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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 'Long Time Coming' was another audiobook that had been sitting on my shelf for a long time.
This becomes even more apparent when she moves into Jenny's childhood home. To make matters more complicated, Joy cannot seem to avoid Jenny's high school sweetheart, Jeff. Now the town's doctor, Jeff has become an integral part of her parents lives as her father's health declines. She is certain that Jeff knows more about the accident that killed Jenny than he's letting on, and she is determined to get to the truth.
When weird things start happening in Joy's life, she has to question whether or not Jenny is really gone. Music playing at odd hours, temperature changes in the house, and other unexplained phenomena keep happening around the house. Additionally, Joy's life seems to be in danger. Overall, this was a nice read with a few unexpected twists toward the end. Although the characters were well into adulthood, the constant focus on their high school years resulted in a story that was chock-full of teenage melodramatics.
I also had a hard time with Joy's persistent blame toward Jeff as an adult. It was very childish and unwarranted. In the end, this ended up being an "okay" read for me. It was nice, but nothing to write home about. Sometimes, there is a reason a book stays on the shelf for a long time. View all 26 comments. 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.. View all 6 comments. 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 I liked this book enough to re-read it, it kept me turning pages. And having grown up in a small town, I thought she did an amazing job of characterizing the nature of relationships in that environment even down to her description of Wal-Mart! Same thing with the best-friend relationship, which could have been a page out of my own history.
I certainly would read more from this author. Jan 09, Katrina Passick Lumsden rated it it was ok. Surprisingly, this wasn't terrible. That's saying a lot coming from me. It was, however, monumentally predictable, corny, and pedestrian. 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? It really wasn't difficult. The only thing I was wrong about was that I mistakenly thought more had gone on between view spoiler [Joy and Jeff.
I thought they were bumpin' uglies or had at least kissed or something. Alas, no, they were even too boring for that.
But we wouldn't want to mar Joy's good name. There's no sex, Joy is a bitch but a perfect friend, and don't you forget it , Jeff is kind of a tool, and the whole story is kind of sleep inducing. But it's not terribly written, so I have to give it points for that, and some parts were OK. Certain romance readers will enjoy it, I'm sure. 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! 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 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 This book drove me crazy! As a reader, I knew what happened between them within the first few chapters! It was excruciating to witness her rationalizing everything - the past, her reactions to Jeff, the music, perfume, doors, windows, objects moving -- an indoor tornado for crying out loud!
Yes, Joy, I'm sure it is just the wind. Just shut the window and pretend it didn't happen. And at one point, she thinks of herself as this strong type that confronts things head on I almost laughed out loud at that. And I'm supposed to buy that she can put together the mystery of her would-be killer in a five minute car ride? If this were a true story about someone like Joy, she would have ended up dead - game over - because nothing else I witnessed makes me believe she is capable of a rational, logical deduction.
OMG - then, in the epilogue, she admits to reconsidering all of her encounters with the ghost. Rationalizing again, are we? Oh yes, I'm sure it was the dog that pushed you into Jeff's arms. I'm sure the brand new lock was stuck. Joy is the psycho of this story; Marissa is quite sane in comparison.
What the hell could he possibly see in her? She has treated him like complete garbage for most of their history together. He thinks she is strong??? She refuses to deal with any kind if reality, and is beyond stubborn, sometimes hateful, and totally self absorbed. When they --finally -- get together like on the last page after the ghost literally pushed her into his arms -- I could really only pity the guy. At least he has connections to a good shrink. No wonder Jenny killed herself.
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 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.
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 business, has revengeful business competition and the ghost of her died friend. This is too much junk to carry an effective storyline. It was free on Kindle so the price was right. Feb 27, Pamela rated it liked it Shelves: 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 pages shorter.
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 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. 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. 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? 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. 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 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.
Can't really complain because the book was free, but it didn't make me want to seek out the author's other works. Jan 31, Yasmin rated it liked it Shelves: 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!
Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. When Joy Hudson left home she thought it was for good, but Long Time Coming (Fated Loves Book 1) by [Claire, Edie]. Long Time Coming [Edie Claire] on domaine-solitude.com Long Time Coming (Fated Loves Book 1) and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle.
It was a DNF for me. Aug 16, Etcetorize rated it it was ok. 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 One of the reasons I stopped reading these chic lit romance types of books was because a-they're very formulaic. Joy, the main character, is someone I wanted to give a good smack though. These women who spend three pages telling a man to stay away and then when he does leave they turn around and instantly go after him just to say "Hey, I told you to stay away!
I get that Joy was conflicted but the mixed messages she was sending the good doctor were ridiculous. Her behaviour in that regard is enough to give women on the whole a bad reputation. The book was OK, especially considering it was a freebie. Dec 04, Nancy rated it did not like it. Then spent the entire book crying Jan 30, PJ rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Feb 24, Simone Perren rated it it was amazing. 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 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.
Years and distance kept the memories at bay. Edie Claire has written a wonderful novel about friendship, love, guilt and death… Utterly riveting. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. At least he has connections to a good shrink. But back at home, the past is ready and waiting to haunt her Still, I've read a lot worse and I can see where it would have appeal with a certain body of readers. Joy was completely ridiculous.
I have decided that maybe I need to step out of my comfort zone a little more and try books that I would ordinarily pass up. Edie Claire, in this book, has the perfect balance of mystery and a paranormal element, it's not so outrageous that it cheapens the book in any way but it is understated and makes you really gripped to find out what happens. I am including spoilers in this review, so don't read on if you haven't read it already. I loved the feel to this story, in that the town where Joy was from was a typically small town place where everyone knows everyone elses business and although all the 'children' have grown up now, they all still seem to go around with the same people and go to all the same places as they did when they were teenagers.
This made for quite an eerie feel in that Jenny obviously died when she was a teenager but the spirit of the town was almost exactly the same as that moment. This actually made it make much more sense that her spirit had stayed in her old house. The house was a bone of contention for me though, as it seemed a little too obvious that it was the only place in the whole town that was available for Joy to move in to.
This seemed a little forced for me but once the story had moved on, I got over it very quickly. 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 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 heart warming. This one will have you hooked from the first page.
Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine. This is a story of trust, love, friendship and healing. 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. A story that you won't forget easily I could only sigh in appreciation as I turned the final page. Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon.
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Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention romance mystery kept suspense edie claire ending joy enjoyable predictable twists interest ghost main twist romantic paranormal turns page guessing. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. It is a romantic suspenseful read with a touch of the paranormal mixed in to make things more interesting. Joy Hudson is a veterinarian from Wharton, Kentucky.
She has been away from her hometown for eighteen years, except for short visits to her parents. She has moved back to care for her aging parents who have health issues. She buys the house in which her deceased best friend, Jenny Carver, had once lived. Joy still blames Jenny's boyfriend, Jeffrey Bradford, for the car accident that took her friend's life. After she hits his dog Bear, they find that they are both falling in love but her blaming him for Jenny's death stands in the way. She just can't seem to move on in life but knows that it is finally time to face the emotions and memories that she buried along with her best friend.
When a song from prom plays over and over again and the door to her home opens itself on its own accord, Joy knows that Jenny is trying to tell her something, but what? This novel takes what could be a tiresome and sappy subject and turns it into a balanced tale of how the scars of death and guilt can cause great grief if not dealt with. The paranormal parts of this book are believable and poignant. The only part of this story that bothered me was the quickness in which Joy forgave Jeff. She had been harboring hurt and blame for 18 years and forgives him in almost the blink of an eye.
All in all a great read for a lazy, hot summer day. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I really enjoyed this book. In fact I stood in the lit hall to read it on my way to bed--for an hour. Joy comes home to care for her father, after years of trotting back and forth across the country, first in quest of her Veterinary degree, and then for work. She sets up a mobile veterinary service and moves into her dead best friend's old house.