By Bonnie Dodge
Genre: Women’s Fiction
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.
Hands down, this is one of the best books I've read this year. I love Maxine so much. She is the grandmother of teenage Abbie and mother to Grace who is a very complicated woman. Maxine isn't very happy, but throughout Waiting we watch her transform into someone who takes chances, adores her granddaughter, and tries so hard to enjoy the golden years of her life. I could really go on and on about her. She is great! I didn't like Grace at all, but the author did a tremendous job in creating her character. Abbie is a creative teen who goes through some heavy stuff and has a close bond with Maxine. While the three Foster women are going through different heartaches, they share the common bond of wanting to be admired and cared for and simply feel good. Thank you Bonnie Dodge for a beautiful story. 5 stars.
Bonnie Dodge is co-author of the anthologies Hauntings from the Snake River Plain and Voices from the Snake River Plain, and author of Miracles in the Desert, a book of essays about Twin Falls, Idaho. She is an award-winning writer and has won honors for her short stories and novels. Her column, "Life in this Magic Valley" ran in Ag Weekly, a supplement to The Times-News for six years.