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Long Time Coming

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  894 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
Deidre Clark-Morris is a faithful Christian who has everything she could dream of, except the children her heart longs for. Kenisha Smalls has lived in poverty all her life. She has three children by three different men and has just been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. While the meeting between these two women appears accidental, it becomes their catalyst of hope. Neithe ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press (first published March 1st 2010)
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Apr 29, 2012 Jean rated it really liked it
The author an excellent job of making you feel you know each character personally. Kinesha Smalls is an African American, single mother, of three children living in the projects in Dayton, Ohio. She herself was a product of a very dysfunctional family and has minimal support from them. With three children and living on welfare, she tries desperately to give her children encouragement and support in letting them know that she loves them very much and wants a better life for them. At the age of 23 ...more
Mar 07, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Betrayed, this is often how Kenisha Smalls could describe her life, from the time she was six years old, she found out that life was not kind to her. A little girl in the projects, being molested by a step daddy, a momma who accused her of trying to steal that man, and then staying drunk all the time. A sister who dies at the hand of a beater. A baby at fifteen, and two more, for a total of three children by the time she was twenty one years old. Yes Kenisha Smalls can definitely say that life h
Nora St Laurent
Nov 02, 2010 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it
’m thankful to have received a review copy of this bitter-sweet novel which reminded me of the Good Samaritan bible story. It’s also a book filled with the message of forgiveness, sacrifice and God’s love for us and others. The author quickly captures the readers’ attention and heart, while setting the tone of the novel from the beginning. “Twenty-three and played out. Like the words of a tired, old, blues song, Kenisha Smalls had been strung and rung out….and too young to give up.”

Deidre had a
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Feb 08, 2012 Wall-to-wall books - wendy rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely outstanding! This story grabbed me right from the very first page and never let me go. My heart was breaking for these two women more and more with every turn of the page.
The two main characters - Deidre and Kenisha could not be any more different from each other!
Deidre - School principle, proper, happily married, beautiful house, but desperately wants to have a child.
Kenisha - Poor, smart mouthed and sassy, has 3 children she can hardly take care of and no husband to he
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Long Time Coming is a remarkable story of one woman's struggle to find her children security and another woman's passion to help them. Deidre Clark-Morris is a Christian woman trying to conceive a child with her devoted husband. Deidre also struggles with vital information she has never disclosed to her husband. Will he stand by Deidre once her secret is revealed?

Kenisha Small is a young mother struggling to provide for her three children. Kenisha does not have reliable family members, but that
Dec 24, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Vanessa Miller
Publisher: Abingdon Press
October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4267-0768-1
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Deidre Clark-Morris and her husband, Johnson, have longed for children, trying to have them for many years. Deidre has a successful career, but her life would be complete if God gave her children.

Kenisha Smalls has lived in poverty all her life. She has gone from man to man and has children fathered by three different one. Now she’s been diagnosed with cerv
Jan 01, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
Long Time Coming is a story of two women from different walks of life: Deidre, an upper-middle class middle-school principal; and Kenisha, a girl who was forced to become a woman too early due to an environment of poverty, drugs, and alcohol. Despite immediately misjudging one another, these two women bond over a universal force—the love of children. I was immediately drawn into this book after reading only the first paragraph. I was touched by the sad story of Kenisha and how she dedicated her ...more
Dec 20, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
I read this book because it was a free Kindle read. I liked it for a number of other reasons. Vanessa did a great job developing her characters. They were real and I could feel their pain and anger and hurt. I also felt like it was very true to life. Writing about highly disfunctional families must be harder than painting beautiful pictures of perfect "have it all together" families. She did a great job in her contrast of the two families. One family with enconomic/educational advantages versus ...more
Dec 19, 2011 Carla rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. I was so unsure of where this story was going but I loved every minute of it. It took me only a few hours to complete the book because it just that good.
Kenisha, is a young mother doing her very best with her three kids, while living in the projects and she has a deadly secret that she is keeping from everyone. Deirdre is school principal with a secret that could destroy her marriage and a longing for children that she can not overcome. They forg
Jul 17, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome story. It took me two days to read it because I cried so much that I had to put it down. The characters had their issues but it seems that they all found their way in the end. I would recommend this book to anyone that have lost the faith and think that God has given up on them.

