Thursday, January 13, 2011

Long Time Coming

Author: Vanessa Miller
Publisher: Abingdon Press
October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4267-0768-1
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Deidre Clark-Morris and her husband, Johnson, have longed for children, trying to have them for many years. Deidre has a successful career, but her life would be complete if God gave her children.

Kenisha Smalls has lived in poverty all her life. She has gone from man to man and has children fathered by three different one. Now she’s been diagnosed with cervical cancer.

When Deidre and Kenisha meet, they are not the best of friends. Deidre thinks Kenisha is a bad mom for forgetting to pick her son up, and Kenisha thinks Deidre is a rich woman who has no right to judge her. And Deidre doesn’t initially believe Kenisha’s claims of cancer.

But soon these two women start forging an unlikely friendship. As Deidre tries to introduce Kenisha to God, Kenisha tries to teach Deidre how to stand strong.

LONG TIME COMING is the first book I’ve read by this author. This is a story set around African-American characters, and the terminology used is definitely in their conversation style.

The story is heartbreakingly realistic as I’ve known people in both situations. I felt for both of them. I kind of figured where this story would go just from reading the back cover copy, so the story line is no big surprise, but it was a pleasant reading journey as they went from start to finish. $14.99. 305 pages.

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