The wonderful Sarah Pekkanen is at it again. She’s about to release her 4th book, “The Best of Us” and its sure not to disappoint. If you’ve read any of her previous books, you know how Pekkanen’s books are. They are anything but boring and they always have a twist or turn that leaves you thinking “what??!”
THE BEST OF US begins as a group of college friends (and spouses) head on an exclusive to Jamaica for Dwight’s 35th birthday…
An all-expense paid week at a luxury villa in Jamaica – it’s the invitation of a lifetime for a group of old college friends. All four women are desperate not just for a reunion, but for an escape: Tina is drowning under the demands of mothering four young children. Allie is shattered by the news that a genetic illness 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 wealthy husband an unforgettable 35th birthday celebration, hoping it will gloss over the cracks already splitting apart their new marriage.
Languid hours on a private beach, gourmet dinners, and late nights of drinking kick off an idyllic week for the women and their husbands. But as a powerful hurricane bears down on the island, turmoil swirls inside the villa, forcing each of the women to re-evaluate everything she knows about her friends – and herself.
THE BEST OF US is one of those books that makes you want to lay on the beach and just enjoy a good vacation. Since its freezing cold here (literally 7 below zero), this book helped me escape the dullness of January in Wisconsin. It also had me itching for a fun getaway. If you are planning a fabulous escape, you need to reserve your copy of THE BEST OF US to take for the ride. Its really worth it. The story isn’t all about the vacation, either. Like all of Pekkanen’s books, she takes the time to dive deep into these women’s relationships. Each person going has secrets about themselves that even their closest friends (and spouses) aren’t aware of. Time away from their family and daily routine gives them the opportunity to realize what is important to them and what secrets need to be made known and which are better left alone.
I really could relate to the complexity of these women and their friendships. I could really understand Tina, the stay-at-home mom the most. She just needed to sleep in and take time for her. I rejoiced with her as she relaxed without worrying about the needs of her kids and then empathized as she missed them after just a short few days away. I’ve been there and get it. Each of the women in the book seemed so real to me, its obvious Sarah writes from her own observations. The women’s dynamics (successful Ali, a childless-by-choice & free Savannah, and the perfectionist Pauline) between the women on this vacation really drew me into the story and kept me wanting to know more.
Sarah has definitely become one of my favorite authors. She writes her stories with such elegance, that I never find myself thinking “when is this story going to get interesting?” like I have with other novels. I also started following her on both Twitter and Facebook and its made me love her even more. She is really hilarious and always has a funny story or situation that only Sarah could get herself into. When she agreed to an interview with us here at Fabulous Won, I jumped at the opportunity.
Here’s a few questions we asked her…
Sarah Pekkenan is giving away an advanced copy of THE BEST OF US to one lucky reader!
I was not paid to write this post, I did receive a copy of the book for this review at no cost to me. These are my honest opinions.