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Long Time Coming

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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  6,689 ratings  ·  573 reviews
Years and distance kept the memories at bay. But back at home, the past is ready and waiting to haunt her...

Eighteen years have passed since Joy's childhood best friend, Jenny, met her death in a tragic car accident just a few days after their senior prom. A broken Joy left their small Kentucky hometown shortly after - determined never to come back. But when her father's i

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Mass Market Paperback, 433 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Warner Forever
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Adrienne Testa
Ho hum... Joy is haunted by her friend's death twenty years earlier and blames Jeff her friend's high school boyfriend . The story drags on as Joy tries to remember her friend and their relationship. You really want to slap Joy and yell get over it already. You want to tell Jeff to run... By the time Joy remember everything you truly don't give a rat's ass. Not worth your time.. good thing it was a free Kindle book or I would demand my money back. yawn...yawn...yawn.
Teresa
I liked this book enough to re-read it, it kept me turning pages. But Joy, the main character, seemed to hang on to psychological distress longer than the plot line would support. In addition, Jeff, the love interest, was more patient and understanding than I could believe by the end. Then again, I am a psychologist, so maybe that is more transparent to me than others. In favor of the book, there was a twist at the end that I was not expecting at all, and that was really fun and creative. And ha ...more
Karen
This is a hard book to rate, the beginning is excellent, the middle was fine but the quality of writing in the last third was disappointing.

This is romance novel with an unnecessary supernatural component. Joy (an odd name for a woman who has none) returns to her home town and must confront the man she holds responsible for the death for her best friend in high school. She has two men vying for her attention, a dying parent, a jealous ex-wife, someone trying to murder her, she is starting a new
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Jo Ann Reinhold
I read this book a few years ago when I first got my Kindle. I found it on my "free" books listing. This was an amazing story about love, friendship and forgiveness and most importantly forgiving yourself. A full circle to get back home with love and acceptance at the end of the road. Although it was very emotional, I loved it and the "gift" was so heartwarming! I hope you love this book as much as I did!
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Surprisingly, this wasn't terrible. That's saying a lot coming from me. It was, however, monumentally predictable, corny, and pedestrian. I think the thing that bothered me most was that I knew how the entire thing would play out when I'd made it to around 25%. Joy was all, "Why did Jenny's death cause a mental block in my mind? Why can't I remember? Why do I feel so weird around Jeff? Why do I trust him, but not trust him? What happened between them before Jenny died?" And I'm sitting there the ...more
Keesha
This book drove me crazy!

I gave it 1 star for compelling me, against my will, to finish it. The 2nd for getting such a strong reaction from me about a character.

Joy: Joy was completely ridiculous. She was in denial about everything -- her past AND her present. If I ever encountered a person like this in real life, I would fight to have them committed. She is supposed to be so smart, but I see absolutely no evidence of that. I can understand blocking out a traumatic experience, but she had enoug
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Susan
Not badly written but the heroine was such a hot mess until almost the last page that I wanted to slap her silly numerous times. Absolutely no idea why the hero stuck around past the first time she verbally abused him, much less came back for more hysteria. Thank goodness the heroine was a veterinarian so the book featured a few cute animals, most notably the hero's dog, but there was not enough focus on her profession and too much repetitive angst. Can't really complain because the book was fre ...more
PepsiGirl
I have to be honest, at first I was really interested in this story but then it became an endless cycle of "Joy" being a whiner. Even though I don't normally read stories about paranormal themes, it started out interesting. Then it was just to ridiculous how Joy was just continuing to stay in her home even though all these weird things kept happening. It wasn't like she didn't have nowhere else to go. Jeff, I felt sorry for, he was treated like a leper by Joy. An yet he still feels for her. Why ...more
Christine
Predicable.
Aunty Janet
Another book with a paranormal twist which I enjoyed!
''Eighteen years have passed since Joy's childhood best friend, Jenny, met her death in a tragic car accident just a few days after their senior prom. A broken Joy left their small Kentucky hometown shortly after--determined never to come back. But when her father's illness forces her to return, she realizes that neither time nor distance have truly healed her troubled soul.
Plagued with nightmares of the accident and crippled by a vague fear w
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Julie Powell
From the first to the last word I was hooked because of the great writing drawing me in and through this ghostly suspense novel.

