That One Moment
by Terese Lorae Smauldon
Reviewed by: Michelle Bishop
That One Moment by Terese Lorae Smauldon takes us into the lives of four women: Lia, Rena, Jasmine and DeeDee. Each of these women is beautiful, smart, and talented, but their weaknesses keep them just inches from the lives they claim to want for themselves.
Unlike so many urban novels, none of the main characters were sexually molested at the age of five and pimped out or strung out by the age of twelve. Yet, these women suffer their own slightly less stereotypical difficulties and learn to move through them to build good lives for themselves. When we meet Lia, Rena, Jas, and DeeDee we learn enough to empathize with their situations but maintain sufficient distance to be disgusted when they make poor choices.
Although I generally do not like novels that attempt use alternating chapters to tell the story from various points of view, Smauldon succeeds in allowing each of the women speak for herself without mangling the rhythm of the narrative. There is fairly good character development and the story was well thought out.
Smauldon did miss a wonderful opportunity to explore the Lia's racial self-identity issues more thoroughly, especially when her sister comes into the picture. And, she took the easy way out in her handling of DeeDee's situation – it's way too easy to let the white character suffer for her crime of outside of her race. Nonetheless the tale was highly entertaining and well written. I recommend That One Moment as a nice light read that keeps the reader turning pages to see what will happen next. I look forward to reading more of Smauldon's work.
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