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Morning is a Long Time Coming doc ✓ Paperback read Ñ bette greene ë The seuel to Bette Greene's National Book Award finalist Summer of My German SoldierPatty is now eighteen and a high school graduate but she cannot face her future until she comes to terms with her past She decides to go to GermanyE about her plan not only because of what she might find but because of what she must leave behind? A compelling first person narrative about love and human relationships Booklist starred review? This is a seuel to Summer of My German Soldier Although in my opinion it is not nearly as great a story as the first I do love that Patty remains the same character only 6 years later And she is struggling to figure out who she is and breaking away from her parents' destructive influence I do miss Ruth I understand why Ruth was not in this book much but I think she is one of the main characters that gave the previous book much of its greatness I do have to say I love this uote from which the book got its nameRuth says Why right there in Psalms it says 'Weeping may endure for a night but joyjoy cometh in the morning' And then Patty says I felt a rush of pain for the morning that had been so long in comingPatty did not have an easy life and at 18 she has been through hurt and sorrow than most I like that she is determined to go forward

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Past She decides to go to Germany in search of Anton's mother desperate for a connection to the man she loved and lost En route she stops in Paris where she meets Roger And now she must think twic I'm one of those people who likes closure I loved Summer of my German Solider although no major spoilers the ending was heartbreaking and left me with uestions than answers When I saw that Bette Greene had written this book I just knew I had to read itAfter seeing several highly negative reviews on Goodreads I was originally somewhat hesitant to read it Fortunately I liked it not as much as the first one but still liked it The main character Patty is struggling to grow up and find herself She realizes the only way she can do this is to leave her small town and her toxic family life behind her by going to Europe France and Germany to seek closure following the death of Anton the German solider she met in the first book I really enjoyed seeing Patty evolve from being a somewhat immature 18 year old to someone who learned to find love and happiness and give herself the live she deservesAlthough the book did not end the way I would have liked it to end it still ended on a good note and I was excited to see this small town girl grow into a confident woman with a very bright future I'd highly recommend this one to anyone who didn't feel that the first book gave them the ending they desired

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Morning is a Long Time ComingThe seuel to Bette Greene's National Book Award finalist Summer of My German SoldierPatty is now eighteen and a high school graduate but she cannot face her future until she comes to terms with her Reviewed for THC Reviews45 stars Although there doesn't seem to be an official series title Morning Is a Long Time Coming is a seuel to Bette Greene's modern classic young adult novel Summer of My German Soldier Since that book had a decidedly unsatisfying ending I was glad to see that Ms Geene had written a follow up I had always felt that there were many reviewers who mis characterized Summer of My German Soldier as a romance I didn't really see it as such for a number of reasons not the least of which was the 10 year age difference between Patty and Anton and the fact that she was still just a girl when they met Love can take many different forms and although Patty and Anton cared for each other deeply I was never 100% convinced that what they shared was a romantic sort of love Nevertheless Patty does begin this book with unresolved issues surrounding her time with Anton Undoubtedly a lot of reviewers will view Morning Is a Long Time Coming as even of a romance than the first book because of Patty's relationship with Roger a young Frenchman she meets in Paris which I will concede is definitely of the romantic variety but at it's heart this book is totally about Patty's journey of self discovery of which Roger is just one part He brings joy and happiness to her life that she had never known before but ultimately Patty must vanuish her demons on her ownWhen we first meet up with Patty again she is now a young woman just graduating from high school but the frightened hurt little girl is still there as is her burning need to belong to someone Of course her parents think her crazy for wanting to spend her graduation money on a trip to Europe but that's exactly what she does with a plan in the back of her mind to meet Anton's mother thinking that she can receive from her what Patty's own mother was never willing or able to give Of course the best laid plans often go awry especially when the person who makes them is relying on someone else to provide emotional security I felt that in the six years between books Patty had grown and matured She engaged in a fair bit of self analysis as well as trying to figure out her parents why they were abusive toward her and why she never seemed to be able to please them no matter what she did I could really relate to Patty feeling like a suare peg in a round hole She discovers that she is pretty socially inept with her peers which isn't too surprising Some of that comes from a lack of self confidence that was beaten out of her all her life by parents who constantly criticized and were physically emotionally and mentally abusive The rest is uite simply that Patty truly is different in the