Long Time Coming

Long Time Coming

by Edie Claire


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First in the Nook Top-3 bestselling FATED LOVES collection: A ghostly romantic novel from USA-Today bestselling author Edie Claire.

4.5-Star Romantic Times Top Pick and winner of the Road to Romance Reviewer's Choice Award! Downloaded over 2 million times worldwide.

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 illness forces her to return, she realizes that neither time nor distance has truly healed her troubled soul.

Plagued with nightmares of the accident and crippled by a vague fear whose source she can't identify, housecall veterinarian Joy realizes that in order to move on she must face the truth behind several disturbing gaps in her memory of that fateful spring. But the only person who can help her is a man she despises: Jenny's erstwhile boyfriend Jeff, now a respected doctor, whose carelessness as a teenager was the cause of Jenny's horrendous death -- and Joy's own emotional destruction. Can she ever forgive? She may have no choice but to try. Because both the danger she sensed -- and the childhood friendship she treasured -- now suddenly seem very much alive...

"LONG TIME COMING is a remarkably well blended romance and mystery, with fascinating shades of the paranormal. The way each layer of Joy's discovery of her forgotten past is revealed is deftly done and exceptionally suspenseful. The relationship between Joy and her parents is heartwarming. This one will have you hooked from the first page." December 2003 Top Pick -- Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine

"An abundance of charm... Joy's perky first-person narration carries readers along to a warm, gratifying conclusion." -- Publisher's Weekly

"Emotionally gripping, suspenseful and superb... I was held in wonderment over much of this story and realized early on to expect the unexpected. This is a story of trust, love, friendship and healing. Ms. Claire is an author I hope to see more of in the future. If Long Time Coming is any indication of her writing talent, I will be first in line at the bookstores to get more of her work. This is a positively splendid tale from start to finish and is highly recommended." Reviewer's Choice Award -- Road to Romance

"Two words. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Edie Claire has written a wonderful novel about friendship, love, guilt and death... Utterly riveting." Rating: 10/10 -- Contemporary Romance Writers

"Claire's charming romance disproves the adage that you can't go home again." -- Booklist

"A book of healing, understanding, rebirth, and finally growing up. A story that you won't forget easily... I could only sigh in appreciation as I turned the final page." -- Romance Reviews Today

"Intense, well-written and thought-provoking." -- Old Book Barn Gazette

"A most fantastic novel... When the story comes to an end and the lights have been lowered... and the reader is left with a longing to know more... there is no better compliment to the author." -- Romance Junkies

Originally published in 2003 by Warner Books (Warner Forever).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538009772
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 12/19/2016
Series: Fated Loves , #1
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

No matter the genre, USA-Today bestselling novelist and playwright Edie Claire strives to infuse all her writing with both warmth and humor. Her family-friendly Leigh Koslow cozy mystery series, a favorite of animal lovers that was originally published in 1999, was reborn in 2012 to become a USA-Today bestseller. Her romantic novels range from women's fiction with romantic elements to a blend of romance and mystery, beginning with her traditionally published contemporaries, the award-winning Long Time Coming and Meant To Be, and continuing with her exciting new series of interconnected romantic novels, Pacific Horizons, whose characters follow the migration of the humpback whales to some of the most gorgeous locations on earth. In any Edie Claire work, the reader may be assured that intrigue will beckon and tensions will rise - but love will triumph and happy endings will abound!

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Long Time Coming 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 662 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book touched me from the first page. As Joy finds herself back in her hometown she realizes what I think most of us do, why am I here? Stories from her past begin to haunt her as she moves into an all to familiar house where so many of childhood memories took place. This book was a page turner for me, and had a great love story in the end.
mckait More than 1 year ago
But I remember this.. I loved it! It was well written and left me longing for a sequel. I am an avid reader, and sometimes forget books that I have read, but this one has stayed with me. Her characters are realistic and her word paintings of the locale make you feel like you are right there. I encourage you to read these sweet, funny books with a twist of mystery. I don't believe you will regret it, and I think you will join me in hoping for more to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book it makes you want to keep reading just to find out what the secrets are. It has, mystery, action,a little paranormal activity and true love. Clean book too no sex scenes or swears. I just loved this book
kccc1 More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and this is how I know a book is great:  If I start reading and can't stop (while making dinner, getting ready, at 3 am), it's great!  I could not stop reading this book!  The 700 +pages seemed more like 300!  I would love to see a sequel, there are many places it could lead:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It had a little mystery, a ghost and a love story all rolled into one. The writer gets you from the start and it is a very clean book. Everyone should read it. GJRA
JodyGilchrist More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT! I highly recommend you read...and it is free! Just finished Long Time Coming and loved it! Each concept (the romance, the ghost story, the mystery, their careers) blended together so well, and made for a really great story. The length was great, too, as I hate short books. Thanks so much for the book, I will recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i couldnt stop reading!! will be reading more from this author! 5stars :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Was very hard to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly addictive story filled with love, mystery, suspense and ghosts that keep you entertained right from the first page
chansman More than 1 year ago
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 would he? She never gave him hope, shut him down and told him off time and time and he still doesn't give up? This was when I kept waiting for her to snap out of it. The title of the book says it all. it was A Long Time in Coming. For it to be wrapped up when her "ghost friend Jenny" had to step in and basically throw her at him, well I was like "Really, that's how their going to get together?" That left me cold, she couldn't figure it out before then, it was like she had been the one in the car accident and she was brain damaged, that would have explained her stupidity better. I'd like to give it two stars, but since I was suckered into reading the whole stinking story I have to give it three.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning was slow, but it really picked up and i couldnt put it down! It was a great mix of mystery, suspense, and romance, with enough humor to make this story perfectly well rounded. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
700 pgs. Clean story for any age group. Heartfelt touching made me feel sad for jenny. The girls had a great relationship. Their friendship was unique. Worth reading. Wanted to know what happenend with the doushe bag vet. Meannie he was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great love story in the end with lots of twist and turns along the way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read. Had a good story line with some surprises. Enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. I laughed quite a bit, but this story still had the suspense as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story could have easily been told in 200 pages rather than over 700. I got bored with all the fluff and started skimming pages just to get to the meat of the story. I did want to know the details of the accident, so that's what kept me reading, but to read every word of this rambling story would have been near torture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books I've read in a long time! It's one of the few that seemed a little more realistic. There are no billionaires and no sex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! If you like Mary Higgins Clark or Sue Grafton novels, you will love this author.
cw1965 More than 1 year ago
This book kept me wanting to keep on reading, I read all 765 pages literally in less than one week. I would read another by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With all the mixed emotions, childhood memories, the romance, this book was a total page turner.
Dyow More than 1 year ago
Not my normal style of book but I enjoyed it. Well developed characters and an interesting plot. I would read other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character was wayyyy too much into her own feelings and insecurities. Very selfcentered. Fickle. Up and down like a yoyo. I could not figure out what Doc Bradford saw in her. She carried way too much baggage and cared only for her own feelings. He should have dumped her. Sounds harsh i know but she just didn,t have both oars in the water.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I was finding myself unable to put the book down. There was never a dull moment throughout the entire story.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
TRULY WONDERFUL! I can't believe it was free, such a heartwarming story of how things when we are teenagers, can be carried into adult hood. I loved all the character's and was very surprised who was the guilty person. This story was clean, romantic and a great read. This was my first book by this author and I only read this because it was free. Smart, because now I will read more. (ljb)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There wasnt much Romance, it was more of a Mystery novel. No Sex scenes so its suitable for your teenager.