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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Waiting by Bonnie Dodge (Book Review)

In association with Sage's Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Waiting by author Bonnie Dodge!

Book Review

Waiting by Bonnie Dodge
Publisher: Booktrope
Publication Date: August 29, 2014
Format: Paperback - 242 pages
               Kindle - 4042 KB
               Nook - 1 MB
ISBN: 978-1620155004
BNID: 2940150679894
Genre: Women's Fiction

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Sage's Blog Tours.

Book Description:

Three generations of Foster women– senior citizen Maxine, attention seeker Grace, and aspiring artist Abbie–think they are nothing alike. But they all share a secret. They wait. For love, for attention, for life, for death, for Idaho’s warm, but promising summer to return. In their journeys between despair and happiness, they learn there are worse things than being alone, like waiting for the wrong person’s love. With sensitivity and humor, Waiting carries readers into the hearts of three women who learn that happiness comes from within.

My Book Review:

In the inspirational women's fiction novel, Waiting, author Bonnie Dodge weaves a compelling tale that follows the personal journey of three generations of Foster women: sixty-three year old Maxine, forty-three year old Grace, and sixteen year old Abbie. Set in Aspen Grove, Idaho and told in the third person narrative, the storyline alternates between the three women's stories of waiting for something exciting in life to happen to each of them. From feelings of regrets, past longings, heartache, loss, seeking attention, first love, and wanting the finer things in life, the Foster women's journeys unwittingly intertwines and strengthens their familial bond as they each learn life lessons.

The author weaves a intriguing story that delves into the issues of a dysfunctional family: alcoholism, relationship issues, teenage angst and first love, love and loss, financial hardships, and how they each learned to stop waiting for something to happen through taking chances, making choices and changes, in order to take charge of their lives.

The reader can't help but become captivated by Maxine, Grace, and Abbie's stories, it is easy to relate, commiserate, and feel compassion for them as their journeys lead them to discover that there is more to life than waiting for something exciting to happen, and letting life slip through their fingers as time goes by. I loved how the author alternated and intertwined their stories with the changing of the seasons, it kept me engaged and drew me in, while also making me ponder whether I was guilty of waiting for something to happen instead of reaching for the stars throughout my own life. Through the misunderstandings, hardships, and struggles, these three women learned life lessons that ultimately would change their lives.

Waiting is a poignant story about three generations of women's journey of finding happiness in their lives by overcoming their struggles to let life pass them by while waiting for something to happen, and finding the strength to follow their desires.


About The Author

Bonnie Dodge is co-author of the anthologies Hauntings from the Snake River Plain and Voices from the Snake River Plain, and author of Miracles in the Desert, a book of essays about Twin Falls, Idaho. She is an award-winning writer and has won honors for her short stories and novels. Her column, "Life in this Magic Valley" ran in Ag Weekly, a supplement to The Times-News for six years.

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