way she thinks and perceives the world around her She is open minded than most about those who are different from her and truly wants to give of herself to help others It's what drove her to assist Anton all those years ago even knowing that it might lead to trouble than she could imagine and her uest to understand this part of herself still drives her now In fact all of these things weigh so heavily on her that it makes her physically ill Once she is out of her stifling hometown Patty finally feels a freedom she's never known yet I wasn't too surprised to see that the first young man she felt attracted to on the voyage to Europe was just like her father critical demanding and temperamental She is definitely a classic case of an abused person gravitating toward what is familiar and comfortable even if it isn't good for her I was glad to see that didn't last long and when Patty got to Paris and met Roger it was like she became a whole different person around him It was uplifting to finally see her laugh and smile but those old demons still lurked in the background keeping Roger at arms length When Patty finally made her decision to go to Germany I understood her obsession with needing to meet Anton's mother but at the same time I agreed on some level with Roger that he deserved better considering all that they had sharedRoger is the only supporting player with a meaty role in this book but since the entire story is written in first person perspective from Patty's point of view we don't get a lot of deep insights into his character However there were just enough relationship scenes for me to really like him He is a gentle free spirit who is the perfect foil for Patty's serious nature I liked that Roger was a gentleman He very easily could have taken advantage of Patty when she got drunk once but instead took care of her and waited for her to sober up before trying to take things any further Throughout their time together he was tender and sweet but at the same time those wonderful ualities are what make Patty a bit suspicious of him and his motives because she has only ever known men who were hard and cynical In many ways Roger understood Patty even better than she understood herself but when her obsession with somehow making Anton's family the family she never had finally reared its ugly head he was understandably upset and said some hurtful things Luckily Roger was a very forgiving man who truly did love Patty and wanted to make a life with herThere were certain elements in Summer of My German Soldier which has caused it to have a long time place on the most bannedchallenged books list and Morning Is a Long Time Coming followed suit with some of the same potentially objectionable content while upping the maturity level Though not pervasive there are some mild and religious profanities peppered throughout the book as well as racial slurs against Mexicans and African Americans including several uses of the “n” word Patty smokes a couple of times drinks wine on a few occasions and one time consumes a stronger alcoholic beverage getting drunk Patty's father threatens to beat her and her parents are abusive There is mention of Patty's father having “taken advantage” of young ladies and some mild discussion of sex in general including but not limited to Patty's parents thinking she's sexually active and possibly pregnant and a classmate who earned a colorful nickname for apparently messing around with the boys There is also one love scene between Patty and Roger that ends in a cut scene with no real details but some may find it troublesome that the couple have just met at that point and then live together for the next few months without being married Additionally the complexities of Patty's emotions may be difficult for even adults to understand so in that respect I thought it had the feel of an adult novel However in spite of all this I still did not feel that there was anything that older teens couldn't handle especially with parental or educator guidance As a parent I wouldn't object to my 15 year old reading it Morning Is a Long Time Coming is a story that delves fairly deeply and realistically into the psyche of an abused person and her efforts to make sense of that in order to carve a meaningful place for herself in the world For that reason alone I thought the book was emotionally touching and deserved kudos That said though I couldn't help wanting the ending to be a little solid than it was which is why I knocked off the half star By the time I finished the book I did believe that Patty had learned some valuable insights about herself and life in general and was finally on the right road It was just that her peace did not feel uite complete to me but then again she was still very young with much ahead of her and this type of recovery is always a lifelong journey Although as I've already said I fully realize that this story was not really meant as a romance the hopeless romantic in me also wanted an HEA for Patty and Roger mainly because I thought they complimented each other well and after everything she'd been through Patty uite simply deserved it The way it wrapped up felt like of an HFN happy for now ending but at least I felt like they had a strong chance to make it work on a permanent basis Overall I liked Morning Is a Long Time Coming very much It has earned a spot on my keeper shelf and with two lovely books in a row Bette Greene has earned a spot on my favorite authors list She is a writer who is good at expressing the emotional and psychological complexities of her characters and who doesn't seem to be afraid to explore issues of marginalization or other controversial topics I love these types of stories so this makes me eager to check out the other books she has written soon