The Waiting: The True Story of a Lost Child, a Lifetime of Longing, and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave Up

Cathy LaGrow, with Cindy Coloma. Tyndale, $19.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-4143-9190-8
When author LaGrow heard her grandmother Minka’s story of her first daughter, conceived as a result of rape nearly 80 years earlier, when her grandmother was 16; born in secret; and then placed for adoption, she could hardly imagine that it was all true. Yet the adoption file contained indisputable evidence: decades worth of Minka’s letters asking for news of this baby she had named Betty Jane. Unbelievably, that same baby, now also a grandmother and named Ruth, was seeking her biological mother and had obtained the previously sealed adoption record. Through many cross-country meeting between the women and their families, LaGrow came to know the stories of both women’s lives through the decades during which they had been separated and their ultimate and utter joy when reunited. While the presence of some historical details distracts from the rhythm of the story, LaGrow tells Minka’s story with candor that makes the characters come alive. It is a stunning story of forgiveness, faithfulness, and persistent hope. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/14/2014
Release date: 05/06/2014
Genre: Nonfiction
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