Vanessa Milker truly knows how to draw you in and keep you there.
Lisa Carter
I'm becoming a fan of Vanessa Miller. The ending had me in tears in a totally bittersweet way.
Rachel Brand
When Deirdre and Kenisha first meet it seems like they have nothing in common, but circumstances conspire to bring them together and build a surprising friendship. Deirdre is a high school principal with a lovely husband, but she's depressed because a medical condition has left her unable to have children. Kenisha is scraping through life as a single mother on benefits, having birthed three children to three different fathers, and has just been diagnosed with inoperable cervical cancer. Deirdre ...more
Jul 11, 2011 Carla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Christian fiction, generally speaking, would not have been my genre of choice prior to beginning reading with my Kindle. Although I would call myself a Christian, my upbringing has made me wary of anything looking like proselytism, or religion with a heavy-handed touch, and I was skeptical of its place in literature.

However, I have since been introduced to a number of Christian authors, both fiction and non-fiction, whose works have been offered free, presumably to lift their profile and reach n
Jun 29, 2010 Delia rated it liked it
Elementary school principal Deidre Morris wants a baby, but a physical disorder makes having one highly improbable. After seven years of trying, she’s still not pregnant, and she hasn’t shared with her husband, Johnson, the awful truth she already knew when she married him—that all the trying in the world isn’t likely to make them parents.

Twenty-three year old Kenisha Smalls has three children, each fathered by a different man. Her mother’s an alcoholic who allowed a former boyfriend to molest h
This was a pretty quick read. The story had two main characters. One, Kenisha, is a single mother with three children who finds out that she has a terminal illness. The other, Deidre, is a married woman who has been unsuccessfully trying to have children with her husband for years. Their lives become connected through one of the children. Kenisha is unfriendly with Deidre initially, but she, far too easily based on her earlier characterization, starts to trust and rely on Deidre. The big questio ...more
Kara Hunt
Jan 12, 2011 Kara Hunt rated it really liked it
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Dec 31, 2013 Gail rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book! Kenisha and Deidre are the main characters and women from opposite walks in life. Kenisha has been abused and by the time she's 21 the mother of three children each having a different father. She collects a welfare check and lives in the projects. Deidre is educated, married, childless and has a large home and a profession. Their lives connect because Deidre is the principal of the school Kenisha's two oldest children attend. Kenisha is an excellent mother, very focuse ...more
Jennifer McClelland
Nov 25, 2013 Jennifer McClelland rated it really liked it
This is the kind of book they make Hallmark movies from and that is not a bad thing. I haven’t read a Christian book in a while that affected me as much as this one did.

I related to Kenisha’s story the most. I grew up in poverty and lived the beginning years of my life until 7th grade in government housing. Her story was so true to everything that I saw going on and it touched something deep within me. I bawled my eyes out when she found out that she had cancer and her thoughts about what was go
Alison  Johnson
Jul 26, 2012 Alison Johnson rated it it was amazing
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I picked up this book and did not set it down once until I had finished reading it. One on my most favorite books ever! It made me laugh and it made my cry. 5 stars! A story of a poor single mother with three children from three different fathers. This poor woman faced hurdle after hurdle her entire life. A story of a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend. A woman that was truly lost until she found a woman that was able to show her the way Home. I adored this book for reminding me of things ...more
Feb 19, 2012 Becky rated it liked it
This book was a freebie on Amazon and the plot is what made me get it. Two women from opposite "sides" of the spectrum, coming together for one goal in mind? That of course, isn't the's that one can't have children and the other one, a young 23-year old with three children from different men, comes back from a doctor's visit...with the sad news she's dying from cancer. Both these women must race against time so that the three children can stay together and be a family despite losin ...more
Deidre believes in prayer, and prays for healing for Kenisha. Kenisha doesn't believe God loves her. Otherwise why would He have allowed her to be molested as a child; abandoned by imprisonment, death, or desertion by the fathers of all three of her children; and dying of cancer at age 23? Deidre has been trying to have a child for the seven years of her marriage, and Kenisha has no one dependable to care for her children after her death. Deidre is concerned about Kenisha's children and also abo ...more
Trudy E
Apr 10, 2014 Trudy E rated it liked it
This is a touching tale of two women of different backgrounds. Each has something the other cannot have, and they are brought together by a child who appears to have been left behind at the end of the school day. Making assumptions about each other, they are immediately off on the wrong foot. Unable to conceive, Deidre is married, educated and well off. Diagnosed with cancer, Kenisha is a very young single mother who lives in the projects with her three illegitimate children.

