Dafina, May 2002, 24.00, 304 pp.
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.
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.
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?
Will these four deeply soul searching people find happiness once they disembark and return to their land based lives?
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.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner