Sarah Pekkanen - Skipping A Beat
When Was It Released?: 4th August 2011
Where Did I Get It From?: Bought it
Who Published It?: Washington Square Press
Julia and Michael met in high school, fell in love and now live in a multi million dollar in Washington. Life has not always been so easy for them, however, as they have both had difficult childhoods. With Julia’s father a compulsive gambler and Michael’s mother abandoning him when he was younger. Now from the outset their lives look perfecr. Julia is a successful event planner while Micheal has launched a multi million dollar company. One day their lives change, when Michael stands up during a company meeting and crashes to the floor. Michael died for four minutes before he was revived, yet what happened during those minutes changes him forever. Michael decides that he now wants to give all the money he has to charity. Julia has no claim on the money after signing a pre nuptial agreement before they married. Should she now walk away from the man she once loved but who has turned into a stranger? Or should she go along with her husbands plans and his promise of a poorer but happier life?
The only criticism I have would be that throughout the story I felt that the characters of Julia and Michael were much older than their age. They were written as if they were in their forties or fifties at times, which would have been fine except for we are told that they are in their thirties.
I thoroughly enjoyed Skipping A Beat and would recommend this to just about anyone. I was taken on an emotional rollercoaster throughout the novel, taken on ups and downs with moments of humour and moments of pain. I found myself crying at the end of this novel, which is very rare for me, which goes to show just how much this novel gripped me. Have some tissues ready your going to need them!