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From Goodreads: Julia and Michael meet in high school in their small, poverty-stricken West Virginia hometown. Both products of difficult childhoods — Julia’s father is a compulsive gambler and Michael’s mother abandoned his family when he was a young boy – they find a sense of safety and mutual understanding in each other. Shortly after graduation they flee West Virginia to start afresh. Now thirty-somethings, they are living a rarified life in their multi-million-dollar,Washington D.C. home. From the outside it all looks perfect – Julia has become a highly sought-after party planner, while Michael has launched a wildly successful flavored water company that he sold for $70 million.
But one day Michael stands up at the head of the table in his company’s boardroom — then silently crashes to the floor. More than four minutes later, a portable defibrillator manages to jump-start his heart. Yet what happened to Michael during those lost minutes forever changes him. Money is meaningless to him now – and he wants to give it all away to charity. A prenuptial agreement that Julia insisted upon back when Michael’s company was still struggling means she has no claim to his fortune, and now she must decide: should she walk away from the man she once adored, but who truthfully became a stranger to her long before his near-death experience – or should she give in to her husband’s pleas for a second chance and a promise of a poorer but happier life?
The publisher’s summary of Skipping a Beat doesn’t begin to tell the depth and passion that this story unfolds and wraps the reader in. The first line in the book begins”When my husband Michael died for the first time,”…..a reader should know this is going to be a great journey. Julia and Michael have been married for many years, and they are successful and wealthy to most people looking into their lives, but a brush with death, a sudden heart attack changes everything. Their relati…moreMy Thoughts: The publisher’s summary of Skipping a Beat doesn’t begin to tell the depth and passion that this story unfolds and wraps the reader in. The first line of the book begins”When my husband Michael died for the first time,”…..a reader should know this is going to be a great journey. Julia and Michael have been married for many years, and they are successful and wealthy to most people looking into their lives, but a brush with death, a sudden heart attack changes everything. Their relationship is anything but simple.
Sarah Pekkanen draws such a real and emotional journey as they struggle to recall why they fell in love and if they can continue to be together. Jennifer holds a long standing grudge, and has her own secrets in their relationship . I first thought she was being too harsh, but I learned more about her doubts, and inner conflicts.
I love how the main characters saved each other as teens and gave each other the love and trust they were missing from home, and how things in some marriages change, and come full circle.
I questioned giving this 5 stars, because I don’t want to hand out the rating too easily, but I could honestly think of nothing I didn’t like, except that I was so in love with these characters I didn’t want it to end. Sarah Pekkanen is on facebook and goodreads and she is one of the kindest authors I have encountered. She has the support and friendship from a bevy of female authors that include Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffen, and Jen Lancaster. Her first book, The Opposite of Me, gained much attention, and I can’t wait to read it.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary womens literature.
I received a pre-publishing date copy of this book from the publisher, this in no way impacted my review.