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Morning Is a Long Time Coming (Summer of My German Soldier #2)

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  1,153 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
The sequel to Bette Greene's National Book Award finalist Summer of My German Soldier.

Patty is now eighteen, and a high school graduate--but she cannot face her future until she comes to terms with her past. She decides to go to Germany in search of Anton's mother, desperate for a connection to the man she loved and lost. En route, she stops in Paris, where she meets Roger
Paperback, 261 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Speak (first published January 1st 1978)
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Apr 04, 2008 Annette rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: ya, to-avoid
I don't consider this a spoiler because I couldn't possibly spoil it any worse than the author already has. I read this book because I didn't like the way the first book (My German Soldier) ended and I was hoping that things would improve for Patty in the sequel. Boy, did I waste my time! I would love to have a refund on all of the time that I spent reading this book. I had hoped that now that Patty was 18 that she somehow would have matured over the last 6 years that transpired since the first ...more
Jun 04, 2009 Lani rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to "Summer of my German Soldier" and was equally good. I loved the simple love at first sight meeting between Patty and Roger, but also enjoyed how there was a measure of complexity in their relationship which kept it real. But it had a great ending and I'm glad the heroine found the strength to get out and stay out of her hellish home. Another YA quick read, but very recommended.
Aug 07, 2009 Angie rated it really liked it
In the spirit of summer reading lists of yore, I thought I'd focus on another book that was on one of the many lists I went through. Or rather the sequel to one of those books--MORNING IS A LONG TIME COMING--the sequel to Summer of My German Soldier. Reading Summer of My German Soldier kind of wrecked my twelve-year-old self. I loved it, but man did it hurt. I was on Patty's side from the beginning and I was frankly horrified at the way her family treated her. Particularly her atrocious mother. ...more
Christina Rumbaugh
Sequel to Summer of My German Soldier. It was good, but I think I liked the first one better. This follows the girl (whose name I cannot remember) when she's older. She travels to Europe in search of Anton's family. I'm pretty sure she meets some dude in France, maybe? I'm sorry. Don't rememeber much. I probably could easily look up the summary, but this is my review, so I'm telling you my experience, haha. Anyway, it was mildly interesting, but the only thing I really remember about it was the ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Josiah rated it really liked it
"All I know is that growing up hurts too much. Growing down is what I'd really like to do. Be little enough again so it would be perfectly natural to be protected from the wind and the rain—and the world."

—Patty Bergen, Morning Is a Long Time Coming, P. 84

"But don't go thinking that I'm critical of you, Anton, because really I'm not. Not a bit! It's just that you're not here. I'm alone and I'm frightened and you're not here. And you're not ever going to be here for me."

—Patty Bergen, P. 152
Nov 21, 2009 Holly rated it liked it
This is a sequel to Summer of My German Soldier. Although in my opinion it is not nearly as great a story as the first, I do love that Patty remains the same character, only 6 years later. And she is struggling to figure out who she is and breaking away from her parents' destructive influence. I do miss Ruth -- I understand why Ruth was not in this book much, but I think she is one of the main characters that gave the previous book much of its greatness. I do have to say I love this quote (from ...more
Mar 27, 2010 Mimi rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
If you read my review of the prequel, you're probably wondering why I read the sequel. Well, I already had it checked out of the library, and I was curious.

However, I liked this, the sequel, even less than the first.

The swearing, abuse, and racial issues still exist. This book adds sexual issues as well.

Again, the author does a great job creating real problems and issues. It is all very believable and real, so perhaps someone dealing with similar problems would prefer this book.

