Perfect Timing

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Maxine Chandler and Mya Rivers were once the best of friends, sisters by choice. But distance and a series of misunderstandings came between them. Now, a fifteen-year class reunion cruise to the Caribbean could renew their powerful bond—just when they need it most.

After heartbreak and tragedy, Maxi doesn't expect her shipboard romance with former high school rebel Christopher Chandler to be more than a sizzling distraction, but then he offers her a gift so profound she can't ...

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Maxine Chandler and Mya Rivers were once the best of friends, sisters by choice. But distance and a series of misunderstandings came between them. Now, a fifteen-year class reunion cruise to the Caribbean could renew their powerful bond—just when they need it most.

After heartbreak and tragedy, Maxi doesn't expect her shipboard romance with former high school rebel Christopher Chandler to be more than a sizzling distraction, but then he offers her a gift so profound she can't refuse it—even when it leaves her vulnerable to crushing loss. Mya, on the other hand, seems blessed with a perfect marriage, home, and beautiful twins. But Mya's work is taking over her life and another woman might be taking husband. . .

As each couple struggles with the limits of love, loyalty, and trust, Mya and Maxi reclaim a deep and abiding friendship. . .one that will inspire them with courage to face the future, whatever it may bring. . .

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Centering around the Tiananmen Square massacre and its aftermath, this remarkably structured and textured debut epic seeks to attach a face to the mysterious man who, by stepping in front of the rolling army tanks, became the most recognizable symbol of the massacres. Cheng succeeds in his endeavor, and in the process he gives China a face as well"one so vivid and provocative it's hard to walk away without a fresh impression of the massacre, the 13 years since, and modern-day China in general. Three months before the massacre, Xiao-Di returns to China after spending four years at Cornell University, where he fell in love with a blonde American girl who left him upon graduation. But he has tasted freedom and his return to China is turbulent. He cannot find work. He grapples with the way the masses adhere to tradition and respect authority. He lives with his grandparents (his parents are dead) and when not at home feeling angry and confused, he is out with his friend Wong, bleakly contemplating the future. Then, through the eyes of president Deng Xiaoping, we enter Tiananmen Square, where students have begun protesting. Cheng successfully humanizes the person he has called a complicated man, driven by a genuine passion to create a better society for the Chinese people. Xiao-Di soon finds himself impulsively partaking in a hunger strike and, before long, facing down a tank. Complicating matters is his brother, Lu, a Chinese soldier who is sent with a unit to find Xiao-Di. Through the brothers and their grandparents, a multifaceted and sophisticated portrait of the Chinese people is rendered. This is a rare find: historical and political without being pedantic, and briskly entertaining without being cheap, simplistic or contrived. (May) Forecast: This is not the first novel to center around Tiananmen, but it may be the best. Sales will probably be driven as much by word of mouth as by reviews"it has the makings of a bookseller favorite; 6-city tour. Fiction Notes May Publications Chicago priest Michael Enright debuts with Daisies in the Junkyard, a powerful and simply told story of two Latin American boys and their families trying to survive in South Chicago. Tony and Carlos are high school seniors who want nothing to do with the Knights or the Devils, rival gangs that plague their neighborhood. But they are given little choice when Carlos is injured in a drive-by shooting and his younger brother is murdered. Enright ably captures the experiences of the boys as they dodge bullets and dabble in spirituality as a means of survival in the direst of circumstances. National advertising. (Forge, $23.95 240p ISBN 0-765-30144-X) Nine linked stories revolve around a beleaguered Maine paper-mill town in Ernie's Ark. Ernie Whitten is laid off three weeks before his retirement and constructs an ark in his backyard as a tribute to his dying wife, Marie. The CEO of the company that owns the mill takes a road trip with his estranged daughter and the results are both hilarious and harrowing. Monica Wood (My Only Story) does a remarkable job of illuminating the characters' inner lives"from disgruntled union workers to a flower store owner in a troubled marriage"skillfully layering their brief but complex stories with humor, empathy and melancholy. (Chronicle, $22.95 192p ISBN 0-8118-3461-1) Brenda Jackson (One Special Moment) thrusts two women together during a 10-year high school reunion cruise in Perfect Timing. Maxine and Mya were best friends, but have drifted apart. Maxine's fiancE died just before their wedding and now she is facing having a hysterectomy; Mya is married to Garrett, a handsome football star. The women quickly patch up an old misunderstanding and commiserate over various on-board distractions including studly Christopher, with whom Maxine has to share a cabin, and Mya's growing insecurity about Garrett's fidelity back on land. The lackluster plot is all but buried under tedious exposition, monotonous sex scenes and laughably wooden dialogue. (Dafina, $24 304p ISBN 1-57566-921-8) Mystery Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575669212
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Jackson
Brenda Jackson
Brenda is a die-"heart" romantic who married her childhood sweetheart 37 years ago and still proudly wears the "going steady" ring he gave her when she was 15. Because she began believing very early in the power of love and romance, she can't help but write stories with happy endings. She is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 70 romance novels and looks forward to increasing that number. She and her husband live in the city where they were born, Jacksonville, Florida, and have two sons. She has a B.S.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2011

