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    1. Age: 25-34
      Gender: female
      4 Stars Out Of 5
      A Beautiful Story
      December 4, 2017
      Rachel
      Age: 25-34
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 4
      This is a heartbreaking and beautiful story of Minka, a mother who had to give up her baby daughter through adoption. Over the years she never forgot about her precious baby girl, whom she had named Betty Jane. She prayed for her daughter throughout her life, and when she was 93 she asked God if she could see Betty Jane again before she died. God granted her request, and after more than 70 years, Minka was reunited with her first daughter and was joyfully welcomed into her extended family.

      This is definitely a sad book in places. The story contains rape, difficulties in marriage, and death. But each is told with honesty and discretion.

      If you enjoy reading memoirs, you will love this book! Cathy LaGrow is an excellent writer, and she did a very good job telling the story of Minka's life. My favorite part was reading about the reunion at the end of the book. What a beautiful story!
    2. Age: Over 65
      Gender: Female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      The Waiting
      November 14, 2015
      E W
      Age: Over 65
      Gender: Female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      This book accidentally fell into my hand I could not put it down.For anyone who has ever given up a child it is a great comfort.I was greatly inspired to make my life count.Very well written,held me right from the start.
    3. upstate NY
      Age: 35-44
      Gender: female
      4 Stars Out Of 5
      Very good
      June 3, 2015
      Virginia
      upstate NY
      Age: 35-44
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      This is the true story of Minka, who was raped as a teenager, gave her baby daughter up for adoption, then prayed to be reunited with her 77 years later. It was written by Minka's granddaughter. I thought that the book was very good and interesting, both the storyline and the photos. It was not an easy book to read, and was at times sad, but I'm glad that I read it.
    4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
      Vivid narration, intriguing historical detail and a heart-wrenching plot.
      April 15, 2015
      Jolene
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      Minka DeYoung grew up in circumstances that were simultaneously difficult and safe. Working alongside her parents and being unable to attend high school, Minka is innocent and shy. On a picnic one summer day in 1928, Minka slips away for a walk in the woods with another girl, only to be sexually assaulted by a stranger. Understandably confused and hurt, she later realizes that she is also pregnant. Sent away to hide the pregnancy and give the baby up for adoption, Minka falls in love with her beautiful baby girl, Betty Jane. Realizing that giving her to another family is for the best, Minka sacrifices her own desires and leaves the child for its adoptive parents. Almost eighty years later, she utters a prayer asking to see her daughter, but never expects that it will happen. Such a prayer seems impossible, but Minka's story exemplifies the truth that with God, nothing is impossible. Read more in The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow.

      At times, The Waiting was difficult to read and I found myself on the verge of tears. It's not light, fluffy entertainment, but a remarkable true story that has the potential to change hearts with its themes of perseverance, faith and love.

      The author expertly brings the reader into Minka's experience with vivid narration, intriguing historical detail and a heart-wrenching plot. Some details of the rape are given, but only the necessities that help the reader to understand the story. While it is unpleasant to read about and probably not appropriate for younger readers, it is not overly graphic. I enjoyed how much history was integrated within the story. Not just big events like wars and economic upheaval, but lesser known things like the doctor following the standard procedure of the day in dosing Minka with ether when she came to the pushing stage of childbirth.

      The cover of The Waiting is stunning and the photos inside contribute positively to the reader's experience. To see Minka and Ruth (Betty Jane) together after reading their story is such a poignant image.

      Readers who are looking for an inspirational, true story of perseverance and faith will enjoy The Waiting. This book is a keeper for me. It's not something I'll want to read again in three months, but I'm sure I'll read it again in the future.

      Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
    5. Maine
      Age: 18-24
      Gender: female
      4 Stars Out Of 5
      good book
      March 9, 2015
      Cassandra
      Maine
      Age: 18-24
      Gender: female
      I liked this book a lot more than I expected to. It is a story of love and forgiveness, and a true one at that.
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