Monday, January 3, 2011

Skipping a Beat

Skipping a Beat: A NovelSarah Pekkanen
ISBN: 978-1-4516-0982-0
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Release Date: February, 22 2011
Source: From Publisher for Review

On the outside Julia seems to have it all, on the inside Julia is broken; her marriage has seemingly dissolved into a fa├žade though Julia tries to convince herself it will pass. Once married to her best friend, Julia now looks at her husband and sees a stranger. When her world as she knows it changes in an instant, the four minutes and eight seconds following her husband collapse from cardiac arrest solidifies the change in motion. When Michael is revived, he emerges a changed man, eager to right his wrongs and reconnect with the one woman he has always loved. The question is will Julia be able to forgive, heal and trust the new man her husband has suddenly become when he has been a stranger for so long?

Skipping a Beat amazed me. Sarah is a skillfully creative writer. Reading her novel was like sitting down with my best friend as she tearfully recaps a momentous occasion in her life. Her writing pierces the soul as you deeply become connected to Julia. I felt myself on the edge of my seat, patiently waiting as Julia told her story the way she needed to tell it. My emotions hung on every word as the novel twist and turns, exploring the complications of life, marriage, friendship and money. It was truly remarkable with an ending that left me in awe and completely satisfied. Julia’s story is full of love, heartache and confusion as her hearts dilemma is displayed across the pages.

I loved The Opposite of Me, Sarah’s first novel, but Skipping a Beat has stolen my heart and brought about a whole new appreciation of women’s fiction. Sarah simply raises the bar for authors with this simple yet complex look at one woman’s marriage, as it slips away from her and is then given a second chance. It was realistic, emotional and dashed with humor to ease some of the intensity. I simply couldn’t put this book down. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing about this novel. I loved the writing style. I enjoyed reading Julia’s story as if she tells it in the aftermath, intermixed with present and past details. It was like she was sharing the story with a future friend or a confidant and I felt as if I was the only one in the room with Julia as she told her story with raw emotion and honesty. It is truly a highly original, emotionally addictive novel that will leave you read for more from Sarah.

Recommendation: Pre-order!


**My personal, honest opinion was disclosed in the writing of this review which was posted in connection with a sweepstakes. As stated at the top this book was given to me  free book for the purpose of an honest  review**


  1. Great review. I am hoping to get this book soon and can't wait to dig in. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm frothing at the bit to read this one, and now I'm even more excited. Great review!

  3. It's good to know that it's realistic. You've made me curious about how sincere the husband's change is.

  4. I just got Skipping A Beat in the mail today. I cannot wait to start reading it! I read the Opposite of Me in less than 3 days!

  5. I can't wait to read this - thanks for the review!!

  6. I'm reading this now to do a review, it's wonderful - I agree.


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