“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, Amazon.com
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.