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Long Time Coming

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  3,815 ratings  ·  246 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-bloo
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Bantam (first published 1988)
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Cheese!! Glorious cheese!! Lol. I love it!!
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
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
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
Janell Wheeler
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've only ever read Sandra Brown's newer mystery books. This is one of the first in her softer more romance books and I liked it. It is short, not novella length but not nearly as big as some of her more recent books. It had a great story line and I liked the way it flowed. I was drawn into the story immediately and it got right down to business. The ending seemed a bit short and abrupt. To me the story was still building when in fact I only had a handful of pages left for my HEA. I didn't mind ...more
Judy Churchill
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet, sweet story. An early publication but one with a plot. Brown’s amazing storytelling talents are evident in this novel.
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
Julie Barrett
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Bronwyn Rykiert
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, romance
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
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.
Sep 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this awhile ago but forgot to post it here. Good book!
John Marsh
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Kaitlin Moore
Apr 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was looking for a book by which the dulcet tones could lull me to sleep. I read this book a thousand years ago when I was a teenager and thought "meh why not"

I. can't. believe. I. read. this. as. a. teenager.

So.. basically Law is a misogynistic fly boy who is also weirdly judgmental. Marnie is a codependent single mother of Laws biological child. What could go wrong?! Weird dialogue and immature behavior on both sides. Also Marnie throws temper tantrums about every 3 minutes but every woman is
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I listened to this on CD that I found at a library book sale. It is my first Sandra Brown romance and was written in 1988, so not quite liking it in 2018. The trope, off to college boy has sex with 16 year old girl he thought was older. Younger sister has mad crush on him. He becomes famous astronaut and 17 years later he discovers he fathered a child who is now turning 16. After much angst, anger and misunderstandings, there is a HEA. The writing is quite overwrought and descriptions sort of ch ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book did NOT age well. I'm not entirely sure why I finished it, I suppose I hoped it would get better. Two months ago I found Sandra Brown by reading Ricochet and loved it so I read her other books from my local library. I've read both her older romances and her new mystery romances and it amazing because you can see the positive progress over time.

I would not recommend this book at all. Save yourself sometime and go read another of Brown's books@
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Capri Kay
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m giving this book a 4 stars⭐. I loved it because it was very relatable even though I felt like at times it lacked the magic that SB usually has in her books. Our hero Law Kincaid, the famed astronaut has fathered an illegitimate child with the heroine’s sister. The essence of the story is Marnie’s conflict with the love she had nurtured for Kincaid since meeting him 17 years ago and having to let go of the sweet boy she had reared as her own son for 15 years. It was a sweet read anyway. ...more
Teri Unruh
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I actually listened to this on an audio book while driving. Audio books tend to provide a more real perspective as if the story is enfolding around you. I enjoyed the majority of the book but found myself saying, "too much talking" during the scene where they are having sex. But it was a fun book and a quick listen.
Anne Blyth
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including STING (2016), FRICTION (2015), MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE(2013), & LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy