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That One Moment 2

by Terese Lorae Smauldon
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Reviewed by: Michelle Bishop
January 2011


That One Moment 2 by Terese Lorae Smauldon picks up the story of Lia, Rena, Jas and DeeDee pretty much where it left off. Once again, Smauldon has produced a page-turner. There's plenty of sex and glamour mixed with real-life challenges as the four women are taken in different directions by the choices they made in the first book. One major change for the women is that Lia has left New York to marry Ty and now lives in Chicago. So the crew is not together leading to a breakdown in the communication and support system they once had.

Lia is struggling to adjust to married life. Rena is faced with challenges at work and at home as a result of her choices. Jas is navigating new territory as she faces off to groupies who are after her now famous boyfriend and her younger sister moves to the big city from the relative safety of their home town. And, DeeDee is mourning the loss of her marriage. Because the women are not there for one another in the same way they were before, situations rapidly spiral out of control for each of them.

Once again, Smauldon does an admirable job of letting the women tell the story from their own points of view, but there is again a breakdown between points A and B, particularly with Joelle, a secondary character. There do not seem to be sufficient character markers to justify the behavior we see from some of the women at various points in the novel.

Again, Smauldon misses her chance to explore aspects of these relationships with more depth but the pace of the novel is quick and light making it a fun late night read. Smauldon has a gift for storytelling and weaves details together with care. And again, she makes sure the characters that are living outside society's norms get a lashing of some sort by life. However, despite the moralistic nature the way the characters are handled, we find ourselves engaged in the struggle and rooting for the best possible outcome for all of them.

What did you like about the book?
It is cultural and entertaining.

What did you dislike about the book?
At times, the colloquial language was distracting and bothersome to the overall flow of the book. It limited the scope of the read to a degree, even.

What could the author do to improve the book?
Be careful when using colloquial language. Also, the author should pay attention to verbs and tenses, and be consistent with them.


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Cidoik :
Posted 2057 days ago
Bryan,You should take the 1-Star rievewers completely seriously, especially since each of them had the intestinal courage and moral transparency to stand behind their reviews with their ACTUAL names. I mean, rievewers who don't hide behind the veil of anonymity but are bold enough to use their real names such as Nova Orion and Doctor Danger are instantly credible right? Maybe these negative reviews are simply displaced anger at their parents for such goofy names or merely manifestations of latent childhood teasing about their unfortunate schoolyard handles? BTW, I'm not sure why the good doctor hyphenated both marketing-speak and bottom-feeder in his review. His hyper-hyphen-over-use-seems-comically-incorrect
 




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