Book Review: Skipping A Beat by Sarah Pekkanen

by Notorious Spinks on 03.01.2011

SKIPPING A BEAT_by Sarah Pekkanen


In relationships sometimes the rules change.  We change.  But, is it fair to the other person involved?

Do they even get a say?

In my opinion, it just depends on the circumstance.

As for Julia, she didn’t get a say.  She wasn’t happy about it and the circumstance didn’t matter.  She just wanted it to be like it was…the happy days…or that’s how it looked to outsiders…

But inside…

Secretly, that was exactly how I felt: What people saw when they looked at me didn’t reflect who I was inside.  At my core, I was still a girl without money, a person who worried she didn’t fit in, someone who walked around with a silver sliver of fear buried deep insider her, like a bit of shrapnel even the most skilled surgeon would never be able to remove.

Skipping a Beat tells the story of Julia, a successful party planner and her husband Michael.  Her husband Michael on the other hand is to DrinkUp what 50 Cent is to Vitamin Water.  Yes, he’s rolling in dough!

There it was: on the table next to Oprah Winfrey, within reach of her famous bejeweled hand, was the beverage she’d consumed during the interview.  DrinkUp’s Berrywater.

Just like in real life, Oprah’s seal of approval made it all possible.  Michael’s net worth went from chump change to $100 million.

Michael and Julia were living the good life.  Long gone were the days of their youth when they sat in the park to escape their dysfunctional families.

In a way Michael has always been Julia’s knight in shining armor.  He was there to rescue Julia from a possibly tragic situation during their youth and they never looked back.

But one moment changed it all…

Is it wrong to bitch-slap a saint?

4 minutes and 8 seconds to be exact.  That’s all it took…

Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen is an instant favorite with me.   In this novel Pekkanen examines the layers of love.  It’s easy to say we love someone but only time and tests will show just how much we really love.   Y’all know I’m a hopeless romantic.

I was in awe how much I liked this book.  I was expecting it to be some chick-lit mumbo-jumbo.  I read the synopsis: “What would you do if your husband suddenly wanted to rewrite the rules of your relationship?”  Yes that’s all.  When I picked the book up to read I mumbled, “I hope this is not some whiny book talking about my husband don’t love me no mo’!”  I was wrong.  Not only did I get to know Michael and Julie but I got a chance to ask myself some serious questions about life and love.

  • Would I stay?
  • Would I leave?
  • I know I believe… but… could I handle it?

I love books that make me think.  Another thing I love is that Pekkanen added some opera history in this book.  This story actually read like an opera.  The highs, the lows, the tragedy, the love…

I recommend this book to anyone.  I will warn you that this isn’t your typical light read.  It’s a conversation piece.  I checked out Amazon and it’s on sale for $8.56. Don’t worry, the author still gets her same cut!  LOL!  Sale or not…

For disclaimer purposes I received this book from the publisher and this didn’t influence my review in any way.  I’m also being entered into a sweepstakes for my participation in this tour.  Y’all know I keep it real with my books, free or not-free!

For your listening pleasure I included one of my favorite songs below, There’s a Stranger in My Bed by Tamia.  As I read this book, I was maybe 20 pages in and this song came to me as Julia talked about Michael and it stuck.  I think it fits the mood of this book perfectly.  For all my opera enthusiasts, after you read it come back and post a link to the opera you think best fits the mood of this book so I can check it out!


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Sheila (Bookjourney) March 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I sooo enjoyed this one too!


Notorious Spinks March 6, 2011 at 3:30 am

It is a great book. I actually have it in my stack to re-read. Just awesomeness!


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