Jorie King has been waiting for Ben Zook to come back to Lancaster County. He’d been sent to Vietnam to serve as a medic, since he was a conscientious objector. But then life starts falling apart. Caleb Zook’s wife is diagnosed with an aggressive cancer which is threatening her life. And then news comes that Ben has been killed.
As the families struggle to heal, Jorie is hired as the school teacher, because they feel she’d be best for the job. But her unconventional teaching methods soon have the community at odds. When Caleb’s younger brother skips school to go to the circus, he manages to find and befriend a cougar. But when that same cougar escapes from the zoo, suddenly they find that their livestock are in danger. Suddenly, the plain life isn’t quite as simple …
The Waitingis the second book in Lancaster County Secrets series by Ms. Fisher. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and getting to know the characters. I couldn’t help but fall in love with them, and I hope that we’ll see more of Matthew in a future book.
Each of the characters was so realistic; it was almost as if they could walk into the room and start talking. The setting was also so realistically described, I could see it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read Ms. Fisher’s next book. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book.