by Alysha Kaye
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.
I tend to approach romance books like a 10 year old boy: Love!? YUCK! It’s stupid really because I need love stories as a sub-plot to my murder mysteries, survival thrillers, and superhero stories. My husband pointed out that I really do not have any so called ‘girlie’ tastes when it comes to books, TV shows, and movies. Whatever, superheroes are awesome! But I deviate… I rarely read romance books, but reading new stuff is part of why I started Sand Between the Pages. February is the month of love, so I picked up Alysha’s The Waiting Room. Imagine my surprise when I couldn’t put it down!
Jude and Nina are happily in love with plans to spend the rest of their lives together. But Jude dies and finds himself standing in the Waiting Room. He is surrounded by dead people waiting to be reborn in to a new life, but Jude doesn’t want to go without Nina. So, he waits and what follows is a tale of real love, faith, different lives, and how one life can make a difference.
I just want to hug Alysha Kaye, because The Waiting Room is such a unique and interesting story! The pages are filled with the intense love shared by Jude and Nina, but the story remains real as Jude and Nina are far from perfect. There are fights, tears, and overwhelming happiness expressed by Alysha’s focus on the small details of life. I enjoyed the writing format, but no details on that because I don’t want to spoil it for you! Alysha pushes us to contemplate the afterlife, faith, and our own world without attempting to provide us with all the answers. The evolution of the room, Ruth, Nina, and Jude provide a surprising sense of hope even in death.
I quickly connected with Jude and Ruth, the manager of the waiting room, but it was harder to emphasize with Nina. This is due, in part, to her limited appearance in the beginning of the book. I eventually grew to like Nina and appreciate her role in the Waiting Room, but Ruth is still my favorite character. Also, the ending left me a tad frustrated. The extra stories before the end reveal dragged on longer than I would have liked. I wanted to hurry up and get there! I also expected a tad bit more detail when I did turn the last page. Don’t get me wrong, the end is great, but I was left craving more.
The Waiting Room was an interesting and inspiring read. I look forward to more novels by Ms. Kaye. Kudos to you Alysha for getting me excited about a romance novel!