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The Instant When Everything is Perfect [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Barksdale Inclan
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Book Description

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 alone until he meets Mia, who makes him question everything. As a surgeon, he's helped many women put their lives back together. And despite his compelling feelings about Mia, he doesn't want to make hers fall apart.

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About the Author

Jessica Barksdale Inclán teaches writing, mythology, and women's literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California.

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  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JRMII0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An (Almost) Perfectly Good Book May 30, 2007
What does one call a book like this? Is it a contemporary romance? It's a story of love, to be sure, but doesn't follow the rules of the romance genre. Is it women's fiction? Perhaps, but there's plenty of meat here for men to enjoy as well, if they care to look. Is it literature? The language isn't rich enough, the themes too transparent.

But in the end, who really cares what you want to call it? All that really matters is this: Jessica Barksdale Inclan's 'The Instant When Everything is Perfect' is a good book, the sort of deceptively simple story that will keep you thinking about it and its characters well after you've turned the last page and closed the book.

There's nothing really astounding about the story by itself. Inclan's tale of a failing marriage, the tragedy of cancer, and new love is one that has been told before, both in the pages of other books and in the days and years of lives lived. What made this book stand out for me as I read it, what kept me coming back to it again and again were the characters. Inclan's ability to create full-bodied, flawed, vibrant, human characters made this a story worth reading, even through the parts that were predictable or too easy.

My reaction to the book was surprising at times, and I think it had everything to do with the strength the characters. At one point I was banging my hand on the arm of my chair in frustration at the inaction of one character, at another I found myself thinking something just before another character said almost exactly what I had been thinking. In these brief pages, somehow I came to know the people within them: Mia, mother of two older boys, wife in a marriage that has never satisfied her. Robert, lonely and frightened, but kind and giving as well.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
On the outside, Mia Alden looks like the American Dream come true. She has a long term marriage, two sons, and a lovely house in the town of Monte Veda, California (Barksdale-Inclan's surburban town that has been featured in her other books) She has a flourishing career as a college professor, and also a career as a novelist.

But something is missing-there is no passion with Mia and her husband. It is something Mia lives with, until her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. They visit a surgeon. Robert is kind, interested in Mia. She is intrested in him. What happens next will change everything in their lives.

Jessica Barksdale has created characters that make decisions out of love and rediscovery of themselves. A definite treat.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was great! June 19, 2006
By Gio
I truly recommend this book! It was great. It illustrates how people's lives are not as perfect as they seem. Mia, the main character of this book, is a professor at a Univeristy, who is married, and has kids. Her life tends to completely change when her mother is diagnosed with cancer. This is a must read book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down! April 21, 2012
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This book really hit me right from the first page as I too stood by my moms side as she battled breast cancer and WOW, the emotions and descriptions that Jessica Barksdale Inclan used were spot on. She pulled me into those pages right away and I never wanted to put the book down.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as the characters were really well written. The emotional roller coaster that they go through makes you feel that you are right there with them holding their hand through it all, and makes you realize that no matter how perfect other peoples lives look, you just never know what is happening behind closed doors and in ones life.
I do recommend this e book to everyone and give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars. I look very forward to reading many more books by Jessica Barksdale Inclan in the near future.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Instant When Evrything S Perfect May 3, 2012
By aklover
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Too many typos, messed up sentence structure, garbled meanings and downright misuse of words in the kindle edition ruined the story for me. Too much time trying to decipher the meaning. A buzz killer for sure. Good story if this doesn't bother you. If sloppiness interferes with your flow, skip this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay book December 20, 2014
By Chandos
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I enjoyed the book but found it not too believable at times. On another note, there are so many errors in the book. I guess no one ever proof-read it.
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More About the Author

JESSICA BARKSDALE INCLAN is the author of twelve traditionally published novels, including the best-selling Her Daughter's Eyes, The Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. She has also published several ebooks and a women's studies textbook, Diverse Voices of Women. Her work had been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Czech. Her next novel is forthcoming from Ghostwoods Books.

Inclán teaches composition, creative writing, mythology, and women's literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and online novel writing courses for UCLA Extension.

Her short stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Lunch Ticket, The Salt Hill Journal, Mason's Road, The Drum, Gargoyle and many other journals and newspapers. Her short story The Possibility of Fire was one of Carve Magazine's Esoteric Award winners in 2013. She is a 2002 recipient of the CAC Artist's Fellowship in Literature. Her short story Open Eyes was given first prize by Sandra Cisneros for El Andar magazine's 2000 writing contest.

Ms. Inclán has degrees in sociology and English literature from CSU Stanislaus and a Master's degree in English literature from SFSU. She is an MFA candidate at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Ms. Inclán lives in Oakland, California with her husband and is currently at work on just about everything.

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