Book: To Those Who Wait by Linda Swiftcategories: Book, Public Schools, Counseling, Marital Infidelity, Teen Pregnancy, Drugs, School Consolidation, School Boards, Mental Illness, Moral Convictions, Students, Teachers, Contermporary Romance
Linda Swiftabout this book: To Those Who Wait is a book that readers either love or hate, or sometimes a combination of both, but are never neutral about. We are often told to write what we know and having been a teacher, counselor, and psychometrist in public schools, I often use school settings or education issues in my books.
Due to my husband's job transfers, I worked in many school systems and individual schools in three states. I soon came to realize that there are two kinds of educators: those who care about students and feel dedicated to teaching and guiding them and those for whom teaching is just a job to be done with the least effort possible. I think I have portrayed both accurately in this book.
Beyond the students and teachers are the school boards who make the decisions that affect them. These people have their own agendas which often are governed by self-interest more than interest in education. The story also deals with teen pregnancy, drugs, marital infidelity, mental illness, and passionate love. If you require a happy ever after ending, you will have to imagine an epilogue beyond this book. If you can be satisfied with a happy for a time story, this is one you won't be able to forget. And many readers have told me that it changed their preconception about some important things. For 99cents at Amazon.com you can learn what it will do for you.
• "Once I picked up this book and began reading I became totally lost in the lives of the characters. I was mesmerized in a way that is rare for me. The characters became close friends and colleagues to me – they lived in my imagination…..This is a book that forced me to re-examine my personal beliefs and even, at times, to flip-flop on some rather closely held perceptions. …..I am reminded of one of my favorite TV series, Friday Night Lights, as I read this book. It is a compelling and unexpected delight."
— Night Owl Book Reivews, Laurie
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