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Just because Beatrice Agnew finds out she’s dying doesn’t mean she can’t keep her mouth shut about the truth. 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.
|Title: A Long Time Comin, softcover|
By: Robin W. Pearson
Number of Pages: 422
Vendor: Tyndale House
|Publication Date: 2020|
Weight: 12 ounces
Stock No: WW441539
To hear Beatrice Agnew tell it, she entered the world with her mouth tightly shut. Just because she finds out shes dying doesnt mean she cant keep it that way. If any of her children have questions about their daddy and the choices she made after he abandoned them, theyd best take it up with Jesus. Theres no room in Granny Bs house for regrets or hand-holding. Or so she thinks.
Her granddaughter, Evelyn Lester, shows up on Beatrices doorstep anyway, burdened with her own secret baggage. Determined to help her Granny B mend fences with her far-flung brood, Evelyn turns her grandmothers heart and home inside out. Evelyns 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.
Starred review. Pearsons excellent debut explores forgiveness and the burden of secrets. Helping Granny B repair her relationships and come to terms with the past gives Evelyn the strength to work on her own family. Pearsons saga is enjoyable and uncomfortable, but also funny and persistent in the way that only family can be.
Beatrice Agnew has spent her life living for others. At 15, she became a mother, and then a single parent after her husband left her a few years later. Beatrice did what she had to do for her family to survive, relying mostly on the Lord and herself. So when she receives a devastating diagnosis and the news that she only has a few months to live, she decides that she will embrace death on her own terms. Part of that embracing is saying to her children whats in her heart, so she calls on her granddaughter, Evelyn, to help write and deliver the letters. But with those letters is another, one thats been a long time coming. Pearson delivers a poignant debut that explores the faith of one African American family. Though it is perhaps overlong, the writing is strong, and the story is engaging, and readers will be pleased to discover a new voice in southern inspirational fiction. Libraries with Christian-fiction collections will want to add this novel to their shelves.
Robin W. Pearsons debut novel is a multi-faceted tale that will have readers turning it one way and another to get the best glimpses of its many lessons and messages. There are the mother-daughter relationships throughout as three generations of women struggle to come to terms with their lives and decisions. The novel moves back and forth in time as it reveals the layered secrets held tight by Granny B that have threatened her family and her own peace. The story also moves between characters and their stories, all blending to offer an entertaining and thought-provoking read. Readers will cry, laugh, sigh wistfully, and even rage a little at this moving story. A wonderful tale of love, family, secrets, relationships, and forgiveness that will teach us all how to live well in the midst of real life.
A contemporary fiction masterpiece with well developed, realistic characters, and authentic dialog. . . . Do not miss this one.
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