by Edie Claire

December 2003
ISBN: 0-446-61277-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

When Joy Hudson left her Kentucky home eighteen years ago, she was running away from a battle she couldnít face, the death of her best friend, Jenny. Now, because of her fatherís illness, Joy has no choice but to return home and confront her personal demons. One of those demons is all too handsome Jeff Bradford, the person Joy has always blamed for Jennyís death.

But Jeff and Joy are no longer the awkward teenagers they once were. Joy is a determined veterinarian, and Jeff is the doctor who is caring for her father. When an accident and her fatherís condition demand they be in close contact, Joy discovers she has been viewing her past through blinders and that Jeff isnít the monster she thought he was.

Still, Joy cannot give her heart to the ex-boyfriend of her deceased friend. It just wouldnít be right. Itís going to take a lot to change her mind, maybe even a long arm from another world.

In the end, will Joy open her heart and eyes to the truth or will she forever be blinded by the sorrow of the past?

Long Time Coming by Edie Claire is a story of a woman who revisits her past and unearths the love of a lifetime. Though the tale had some engaging moments, paranormal aspects and well-written glimpses into the past, the story did not hold my attention.

Despite the anticipation of the mysterious happenings and the nice flow of their story line, the characters were unexceptional and the dialogue lacked enthusiasm. Sadly, my favorite character was Jeffís injured dog. He stole the show without saying a word. I also felt that several of the characters were unnecessary, most notably the looney ex-wife of the law enforcement officer.

The novelís ending was also a let-down. The solution was too brief. With all the mystery, I wanted more. Unfortunately, it never came.

Reviewed in November 2003 by Natasha.

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