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Waiting for Spring by R.J. Keller

 

A recently divorced woman trudges out of one small, Maine town and into an even smaller one, hoping to escape her pain. Instead she finds herself surrounded by people who are trudging on, just like her. Waiting for things to get better. Waiting for spring.


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Loss and renewal

By Sarah Suleski, editor, author of Sidonie

Sep 30, 2008: Update:

I’ve long since finished this, and have been meaning to add an addendum to my review. The story gets better, and better, and ends with a strong, believable finish. I enjoyed it so much that I bought the print version available on Lulu as a Christmas present for a friend.

Original Review (September 30, 2008):

This review is based on the first 16 chapters.

Waiting for Spring is a very well-written, consistent story with a skillful eye for characterization. It’s not a showy fantasy or clever comedy or groundbreaking genre-maker—but it accomplishes something even better. It shows you a main character and unfolding group of secondary characters, that live and breathe and reach out of the computer screen to touch the reader’s heart and mind.

I found myself identifying with Tess deeply, even though I haven’t been through her experiences. Well, not most of them, not exactly, but that’s where the author’s talent for characterization shines through. I felt like I knew Tess’s life and understood how it was to live/have lived that life. I wanted to leap to her defense against characters that judged her.

The unfolding romance between Tess and Brian helps bring hope to what can often be a very depressing narrative about a downtrodden person whose life is filled with pain and regret. At Chapter 16 their love is still blossoming and sweet—in fact my only semi-critical comment about the story at the moment is that things are going so well between them currently that it’s starting to slow the story’s drive a little. It can be difficult to balance conflict with some relief (I’d have trouble reading a story that did nothing but make me want to slit my wrists) and I still think the author is doing a good job. But I’ve started to find it easier to tear myself away than when I read the first ten or so chapters, so I’m interested in the romantic troubles ahead that the summary promises.

All in all, I highly recommend the story to anyone who likes good characterization, slice of life, romance, good writing, and clean, easily navigable site design.

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By alicemccr, member

Sep 23, 2008: A great book! Insightful and real. The characters are well-developed; I felt like I knew them shortly after starting the book. I shared their happiness and their pain. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. And as I said, the story is real – it isn’t all rosebuds and champagne. Life is a struggle and the reader goes along for the ride with the characters as they work their way through the hard times.

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By swin, member

Jun 14, 2009: I was hooked on this story before I was halfway through Chapter 1. There was so much longing, hope and despair in this story but it was tempered with a sweetness and gritty realism that drew me right in and kept me hanging on. As the story begins, Tess, the central character, is facing the stark reality of divorce, trying to pick up the pieces of her life as she attempts to come to terms with the events and circumstances led her there.

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