Friday, April 19, 2013

The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen

Publisher: Washington Square Press
Pages: 352
Format: eARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  Following a once-in-a-lifetime invitation, a group of old college friends leap at the chance to bring their husbands for a week’s vacation at a private villa in Jamaica to celebrate a former classmates' thirty-fifth birthday.

All four women are desperate for a break and this seems like a perfect opportunity. Tina is drowning under the demands of mothering four young children. Allie needs to escape from the shattering news about an illness that runs in her family. Savannah is carrying the secret of her husband’s infidelity. And, finally, there’s Pauline, who spares no expense to throw her husband an unforgettable birthday celebration, hoping it will gloss over the cracks that have already formed in their new marriage.

The week begins idyllically, filled with languorous days and late nights of drinking and laughter. But as a hurricane approaches the island, turmoil builds, forcing each woman to re-evaluate everything she’s known about the others—and herself.


Kritters Thoughts:  A group of friends from college are invited on all expense paid trip to Jamaica to celebrate a birthday, although some of the friends haven’t stayed in touch, so the trip is a little out of the blue.  Each of them are escaping issues at home to the paradise of Jamaica, except sometimes your problems can come with you on vacation.

Another book that needed a cheat sheet to make sure I had each couple put together correctly and the main issue that they were dealing with, but once the cheat sheet was made, I was good to go!  The couple I loved the most was Allie and Ryan, her fear that all her life things have come easy and at some point the chips have to fall really hit me.  My life hasn't been an uphill battle, some things have come my easily and some I have fought for, but in the end I usually end up right where I want to be and there is a fear that I could wake up and it all could be gone.  I am so glad she included this character and the struggle with waiting for a catastrophe   

Another Sarah Pekkanen book that had me up late at night reading and wanting a sequel to continue the stories of each of the characters.  Pekkanen's characters are full, deep and utterly human which I absolutely adore because sometimes I just want to read about people in a true situation.   

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2013 Challenge: 21 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Edelweiss.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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