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Long Time Coming [Kindle Edition]

Vanessa Miller
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Book Description

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. Neither woman expects the blessing that God has in
store for her. While Deidre guides Kenisha on the path to eternal life with Jesus
Christ, Kenisha teaches Deidre how to stand strong against the storms of
life.


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Deidre and Kenisha may lead completely different lives, but one thing is for sure: both of these strong women are well acquainted with pain. When a doctor tells Deidre that she will most likely never bear children, she feels worthless and unworthy of love.Then, through a dramatic course of divine events, Deidre’s life is suddenly interrupted when she learns from Kenisha’s son, Jamal, that Kenisha has cancer and only months to live. Despite numerous hardships, Kenisha does all that she can to make sure that her children have a better life than the one she lived. Resistant to help, Kenisha finds herself dependent on the kindness of Deidre and Deidre’s husband in more ways than she can count. In a novel that reads like the inspiring moments of a Tyler Perry movie, Miller brings hope to the hopeless as the fate of three children is suddenly in question. By mixing a heavy dose of veracity with feisty characters and a hard-hitting plot, Miller has created a novel that will resonate with fans of realistic contemporary Christian fiction. --Elizabeth Ponder

About the Author

Vanessa Miller is a bestselling author, playwright, and motivational speaker who understands that all gifts come from God. Her novels have received rave reviews and won several awards. Vanessa is a dedicated Christian and devoted mother and lives with her family in Charlotte, North Carolina. Find out more at VanessaMiller.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426707681
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (July 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047ZHBJM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,935 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic November 1, 2010
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed a Long Time Coming,It had me laughing,praying,crying and guessing what the outcome would be for Dee and Kaneisha,I was correct on only one guess. I have bought an extra book for my sister to read,this was heartfelt and heart waming.
I recommend this book for any naysayer or unbeliever,it was simply FANTASTIC!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific thriller March 4, 2010
Format:Paperback
In 1976, sixty-eight year old Eldritch Swan arrives at his widow sister-in-law's home in Paignton after over three decades in an Irish prison. His nephew Stephen Swan is also heading to his mom's home having ended an engagement. Stephen is shocked to learn his paternal uncle is alive as he thought Eldritch died in the Nazi Blitz in 1940. He asks his Uncle Eldritch why he was incarnated all these years without anyone aware he still lived; the older man says he cannot tell anyone or he will die in that Irish prison.

In 1940 Eldritch worked as secretary to Antwerp diamond merchant, Isaac Meridor. He insists he is innocent of the traitorous charges that locked him away, but admits he helped Miles Linley steal his employer's Picasso collection and has a chance to make some money from a lawyer whose client insists tycoon Jay Brownlow owns a stolen Picasso collection that Meridor's granddaughter Rachel claims is rightfully hers.

This is a terrific thriller that effortlessly switches back and forth between 1940 and 1976 as what happened to obviously still roguish Uncle Eldritch is slowly answered with more questions arising. The two subplots are well written as Stephen and Rachel try to solve the modern day question of art ownership by deciphering the 1940 mystery with ties to Ireland's position on which side to support during WWII.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Time Coming November 2, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Vanessa Miller does an excellent job of bringing out the hope and inspiring motivation of a difficult situation. Long Time Coming is wonderfully written and leaves you wanting to make a major impact on someone's life!
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Tearjerker October 29, 2010
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Excellent book! Real tear-jerker. This book is very well written and it captured my attention from chapter one. It's a awesome story of forgiveness...forgiveness of self & others. If you read this book, be sure to have the Kleenex ready.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Women's Fiction November 2, 2010
Format:Paperback
'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 run in with Kenisha at the school she worked at when she was late to pick up her son. Deidre threatened to call social services. Deidre hated to see parents mistreat their children. They took them for granted and didn't realize the precious gift they had. Kenisha clams up, Deidre has judged her and soon realizes that this woman wouldn't believe the truth if she told it to her.

Deidre and her husband had tried for years to have children, but after seven years God had not blessed her womb. Was God punishing her? Deidre had a secret not even her husband, Johnson a military man who worked hard and loved the Lord, knew about. Could she tell her husband what she hid in her heart? Is that what God wanted?

Miller does a great job of setting the mood and placing readers into the skin of her characters:

Jumping in the shower, she allowed the hot water to assault her weary bones. As the steam filled the small bathroom, she wallowed in the horror story her life had become. What next? How much can happen to a person before the almighty decides it's time to pick on someone else?

That's how Kenisha sees God. He hadn't been there for her when all the bad things happened, and He isn't there now.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A novel of suspense for our times April 3, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Robert Goddard writes suspenseful novels that typically span many years in British history and demonstrate graphically the unforeseen consequences of long-ago acts. Long Time Coming is one of the 20 books he has written since the early 90s and one of 12 now available for the Kindle. I acquired an addiction for Goddard's work six or eight books ago and grab every new entry on the list as soon as it's available.

Each of Goddard's mystery novels is a standalone story. There are virtually no reappearing characters, much less a series hero. Another of the hallmarks of Goddard's writing is his mastery of complex plotting. His books are full of complications, setbacks, and surprises, and Long Time Coming is no exception.

In Long Time Coming, the story is rooted in the legendarily brutal Belgian empire in the Congo in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. But the action shifts back and forth from England to Ireland to Belgium, with episodes alternating from 1976 to 1940 and back again at regular intervals and concluding with shorter scenes in 1922 and 2008.

Long Time Coming tells the tale of Stephen Swan, a young English geologist relocated in 1976 to his home after a stint in the Texas oilfields, and his uncle, Eldritch Swan, who has suddenly appeared in Stephen's life after 36 years in an Irish prison. Stephen's parents had always told him his father's brother had died in the Blitz, but Eldritch, to the young man's chagrin, is very much alive. And he proceeds to involve his nephew in a perilous chase through London, Dublin, and Antwerp in search of proof that he was innocent of the charge that confined him to prison for more than a third of a century.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really enjoyed reading this book. I really felt what I was reading.
Published 15 days ago by Keisha Best
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Wonderful book to read. These characters were so real to me that I feel like I've been on this journey with them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda Payne
4.0 out of 5 stars heart warming and tear jerking
This book made me smile and made me cry. I enjoyed reading it. It was an easy and quick read.
Published 3 months ago by Jeanne Cummins
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, this book invokes every emotion!
This book draws the reader in- I found myself reading chapter after chapter, unable to put it down. Yes, God DOES hear and answer prayer
Published 3 months ago by Susan Savino, Atlanta Ga
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good read l liked how they always leaned on god for guidance
Published 3 months ago by barbara cosper
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD STORY AND EASY READ
Good story and an easy read. Would like to have had an epilog that tied up loose ends a little better but overall it was a good book.
Published 3 months ago by Betty Key
5.0 out of 5 stars This was exceptionally well written with some very interesting...
This was exceptionally well written with some very interesting background information and twists of the plot which were totally unexpected. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Margaret C Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel as I knew every character personally, excellent story! I didn't...
So good I didn't want it to end. Wishing for a sequel to see want happens with the other characters!
Published 6 months ago by Tonya Huffman
2.0 out of 5 stars not sure about this one
Sad, happy and predictable. Feel good religious book. I laughed, smiled and cried, it did make me think a bit.
Published 6 months ago by Lori Fleischmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Summary of Long Time Coming
It was heart warming. Easy read but showed how we battle with God's will and his bigger picture of what He wants for us.
Published 6 months ago by Lynne
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