First off let me apologize to Author Alysha Kaye. She sent me this book over six months ago.Unfortunately It got lost and forgotten about. A book like this I should have read right away.
Alysha a Texan and Graduate of Texas State University where she earned a BA in creative writing. After trying and realizing she wanted nothing to do with (in her words) a terrible cubicle-soul-sucking Marketing job, She went to Oahu and taught English for two years in Aiea while earning her Masters in Education from University of Hawaii. She now teaches in Austin, TX and while writing as much as possible between lesson planning.After dreaming about The Waiting Room once, and offhandedly writing her boyfriend a love poem (AWWWW) about waiting for him after death. Somehow, that became a novel.
And That novel Is …
The WAITING ROOM
When I get a book like this I usually give it to Sarah to read seeing that she likes the Love Stories. But she’s busy these days so I read it.I’m glad I did. Excellent story.
I have a hard time classifying the genre of this one. Romance,Chic-lit,Sci-Fi? Take your pick, I guess most would say it’s your not so typical Love Story.Where as in most “Love Stories” you’ll see two people meet fall in love and follow their life story. The twist here is that you don’t really follow Jude’s and Nina’s Story from when they meet till their death.But actually the book starts with Jude Dead already. Sure I know what you’re thinking, Flashbacks right? Nope,Jude is dead and it goes forward from there. Who really knows what happens when we die. Author Alysha Kaye seems to have figured it out. It opens with Jude (dead Jude) in a place we come to know as The Waiting Room Although in reality it’s not really a waiting room at all but more of a way station.But for some reason Jude Waits…
This book makes you think.Think about life,think about Death and think about the afterlife (if there is one) First time Author Alysha Kaye has created something very interesting here,The lovers of Romance Novels will love it,People that wonder of after life will eat it up,although less a Romance Novel and more of a love story if there’s a difference.A very well written Novel that flows very well.Sometimes when you read a book it has little hiccups. Not this one. At the risk of sounding a little girlie (and trust me I’m not) no really I’m not. Anyway I had a bit of a conundrum with part of the story. My favorite and least favorite part was the same one. Deb and Blair, very Sweet and Tragic at the same time.
I don’t know if this was her goal but this talented writer created something pretty deep here.The ultimate question “What is Meaning of Life” and “What happens after we die”. It’s a beautiful story that may not answer these questions but she gives your emotions quite a ride as you follow the two characters of Jude and Nina.
Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those souls, Jude’s name is never called by the mysterious “receptionist”. He waits, watching Nina out of giant windows. He’s waiting for her. What is this place? How long will he wait? And what will happen when and if Nina does join him? The Waiting Room is a story of not just love, but of faith, predestination, and philosophy, friendship and self-actualization, of waiting.
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