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“I highly recommend this delightful new novel. The title was intriguing, and the plot held its mystery until the end. As I got to know the winsome and fully developed characters, I longed to meet them in person. The dialogue perfectly fit the South Carolina setting. Ms. Denkers depiction of interracial interaction in the ’70s made the story ring true. It reveals a world of love, hope, healing, and forgiveness, which enables survival and transformation in tragic circumstances.

This week I read a holiday novelette by a New York Times winning author. As I put down the book, my first thought was how much more I had enjoyed Sandi Denkers’ Waiting in Deep. Her first novel far surpassed this “known” author’s book in plot, characterization, setting, and dialogue. If you want to read an uplifting, humorous Southern story, I strongly recommend Waiting in Deep.” Ginger Cox,

In 1943, Lottie Johnson’s husband and young daughter were tragically killed. Her troubled, estranged cousin, Edgar Dewberry, is the only person who knows exactly what happened and is still trying to forget. In 1972, he returns to Mt. Brayden, South Carolina at the same time the town council wants to buy Lottie’s land for their expansion. In her anger she makes a deal with God: if he will show her, in a practical way, how to love the people she hates, she’ll do it. His answer is in the two acre garden surrounding her. Following his instructions, her life is altered with such magnitude, even the town she once hated, reaps the benefits of her obedience.

Through years of journaling, her endearing relationship with 10-year-old Rebecca, and exasperating relationship with Dovie, her hilarious neighbor, Lottie exchanges her grave clothes for more than she is capable of imagining. Waiting in Deep drops you in the center of southern culture during the 1970s; four unforgettable lives keep you there long after the last page is read.Lottie's World



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    • Hey Gertrude,
      Thank you for asking. Waiting in Deep was an 11 year labor of love. The story somehow found its own way. I never knew where the story was going for sure, I only got parts of it as I worked on it. I started out with two characters (Lottie and Rebecca) and their relationship. From there, Dovie came along and then Edgar. And then, the rest of their story.

      The title came from my own experience of Waiting in Deep. I like to think of Deep as the place where your soul waits while you live like nothing terrible happened.

      It was while I waited in Deep that God did for me what no one else could do. He carried me through the tragedy of losing my daddy to suicide. Thirty years before him, my mother committed suicide. I didn’t think I would make it after losing him because he was both mama and daddy. I loved him more than anyone else in the world.

      So, to answer your question, I guess Waiting in Deep was born out of heartache, told in a fictitious story through fictitious people, all the while weaving and wrapping the love of God around every scene and chapter. Because that’s what He did for me. He wrapped me up and carried me out of Deep.

  1. Hey Sandi,
    Brenda Coleman needs a copy of your book. She is going out of town this weekend and wondered if you could drop one by the Pacolet Library for her if you are down this way. If not, I can give her your phone number if that’s ok.
    I won’t be here Thursday, but you could talk to Lori or Jon.
    I’m working on a review!
    Thank you, Deb
    Pacolet Library 864-474-0421

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