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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426707681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426707681
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Barbie D on 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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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By CHBreviewer on November 2, 2010
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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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 4, 2010
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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.

Harriet Klausner
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Love Reading on 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mal Warwick on April 3, 2010
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on March 10, 2011
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On the outside looking in, Diedre and Johnson Morris seem like an ordinary middle class couple, who are trying to live a truly God-centered life. Unfortunately, after seven years of marriage, God has not blessed their union with children, though they both seek Him diligently and prayerfully for this deepest desire. With each passing year, Diedre's fears increase at the thought of never becoming pregnant and wanting to keep a secret deeply buried within her heart.

Kenisha Smalls is the mother of three young children, living in poverty. But this does not stop her from taking care of or teaching her children. After all, their condition is not their fault. She feels God abandoned her and her children by default a long time ago. Her list of ills against God is long, and she feels He has, yet again, kicked her while she's down.

When Kenisha forgot to pick up her oldest son from school one day, the nonbeliever and the believer cross paths. The encounter leaves Diedre shaken to her core and a much more defiant Kenisha. Is this a chance meeting? Or, is God at work in the background?

LONG TIME COMING is a suspenseful journey from being down and out to redemption and restoration. Vanessa Miller has developed some rather intriguing characters that attach themselves to your soul. She covers a myriad of topics in this well-written, inspirational novel. She delivers on how secrets undermine a marriage, how a weakened faith is eroded by worldly acts, how forgiveness is the cleansing agent that heals, and how God works through the believer and nonbeliever to accomplish His will. He may take a long time to answer or act, but He is always on time. I read this book until the wee hours of the morning with a box of Kleenex nearby. Miller captures the essence of not giving up on God, but waiting until He moves. If your faith needs a shot in the arm, pick up LONG TIME COMING for an instant fix.

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