Author: Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Goodreads: Paradise isn’t quite what it seems as four college friends meet for an island vacation in this captivating new novel from the acclaimed author of These Girls.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.
Ope’s Opinion: Watching four college friends come together years later made me want to contact my old college friends. The relationships remind me of when I go home – all my siblings and I retreat back into our roles when we had as children. These college friends each have their roles in the group.
The story kept on the move. It had a great pace throughout the whole book. I enjoyed it. It kept me turning the pages.
It was great to read a story about marriages that were real. Every marriage has it’s ups and downs. Each one of these characters had struggles and came through it in their own way.
Rating: Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.