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Waiting for Morning (Forever Faithful Series #1)

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I love anything Karen Kingsbury writes. Haven't been disappointe

    I love anything Karen Kingsbury writes. Haven't been disappointed even once. Keep writing, Karen!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Highly Recommend!!!!

    I love all the Karen Kingsbury books. She is a very good author. Puts the love of God into every book she writes. Makes us realize that he is in charge of our lives. She keeps you thinking about your own life in every book she writes, you or I can crawl in the book and be the characters she is writing about. I would recommend this book and all of her books to anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    A book about loss and forgiveness I enjoyed very much

    Hannah Ryan waits at home for her family, her husband and two teenaged daughters, to return from a camping trip. But what she wants isn't want she gets. Instead, a police car pulls into her driveway, delivering to her the worst news a mother and wife could imagine. The aftermath of what has happened is simple: Hannah is full of rage and grief and makes it her missing to get revenge on Brian Wesley, the drunk driver who took her family from her. Somewhere along the way, she began to blame God, too, and now it's up to two people to bring her peace and forgiveness and closeness to God again.

    I haven't read a lot of Kingsbury, aside from one novel I reviewed almost a year ago, and I really liked it. So I was excited to get to review Waiting for Morning, and although it had its imperfections, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the characters are, for the most part, very real. What I thought Kingsbury did exceptionally well was make me feel strong emotion for the journeys that Hannah and Jenny had to face. I felt such sorrow for their loses, and there were times were I felt outright anger - especially at Hannah, when she was dealing with Jenny's struggles later in the novel. In that specific instance (and I don't want to be more descriptive in what I'm talking about, because I don't want it to spoil Jenny's path!) between Hannah and Jenny, I was so mad at Jenny, but I also pitied her because I could only imagine how caught up in her own narrow field of grief she was.

    What I thought was done well was the juxtaposition between grief and forgiveness. Hannah, and even Jenny, really had to struggle with these two concepts, and there are arguments that favor either - or both. But as readers, and the surviving Ryans, come to see, they can coexist, and there is power in allowing God to help you feel and live them both.

    Certain elements of the plot were predictable, and I did have to suspend my disbelief at someone of the ways Jenny was able to get away with what she did (computer searches would be more monitored and counselors and teachers at school would not have been so terribly oblivious to what was going on with Jenny), but I was willing to disregard those things for what was otherwise a fulfilling read.

    I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review. I was not asked to provide a positive review, just an honest one.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    i love karen kingsbury

    As i said i love kingsbury she is such a good writer i have read all three books in this searies i will forever love them and they will forever be my favorite books karen kingsbury will forever be my favorite author thanx keep making more awsome books karen :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Awesome Amazing and Somewhat sad...

    Being a teenager, i really liked reading from Jennys perspective. They were both struggling with thier loss but hannah couldve paid more attention to jenny. It was an amazing book! Sad too though, i cried at some parts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014


    This book was so inspiring and written so well, Recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Waiting for Morning

    Good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Waiting For Morning

    This was a really good beginning of a great trilogy by a fantastic author!

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    Wonderful book! I could not put it down! I found it very inspira

    Wonderful book! I could not put it down! I found it very inspirational and remembered the lessons held in it later on when I went through loss in my own family. I believe the Lord finds many paths to teach us what we need to know to prepare us for what lies ahead in our lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012


    Some parts was very childish and hard to finish reading. The mothers role was horrible at times.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    more from this reviewer


