Book Review: Waiting by Bonnie Dodge
About the Book
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.
Right from the start, the three main characters in WAITING grabbed my attention. Each felt distinct from one another and most importantly, they were interesting. Really interesting. I wanted to keep turning the pages just to learn more about them.
I especially enjoyed the use of multiple point of views, so you have the chance to get close to each main character and see the world through her eyes. This lets you see how similar they are in some respects (although they each think they’re nothing alike), but it also gives you a chance to see how unique each woman is, and how she views the circumstances that have brought her to this point in her life.
Maxine is married to a deadbeat husband who drinks too much, constantly criticizes her and her only escape is daytime television, her infatuation with Elvis Presley and memories of a first love that wasn’t meant to be. Meanwhile, Maxine’s daughter Grace is married to a workaholic who doesn’t pay enough attention to her, which causes her to fantasize about the new school principal, and Grace’s daughter Abbie is struggling to navigate the uncharted waters of her own first romance, terrified she’ll never be good enough for the boy or for the scholarship she wants so desperately.
Although they come from different generations, I found each of the three main characters someone I could easily relate to, and the dynamic between the three women brings a lot of page-turning tension to the story. You have Maxine wishing she and Grace had more in common so they could spend more time together while Grace is struggling to communicate with her own daughter without it turning into another argument. And Abby can’t escape the tension in her parents’ marriage, or the rocky road she finds herself on when she lets down a friend.
Wondering how it will all work out will keep you glued to the pages.
In case you can’t tell, I loved this book 😀 and found it very hard to put down when bedtime called.
If you enjoy women’s fiction or heartwarming generational stories about interesting families, I highly recommend you check out WAITING.
5 out of 5 stars!
About the Author
Bonnie Dodge was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, and grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. She is the author of Miracles in the Desert and for six years wrote Life in this Magic Valley, a weekly column for Ag Weekly, a supplement to The Times-News. An award-winning writer, her work has appeared in Idaho Magazine, Sun Valley Magazine, Rawhide & Lace and Calico Trails. She lives in southern Idaho, and has an avid interest in Idaho history and historical preservation. She is the winner of numerous awards, including first place in the 2005 IWL novel contest for her novel, The Bones of Pele. Many of her short stories, poems, and essays have won awards, but her passion is women’s fiction. When she isn’t writing, she is reading or working in her garden on her 10-acre farm near Jerome.
Visit with Bonnie online at http://bonniedodge.com/