Skipping a Beat

Skipping a Beat

Author: Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Pages: 327
Format: Book

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?

Ope’s Opinion: This was interesting to see how the change in the husband’s attitude and focus changed their whole marriage.  I have been married for a long time, we have changed and grown together.  It would be hard to see a partner change so much so fast.  

I felt like Sarah Pekkanen helped me see the point of view of both Michael and Julia after his brief death.  

I loved that this is not your usual story line.  It is very original.  It was interesting to follow it to the end.

I also liked that Michael and Julia’s marriage was portrayed as perfect to begin with.  It made it more realistic to me.  The closeness and distance in a marriage is normal.  Outside influences can push and pull at two people.  Watching Michael and Julia each deal with their differences made me want to keep reading.

You did it again Sarah!  Keep writing!

Rating: Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.

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