However, it was j
May 02, 2010 Provost rated it did not like it
Wow, after reading Summer of My German Soldier, this book really didn't compare. In the first book you really sympathize with the characters, even the 'bad' ones sometimes, even though they do cruel and unreasonable things. In Morning is a Long Time Coming, I really didn't feel empathy with any of the characters, and I tried. Instead of discovering herself and her own self-worth, as I expected from the first book, Patty seemed determined to be insecure and bitchy, judging everything based on wha ...more
Apr 05, 2010 Samantha rated it did not like it
This was the first book I have ever truly disliked. It was painful to read. The author fails to adequately develop her main character from the previous novel, and her actions are completely unaligned with the passionate little girl from book one. It was awful and ruins the magic of Summer of My German Soldier. Do not pick this one up. It's a waste of time and an unforgivable disappointment.
Nov 16, 2010 Katie rated it liked it
The end of this book was "a long time coming" - haha! But I did enjoy the continuation of Patty's story. The book takes place six years after the first ("Summer of My German Soldier") and shows a lot of Patty's development into adulthood. It was quite realistic how some parts of the story had abrupt endings and lack of closure - I wanted things to go differently for Patty so many times! Overall, a good relaxing read.
Mar 17, 2011 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of YA Historical Fiction w/Romance, Anyone Who Like a Good Journey of Self-discovery Story
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"4.5 stars" Although there doesn't seem to be an official series title, Morning Is a Long Time Coming is a sequel to Bette Greene's modern classic, young-adult novel, Summer of My German Soldier. Since that book had a decidedly unsatisfying ending, I was glad to see that Ms. Geene had written a follow-up. I had always felt that there were many reviewers who mis-characterized Summer of My German Soldier as a romance. I didn't really see it as such for a number of reasons,
Bette Greene is a writer who is great at making complicated characters who have complicated problems, and bringing them through the things that happen in the book while they are growing to understand themselves, even as complicated as they are. I love her writing, because I feel like it makes me understand myself better (and I'm in my 20s). It's not necessarily action-packed, but in her book The Summer of my German Soldier, I started crying at about the 3/4 mark, and I didn't stop crying until 1 ...more
Nov 24, 2011 Cassy rated it did not like it
I can't express how much i HATED this book. It was the biggest let down from the first one ever! I was so disappointed. It seems as if the author just decided to write a second book for the heck of it and didn't put any effort into the second one. I suggest reading the first one, which was AMAZING and completely avoid this one and it completely ruins the wonderful first book. The only way i can put this in an analogy for people to understand my utter disappointment in this book is like if you ha ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Rusty rated it liked it
Six years later. After being sent reform school for hiding a German prisoners during the war she finds home life is no better. Her mother still finds fault with her appearance and actions. While her father no longer beats her she endures his verbal abuse at every turn. She graduates from high school. College? Yes, but she really wants to go to Europe to put closure on her relationship with Anton and visit with Anton's family. Her parents are so furious with her choice that her father removes her ...more
Sep 16, 2012 Bev rated it it was ok
Not at all what I expected it to be, and honestly, I'm not too thrilled. I really wanted this poor girl to finally get some closure. Perhaps instead of being so apprehensive about talking to Anton's father and sister, she could have summoned up the courage Anton used to give her to tell them that she knew him so that they would be able to have some closure as well.

I do actually like that she learned how to be vulnerable and realize how real men are supposed to treat the women in their lives. But
Jan 28, 2013 Jackie rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to reading this as this was a continuation of Patty Bergen's story "Summer of my German Soldier". We meet Patty again as she is graduating from High School and dealing with further fallout from her mother and Father. She chooses to head to Paris and then connect to Germany to meet Anton's mother. While it is great she finally stands up to her parents in this book and doesn't give in to their "head games" what she finds in Paris and Germany ends up being disappointing and I ...more
Mar 15, 2013 Ruth rated it it was ok
Oy vey. I'm sure I'm not the first person -- and I probably won't be the last -- to make the observation that the end of this book was a longer time coming than morning. This sequel to Summer of my German Soldier doesn't cover a lot of new ground. If I stipulate that Patty Bergen's parents are horrible human beings, then poof! A third of the book disappears. The other two-thirds of the book felt more like a thinly veiled retelling of Bette Greene's life than a novel, and based on the strangely l ...more
Apr 21, 2013 Abra rated it it was amazing
I like the second part of Bette Greene's story even more than the first; it falls at least partly in that sub-genre I enjoy of works set during the Cold War or dealing with resistance to the Red Scare of the 1950s. In this case, Patty Bergen is 18 and decides that she will spend her precious graduation gift from her grandparents on going to Europe instead of going to college to meet a Nice Jewish Boy. Or even an arrogant assholish Jewish boy. The rest of the story is one of advances and retreats ...more
Dec 31, 2013 J.M. rated it it was ok
I bought this because it was the sequel to "Summer of My German Soldier," which I enjoyed. However, the character who at 13 was confused but endearing now reads, at 18, as a spoiled little brat who wavers from one extreme to the other. Halfway through the story I realized I couldn't stand the main character Patty and didn't care if she ever found Anton's mother or not.

