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Long Time Coming

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  3,514 Ratings  ·  220 Reviews
In more than fifty "New York Times" bestselling novels, Sandra Brown has captivated her millions of readers with stories of charismatic love and tantalizing twists of fate. In this classic tale, a woman is reunited with the man she has loved for years--and must reveal the secret that will jeopardize her chance for happiness at last.
He arrived out of the blue--a flesh-and-
Hardcover, Large Print, 320 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Random House Large Print (first published 1988)
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Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

He arrived out of the blue—a flesh-and-blood phantom from the past in a sports car as sleek and sexy as Law Kincaid himself. The world-famous astronaut was as devastatingly attractive as the first time Marnie Hibbs had laid eyes on him, seventeen years before. But she well knew the perils of falling for a ladies’ man like Law

Yes, it did come across as a bit dated. The hero was a bit of a jerk. Usually I like that but he came across as being a bit spoiled.

I liked Marnie and David.

Cannot compare
Cheese!! Glorious cheese!! Lol. I love it!!
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
This was an average to bad Sandra Brown.
Of course, it’s one of her older ones, so deserves some leeway.

It has that tacky triangle from which I usually veer clear off. The younger sister (h) pining for her older sister’s boy friend and after about 2 decades (17 yrs.), her time-capsuled feelings come gushing out, very much alive and pulsing. Cuz, after all, he’s her first and only love.

In the present, the national hero/astronaut H comes a visiting the address from where he’s been get
Jul 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2017-reads
I remember liking this book back in the 80s when I first read it. Note to self: sometimes it is best to just not go back. Being woke means you kinda wince at the stuff your less woke self used to enjoy.

In this case it was the slut shaming and the constant reinforcement of the Madonna/Whore dichotomy that chaps my ass.

The hero is an astronaut who 19 years ago (when he was 22) hung out for a summer with a 16 year old girl and her 14 y.o. sister (the heroine). Yeah, stop and think about that for a
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Yup it was older and cheesy but I like cheese. It was heartwarming, romantic and a lil funny. Law was in an arrogant rich doof, but luckily he came around.
Alexis-Morgan Roark
How can a telephone look "recently installed"? This was quick read that was borderline ridiculous in a lot of ways. Ok. It wasn't THAT bad.

The 80s references were nostalgic. There was no cheating although having some chicky rub up against the H is still annoying to read.

Despite the good, there was an awful lot to swallow to get through this book, and I couldn't buy most of it especially the speed with which the son takes to his father. You know, the one who had been absent for the first 15 years
This is my first Sandra Brown book and I really quite enjoyed it. It was quick and sweet. Just what I needed at the time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The pacing was fast, I loved that!
This book was originally wrote in there are a few things I had to chuckle about. Like her son has a poster of Christy Brinkley on his wall. I thought that was so funny!
Anyway it's a really sweet romance. There were times when I was bawling like a baby...I was thinking...God what's wrong with me?! But all end
Sharon Huether
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Long Time Coming By Sandra Brown Loving a man for years without his knowledge. A grandmother doing what she could by helping the mother,son and father become a family. The author saved the best for last.
Aug 21, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-porn
I also wish we had the 1/2 star option. Sometimes one is just too much.

Please don't ask me why I read something this awful. I'm not sure I want to live in a world where people write such trash and are able to get it published. We need more famines.

Dec 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
cliche cliche cliche ... scifi/fantasy has more reality then this... but I guess this is the point of this kind of novels - to develop the wrong image of life and love ...
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. It was a signed copy and arrived with Sunset Embrace.

I would probably rate this book 2.5 stars, not because it is bad, just a little dated and cheesy. Overall, it was a nice little diversion on a cold winter's day. I don't usually read these kinds of novels.

I found that I was annoyed with both main characters. The most likable character in this story was David, the 16 year old son.

Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did Not read this book because it was on to To-Read shelf I read it because something intrigued me... as I read what this book was about I wanted to learn more, I wanted to know what would become of this, I wanted to know it all and now that I do I can't hold back the fact that this was an amazing story. I am a huge fan of Sandra Brown, I am filling my bookshelf with her books.... as I read this book it makes me want to read them all
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, audio-book, romance
This was a cute little romance story about a couple that meet when one was 14 (Marnie), the other was 23 (Law), the twist is that the older sister (16) was there too and she is the one with the summer romance with Law and ended up pregnant. The sister doesn't want the baby but the parents find out and intervene. She ends up having the baby, but never gives a damn about him, leaving Marnie to raise the child. The sister in her self destructive ways dies in an accident 4 years later.

Fast forward
OceMei Belikova♥
this is my first SB and I really love it.
jarang-jarang ada cewek kayak Marnie yang rela ngorbanin masa remajanya buat ngurus anak kakaknya karna kakaknya terlalu gak peduli dan akhirnya meninggal karna kecelakaan, belum lagi harus ngurus ayahnya yang menderita penyakit jantung sebelum akhirnya meninggal, trus ibunya yang terserang stroke karna stress akibat ditinggal suami dan anak pertamanya.

ceritanya bener-bener bagus. Dari awal sampai akhir isinya menarik dan gak ngebosenin. kalo boleh dibila
Canan  ^^
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wid
Esas kızımız Marnie; vakti zamanında, ufacık tefecikken vurulmuş bizim delikanlıya....
Ama oğlumuz Law'ın gözü başkasındaymış(ablası) o zamanlar...
Gel zaman, geç zaman ayrılan yollar kesişmiş tekrardan.
Ünlü bir astronot olan Law ilginç mektuplar almaktadır.Eh gönderen adreside Marnie ait olmasın mı?Ama kızımızın bu mektuplardan haberi bile yok..Peki bu mektupların içeriği ne olabilir ki?

