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Long Time Coming

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  13,755 ratings  ·  879 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

Mass Market Paperback, 433 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Warner Forever
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'Long Time Coming' was another audiobook that had been sitting on my shelf for a long time. Still determined to listen to the Audible books that I have before I buy any new ones, it was finally time to listen to this one.

Telling the story of Joy, a veterinarian who returns to her hometown, after years avoiding it, when her father's health begins to decline. After so many years away, she finds that the death of her childhood best friend, Jenny, still haunts her. This becomes even more apparent w
Adrienne Testa
Nov 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jo Ann Reinhold
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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!
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
3.5 stars - This is not badly written, but I am deducting stars because of Joy, the lead. She whined too much about everything and it bugged me that it took 18 YEARS for this to surface!! I'm not sure why the author felt the need for so much time in-between the events since Joy didn't grow up too much. Anyway, it was still a decent read, although it could have been 30-50 pages shorter.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: women-s-fiction
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
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
This one started off fine, but I got the feeling it would go on to become just a filler-type book that took a long time to read but didn't have much in the way of engaging characters or plot etc. For the first time I took the advice of GR reviews to stop reading a book, as they mostly tended to agree the book got worse as it went on, and dragged like no mans business. Can't be wasting time on it when there are zillion others waiting their turn on my kindle! It was a DNF for me
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
One of the reasons I stopped reading these chic lit romance types of books was because a-they're very formulaic. I could've told you the majority of the story after only reading a few pages. And b-the main female character is usually incredibly self absorbed and beyond annoying. This book is not any different.

The thing that saved it is that it's well written. You become invested in most of the characters and slowly fall for the little town they all live in. Joy, the main character, is someone I
Dec 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The heroine (?) spent the entire book talking about how she never cried in front on anyone and rarely cried at all. Then spent the entire book crying... all the time and mostly on the hero's chest, the person she hated more than anyone.

Also, the attempted murderer was a good twist but then they let him/her move out of town because of a "bad childhood". Really?
I loved this book!! I thought I had the plot all figured out WAY before the end, but then there was a twist right at the very end. Such a good book. I highly recommend it.
Simone Perren
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I go into the story of this book, I first want to mention that I don't usually read paranormal fiction or romance, in fact I usually find 'ghost stories' cliche and just very predictable. However, this book was free on my Kindle and I wanted to read something a little different and thought the storyline around the car accident sounded interesting. I did wonder how much I would like the ghostly element but I thought maybe even if I didn't like it, I would love the mystery aspect.
However, I
Thom Swennes
People are products of their environments, taking bits and pieces of the milieu adding color and form to their personalities. This gives credence to the statement “you can never go home again.” This, of course, doesn’t refer in the physical sense but psychological. Times as do people change with the passing of time; moving farther apart.
Joy Hudson fled her hometown of Wharton, Kentucky after graduating high school and the accidental death of her best friend, Jenny Carver, effectively closing th
Aunty Janet
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lynn Thompson
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kay Bolton
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
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,
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Pamela Fernandes
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This book started off with all this suspicion around Joy's best friend -Jenny's death when the actual crime is something else. Labelled a thriller romance, I felt it almost bordered on supernatural that Jenny was somehow trying to get Jeff and Joy together. Each carrying the guilt of Jenny's death, the couple tries to reconnect. The book is well paced and what I liked was the psychology of guilt. So much of it is true. And that's the only reason I liked this book. The lead characters handling th ...more
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, own
A pretty good book for a freebie. I liked the characters and their personalities (mostly), there was definitely a twist, there was angst, plenty of emotions, some suspense, some woo-woo ;), some slower parts, and a good and sweet/happy ending that leaves you with a smile. During the slower parts, I kinda had to make myself get back into the book, but mostly this flowed pretty well and kept me interested. The ending was a definite twist that hits you like...Well, Duh!...but hindsight and all that ...more
Lynnea Selleck
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Julie Powell
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Tammy Ransdell
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down! It was one of the best books I've read all year. It had a little bit of everything. It was a mystery, a thriller, a romance, and it had a paranormal theme. It also had horses and a big fluffy, huggable dog. I did not suspect the identity of the villain at all. It had many sub-plots going on, and there was never a dull moment in the main character's life, but the story never felt over-extended. This was a really fun read.
R.G. Phelps
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
It was too long for Joy to be Joyful

I did enjoy Edie's tale, even with Joy dragging her feet way too long. It was a tender hearted story with false memories coming so close to ruining any possibility for the two J's to actually find the happiness they so deserved. We all need to read a tender hearted story such as, Long Time Coming, to make it through. Thanks Edie for sharing. Now don't just sit on the fences, read and enjoy...
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