I don't usually read romances, finding them somewhat sickly and boring, however this story was different, not least due to the wonderful writing and that added intrigue that continually peppered interest.

Good detailed and believable characters and enough twists, turns and mystery to add more to the mix.

It was by chance that I came across this book - so glad I did. A rec
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Kay Bolton
Exceptionally well written story, with loveable characters and an easy empathy level.

I have to say that I don't read that much Contemporary Fiction, and never under usual circumstances read anything labelled "Suspense", however it was another free read picked up at Amazon, so I thought I would give it a go as it was stilled tagged as a Romance.

It turned out from page one that it was a real page turner, and I just couldn't put it down. Not to say that you should think that it was alll high drama,
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Joan
Let me just say that there are 18 books titled "Long Time Coming". This one was by author Edie Claire. The story involves a young woman named Joy Hudson (a veterinarian who really has not much joy in her) who returns to her home town after 20 years. She had purposely stayed away because of some painful and forgotten memories involving the death of her best friend Jenny Carver when they were 17. She ends up buying her old friend's home, sets up a practice there and starts trying to get her life j ...more
Lynn Thompson
Romantic Suspense, Mystery & Ghosts A very enjoyable novel


Joy has her demons to face. She's been running from them for years now, but when she ends up moving back to her home town and buying the house her dead best friend used to live in her nightmares come flooding back. Strange occurrences start happening in the house, then she comes face to face with the man, Jeff, who killed her best friend. Even though her best friend Jenny died 18 years ago when they were teenagers her memory or lack o
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Lynnea Selleck
I loved this book! "Long Time Coming" is a book about Joy, a woman who has to return home to help take care of her parents. Going home stirs up memories, feelings, and nightmares she hasn't had in years. She enlists the help Jeff, her former friend and the person she thinks killed her best friend, to figure out why she is having the nightmares again and why she can't remember the time surrounding her best friends death.

I could not put this book down!I enjoyed the characters and found them easy
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Tammy Crosby
This book was about Joy Hudson returning to the town she grew up in so she could be near her parents. Her father is ill. She gets caught up in trying to come to terms with the death of her high school friend Jenny. Jenny died in an automobile accident (while Jenny's boyfriend Jeff was driving) during their senior year in high school. Joy never came to terms with Jenny's death and blamed Jeff for the 18 years since the accident. Joy is now faced with Jeff and her recurring nightmares from the tim ...more
Cynthia
I enjoyed this book. A daughter returns to her hometown to be close to her ailing father. She sets up a vet house call practice and moves into the house of her best childhood friend who died tragically 18 years ago. The plot revolves around her memory loss about the events leading to her friends death, the guilt associated with the events leading up to the accident and her anger at the teenage boy who she believed caused her death. Mix in rediscovered romance, a ghost, small town drama and a big ...more
Tanya
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Dec 20, 2014 L rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This book was a good change of pace for me when it comes to romance/YA. It is one of the better books I have read recently.The main characters seemed mature (well, they were in their mid-thirties, so maybe that should be kind of expected), had their insecurities figured out bit better and overall likeable. The plot was good too. I enjoyed the writing style, especially all the spooky parts. I liked the supernatural element woven into the plot. It wasn't the central theme but it helped in keeping ...more
Carol Piner
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This Book. It's Worth Every Minute You Spend Reading It

October 19, 2014

A long time coming by Edie Claire is one of those books that grip you slowly but surely. She introduces her main character, Dr. Joy Hudson who is a veterinarian, when she decides to return to the home town she dreads because her father is ill and she wants to be there for her mother when he dies.

Setting up her own business as vets who does housecalls, she has a 26 foot truck filled with her need
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Martina
I haven’t experienced a colossal tragedy in my life, but Long Time Coming by Edie Claire made me believe that I had encountered one very recently. Claire pulled me into the story with such detailed descriptions of everything, from the characters’ appearance to the dilemmas they have to face. The sentence “I felt a little guilty as she struggled to find a dry route over the fractured walk, taking care not to muss her linen suit and two-inch heels” is a great example of how she includes every litt ...more
Denisa Howe
I enjoyed this book, in fact once I started reading, it was rather hard to put it down and do basic things I usually do. I loved the characters and the quirks. I admit.. Joy was a bit on the moaner side of life and made her seem just a bit less intelligent than the author might have intended. This read felt natural.. Real and fitting to Joy and others when they were teens and who they turned out to be as grownups. I loved the unexpected at the end.. Made me say out loud, “wow.. What?”, but it fi ...more
Elaine
I'd say 2.5 stars. It kept me reading and was pretty enjoyable, though I don't think I'll reread. I also appreciated that it was, as far as I could tell, medically accurate--it drives me crazy when a book character is supposed to be a medical professional and there are major errors made as to how much they would know. I found particularly interesting the interlude where Joy gives an opinion on her father's medical condition, she ends up being wrong and he lands in some serious hot water, and Jef ...more
Liz
Joy, a vet, comes home to small town KY where she has to face demons of past and present: her father is quite ill, her mother is aging, her mobile vet practice is stirring up trouble with the town vet who is threatened by her very presence in town, her best friend Jenny died in a car accident 18 yrs ago and she blames Jenny's boyfriend who survived, she's bought Jenny's old house and is doing what she can to deal with the memories that she's blocked for 18 years. Jenny's boyfriend Jeff lives in ...more
Pamela
Joy is a now mature woman whom many years ago left her home town due to life events that were traumatic for her. She left her family and friends back there and mostly a good friend of her during her adolescent life.

This is a romantic novel with characters well descriptive, Joy is a veterinarian, Jeff Bradford is a doctor. They both must go through big challenges, lost memories, and wounds memories, physical and psychological pain too.

This is a book recommended for dog loving people, and also for
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E. Walker
This is a superb romance, with a depth and complexity far beyond the average. Edie Claire's story sucks the reader in like quicksand. When the climax arrives, there is no longer any hope of extricating oneself until 'The End'. Suspense is delivered by the bucket-load as Joy Hudson tries to reveal the critical events of the past, and the plot has some very clever twists, beautifully prepared and executed. It is also, in part, a good ghost story.

The characters are really well done, rounded, fully
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Phyllis Freeman
A Long Time Coming by Edie Claire

All Joy Hudson needed was a modest house to rent. Everyone seemed shocked to see which one she chose.
Returning to her hometown following college, veterinary training, and seven years in a practice, Dr. Hudson had misgivings about coming back. She wanted to be near her parents, since her father was ailing, but she dreaded facing certain people in this small town.
Claire slowly moves us through Joy’s emotional journey focusing mostly on losing her best friend in h
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Kathleen Kurlin
I got this book as a "freebie" for my Kindle because it was listed as a "Romantic Suspense." I just finished taking a writing class on how to write romance so I was interested in using my new found knowledge to see if this book followed the "rules and formula" for writing romance. I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy this book. It was a quick, easy read that seemed to tick all the boxes for what readers expect from a romantic suspense novel - which is a certain amount of predictability and a HEA ...more
Nina
This is the first moderately romantic book I've ever read and I didn't hate it. That may be because it was more bordering on suspense and the was the only reason I kept reading.

The main character Joy is pretty unlikeable to me. Right from the beginning she seems a little less than thrilled about being back in town and as the story progresses, you understand why and try to label her as traumatic when really, she's just over dramatic. That's pretty much the whole book, her sensational fits and acc
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Tammy Ransdell
I had never heard of this author before so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm not a sappy romance type of book reader so I was hesitant when I began the book. But, I ended up really enjoying it! It's a romance, but it has mystery and in this case, a haunting is involved. Those of you who believe in ghosts and such should really like this story. It kept me guessing and made me want to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next...and a very nice ending.
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Novelist and playwright Edie Claire is a veterinarian, a childbirth educator, and a mother of three who delights in writing six genres of fiction: cozy mysteries, romantic fiction, women’s fiction, humor, YA romance, and comedic stage plays. Pick up any Edie Claire work and you can be assured of intrigue, humor, a touch of romance (or a hefty dose of it, depending on the book!) and an ending that ...more
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