The Waiting (Lancaster County Secrets Series #2)

The Waiting (Lancaster County Secrets Series #2)

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Jorie King has been waiting for Benjamin Zook to return home to Lancaster County so they can marry. When news arrives that Ben has been killed, Jorie finds comfort in the friendship of his brother Caleb. That friendship ripens into love, and it seems that they are meant to be together. But when the unexpected happens, their worlds are turned upside down once more. Will Jorie trust God to lead her into the arms of a new man?

A multifaceted story about complex people living the simple life, The Waiting is the second book in the LANCASTER COUNTY SECRETS series. Readers will find themselves transported into the world of the Amish and deeply invested in these wonderful characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441213013
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Series: Lancaster County Secrets Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 105,014
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Mending Fences, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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Waiting (Lancaster County Secrets Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
CoffeePlease More than 1 year ago
The second in the Lancaster County Secrets series, which I have fallen in love with! I actually purchased this book after I read the first and received the third to review - I wanted to be on top of things and boy, did I make the right choice in purchasing this book! We are brought back to the Zook family whom we met briefly in book 1, The Choice, and are knee deep in Amish life in the late1960's/early 1970s, the Vietnam War Era. Segregation abound. Many twists, plot turns, and interesting characters drive this story. Death, War, Post Traumatic Stress, Alzheimers, and most importantly LOVE and Faith in God. As pointed out, loss is prevalent in this story but faith in God is stronger and the healings of many hearts because of this strong faith is shown well again. Ms. Woods Fisher portrays life in the Amish town in Pennsylvania well and with great detail. Without spoiling the book, I do have to tell you that I loved the twists and turns and could almost see through the window of the one-roomed schoolhouse or the beauty of the horses foaling. Another fabulous read for any and all ages - I'd say from 7th grade up ... but in no means is this a "young adult" book. Excellent, again, for book groups looking to explore Amish, family dynamics and/or faith.
mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
In the second book of this series "Lancaster County Secrets" Suzanne once again write a great story about the Amish people. I have not got to read "The Choice" yet but this one picked up just fine on it's own.In this one Jorie King is living with her grandparents helping with their Percheron horses. Her parents had left and moved to Canada to set up a new Amish settlement up there, but Jorie didn't want to go as she was in love with a neighbor boy named Ben Zook, but he had signed up to go to Vietnam, but as the Amish do not believe in bearing arms toward another human, he was supposed to just be a helper, but was he? He left Jorie behind as he wanted to see more of the world, so she was going to be the school teacher the next year. She was not sure about teaching so many large eighth grade boys and they were all behind in their studies, so she needed to do something done, so that when the school board came around the next May they would pass their exams, but could she control so many large boys? In this book, a good friend passed away with Leukemia and left her husband and little girl. The lot was also coming up for a new preacher in their community, who would the lot fall on? This book is really good it is a little different than a lot of the Amish books I have read before, as it changed some of the ways, the older books wrote about. This book was sent to me by Revell Publishing for review.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Jorie King, is a young Amish woman who is in a holding patterns of sorts. She has been waiting on Ben Zook to come home from the Vietnam War, where he is serving as a concientious objector, waiting on him to come home, settle down and to marry her. However that all changes when several deaths happen very close together, first of all the Army declares Ben has been killed in the war and sends home his ashes, then Mary Ann Zook, Jorie's best friend dies, she is married to Ben's older brother Caleb. All has changed in Jorie's life and she is not sure what life will hold for her. She knows that she enjoys teaching at the little one room school, but the church elders and leaders are getting too many complaints about her methods. She sees the changes in her grandmother and they worry her, she worries about Caleb, and his daughter and younger brother. Caleb asking her to marry him throws her off, she can see that he is only asking because he needs a wife, not because he loves her, and she feels for him too deeply to marry for that reason only. Another wonderful story from Suzanne Woods Fisher, you will not want to put this book down. Jorie's faith is greatly tested, as is Caleb's faith. But they walk through it only with the help of God. Beautiful story, greatly written. 309 pages $14.99 US 5 stars. Available October 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This book was provided for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