Hemen merakınızı gidereyim.Sevgili Law'ımızın bir oğlu varmış.(David)
Gelde inan.Adamın başına bunun gelme olası
Julie Barrett
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Long Time Coming by Sandra Brown
Marnie is raising a teenager and is working on an advertisement for a freelance job when the astronaut comes to her house and wants to know why she's been sending him letters that he's the father of her child. They had met back 14 years ago one summer when their families summered at the beach. Law had gone out a few times with her sister and
she did have a baby, David later dying in a car crash. That's how got to raise her sister's child. Her mother was in a local
Katherine 黄爱芬
Marnie, membesarkan seorang diri keponakannya selama 15 tahun hingga Law Kincaid tiba2 datang dalam kehidupannya, menuduh Marnie memeras Law dgn surat2 kaleng dan pada saat Law melihat David anaknya utk pertama kali, Law menyadari begitu banyak kemiripan fisik antara David dengannya.
Marnie yg ternyata memendam perasaan terhadap Law selama 16 thn, tidak bisa lagi menghindari bahwa dia masih tertarik pd sosok Law ini. Namun Marnie marah besar saat Law menghujani David dgn berbagai hadiah mahal dan
Bronwyn Rykiert
Marnie Hibbs had been in love with Law Kincaid (a famous astronaut) since she first met him while on vacation with her family when she was 14. It is 17 years later and he has come to her place to confront her about the letters he has been receiving from her address threatening him and mentioning that he has a child that he knew nothing about.

I loved Law from the start and at first Marnie was okay too, but as the book progressed she was too much of a martyr and I did not enjoy her.
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook-2013
~giggle~ I definitely liked this book but have now decided that I prefer to read romance rather than listen to it. It seemed sillier when I listened and it's impossible for me not to giggle at narrated sex scenes. It's very mature of me, I know, but I cannot help myself. Predictable, yes? Entertaining, of course.
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Marnie yıllar sonra çocukluk aşkını kapısında görünce çok şaşırır.Ünlü biri olan Law ise tehdit mektuplarının hesabını sormak için oradadir.Karşısındaki kadını geç de olsa tanır.Ancak olaylar beklenmedik şekilde ikisinin de hayatını değiştirecektir..
Sep 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book by one of my favorite authors. Story is "dated", but not a problem, 80's setting - 1988 or '89. I found myself relating a lot to the main character, Marnie Hibbs. Seldom do I ever read a book more than once, but this is one I could reread in the future.
Christine Kirchoff
I read this awhile ago but forgot to post it here. Good book!
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marnie (31) ,a freelance illustrator,is raising her nephew David, as her son.Her older sister,Sharon,got pregnant at 16 and died in a car accident 4 years later.
Now a famouys astronaut, colonel Lawrence (Law) Kincaid (37-38) comes to see her.Someone is sending him letters from Marnie's address,demanding money. The person claims David is his son.Now Marnie starts fearing she'll loose her son.
David is excited about meeting his hero, who literally walked on the moon.
Marnie blows hot and cold with L
Amy Gable
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Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: liked
1988-ban íródott a könyv, a Challenger-katasztrófa után. Sokat utal a szerző erre az eseményre. Ez ma már történelem, ezért is kellett megnéznem, hogy mikori a történet. Vicces volt az is, hogy még nem léteztek korunk technikai vívmányai, úgy mint mobiltelefon. Néhány órás kikapcsolódáshoz jó volt, de a sztori nem eget rengető. Egy szokványos romantikus történet bontakozik ki a regényben.
Marnie nővére fiatalon balesetet szenvedett, ezért ő neveli fel a fiát. A fiú egy nyári kalandból született é
Anne Blyth
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've listened to this audio book twice now and I found I enjoyed it every big as much the second Tim around. An unusual twist on the story with Marni raising her nephew and holding on to unrequited love for his natural father Law. Law finds out about the boy 16 years later and the ensuing interactions make for a good story. Sandra Brown has not disappointed me yet and this is no exception.
For Reasons Unknown

A rushed, corny mess and a half. Seriously, it was like going through a check list of romance set-up tropes.

However (crazily enough) Brown still injects so many character and setting details that elevate this flimsy-at-best romance between a young "mom" and a new dad discovering his child's existence.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to stop reading at the beginning when Law pulled her to him and kissed her seeing if that would trigger if he knew her. Cheesey isn't even the word to describe this book. It was like reading a bad daytime soap opera. Yes, this was written 30 years ago but it was a go to book while waiting for her new book Seeing Red to be available.
typical Sandra Brown romance from her earlier days....
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My issue with Sandra Brown is her execution. I read the blurbs of her books and I get excited, but when I finally read them I am left dissatisfied.
Rating: easily forgettable.
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