Reasons for Waking

Readers' Favorite Five Stars
Readers' Favorite Silver Medal

We’re proud to announce that Reasons for Waking has been awarded Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite and is the Silver Medal winner in the fiction-general genre for 2023.  

Endorsements for Reasons for Waking

Taylor Baldwin Kiland, Coauthor of Unwavering: The Wives Who Fought to Ensure No Man is Left Behind – Reasons for Waking is a page-turner! With so many unsuspecting plot twists, this novel has all the elements of a masterful mystery: political power and intrigue, multiple suspicious characters, gumshoe detective work, and suspense. It is ‘un-put-downable’! 

Lynne Rae Perkins Author and illustrator of many books for young people, including “Criss Cross”, which was awarded the Newbery Medal– Compelling, unexpected, and unpredictable, Karen Foster’s beautifully written story illuminates how misunderstanding can lead us down a dark, lonely path. And then it shows how, talking and listening to one another, we can find our way back.

Heath Hardage Lee Author of The League of Wives:  The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home– Karen Foster’s gripping Reasons for Waking draws readers into the tale of a political family shattered by unimaginable loss.  The author’s skillful unraveling of events, detailed character portraits, and sense of place create a compelling story.   The shocking secrets revealed in this retelling of a long-ago tragedy force a fractured family to finally face its past together.  Movingly told and beautifully written, Reasons for Waking gives you a legitimate reason to stay up all night—you will be reading this engrossing novel until dawn breaks. 

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Denise JelinskI-Hall, Author of From the Prairie to the Pentagon, Chief Master Sergeant, 3rd Senior Enlisted Advisor of the National GuardReasons for Waking is a true testament of the author’s fortitude, endurance, and overcoming all obstacles.  It is a story of tragedy, secrets, and healing.  Once you open the cover of this compelling story – you won’t want to put it down.  This book is a tribute to Karen and the love of her family.  

Anne-Marie Reynolds, for Readers’ Favorite (Five Star Review) – Reasons for Waking by Karen Foster is Southern fiction at its best…an intriguing story, utterly compelling as it runs the full gamut of human emotions…you will be captivated and will struggle to put this book down.

Kirkus Reviews – A compelling novel of grief and family secrets.  

Jamie Michele for Readers’ Favorite (Five Star Review) Reasons for Waking is a wonderful read, and I’m certain those who pick it up will feel the same. 

K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite (Five Star Review)…a truly unique family drama like nothing else I’ve read this year, and one which has a poignant message about openness, communication, and the danger of not speaking up when you really should….emotionally intelligent work…hardships, struggles, and tearjerking moments of pure emotion…a stellar drama…both highly recommended and not to be missed.

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