Thursday, June 17, 2021

Moving Story of Complex Family Relationships -- A Long Time Comin'

Robin W. Pearson is a new author for me, and I was impressed with her debut novel, a long time comin'. Being a southern girl myself, some of the setting and style of her story telling made me feel "right at home." 

This story is not built around a lot of action or movement. Instead, it is filled with a lifetime of memories and complexities in family relationships. The relationship that forms the foundation for the plot is the one between Granny B and her granddaughter, Evelyn. Although they don't always see eye to eye and even have their moments of real conflict, what they share ends up having a powerful impact on their entire family. The author uses a well-crafted blending of narrative from the present and past to tell her moving story.

I recommend a long time comin' to fans of well-written, complex contemporary fiction. Because of some details in the story, I would suggest that it might best be suited to mature readers.

About the Book

To hear Beatrice Agnew tell it, she entered the world with her mouth tightly shut. Just because she finds out she’s dying doesn’t mean she can’t keep it that way. If any of her children have questions about their daddy and the choices she made after he abandoned them, they’d best take it up with Jesus. There’s no room in Granny B’s house for regrets or hand-holding. Or so she thinks.

Her granddaughter, Evelyn Lester, shows up on Beatrice’s doorstep anyway, burdened with her own secret baggage. Determined to help her Granny B mend fences with her far-flung brood, Evelyn turns her grandmother’s heart and home inside out. Evelyn’s meddling uncovers a tucked-away box of old letters, forcing the two women to wrestle with their past and present pain as they confront the truth Beatrice has worked a lifetime to hide.

About the Author

Robin W. Pearson's A LONG TIME COMIN’ earned a 2020 Christy Award for First Novel. Both her debut and her second novel, 'TIL I WANT NO MORE (February 2021), earned a Publishers Weekly starred review. They show how man's timeless love affair with God affects day-to-day relationships. Robin's writing sprouts from her Southern roots, and she has corrected grammar up and down the East coast, starting with Houghton Mifflin Company. Her family’s faith, life lessons, and life’s longings inspire her as a wife, homeschooling mother of seven, and author, what she blogs about on They're the source of all the characters living and breathing in the stories waiting to be told about her belief in Jesus Christ and the experiences at her own kitchen sink.

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