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Friday, May 13, 2011
Review - To Those Who Wait by Linda Swift
Author: Linda Swift
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
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Rating: You Gotta Read
Leah's husband lives in a locked ward for the mentally ill. Scott and his wife live together in an empty marriage. Day after day as counselor and principal of a small town high school, Leah and Scott forge a bond of love based on respect and common goals. When Leah's son turns from star athlete to using drugs and Scot's daughter gets pregnant by the school board chairman's son, they are forced to choose between their family obligations and desire.
First, I need to say WOW, what an ending! To Those Who Wait was a very different book to any other I have read. I thought I might have issues with the relationship between Scott and Leah but at some point, this story just snuck up on me and had me hooked. My heart hurt for both Scott and Leah and all that they endured. I myself am a single mom so I felt as though I bonded with the characters in this book. Ms. Swift has written flawed characters which made them very realistic. Although Leah was technically married, she was all alone. Day after day she just went through the motions. Leah is just a shell of the person she used to be. Being with Scott on a daily basis, she is forced to relax and sees herself through Scott's eyes. Family life can be less than pretty at times and through the twists and turns, Scott and Leah deal with some very challenging situations. My favorite part of the book was watching Leah grow as a woman and a mother, she finds hidden strengths within herself.
I always delight in reading a Linda Swift novel. She writes in such a way that the pacing allows the characters to grow and find their love for each other and themselves. She is not afraid to deal with realistic situations, which is something I admire in a writer. I highly recommend To Those Who Wait to anyone who lives a good romance with unexpected twists and turns. I am an obvious fan of Ms. Swifts and look forward to reading more of her work.