    Hannah has a loving Husband and two beautiful talented daughter's! Her Husband has taken Alicia and Jenny for their annual end of Summer fishing trip. As her day progress Hannah becomes more and more uneasy.
    As Tom and the girls are finally headed home after their wonderful trip, they are hit by a drunk driver. Brian, was driving drunk, had just lost his job, and ended up running a red light. Next thing he new a young girl was lying dead and her Dad was in horrible pain and dying.
    This is the story of harboring hate...wonder how I would react under such circumstances? Hannah has even giving up God, she blames him for taking her loved ones. She becomes obsessed with making Brian pay for killing her family, to the point of neglecting the daughter she has left.
    Deputy District Attorney Matthew J Bronzan has been assigned the case against Brian Wesley. He has decided to make a point and proceeds to go after a conviction of First Degree Murder. Hannah Ryan is more than willing to do all that she can to make Brian go to jail and rot in Hell.
    This is so very very hard, and even those these are just characters in a book, you know that this happens. Hannah is so filled with Hate, you wonder through all of this if she will ever find her way back?
    The book is a very fast mind effecting read. I do recommend this read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    True to life

    I can say I truly enjoyed this book, even with all of its ups and downs. Waiting For Morning by Karen Kingsbury is sure to touch your heart. The struggles Hannah Ryan faces with losing a husband and daughter and another daughter seriously injured are very realistic. I have seen people fight a similar battle and I think Kingsbury captures the hurt, desire for revenge, and healing is incredibly realistic.

    If you enjoy books that touch the heart, that stir emotions, and that ring true in all our lives this us certainly a book you will enjoy. You will smile, cry, and hurt for the characters in this book as they struggle to put the pieces of their lives back together and find their new normal.

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The opinions contained within this review are my own.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Probably won't read again but nice once

    Hannah Ryan sits at home, waiting for her husband and daughters to return home from a camping trip. Instead, the police show up to tell her they were hit by a drunk driver and her husband and one of her daughters were killed. Hannah then has one thing on her mind -- revenge. She wants to see the drunk driver put behind bars. In her rage at this man she somehow manages to forget her living daughter. Can Hannah find forgiveness and save the family she has left?

    This was a good story. It was very depressing but it had a good message. I don't think it would be one of those stories that I'd read over and over again but it was nice to read once. Also, this is Christian Fiction and I review for a few Christian companies but this book was annoyingly "preachy". If you're one of those people who don't mind a good cry then this would be a good books for you. It will definitely make you cry and it has some very depressing parts. The reader is able to follow the journey of the widow who lost her husband and daughter, the daughter who lost her sister, father and feels the whole world wished she had died instead of her sister, the driver who made a mistake and drove while drunk resulting in casualties beyond anything he ever thought would happen and the lawyers who are passionate about what they do. It was great being able to get it from all the points of view. It made it more real and allowed me to feel more empathy to each character who made me angry because of stupid choices they were making.

    This was a complimentary copy from the publisher for my honest review.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Kingsbury Delivers!

    Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors, and I was thrilled to see a book available by her! Waiting for Morning was an amazingly written story about the power of forgiveness and God's mercy and grace.
    Tom Ryan and his two daughters, Alicia and Jenny are on their way home from a camping trip when they are hit by a drunk driver. Tom and Alicia are killed almost instantly, leaving Jenny and her mom, Hannah Ryan left to face the consequences of the drunk driver. Kingsbury delivers a powerful message throughout this story and writes with such passion that you feel you are part of the lives of the Ryan family. While Hannah struggles with her anger over the situation and her hatred for Bryan Wesley, her daughter struggles with the fact that she is left with a mom who just doesn't seem to care for her anymore.
    I recommend this book and any book by Karen Kingsbury. She gets you involved with each character and writes in such a way that you feel you know them personally. Kingsbury has written a powerful message on the implications of drunk driving, but even more powerful, the message of forgiveness not only for each other and our faults, but forgiveness from God. As part of the Forever Faithful series, this is book number one with two others that follow suit on how our Lord and Savior is first and foremost forever faithful in our lives.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Great book!

    It has been a wonderful summer and school is just about to begin for the new year. Another year of living and loving her family... 2 beautiful daughters and a doting, loving husband. As her husband Dr. Tom Ryan and girls return home from their annual "end of summer" campout, Brian Wesley is staggering out of a bar after drowning his sorrows in 14 drinks.

