorie and Caleb where planning go get married. Caleb backs off while Jorie explores her feelings for Ben. Ben is angry and has been his whole life, especially since his parents died and Caleb took over the family farm and raising his three younger siblings. This is truly a story of the Amish faith, their struggles, especially the story of the triumphant, struggles,laughter, of a young Amish school teacher, her students, and her friend/boyfriend's struggles, while this small Amish community is carried through the turbulent time of the 1960's. I would recommend this book for it is an inspirational in faith and the power of love. This book was received for review and details can be found at Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasha enderby | 1/5/2014

    " This book is so refreshing, this author took really took te telling an Amish story to another level. Jorie is waiting and spending her good years waiting but not knowing what for. Jorie knows that she wants to be Amish, stay on a farm, raise a family but she's been promised to a young mand who is wild at heart and sure he is Amish at all. Ben has the power to charm women and he does the same to Jorie. This book touches on how war affects the Amish people, how they deal with their older people in the community and how complicated the truth can be. I loved following Cal and Jorie through their romance but it will break your heart at moments to see how fast a brother can break his famillies heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/2/2014

    " What a wonderful story!! even if the ending was sort of happy/sad. I am looking forward to reading the third book in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/11/2013

    " I'm actually really enjoying reading these Amish themed books. They're clean, have some uplifting thoughts, and I'm learning a lot about the Amish that I didn't know. Quick, easy, and enjoyable to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/5/2013

    " Although book 2 in the series, it can be read independently of the others. I was disappointed it didn't continue with the same characters but it was still good. This Amish fiction novel is one that could be read be an alpha male. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/19/2013

    " Pretty gritty and good characters. If you like buggy books this one is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/11/2012

    " From my book review blog Rundpinne..."The Waiting is a book of love, family, and choices with a beautifully described backdrop, lovely narration, and exceptional characters, especially Jorie King and the Zook family...." The full review may be read here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 4/18/2012

    " wow!!! amazing such a great book sure did suprise me about ben and this book i just couldnt put it down i think it took me 3 days and that was it it usually takes me a week or two so yeah it was so good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 valerie | 3/9/2012

    " This is the second in a trilogy of books about the Amish. I love the character development and the novels are well-written. They are quick reads with solid plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline Cantrell | 12/29/2011

    " This book was very good. It was a fast read and I found myself often thinking about the characters during the day. I could not wait till my reading time to read more of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianna | 9/19/2011

    " i absolutly am in love with this book i cant set it down i <3 this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noreendenton | 4/23/2011

    " This is the second in the series of Lancaster County Secrets. It probably would be better to read The Choice first, which is the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 valerie | 3/24/2011

    " This is the second in a trilogy of books about the Amish. I love the character development and the novels are well-written. They are quick reads with solid plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 3/4/2011

    " I'm actually really enjoying reading these Amish themed books. They're clean, have some uplifting thoughts, and I'm learning a lot about the Amish that I didn't know. Quick, easy, and enjoyable to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/4/2011

    " Pretty gritty and good characters. If you like buggy books this one is good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 12/24/2010

    " Marjorie is so likeable. Enjoyed reading. I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 12/4/2010

    " wow!!! amazing such a great book sure did suprise me about ben and this book i just couldnt put it down i think it took me 3 days and that was it it usually takes me a week or two so yeah it was so good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/19/2010

    " 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. "

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About the Author
Author Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. She is a Christy Award finalist and a Carol Award finalist. She is the host of internet radio show Amish Wisdom and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.