February 4, 2011

One Woman's Loss, Another Woman's Gain

Deidre is a faithful Christian whose prayers still haven't been answered. At a young age, she was diagnosed with a condition that makes it difficult to have children. She keeps this secret from her husband, who desperately wants to start a family. For fear of losing her husband by telling the truth, she continues to pray for a miracle.

Meanwhile, Kenisha Smalls is a young woman living in the ghetto, with three children by three different men and has just been diagnosed with cervical cancer. Unfortunately, it's inoperable and the chemo treatments are only to help ease her pain. Kenisha's main focus is finding suitable parents for her little ones. Her mother is an alcoholic. One sister is irresponsible, while the other sister is too busy in college making something of her life. Her brother is a crackhead. One baby daddy only comes around on the first of every month to get pocket change. Another is deceased. Kenisha's first love is serving a bid in jail. With only six months left to live, Kenisha is faced with the reality that nobody is fit enough to care for her precious little ones after she is gone.

By the grace of God, the two women meet and become instrumental in each other's lives. Vanessa Miller did a wonderful job weaving the fiction tale and pacing the events. Even though it was predictable, I enjoyed this story of how one woman's loss is another woman's blessing.

Title: Long Time Coming
Author: Vanessa Miller
Published: November 2010
Pages: 306
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥♥

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