Set during the mid sixties, when the county is immersed in the Vietnam war. Jorie King is waiting for Ben Zook to return for the war, he is serving as a conscientious objector and has been sent to Vietnam. She told him she wouldn't wait, but has been doing just that, even though she has been getting on with her life, taking the job as the schoolteacher and helping on her grandfathers farm, turning down all requests from suitors. Caleb Zook, Ben's older brother has been thrust into the position as the caretaker of his family, he and his wife Mary Ann live on the family farm, taking care of the younger brothers and and their daughter Maggie, so when the news comes that Ben has been killed in action everyone is devastated. Soon after Caleb is faced with another tragedy that will shake his world even more. Just as Caleb and Jorie start the path toward healing, they are hit again with some life altering news that have them rethinking the choices they are making. It was so easy to get totally immersed in this story. This book is so much more than just another Amish romance. The depth of these characters and the issues they face really give this story a very realistic flavor.The characters are very well developed, I really enjoyed the secondary characters in this novel, the kind nature of Ephraim shines thru in his compassion towards animals as well as how he treats young Maggie, it was so great to see how he started to outgrow his speech problem, you could really feel his confidence growing. I also enjoyed the budding romance between Matthew and Lizzie and hope we get to read more about them in a future book. Even though this book is the second in the Lancaster County Secrets series it can easily be read as a stand alone book. The Waiting is a beautiful story about love, loss, and forgiveness, not a sad story at all but instead a story that gives us hope and encouragement and once again shows us the importance of family. One of the best Amish stories that I have read this year!
MarjorieVawter More than 1 year ago
Author Suzanne Woods Fisher caught my attention with her first book in this series, The Choice. So I've been looking forward to reading The Waiting. Suzanne's compelling storytelling style makes it difficult for me to put the book down. Waiting is never a fun occupation, but much of life consists of waiting on the Lord for His perfect timing and solutions to life's issues. This theme, expressed in the title, is incorporated into the story on several levels. The characters face tough issues with family, friends, and faith. Learning to wait on God takes precedence when Jorie and Cal face the unexpected. Their growth throughout the book is realistic, and the lessons they learn speak to me in some of the situations I've faced or am facing. I highly recommend this book.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is set during the Vietnam War and lightly touches on the Conscientious Objector status of Amish draftees. Ben wanted to see the world and signed up to go to Vietnam as a CO. While he is gone, his 'girl' and his brother fall in love.While this was an....ok read...the characters seemed stilted and unreal. I could not connect with any of them and the ability to connect is what makes or breaks a book. Fisher is a great writer but this book just could not capture my interest.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First, let me start this review off with this: Suzanna Woods Fisher is my Julie Lessman of Amish novels!!! She is FANTABULOUSLY AMAZING!!! I first read her novel, The Choice, last year when it released and that was when I was introduced to her novels. Boy, am I glad of that, too! Never, in a million years, did I think I would be hooked on an Amish author the way I am hers. I mean, I read Amish novels by Wanda Brunstetter, Beverly Lewis, Cindy Woodsmall, just to name a few. But Suzanne's books are P-O-W-E-R-F-U-L. You can feel every bit apart of the story as if Suzanne was writing about YOU!In The Waiting, we get a glimpse back into time with this Amish story. It's a unique story, as we read about heartache and pain, laughter and love, and....secrets. So many amazing secrets that make up the twists and turns of this fantastic continuation to Suzanne's Lancaster County Secrets series. The thing that makes this so unique to me is this: Suzanne combines two very DIFFERENT subjects and blend them into one.....the war and the Amish. It was VERY interesting to read those subjects together, as when you read about Amish, they are VERY quiet and loving people.As I was reading this very interesting combination plot line, I felt a pull to ALL the characters, like little Maggie, and even to Esther. But, my biggest pull was to sweet, loving Jorie. She wanted nothing but love and happiness and it seemed for her, she might not find that. I kept wanting to reach out to her and pull into a motherly hug, and tell her all would be alright. Now, just because I was pulled to Jorie, that didn't mean I didn't like the other characters any less! I LOVED Caleb's character. His chiseled character was wonderful and added so much meaning to the story. I wanted to be Jorie so many times! Wonderful work!!!This story has something for every book lover. It has many secrets and twists for the suspense lover. It has romance for the romance lover. It has a wonderful Christian message for the Christian novel lover. It has laughter woven through the words for the humor lover. It has history for the history lover, war for the military lover and most importantly, it has Amish for all us Amish lovers! This is most definitely, hands down, no doubt about it a 5 (or 50!) star book that would make the PERFECT Christmas gift for any book lover! While it is book 2 in a series, it is a wonderful book that would be easy to follow along with out being confused and would be a great stand alone title! I can't wait for book 3, The Search, to release in January 2011.
