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Waiting For Spring by [Keller, R.J.]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 609 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597558
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (5 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045EOLDE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,696 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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I liked the warm, flawed, funny heroine in Waiting for Spring. Tess and the situations she found herself in felt authentic, as if the writer was writing from the heart if not actually drawing on episodes from her own life. Tess deals with tragedy, love, sex, work, heartache and loss during the course of the book - and all of it feels credible.

On a separate note, the author has made a series of funny short films with her fellow author Kristen Tsetsi about 'the writer's life' which I enjoyed very much - it's what persuaded me to read Waiting for Spring in the first place. You can find them under 'PaperRats' on YouTube.
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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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I actually really enjoyed this book, despite the frequent use of the 'f' word, copious amounts of sex, (fortunately not too graphic), a lack of attention by the proof-reader and my personal hate, the annoying American habit of shortening mathematics to math instead of maths. Every time it cropped up, I found myself hissing - mathssss - it just drives me crazy, sorry.
Those few niggles aside, the story really gripped me, although it wasn't difficult to follow. I really felt for Tess and hoped that somehow, ultimately, she would work her way through all the trauma in her life and find happiness, because it was obvious to me and I hope it will be to everyone that reads her story, that beneath the brash and vulgar exterior, she is a tender, caring and lovely individual who just wants and needs to love and be loved. She seems well aware of where she's gone wrong and you have to be in her corner when she tries so hard to stop those she loves following the same path.
This is a multi-faceted story, shaped around relationships on all levels but particularly those of our earliest years involving parents and siblings and how they can influence but not necessarily dictate our future, good or bad. It's hard-hitting, gritty and sometimes violent but also has moments of true tenderness where love and friendship win through. Not exactly a feel-good read but I found it well worthy of the time spent on it.
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