The blurb states she goes to Europe in search of Anton's mother (he was the Nazi she befriended in the first book), but by the mi
May 28, 2014 Rema rated it it was ok
I was extremely disappointed with Patty's character. Instead of growing from the first book, she seems to degenerate. Her character is contradictory and weak. Where's the strong-minded, intriguing Jewish girl from Summer of My German Soldier? She seems to have disappeared. The Patty in this novel is not the same one at all. She seems a lot weaker than her twelve year old self, more fragile. And certainly not indestructible.

Compared to the previous novel, this was just mediocre. The characteriza
Wow, what a letdown.


If you were tricked into reading this because you were hoping to do a lot of reading about Patty's trip to Germany and connect with Anton's family, as promised by the synopsis, I feel bad for you, son. That part gets shoved into maybe one or two chapters at the end; most of the book is taken up by Patty's questionable tryst in Europe with some French guy who is about as controlling as the father she fled from. Any of the character development that took pla
Jun 12, 2014 Allison rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
his is the sequel to Summer of My German Soldier, which I never knew existed until I stumbled across it at a used book sale. Summer of My German Soldier was one of my favorite books as a preteen, so I was looking forward to reading the follow-up, especially as I recently re-read the original. I didn’t think a sequel was necessary, and the story told in the book was pretty much what I expected - just extra happenings. There was really nothing that needed closure or expanding upon. I was actually ...more
Lauren Tydings
Nov 19, 2014 Lauren Tydings rated it really liked it
Patty Bergen is 18 now and she can do whatever she likes with her life. Her grandparents give her the money to go to any college she wants and try to find her a nice boy to marry. But Patty isn't interested in any of that because all she can remember is Anton, her POW friend who died during the same summer she met him. Patty is still looking for closure with his death so decides to head to Europe to meet his family. She begins by heading to Paris where she falls in love with Roger, a care-free m ...more
David Nix
I loved Summer of My German Soldier. The sequel? Not so much. The story follows the now-adult protagonist on a journey to seek what from the soldier's mother? Forgiveness? Understanding? Although the story gets off to a good start, it kind of rambles along with the character with no specific plot or direction while she avoids going to meet the soldier's mother. When she does, the story just falls with a thud. Perhaps that is the author's underlying message - that life is unpredictable and nothin ...more
Greta Marlow
Jan 11, 2015 Greta Marlow rated it did not like it
This book was a huge disappointment to me, especially since I went straight from rereading Summer of My German Soldier into reading this sequel. SoMGS is so intense and moving, and Patty is tough yet vulnerable. In this book, set six years later, Patty has become cynical and well, whiny. The plot is rather thin, and some decisions don't seem to have any real motivation. I saw somewhere that Greene said she wrote this book to "make sense of her life." That purpose, in my opinion, didn't turn out ...more
Olivia Reeves
This book was satisfying in the sense that you found out how adult Patty Bergen acts and thinks. She ends up using her college money for a spontaneous trip to Europe with the hope of finding Anton Reiker's family. However, this sequel (as many sequels are) is not as good as the original Summer of My German Soldier. It is very slow moving at the beginning, and the ending is not what you would hope. Although the book gives closure on Patty's romantic life and her family ties, it could never live u ...more
L Frost
May 24, 2015 L Frost rated it liked it
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Elaine Hoffer
Mar 02, 2016 Elaine Hoffer rated it liked it
This was a sequal to "Summer of My German Soldier". It was an interesting book although not a real page turner. Patty is graduating from high school and plans to use her college money for her trip to Europe. She has not told anyone this and is afraid to do so. She wants to find Anton's mother in Germany. It tells her travels and how things go with the money she has and how she is able to make it all work. Interesting how one can be treated so differently by people other than her parents. Who wer ...more
Esther Kalauserang
May 26, 2016 Esther Kalauserang rated it it was amazing
Bette Greene – Morning Is A Long Time Coming
Book Review
By Esther Deborah K.

Morning Is A Long Time Coming is just basically a cliche way of authors to satisfy the readers’ longing to meet the beloved characters again. It’s a sequel that bridges Patty Bergen’s nature as a child towards an eventful journey to her maturity. This is basically some kind of created reflection of herself which transitioned her childhood into adulthood. I’m glad Bette Greene created this continuing story because it allow
Aug 09, 2016 Lexie rated it did not like it
Shelves: disliked
I remember loving the first book when I read it years ago, and I still remember how much I disliked this book upon initially reading it, not to long after having finished reading the first book. I'd have to re-read it again to tell you all of why I did not like it, but I think the biggest reasons I did not like it, is because Patty did not improve as a character, but rather worsened. It was as if her whole story arc from the first novel was useless. Everything that she had become at the end of t ...more
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