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Summary

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 have truly healed her troubled soul.

Plagued with nightmares of the accident and crippled by a vague fear whose source she can't identify, 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...

©2003 Edie Claire (P)2013 Edie Claire

Critic reviews

All the reasons for Gabrielle de Cuir's success as a prolific narrator are apparent here. She slowly reels the listener in with this compelling story as she expertly weaves between voices and accents. Veterinarian Joy Hudson returns to her small Kentucky hometown, having left 18 years before, after her best friend Jenny was killed in an auto accident. Living with gaps inher recollections, Joy must turn to the man she blames for her friend's death, handsome doctor Jeff Bradford, who was in the car when Jenny died, to discover the truth about that night. De Cuir can act and she turns it on here, building the tension and suspense as the story takes some surprising turns. The addition of a paranormal aspect adds to its appeal. -(A.C.P. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine) [Published: APRIL 2014]

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Could this story have been dragged out any further?

I found the main character to be very dislikable - self absorbed and thoroughly tedious. The plot line was so predictable with only one twist which was pretty absurd and not fully developed.

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  • Angel Mom
  • 20-02-16

A good story

This was a good story. It kept me curious and interested enough to continue BUT I personally found it rather obvious. Many of the plot twists didn't feel like twists to me because I saw them coming. Still, I found the characters well developed the premise intriguing and it was certainly worth listening to.

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  • Kayzarena
  • 19-07-15

Great read

Love the story line. It was not just merely about the death of her friend or the house that maybe haunted it was about forgiveness and the various levels of grief people experience.

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  • Brandie Spencer
  • 22-06-15

interesting story

kept me interested until the end and had great visuals. would reccomend the author again.

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  • Susannah
  • 13-01-14

Romance and Mystery!

If you could sum up Long Time Coming in three words, what would they be?

Well Told Tale.

What other book might you compare Long Time Coming to and why?

I am new to romance stories. I am a great mystery fan. The author has combined the two elements to good effect. It reminded me of Truth Stained Lies by Kingsbury but without the Christian slant.

What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

I think the reader's performance actually improved the novel. I enjoyed the character of the Southern mother and the Sheriff suitor. The story did go on and on at times, but the reader made it very personal, so I kept listening.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The opening chapter was very good and moody, when the protagonist first encounters the ghost of her friend.

Any additional comments?

Book could have been sized down a bit, and I feel the ghost elements could have been turned up a bit. But then, I prefer mysteries over romance, as a rule. I would listen to more by this author, but I don't see other of her works listed in audio.

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  • Ally
  • 22-05-14

Annoying heroine

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A teenager.

What could Edie Claire have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I found Joy extremely self-engrossed and annoying. For a veterinarian, she was very immature and judgmental. She would get an idea, think about it shortly, decide it was true and then start accusing like she knew for an absolute fact it was fact.

Did Gabrielle de Cuir do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

yes - she was fine

What character would you cut from Long Time Coming?

Joy

Any additional comments?

I would never trust my pet with someone so unstable and over-reacting.

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  • Carrie Juett
  • 23-07-18

Drags you right in!!

Right from the beginning the narrator pulled me in and took me along for the ride! Not the usual type of ghost book I read but I was not disappointed. I kept waiting for the ghost to show herself but the fact that she there but not really just kept me coming back to listen.

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  • Carolyn G. Manuel
  • 13-06-18

Edie Claire weaves magic.

An intricate story designed around flawed characters who appear to have built successful lives. From teen heart break to adult anguish this story moves through the memories buried in the heart aches of yesteryear. The paranormal gives an edge that’s both comfort and bizarre. The little girl voice of the adult Jennifer distracts. Recommend this author.

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  • Julia A. James
  • 09-05-18

pretty good but predictable

not bad but sometimes struggled to finish. Could be shorter to get story told shorter

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  • wilday
  • 30-08-17

It was a nice story

it was amazin story, it took me time to finished it but I liked it

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  • Daisy
  • 15-06-17

Nice

Where does Long Time Coming rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed this story.

Would you recommend Long Time Coming to your friends? Why or why not?

It did surprise me a little about who was responsible for the scares Joy had so not totally predictable.