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The Instant When Everything is Perfect

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Mia thought she had everything-a thriving career, a wonderful husband, and two beautiful sons. But illness shakes her out of her comfort zone when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. At her mother's bedside, she meets someone whose presence seems to fill a void in her, a void she wasn't even aware existed.

Robert is happily convinced he's going to spend his life a
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by NAL (first published 2006)
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Louise
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it did not like it
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Everything is NOT perfect with this sixth novel!! I can't help but question "What happened?" I've read all five of Ms. Inclan's previous novels and gave them glowing reviews. This story was so boring, I had to force myself to finish it. The plot was mumble-jumbled, the characters ineffective, the story line was boring and the writing severely lacked Ms. Inclan's usual flair and pizzaz!!
I never thought I'd see the day I'd write a less than stellar review for this author, but disappointly, there i
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Barbara
Aug 22, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book: a slightly different take on infidelity, along with a brilliant perspective of mother/daughter relationships. An easy read, enjoyable characters.
Mary
Jun 13, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read!!!

I wasn't sure at first if I was going to enjoy this story. Mia just seemed so passive. I actually was surprised that she was the eldest daughter. But as I continued reading the characters intrigued me; I found myself wanting to know them better. The decisions, feelings and heartache that Sally goes through in dealing with her cancer was an eye opener for me. Emotionally the story is draining and you begin to wonder if there will be a happily ever after. The characters are well devel
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Mary
Feb 13, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book. I want to thank Jessica for sending it to me. While I was reading this book I also had a Bi-lateral Mastectomy like Sally. Unlike Sally, I am having reconstructive surgery done right away. I will also be going for Chemo soon. Unfortunetly for me, I have to have a third surgery because there are still cancer cells to get out first. This book helped me understand more of what I may go through during Chemo. Unlike Sally, who stopped her Chemo, I plan to go through with i ...more
Sue
Apr 20, 2012 Sue rated it it was ok
This was all right. To say that I liked it is going a smidge far. I liked Mia, I liked Sally and Robert, but it just wasn't enough. These things that happened are what would probably happen in real life except for the overly sweet and abruptly cut off ending. Chick lit is always fun and breezy, but you know it's not that good when, half way through, you're thinking, "Somebody just fuck somebody!"
Patty
Jul 23, 2012 Patty rated it it was ok
This is the first novel I've read from this author. I did enjoy the book. There were some parts that I skimmed, but overall, the author kept me wanting to read and learn about the characters. I enjoyed Mia a lot. I felt that I could relate to some of her circumstances.
Susan
Aug 12, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
I won't say it was the deepest book I've read, but I liked the writing style. The plot develops from the perspectives of three different characters and it takes pieces of each to complete the whole. A good beach read.
Gayle
May 10, 2012 Gayle rated it really liked it
Well written story line based on indiscretions in marriage and reactions towards breast cancer. Really makes you think about how these situations may affect you.
Brenda Ann
This is story about a marriage that dissolved from neglect. It was sad. It was also well written and nicely told.
Dawn
Oct 22, 2008 Dawn rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read. I really have enjoyed most of Jessica Barksdale Inclan's books.
Kelly
Nov 25, 2009 Kelly rated it it was ok
Nothing wrong with the book, some good parts. Not something that really grabbed me.
Peggy
Jan 31, 2009 Peggy rated it really liked it
Excellent
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Jessica Barksdale Inclan's fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, was published by Urban Farmhouse Press in April 2016. A Pushcart Prize and Best-of-the-Net nominee, her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in the Waccamaw Journal, Salt Hill Journal, Little Patuxent Review, Carve Magazine, Palaver, and So to Speak. She is a Professor of English at Diablo Valley College ...more
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