    A drunk driver
    A red light runner
    A family's life forever changed

    Hannah knew something was wrong. They were never this late getting home from their camping trip. Then a car stops at their house... a knock on the door... and words no wife wants to hear...

    "There was a serious car accident, ma'am..."

    After receiving the news of the horrific accident, Hannah Ryan heads to the hospital only to learn that her dear husband and eldest daughter Alicia died. Her faith in a good and loving God dies with them.

    As Sgt. Miller, a fellow believer, tries to comfort her, she responds, "I'm sure you mean well, Sgt. Miller, but you're just like every other Christian right now. 'It must be God's will.' 'They're home in heaven now.' 'God still loves you.' 'The Lord has a plan...'"

    "A wave of emotion choked off her words, and she had to swallow hard before she could continue. 'I don't want to hear it. Do you understand? Brian Wesley, age twenty-eight, married with one son, just destroyed my life! He took everything from me and left me with nothing, not even hope. He murdered my husband and daughter, and so help me God, I'll never forgive him as long as I live.'"

    * * * * * * * * * * *

    Karen Kingsbury has captured the heart and soul of a family torn apart by drunk drivers everywhere. She has given a voice to the family members left behind questioning the goodness of God. Why us? Where were you, God? You could have saved them!

    As we walk through the pages of the book, we can identify with the desolate feelings of both Hannah and Jenny. A mother bereft of her family... a daughter who yearns to be with her dad and sister in heaven. Can Hannah find her way back to God and true peace? Will she be able to forgive Brian? Will Jenny find a reason to live?

    We all walk through trials, illnesses, seemingly unnecessary deaths and more - bad things do happen to good people. Through the grace-filled writing of Karen Kingsbury, we see how even faith-filled families can have doubts and anger toward God.

    My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review from Multnomah Books through Edelweiss Digital Books.



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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Powerful Story of Forgiveness

    "For two hours Hannah Ryan had fought off an exhausting list of possibilities while staring out her kitchen window but still there was no sign of her family. She wanted to pray, and even tried a time or two, but she held back. It only made the fear worse.
    Dread had begun to consumer her, and as the minutes became hours, she stopped looking for ways to keep busy. Instead she was continually drawn to the kitchen window, as if she could somehow make them appear by keeping watch. They should have called by now and anger joined the emotions warring within her.
    When the squad car pulled up, she was no longer fiddling with the pink sponge wiping and rewiping the sink, but rather she was frozen in place barely breathing, staring at the dusky cul-de-sac.
    A pit formed in her stomach and in that instant, she knew.
    She closed her eyes. Lock the door. Close the blinds. Get the car keys and leave. Anything but greet the officers who were walking deliberately up the sidewalk."

    From the very beginning of this powerful story readers can identify with the emotions Hannah Ryan is experiencing as she deals with anguish of losing her husband and daughter because of a drunk driver. Author Karen Kingsbury sensitively walks her readers through the heartbreak of both the victims and the drunk driver, Brian Wesley. It is a very thought provoking and moving read.

    The accident is just the beginning of a difficult journey Hannah and her surviving daughter, Jenny, must travel. The ripple effects of drunk driving tear through their lives. Hannah tries to live through her pain and her bitterness that God would allow such a thing to happen to a family that believed Him. She turns away from God and channels all her energy into seeing Brian convicted of murder and placed behind bars. Meanwhile, she neglects to see how Jenny's grief is much more than the young teen can handle. God places people in their lives to support Hannah, Jenny and Brian and draw them to Him. Ultimately, forgiveness brings healing and peace.

    Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book to me for review purposes.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Waiting for Morning

    Tom Ryan and his two daughters Alicia and Jenny are on their way home from a camping trip when they are in a horrible accident caused by drunk driver Brian Wesley. Tom and Alicia die in the crash. Jenny survives with injuries but her life will never be the same. She becomes very depressed and feels neglected by her mother. Hannah Ryan is so angry about losing her husband and daughter that she loses her faith and focuses only on seeing Brian Wesley behind bars. DA Matt Bronzan and Carol Cummings from MADD are believers who try to help Hannah. Meanwhile Brian is trying to deal with what he has done and how it has affected his life.

    Karen Kingsbury is blessed with being able to write wonderful stories and create the best characters. I have read a number of her books and there is always a character that I relate to very strongly and this book was no exception. I have seen this book in the past and never picked it up because I thought it would be too sad. It does have sad parts but there is also hope and the unfailing love of our Heavenly Father

    This E-book was sent to me free from Water Brook/Multnomah for my review.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Powerful story of forgiveness!

    Karen Kingsbury has been my favorite author for some time now. I have read most of her books, and always wait eagerly for her next one. So when I saw that Waterbrook Multnomah was offering Waiting for Morning for review, I quickly requested it because it was one of the few books by Kingsbury that I hadn't read.

    Hannah Ryan has just lost her husband, Tom, and oldest daughter, Alicia, in a horrible car crash, due to a drunk driver. Her youngest daughter, Jenny, survived, but Hannah only seems to see Tom and Alicia as the victims in the accident. Hannah harbors a deep hatred for Brian Wesley, the drunk driver who killed her family, and starts to believe that the only thing that will bring her peace will be to see him behind bars for life.
    She is also bitter towards God and starts to believe that a God who would allow suffering couldn't possibly exist. Believers Matt Bronzan, the district attorney, and friend Carol Cummins, who volunteers for the local Mothers Against Drunk Driving, come alongside her during her darkest time. Will she allow God back into her life, or will her bitterness overtake her?

    I loved this book. I believe it was God's prompting me to read this book during a time of my life when I really needed to read the message in it. I had been harboring bitterness towards someone, and couldn't seem to find my way out of it. After I finished this book, I felt like I had not only read Hannah's story, but my own as well, even though our stories were very different. I came to the realization that I need to forgive, and I could forgive, because Jesus did the same for me. Forgiveness is a process, and it is not easy, but it is what God asks us to do.

    Do I recommend this book? Absolutely, with 5 stars! If I could give it 6, I would!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Great Book

    This is a very well-written book, I could really identify with the characters. While I've never found myself in Hannah's position, it was easy to see how the given circumstances could lead someone to behave just as she did. I love how Karen took the book of Lamentations and gave it a modern twist. It makes me see that book in a whole new light. I really enjoy reading Karen's books and this one did not disappoint; it kept me up way past my bedtime because I couldn't stop turning the pages! This book is the first in a series entitled Forever Faithful, I look forward to reading more of this series to follow the characters' stories.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011


    I used not to be a fan of Karen Kingsbury because of all the attention her books receive. I wanted to be different and try other fiction books by different authors that had not yet been discovered. I soon realized after reading a few of her books, I really enjoy them and the message each one gives to the reader.. I had the opportunity to review "Waiting for Morning."
    " Waiting for Morning" is a heart breaking store about a woman, Hannah who is trying to survive the loss of her husband, Tom and her daughter, Alicia. Her other daughter, Jenny was seriously injured too in the drunk driving accident, which ultimately took the lives of her husband and daughter, Alica. Hannah becomes very involved with making sure the drunk drive is convicted, but realizes that Jenny desperately needs attention and affection too. Jenny is also grieving the loss of her sister and father. Jenny becomes so desperate for attention and no longer wants to live, that she tries to commit suicide as a result of her own her grief and depression. At this point, Hannah realizes that Jenny is deeply suffering too and needs Hannah to help her through this awful time in their lives.

    I believe this book has a powerful message not only for adults, but teenagers too. This book is inspiring, heartbreaking and gives a powerful message. This book is a reminder that life is short and at any time, something precious can be taken away from us. It is also a good lesson in forgiveness, which is something that I currently am working through in my own life.

    I love this book and believe you will too.....

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