WAITING IN THE WINGS (FLYING SOLO SERIES) (VOLUME 3) By Jeanette Vaughan, a Review by Joan Adamak

By Jeanette Vaughan
The various vicissitudes of adoption
This is the last book in this trilogy, which begins with Jana Charbonnet who knows she is an adopted child and even after being twenty years old, she still questions why her birth mother gave her up?  Didn’t she love her enough to keep her?  This eats at her even though she was adopted by a lovely couple, Odile and Steve, along with another adopted girl.  However, Jana does not look like her adopted mother, and Odile nags at her constantly about her looks, her weight, and devotion to Catholicism.  Jana falls in love with a young man, David Sears, and while living together, David’s eight-year old son is deserted by his real mother and comes to live with Jana and David.  Jana takes him to her heart immediately and takes care of his needs through the years, even if she has to work overtime. Both Jana and David are nurses.  A few years later, she becomes pregnant with Aaron and later with Samantha.
When Jana is thirty years old, she goes through channels to find her birth mother, which she does and this is where her story now fits into the first two books of this trilogy.  As with the first books, there are pages of introspection by Jana with little dialogue or action, which slows the story down.  But once this story fits into the first two books and merges, then the story becomes fascinating.  Jana, her adopted mother and her birth mother are all characters who dwell more in their own self-interests than those of their children.  As a result, the reader has a tendency to judge these women and perhaps even dislike them at times, but the author throws the various weaknesses and strengths of human nature at us and I found myself wondering what I would do under the same circumstances.
The characters are well developed and for those readers who enjoy digging into the depths of human nature relative to love, jealousy, self-centeredness, religion, you will enjoy this book, especially since it ties up their lives as portrayed in the first two books.


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