This is a heart-touching tale of a young mother's love for her missing child and her faith that God knew best. Sixteen year-old Minka's innocent world is entirely shaken one summer afternoon when she is assaulted and raped by a strange man. Still believing that babies are delivered by ''the stork'' she finally discovers several weeks later that she is pregnant. In that day and age, teen pregnancies were hidden and thus Minka is sent off to a home full of girls such as herself to await the birth of the baby. My heart, already sore from the trauma of the beginning to this tale was broken by the love Minka felt for her little girl as she gave birth and took care of her the crucial weeks following birth. I understood the young mother's anguish as she was forced to part with her child. And I was in awe of the fortitude the girl had as she resumed her former difficult life on her family's farm, never saying a word about her child. For almost 80 years, this faith-filled woman never set eyes again on her beloved firstborn daughter. The engaging book chronicles Minka's adulthood, marriage, motherhood and finally climaxes with the reunion.... This well-written book will bring you to tears of sympathy as well as tears of joy as you see God's hand over two different lives; the mother and daughter. More about the book: An unforgettable true story that will touch your heart and make you believe in love’s enduring legacy, and in the power of prayer. In 1928, 16-year-old Minka was on a picnic in the woods when she was assaulted and raped. And suddenly this innocent farm girl—who still thought the stork brought babies—was pregnant. The baby was secretly born, named Betty Jane, and given up for adoption. For decades, Minka wrote letters trying to get news of her daughter; she kept loving and praying for her, even though she never dared believe they would meet again. Until nearly eighty years later, when Minka whispered her secret, impossible prayer for the first time: Lord, I’d like to see Betty Jane before I die. I promise I won’t bother her or interrupt her life. I just want to lay eyes on her. Unbeknownst to Minka, that very same day, a judge was releasing the sealed adoption records to her 77-year-old daughter. And soon, Minka’s phone would ring. Written by Cathy LaGrow (Minka’s granddaughter), The Waiting brings three generations of this most unusual family together over the course of a century to tell a story of faith that triumphs, forgiveness that sets us free, and love that never forgets. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.