Just a warning, the book I'm about to share with you left me in tears. I cried from both sadness and joy, but I am so happy that I got the chance to read this book. The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow is one of the most touching stories that I have ever read. I am sure that if you take the time to read this true story of loss, love, and forgiveness, you won't regret it.
An unforgettable true story that will touch your heart and make you believe in love's enduring legacy, and in the power of prayer.
In 1928, 16-year-old Minka was on a picnic in the woods when she was assaulted and raped. And suddenly this innocent farm girl—who still thought the stork brought babies—was pregnant. The baby was secretly born, named Betty Jane, and given up for adoption. For decades, Minka wrote letters trying to get news of her daughter; she kept loving and praying for her, even though she never dared believe they would meet again. Until nearly eighty years later, when Minka whispered her secret, impossible prayer for the first time: Lord, I'd like to see Betty Jane before I die. I promise I won't bother her or interrupt her life. I just want to lay eyes on her. Unbeknownst to Minka, that very same day, a judge was releasing the sealed adoption records to her 77-year-old daughter. And soon, Minka's phone would ring. Written by Cathy LaGrow (Minka's granddaughter), The Waiting brings three generations of this most unusual family together over the course of a century to tell a story of faith that triumphs, forgiveness that sets us free, and love that never forgets.
Before starting the book, I knew what was coming. I knew that Minka was raped and that she became pregnant. That knowledge didn't make reading her story any easier. LaGrow never gives graphic details about the assault but you can feel Minka's shame and pain in each word. As a mother, reading about Betty Jane's birth and adoption process was heartbreaking.
After giving Betty Jane up for adoption, Minka never forgot her baby. She wrote tirelessly to the adoption agency hoping for any small piece of news about Betty Jane. After 77 years, her prayers finally came true and she was able to meet her daughter. I have to admit that I raced through the last half of the book just waiting to read about their reunion. The tears of sadness from the beginning of the book turned into tears of joy when I read about their budding relationship. The NBC Today show recently interviewed Minka and Betty Jane and shared a snippet of their first meeting. It's impossible not to smile when you see the joy on each woman's face when they talk about their meeting. Check out the Today Show story here.
The Waiting is a truly wonderful book. I felt like I knew Minka by the end and I was rooting for her every step of the way. The hope and faith that she was able to maintain even through the most difficult parts of her life is truly inspiring. This is definitely a book to add to your must read list.
I am excited that I have 5 copies of The Waiting to give away to my readers!
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Disclosure: I received a copy of "The Waiting" from Tyndale House Publishers for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.