    Must Read

    This book held my interest from beginning to end. The whole plot and concept was great!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2003

    THE BEST YET

    PERFECT TIMING WAS A DARN GOOD BOOK I READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN 2 DAYS I COULDN'T PUT THE BOOK DOWN AND I TELL EVERY ONE ABOUT IT. AND I HAVEN'T READ A BOOK IN 2 OR MORE YRS.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    powerfully deep character-driven novel

    Though several years have passed since her fiancee died, Maxine Chandler remains unable to move on in her personal life. The Savannah Sate College Professor receives bad news from her doctor that she will soon need surgery. Her doctor recommends Maxi takes some needed R&R. Knowing he is right, she decides to attend her high school graduating class ten-year cruise reunion. <P>Another alumni of that class Christopher ¿no relationship to Maxi¿ Chandler receives pressure to take a vacation from the caring mother of his partner. Knowing she is right, he decides to attend his high school graduating class ten-year cruise reunion. <P>Maxi¿s best friend in school, Mya Rivers and her professional football-playing spouse Garrett also attend the cruise. Mya believes Garrett is cheating on her and thinks her marriage is doomed as she feels like a stranger in a strange land even at home. Garrett loves Mya and wonders why she acts so distant towards him? <P>Will these four deeply soul searching people find happiness once they disembark and return to their land based lives? <P>Readers who enjoy a deep look at relationships between fully developed characters will want to peruse Brenda Jackson¿s PERFECT TIMING. The key to this strong story line is the four prime protagonists. Each one seems genuine and stays within persona so that their individual and shared trials and tribulations are real and the attempts to reach out ring true. Fans will appreciate that Ms. Jackson steers the course avoiding the common error of melodramatic unnecessary action packed sidebars so that the audience obtains a powerfully deep character-driven novel. <P>Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Another good book

    I read Perfect Fit a while ago and stumbled upon Perfect Timing when I was looking for another Brenda Jackson book. The book was just what I needed. Now I'm going back to read Perfect Fit again while I wait for Mrs. Jackson's new release in July.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Great

    When you finish this book you will feel like you want the story to continue. It is a really good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    The Ones You Least Expect

    I really enjoyed this book. Mya and Maxine were true friends. True friends can make up for disagreements. I admire Maxine for being the a true friend to Chris as well. She excepted his just as he was. He was the one that had the hardest life as a child, but turned out to be a success. And this is reality, the ones you least expect can be the most successful ones. Good Book. I recommend all of Mrs. Jackson books. I haven't been dissappointed yet!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    LOVED IT!

    The second reading was more rewarding than the first. I continue to enjoy and appreciate Brenda Jackson's novels and the realistic reference to the historic Black Colleges and Universities. Love her strong characters. LA-TXN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    I loved everything about this book from the beginning to the end. I am never disappoint when I purchase a Brenda Jackson book. You will enjoy this book.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book.

    I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Good Read

    This is a very good book. It will keep you interested and wanting more. It makes you realize the value of a good friendship.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    nice read

    intertesting book. a little predictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2004

    Just OK

    I am not into love stories and this book is not what I expected it to be. I was looking for drama, and there was a tad bit of it, but it just seemed like you can predict the book before the scenes unraveled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    Fantastic

    This book was a definite page turner. I Finish this book in 48 hours. The characters Maxine in Mya were excellent. Outstanding read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2002

    Great work by a great author

    I have always been a big fan of Mrs. Jackson from the started with "Valetine Kisses" to "The Mardis Series". Her writing is easy reading and rereading. When ever I find out a new book is coming out I can not wait. Girldfriend is very good. Perfect Timing is excellent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    Great Story

    I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and I think the pace was just right. It was a very touching story that was vividly painted. Good Job. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2002

    A MUST READ

    My first introduction to BJ was 'Family Reunion'. After reading 'Fam. Reunion' I rushed out to get another one of her books. The only I could find in the bookstore was 'Perfect Timing'. It was excellent!!!!! I kept trying to skip to the end of the book to how the characters ended up without missing of the juicy stuff that happened in the middle. This book was definitely a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2002

    Sensational!! A Must Read for all romance readers!!!

    This book was definitely worth the wait! Ms. Jackson continues to amaze me with her ability to bring the characters in her book to life. This is truly another best seller!! Thanks Brenda for a job well done!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2002

    so hot

    this is the first book i've read by mrs jackson and if any of her other books are like this one i will be purchasing them, i read this book in 3 days eager to see how it would end and was very pleased at the reality of it all.the book flows contiously in reality i couldnt put this book down i didnt go out at all this weekend tryna see what was happening with maxi and chris, and then when i did go out i took the book with me,and read it every chance i got,i even read in between sunday school and 1st service. GOOD BOOK!!!!!!

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