Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen
From the very first page, I was hooked on this quick-to-read, hard-to-forget novel.
Julia and Michael are the quintessential American success story - from West Virginia nobodies to a power couple with a huge house, successful careers, a net worth in the millions, luxurious cars...and a marriage that isn't exactly rock solid from Julia's point of view, but something she never did anything about, for fear of losing what they had worked so hard towards...
Until Michael dies for 4 minutes during a meeting (he's resuscitated from the potentially fatal heart attack and taken to hospital), and his view of the world, their money and their marriage does a 180.
The rest of the novel features Julia's struggle with the "new Michael" and his vision for a simpler, less rich life, with the roots of her past, with what the future without wealth might hold, and the possibility of losing it all, while gaining her husband.
Though I won't give it a way, the ending was absolutely unexpected to me, and took the novel and my perception of it into a very different place. I really embraced the characters of this novel, though; Julia is someone to easily be jealous of - my age, fabulously wealthy, success, and with a great husband - but yet the reader continues to root for and empathize with her.
This was a smart, well-written, thought-provoking novel, and I totally lost myself in it. Recommended!
Thanks to the publisher and author for sending me a free review copy of this novel. I wrote this review in connection with a sweepstakes.