In high school they were Julie and Mike and they were inseparable. In college they were room mates and then they were married. In the early years they scraped by on what little they had working hard and dreaming big. Julie started a party planning business that took off and she was able to start putting a little away. Then Mike, always the dreamer came up with an idea that changed the look of health drinks forever. As production rolled out on the flavored waters, Mike, now a more sophisticated Michael, became more and more caught up in the business and the sweet generous man Julie once knew, became second to the business… a mistress, she could not compete with. Her compensation becomes the material things they now own, the large multi million dollar home, the cars, the jewelry, and travel. Julia wants for nothing. Anniversaries were missed, replaced instead by delivered flowers with notes of promises to be there for the next one… and nights became cold and lonely as Julie, now going by Julia, slept alone as Mike traveled for work for more nights than not.
Then a brush with death changes everything for Michael. Suddenly he sees more clearly what is important, and money becomes meaningless to him. Yet Julia gave up on love a long time ago and has grown accustomed to doing things alone and living the high life. Now it looks like Michael wants to turn his back on it all, give it all up, and put his full attention on Julia.
Julia feels that it is too little….
Last May I had the opportunity to read The Opposite Of Me by Sarah Pekkanen and LOVED it. I enjoyed Sarah’s style of writing and how in touch she was with family life and all the quirks that go with it. When I seen Skipping A Beat was coming soon, I was thrilled when I was sent an advanced copy to see what Sarah was up to this time around.
Honestly? I loved this book even more than her first! I connected well with the characters of Julia and Michael and found that these two well-developed characters left me feeling like the best friend in the middle. I completely understood Julia’s reluctance to be hurt by letting Michael in after the years of absence in their lives. Her fear was all too real to me as she struggles to hang on to what has become the norm in their lives. Once she had created herself around the world she lived in, it was not a fit for it to suddenly change.
I could relate to Michael too…. he was doing what he could to change the way things had become – but his complete about-face was way too much – too soon.
Another relationship in the book that I found to be amazing was Julia’s best friend Isabelle. I love this aspect of the book as Sarah Pekkanen shows the importance of having that friend that you can share anything with, and with everything else happening Isabelle is that person for Julia.
What I really loved about this book was how real it all felt. I have heard many times how once someone is forced into a different mold for a while we can adjust to new things and many times find the changes welcome, even if we did not think we would. Sarah Pekkanen writes a story that touched me deeply as this couple struggles to find their way… and in the process…
well, you are going to have to read this one to find out more.
I had a hard time putting this book down and highly recommend this book, as one of the best books I have read this year. An original writing that left me wanting more! Totally two thumbs up and a three tissue read. 😀
The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading Map has been updated to include Skipping A Beat
I received this book from the author
Dont forget to check out the giveaway I am having today on this book. 😛
53 thoughts on “Skipping A Beat by Sarah Pekkanen”
Since today, and the reviews I’ve seen, this is on my list as a must-have-very-soon. It sounds a fantastic read.
That is awesome Charlie! 😀
I cannot wait to read this. Terrific review!
Thanks Beth – I bet you will love it!
I can’t wait to read this…….running errands later today and will have to stop and grab this one.
I am so glad Kari!
This sounds like such a fabulous book. I agree with Charlie it has made it way to the top of my TBR NOW list!
Well, I’m a little more interested in reading this one after reading your review. 🙂
Oh good Hannah! 🙂
Kind of the point I guess, huh? 😀
Well… yeah 😀
It is so nice when you can connect to a book and feel like you are part of the characters world. Also great to have a book that is hard to put down.
I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover but it is very pretty and should not be missed!
Hope your day is still great 😀
Thanks – day is going good and yeah… I did not want to put this one down… thus the crying at one in the morning 🙂
Awesome review! I can’t wait to read this especially since you say it is even better than The Opposite of Me!
I thought so Christina – I think I could relate more tot his one – the work side of life taking over everything… I understood totally why Julia had a wall up with a “too little too late” attitude.
This does sound like a must-read…with all the elements I enjoy in a book…thanks for sharing!
Laurel – yes, this book is a great fit for you! 😀
oh dear…’one of the best books I’ve read all year’
now I have to read it!
Ruthie – I really hope you do… I would love to hear what you think of it.
I am all of a sudden hearing such good things about this book!
Yes! When I was looking at the Monday memers yesterday is was everywhere Helen. I am so happy for Sarah Pekkanen as I think this book is going to fly off the shelves.
You’re so right! It’s just a great read!
Thanks Julie- I loved your review of this book too!
Sounds good, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
I really did Nikki-ann! 😀
great review and a must reads for me now!
Oh good Diana – I can not wait to read everyone’s thoughts on this book.
This sounds so good!!! I would love to win it!!
This book sounds memorable. thanks.
Great review! Sounds like an amazing read!
2 Thumbs up!!!!! Wow wow wow.. I so need this and yes, I am adding a comment in all your posts today so I can have 3 entries and increase of chances 🙂
YAY Kavyen 😀
BEST read of the year?!?!? Wow!! That is quite an endorsement! I’ve got my box of kleenex ready. I’ll probably need the entire box since I cried (more like sobbed) while watching a story about abused animals being recused from our local humane society on the mid-day news today. 🙂
Sarah I absolutely can not watch those shows on animal abuse – it breaks me.
I agree with you whole-heartedly. There’s something very special about this book that transcends the written word and dives right into the emotion those words can create. From start to finish, it was nothing short of a magical journey.
(And boy, do I know what you mean about crying through the whole ending — tears, tears, tears!)
Shari I wept…. sobbed even.
I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sheila, it sounds really good. Thanks for the review!
Sure Darcy 😀
Sounds like an awesome book
It is Krystal 🙂
Wow this sounds really good. I will be on the lookout for this! I love the plotline!
It was soooo good Jillian 🙂
I so need to read this!
I agree 🙂
okay, this one sounds good *adding it to my list*
Angie I bet you would really like it 🙂
Wow – Sheila, what a beautiful and wonderful review. And I can’t thank you all enough for these kind comments!! I’m sitting here reading them and getting weepy. Thank you all so much! xoxo, Sarah
Sarah – reviewing books like this makes it easy to gush 🙂
Great review! This one really seems to be one that everyone is raving about and it seems that there is good reason.
Yes! It is soooo good 🙂