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The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye: Book Review

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆  Goodreads Synopsis: 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

Commentary: The author of The Waiting Room, Alysha Kaye,  reached out to me on twitter and asked me to check out her book. It’s the first time an author has reached out to me and I was beyond excited to read her book! ʕ•̀ω•́ʔ✧

Now this book has different points of view, it could get confusing at times. The main characters are Jude and Nina, a couple who are very much in love until Jude dies from a car accident. I really like the premise of the book. I really liked how people get reincarnated every time they die instead of being sent to heaven or hell. Jude and Nina are a special case. Jude can’t go on to his next life without Nina, those two are inseparable. I did get a tad emotional because Jude had to wait so long for Nina in the waiting room. He waited fifty two years and stayed loyal to her even though she remarried and had kids with her husband David, now that’s love. ʕ•̫͡•ʔ❣ʕ-̼͡-ʔ

I loved Jude’s friendships with the workers of the waiting room, especially Ruth and Joe. I really liked how Ruth took several decades for her to warm up to Jude. They had like a mother-son relationship. She became a important person to him. I also liked how much she changed throughout the book. I was happy for her when she finally got to experience a new life since she has been working for the waiting room longer than all the other employees combined. ( ິ•ᆺ⃘• )ິฅ✧

Because of Jude and Nina, the waiting room changed completely because of their love story and actions. The waiting room was bleak and boring, but over time it changed for the better. People were encouraged to share their stories of their past lives. It became a place of recovery. The changes made to the waiting room were positive because people became far more excited to change and be the best person they could be for their next life. Nina was far more fulfilled in the waiting room than her actual life because she was able to all sorts of people. She felt completed by her project.

Jude and Nina are always meant to be with each other, no matter the situation. They are soul mates after all. I really liked reading about their different lives they had. Each one was unique in their own way. Though, their journey was not always perfect, Jude and Nina always managed to find each other. What I liked is that Jude and Nina have faults, they felt realistic to me. I liked how they were able to resolve their differences. There is only one made location in the book, and that is the waiting room. Sadly, this book was too short for me! I would have loved it if it were longer. The last chapter feels a bit rushed compared to the previous chapter. Also, the book starts off with Jude already in the waiting room. I would have loved it if the author did build up their romance before the tragic event. Despite everything else, I found this book to be very enjoyable. ʕง•ᴥ•ʔง

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ 

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