Paradise isn’t quite what it seems as four college friends meet for an island vacation in this captivating new novel from the acclaimed author of These Girls.
This is the first Sarah Pekkanen book I have read, and I thoroughly loved it! I loved the characters as they were real and had depth to them, and I could feel a connection with all of them, surprisingly. I didn't think I was going to be able to connect with Savannah because of her flirty and sometimes slutty ways, but I did after a while. Once you got behind her hard shelled surface, there really was a loving person in there. For that matter, it was hard not to connect to any of the characters they were so very realistic. It was very easy to follow the story and each character, too, even though there were four couples. Pekkanen pulled this off to a "T"!
It is Dwight's 35th birthday, and his wife, Pauline, really wants to celebrate it. Little do her guests know yet she puts together this 5-star luxury stay at their resort they own in Jamaica complete with private transportation on their private jet, culinary chefs who cater to every guests meal and individual needs and desires when it comes to any food for that matter, any help that could be needed, snorkeling, body boards, everything you can imagine she has done that would fulfill and complete every guests whim. Made me tired with all that she arranges. She is one amazing host! Even though she sounds saintly, she has her own set of problems. Her husband Dwight wants to have children, and Pauline has not been able to give him any . . . yet, at least, and this weighs very heavily on her shoulders, not to mention she harbors a deep, dark secret she can't let loose. The other thing that bothers her are these are friends of Dwight's from college. Can she trust these women Dwight went to college with around her husband? Yes, he was considered a huge dork back in college, but money and age do make a difference, so could that be a concern from any of these guests of his whom she barely knows?
How would you like to get an invitation in the mail from an old college friend who happened to make it rich, so rich that you and your spouse are invited to an all-expense paid round trip, on a private jet, to your friend's personal villa in Jamaica? Personally, I would die! All four couples end up going on this trip, except one husband. Savannah's husband. It's up to her to decide what she is going to say . . . ?
Hurricane Becky has been looming in the background the week they arrive. Do they ride the storm out? Do they make it okay? It's only a category 2 storm, but . . .
This was the perfect vacation to read in this record setting below zero temperatures and record setting 'stuck in the house' snowfall this year, at least for me where I live! I couldn't have chosen a better time of year to read this one!
"But then again, didn't all marriages carry thousands of hurts? Didn't husbands and wives injure each other all the time, leaving wounds big and small, with a snapped word or forgotten anniversaries or emotional buttons deliberately pushed? But thousands of kindnesses existed in marriages, too. The important thing was that the kindnesses triumphed over the hurts."
The Best of Us: A Novel by Sarah Pekkanen
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