As a Christian, Dei
Jan 09, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
Faithful Christian Deidre Clark-Morris is a professional career-minded woman with a loving husband and beautiful home, but no children. Kenisha Smalls has lived in poverty her entire life and has three children by three different men. After learning that Kenisha has inoperable cervical cancer, the relationship between these two women becomes a catalyst of hope, leading them both to a place of redemption and healing.
Free Kindle download, enjoyed this book, about a poor woman who didn't have much
Barbara Derksen
May 04, 2012 Barbara Derksen rated it it was amazing
They say opposites attract and that is certainly true of Kenisha Small and Dierdre Miller. Kenisha, a single mom, shares her home in the projects with her three children whom she is trying to steer in the opposite direction of her upbringing. Dierdre desperately wants to give her husband of seven years a child, is principal at the elementary school where Kenisha's children attend and turning her back on God. Kenisha's medical issues bring them together and a strong bond is created leading them b ...more
Feb 13, 2014 Yvonneellis rated it it was amazing
I just loved this story so much.these two ladies became good friends.I liked how Mrs.deidre kept trying get her friend. kenisha to put her faith in god.I also loved how she find good Christian couple to adopt her children.I enjoyed reading this book cried and laughed through out the's a must will have some good friends and then you will have some bad friends in our life on this earth.but the good friends test thick with during good times and bad times are truly friends from god.
Itisha Poe
Jul 13, 2012 Itisha Poe rated it it was amazing
This book was amazingly good! I finished reading it in less than 24 hrs. It had me in tears, but at the same time taught me so much about forgiveness and loving and believing in God! I would love to read this book again. Reading this book made me want to hug my kids a bit tighter, and appreciate the small things in life a little bit more. It made me think about all the problems in my family especially between my siblings and I. I'm so glad I decided to read this book... I think God knew that I n ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Penny rated it it was amazing
We find friends in the most unlikely circumstances sometimes. This book really lives up to the "everything happens for a reason" mentality, putting people in the right place at the right time. It also indicates that you can't judge a book by it's cover. Once you let someone in, you find there's always more to the story than what your preconceived notion was about that person.

It made me made me cry and made me believe that things do work out. I couldn't put this book down. I read it i
Sally Beaudean
Apr 28, 2012 Sally Beaudean rated it liked it
The author makes her characters interesting, and the conflicts are believable. I guess the journey to salvation was just a bit too quick, and too much dependent on choice. Deidre's acceptance of Jamal and Johnson's acceptance of Deidre after her deceit and Kenisha's acceptance of God, and Loretta just happening to have worked with AA -- just a bit too contrived for my taste in literature. (I guess I wanted a tome.)
Apr 05, 2014 Beth rated it it was ok
A story with heavy religious content. Not my favorite, I like my religion more private and personal and don't really believe that most people are praying more of their days than they are living. (Please don't beat on me - if you live your life that way I am happy for you, I just don't understand that position).

A woman who desperately wants children learns to love the children of a young woman who is dying of cancer, this book is the story of how that happens and why.

Good plot.
Mar 11, 2011 Lgb2163 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! I am still reaching for tissue! God does answer prayer and He is always on time! Even in the midst of adversity, God is still at work during what seems like the darkest hours of one's life! (Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose!)
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Vanessa Miller of Dayton, Ohio, is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. Her stage productions include: Get You Some Business, Don’t Turn Your Back on God, and Can’t You Hear Them Crying. Vanessa is currently in the process of turning the novels in the Rain Series into stage productions.

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