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
mrsjason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was confused when I started reading the book. The previous book in the series took place in modern day. This book however takes place during the Vietnam War. There was no indication either in the first book or this book that this was going to happen. Therefore I didn't see any ties at all between the two stories except that maybe they took place in the same town. The first book really intrigued me about the faith of the Amish as it was questioned. However that's not brought up at all in this book so I was quite disappointed.When I first read that there was an African American character in the book, I was VERY excited. There has never been any Persons of Color in any other Amish book I read so I was excited to see how he would be used in the story. Well, my excitement died down fast. What could have been a very interesting addition to the story was pretty much avoided and this character was pretty much just background filler. What could have been a great opportunity to bring multiculturalism to Amish fiction was missed out completely.I don't want to spoil the story but the one other issue I had with the book was the reaction to depression caused by the war. I just did not like the way the Amish handled it. I know they have their beliefs about medicine and interacting with the outside world. However, they have never really had to deal with war before and therefore didn't know the all the side effects caused by it. War is harsh and leaves an impact on the person that is hard to understand by those who did not see combat first hand. Just going back at home and relaxing is not going to cure a person. If this had been something more common, I could have understood the reaction. However because they didn't really know how to handle post traumatic stress disorder, the story made me feel as if medical attention to it is wrong. I felt as if I was being preached at.Now I did like Jorie's character very much. She is the one person in the entire book who I felt for and wanted to read more of. Even though she's Amish, she's obviously had enough education to be able to teach and her thinking is more forward than most of the other members of her community. She isn't a rebel but she's not completely traditional either. She appeared to be more open minded as well. However except for her, I really could not gel with the rest of the characters or the entire story. While others may like this book, it just wasn't for me and I am not sure if I am going to continue with future books in the series
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WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Jorie King isn't your typical Amish woman. Yet she seems to be waiting for Ben Zook to come home from Vietnam or at least that is what everyone thinks. Jorie believes that she's the keeper of her grandfather's song. Jorie's best friend is Mary Ann Zook. They believe the best of people even if they don't themselves. Ben Zook is away from his family serving in Vietnam yet he's never really been happy with his life. Caleb (Cal) Zook is hoping the members of Stoney Ridge don't vote for him to be a minister to his people. Cal wants to do what is best for his family and Amish community as a whole. Cal is looking for his two brothers Ephriam and Matthew since their parents death. Ephriam has a special way with animals. Matthew has been called to serve military at Veterans Hospital. Life seems to move thru Stoney Ridge in it's own way. Mary Ann learns that she has cancer and tries to set things for her family as best she can. Cal gives Jorie King teaching job for the scholars because she has a way with people. What changes will Matthew and Ben go thru? What does Mary Ann plan for her family? How does Cal do as minister? Where does Jorie King fit into all of this? How and where does God show his plan for us? Your answers await you in The Waiting. Ms. Fisher has created a wonderful universe with Lancaster Secrets. She shows us the breadth of God's works and plans for our lives and souls. This book and The Choice have shown me many things I didn't even realize God does for our lives. Whether they be good or bad God's grace and love are upon us always we just have to look. As quote from this book describes it best:"God already knows what weather we will endure from one day to the nezt." This quote is shown thru out the whole book in many ways shapes and form. I will continue to read this series.
MaryMannersauthor More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story of love, loos and redemption. The characters were a huge inspiration as their strong failth carried them through difficult times. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
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