Waiting For Spring

Waiting For Spring

by R. J. Keller

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Overview

The pain in Tess Dyer’s heart stems from a lifetime of rejection: by her distant mother, by a string of one-night stands, and by her husband, Jason. He promised to love her forever, yet here she is, divorced and shunned in her own town. She tries everything to dull the pain: sex, work, and endlessly cleaning the house. Finally, in a fit of despair, she abandons the small town of Brookfield, Maine, for an even smaller town, determined to start over with a clean slate. But she can’t run from the demons in her head, and she soon falls back on her old habits, this time with the help of her sexy new neighbor Brian. Though she tells herself he is just a warm body to dull the pain, his kindness has a soothing effect on her bruised heart. But the fear of losing his love is always there, and before long, Tess’s past threatens to destroy her fragile new happiness. Ultimately, she must make a choice: continue drifting through life, or confront the cruel realities of her past and start living. A dramatic departure from contemporary chick-lit, Waiting for Spring is a moving novel about a real woman struggling to find her place in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935597551
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/10/2011
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

R.J. Keller lives in Central Maine with her husband, two kids, and the family cats where she enjoys gardening, rooting for the Boston Red Sox, and watching other people cook. “Waiting For Spring” is her first novel.

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Waiting For Spring 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
PattyLouise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Waiting For SpringByR.J. KellerThis book was one of Amazon¿s Encore books¿it just did not get noticed enough and that is quite sad. It told a really great story and the author did it in a spellbinding intense riveting sort of way. It is the story of Tess. She is a huge disappointment to her parents...and feels that her mother really intensely dislikes her. She has been unfaithful to her husband of 11 ½ years because his belief about having a family suddenly differs from hers. She does something unspeakable and her marriage is destroyed. She sets out on her own to a town in Maine that is even smaller than the town she already lives in. She is an artist who supports herself by cleaning houses, offices, whatever she can find. She refuses money from her ex husband and her father. She seems to shrink from owning anything more than she needs. We discover throughout the course of the book that this is the way she feels she needs to live her life. This was a reasonably long book and we follow Tess as she lives her life in this small town in a small apartment with her new neighbor¿Brian¿who soon becomes an integral part of her life. There are some weird unsettling things going on in this small town¿issues with drugs and Brian¿s sister and a final sort of show down with her mother. Tess tries to deal with everything that comes her way¿ultimately having a final break up with her mother, a life and death ordeal with Brian¿s sister and Tess¿s own discovery of what she really wants from her life.I rather liked reading this book. I love stories set in Maine and this was where this took place. I liked Tess but did not like some of the things she did. I would not want to be her. I didn¿t admire her in the beginning but I respected her at the end.
slarsoncollins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While this book doesn't fall into my normal reading genres, I'm very happy I went outside my comfort zone and read this book. I found the characters well developed, even the ones I didn't like. The story kept me engaged and I even engaged the text to speech feature (which I don't really like) so that I could "read" in the car. I was very moved by this book, both positively and negatively. I found myself saddened by some of the trials of the characters and filled with hope by others. Thank you RJ for your story. It was very enjoyable.
ggallen More than 1 year ago
I read this book while traveling through Maine last summer and something felt right since the author is from that part of the country. I feel bad I didn't review it while it was fresh on my mind, but I recall the feeling I had as I turned into Keller's book. What could have easily been a pity book about divorce was far from it as I was pulled directly into the life of Tess and connected with her and the other characters. I count a good book when I know I don't want it to end and I did want to stay in the world of these people. There was honesty in the writing that at times left me poignantly sad and yet gave me a great sense of hope. The title says it all.
Indie_Writer More than 1 year ago
It's one of those things you do as an independent writer. You offer to read other people's self-published books and write a review because you need to support each other. Added to that, the author is a friend of a friend of a friend and you kind of virtually know each other, so you want to do the right thing. So, groaning inside, I offered to read a virtual friend's eBook. The cover art looked dull and not promising and then I remember, my cover art isn't so hot either. Good cover art is difficult to come by when you're an Indie. The story didn't seem to be my normal reading...not that I have narrow tastes but this didn't seem to be a fit. But I'd made a promise. So I started reading. Waiting for Spring is indeed outside my usual genres but Keller's characters got their claws into me. They slipped off the page and burrowed into my brain as people I knew and cared about. The story itself is gritty and raw and so real I swear that Keller followed me around and implanted a recording device in my head, capturing my own thoughts and experiences as I dealt with my ex-husband and my own childhood issues. I kept thinking, how much longer can this story go on, because it's so real? What else could possibly happen? And it was obvious. Nothing good could happen. So, one day I avoided the book, because I didn't want to know what bad things would happen to Tess. She had become more than a two-dimensional character. She was me. She was my best-friend in high school, the one who popped a bunch of niacin to get the crank out of her system before the impending drug test she faced. But at the end of the day Tess called to me and I had to know what happened to her. It was a story I couldn't stay away from. Waiting for Spring made me laugh. It made me angry. More than once it made me blush and then concede, "Yea, that's how it is." And more than once I cried, though I tried desperately not to. As soon as it was over I wondered what the second book would bring and nearly decided not to read it whenever it comes out because I don't want to know when anything else bad happens to Tess. But I will buy it because I know Tess, she is so strikingly solid, as are all of Keller's characters, that she cannot be ignored. Keller's powers of observation and her ability to communicate that to the written page are stunning and unsettling. If you have lived a life of any kind of hardship you will feel as though Keller was there, hiding in the bushes, taking notes. I told my husband, "What Gabaldon does with minute, physical detail Keller does with emotional detail. And sometimes it feels a little too personal, as though she's airing my own dirty laundry." But dirt and grit and all, you can't help but love Tess.
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NYM More than 1 year ago
While this book doesn't fall into my normal reading genres, I'm very happy I went outside my comfort zone and read this book. I found the characters well developed, even the ones I didn't like. The story kept me engaged and I even engaged the text to speech feature (which I don't really like) so that I could "read" in the car. I was very moved by this book, both positively and negatively. I found myself saddened by some of the trials of the characters and filled with hope by others. Thank you RJ for your story. It was very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago