Christian detective and algebra tutor, Rachel Joy, loves to solve problems.
And life in Parkersburg, West Virginia, has no shortage. But when a church friend’s daughter goes missing, Rachel must decide whether to search for a woman who doesn’t want to be found, or to listen to the friends who know her best.
Relying on her faith in truth and logic, Rachel is hindered by a quirky newcomer who questions her ideals at every decision point. How can she uphold her duty but stay true to her beliefs? She can’t calculate all the unknowns but maybe this time, the risk is worth taking.
“Waiting for Jacob is a charming novel set in the hills and hollers of West Virginia. Following the perfectly imperfect protagonist, Rachel Joy, the reader is introduced to cleverly intertwined themes of faith, love, and self-realization. While the novel is largely a lighthearted read, the author does not shy away from tackling the difficult and ever-growing regional problem of opioid addiction. Rachel Joy finds that her story, as well as the story of many she loves, is never far from the destruction and fear this current crisis causes. Throughout the book, Rachel’s quirkiness alongside her self-doubt make her an easily relatable character. Learning, growing, and opening herself to the possibilities that life has to offer her are endearing qualities that make the reader keep turning the page. Though Rachel considers her perfectionistic tendencies and her puzzle-loving mind the security of her life, she encounters challenges that help her realize new levels of faith, trust, and connection. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend giving it a read!” – Megan Wright, speaker