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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (29 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935597558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935597551
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,979,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R. J. Keller lives in central Maine with her husband, their three children, and the family's cats. She is the author of Waiting For Spring, a novel that was released by AmazonEncore in May 2011. She co-hosts Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran.

An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and currently writes, shoots, and edits episodes of the writer-centric YouTube show, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi.

She enjoys rooting for the Boston Red Sox and watching other people cook.

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R. J. Keller lives in central Maine with her husband, their two children, and the family’s cats. She enjoys gardening, rooting for the Boston Red Sox, and watching other people cook. Waiting for Spring is her first novel.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DebB VINE VOICE on 5 July 2011
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I was surprised by how big this book was when it arrived and was a tad daunted at the thought of reading it. However, read it I have, and while it is overlong and could have done with a little pruning, I had no problem staying with it and wondering what was to come.
I would say that this is a book about people damaged by their parents failings. There's no great action, no steamy sex scenes (although there is sex, and a fair bit of it), no huge dramas that I can recall - just people trying to earn a living, enjoy their lives, and get by, but failing at some level because of the damage done to them in the past.
Some of the characters are a bit thinly drawn - Tess' ex-husband and brother for example - but Tess is a strongly drawn character who we gradually learn about through her thinking back to significant episodes in her life. She's superficially capable, but seriously, totally and utterly lacking in self esteem, (we do find out why, but it's a looong way into the book).
The end isn't really in any doubt, although there is a near-blindsider that comes, not from nowhere exactly, but it caught me out, and the end isn't rushed, which is good.
So worth a read, and I'll pass it onto my sister with a positive recommendation!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Charlesworth VINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2011
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I hated Waiting For Spring. I wanted to throw the book at something, but I think it would have caused serious damage, due to its large size.

The description that prompted me to order this book claimed that it was intelligent, literary fiction. It lied.

This was typical chick-lit romantic glurge, with a surfeit of sex scenes describing ad nauseum the "Van Dyke Brown" eyes of the narrator's boyfriend. I didn't see much of a difference between this and the Twilight series - descriptions of men's physical features do nothing for me at all, be they "chiseled" features or "Van Dyke Brown" eyes and neither do overly detailed sex scenes (think of great, classic stories of love and romance, which rarely involve description). I guess the one redeeming feature was that the narrator wasn't religious and was actually capable of having enjoyable sex, but she just didn't interest me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Austin VINE VOICE on 2 May 2011
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In this interesting twist on the "woman's book" - an emotional odyssey - our protagonist, Tess, is hampered by her refusal to take ownership of her issues, leading her to mess up her relationships. She is a believable, hard-edged, 30-something cleaning lady with a string of one-night stands, a broken marriage and an unloving mother behind her. Her flat humour sounds real, as does her unconsciously self-centred attitude to her life and the people in it.

All the other characters are equally 3-dimensional; the author successfully gives her people (and places) real personality with a few deft strokes. In her spare time, Tess is an artist; I loved the way Keller uses colour throughout her text to show us how Tess perceives the world around her.

The real theme of this novel is self-worth. There seems to be another, little-explored theme as well: that of men taking care of women, whether they do it well enough and whether women should depend on men for their self-worth. I've deducted a star for Tess's casual acceptance of male violence and the sugary ending. I felt a less predictable outcome would have fit better with this gritty story.

Amazon Encore has pulled this first novel out of obscurity for a well-deserved second chance. It's a good choice: very engaging, easily read and courageous in some ways. Quite a fat book, it would make good holiday reading. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vivirose on 19 Feb. 2011
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This is a good satisfying novel, especially as I found the heroine infuriating at times but still likeable. This made her more three-dimensional to me. Enjoyed the book even though parts of it were harrowing. Knew it had me hooked when I found myself thinking about the story when I wasn't reading it. I really wanted justice and happiness for the main characters but the author did not settle for easy solutions and I was very happy with this ultimately. I will probably re-read at some point because there was more to it than 'just' the story. I recommend this if you want a story that will set you thinking at the same time as being a cracking good read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jax VINE VOICE on 11 May 2011
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This is just the book to curl up with and enjoy a glass of wine and some chocolate. I loved it. It is well written, the characters are well crafted and strong; the story is not quite predictable and I couldn't put it down. Tess has a very unhappy past as does her new man friend Brian. Brian has a sister, he has brought her up and still feels responsible for her; she plays and strong and determining role in this story and it is her actions and their consequences that evenually bring Tess' and Brian's feelings to the fore. There is joy, pain, sorrow et al. here. I really did enjoy this book....sorry it ended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Judd on 8 Dec. 2010
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Tagged as vulgar. It catches your attention, right? While I emphatically disagree with the tag, this book should catch your attention. R.J. Keller has a way with words that is both poetic and endearing. The story itself is an enjoyable read that moves the reader easily from scene to scene. The relationship between Tess and her mother left me feeling heartbroken. The emotion is so real and at times I felt myself loathing the woman she called Mom. With each page read, I felt like I really knew Tess and who she was. Even after discovering the secrets she harbored, I could still relate to her and really feel for her. This was a beautifully written story, and I look forward to buying my new copy in the spring when it is released from R.J.'s new publisher. If you don't want wait until then, read it now while you still have a chance!
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