Monday, April 8, 2013

The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen

I finished reading The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen on Friday night, and it has been a real stretch for me to wait this long to post about it! I wanted to wait until right before its publication date (tomorrow, April 9th!) so that you can order this book pronto!

Here's the gist:

A group of old college friends get together for an all-expenses paid trip to Jamaica. By all-expenses paid, I mean Dwight, the resident millionaire, is footing the entire bill. Leer Jet, chef, private villa? Yes, Dwight has it all! The trip was planned to celebrate Dwight's birthday, and has been micro-managed by Pauline, Dwight's alpha wife. Pauline has made sure every t is crossed, and every i is dotted, but when she needs to leave the island unexpectedly, well, as the saying goes, "when the cats are away the mice will play." You find out that not everything is as wonderful as it appears. There is a lot more to their relationship than meets the eye.

Tina and Gio are married, and just slogging through the daily grind of life. We have all been there. Kids, bills, just trying to do it all. Tina feels she cannot be honest with Gio about her frustrations, and it's taking its toll on their marriage. She loves Gio, but she also doesn't want to feel guilty about wearing yoga pants every day! Girl, you have our support. Wear those damn yoga pants! Raising kids is hard work!

Allie and Ryan are the picture-perfect couple. In my mind I imagined all of her perfectly framed family photographs, and her Shutterfly albums for every occasion. She has it all, and she is kind-to boot. She's the girl we all love to hate. Oh, I see, you pre-addressed envelopes for thank you cards to write after your kids birthday? How very efficient of you. (bitch!) I'm lucky if mine ever get done! When Allie's perfect facade begins to crack, you don't feel vindicated, you feel saddened for her. Does she have ALS? Would that cause someone to break down like Allie did? Hmmm...all things you will want to know.

And then there's Savannah...the loosey-goosey, soon-to-be divorcee. She flirts with all the men, and flaunts her assets. Now, I've never experienced divorce first-hand, but I sure hope I don't behave like Savannah does in the aftermath of her husband's infidelity and betrayal. Don't get mad, Savannah, get even! haven't you seen the First Wives Club? Getting even is sort of what she ends up doing. Aren't you intrigued?

You won't want to miss this newest book by Sarah Pekkanen. I read Skipping a Beat last year, and loved it!! She's a fabulous, amazing author.

Don't forget to click on the link at the top of the page to order The Best of Us. You're not going to scroll back up, are you? Okay, fine! Here The Best of Us on Amazon.

Want to test your luck, and enter to win a copy? Some sites are offering giveaways:
Chick Lit Central-The Blog
Great Thoughts

Poor Sarah is one of many authors involved in a battle between S&S and Barnes and Noble. Not having your book seen on the shelves at B&N totally stinks, and it is a shame that more readers are not aware that there are great books being published by S&S, and because of this battle, they'll remain unseen. Support these people:
Amy Hatvany
Randy Susan Meyers
My book club's pick for April is The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers.

I have a SIGNED copy of Amy's book Heart Like Mine that I bought to support her, and I'm giving it away here! One entry per person (U.S. & Canada only). You will be entered twice if you are a member of my blog. Oh yeah, you know you want to! Check back on Friday, April 12th to see the winner's name posted. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the book (once notified that they have won) to send me their information.

Thank you, loves! As always, keep reading.
*This is my honest review. I have not been compensated in any way for this review. An early copy of this book was given to me by the publisher Simon & Schuster (Atria Books).*



  1. I have been wanting to read this book. I'll keep my fingers crossed that I win!

  2. The cover makes me want Summer to hurry up.

  3. I am following on GFC (sunnydaysrule). Sounds like a great book.


  4. Following on gfc Lomazow.Would love to read this

  5. follow on GFC. sounds like a wonderful book!

  6. Thanks for supporting these authors and sharing one of their books. Count me in for sure!

  7. Looks like another great summer read! Bring on summer!!

  8. Congratulations to Marlene! You're the winner of Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany- Please contact me by Sunday, April 14th to claim your book!

  9. Thank you to all who entered. Next week will be The Good Woman by Jane Porter! I have two of those. You won't want to miss it! xo

  10. Thank you so much!!! I'm so excited to have won. I've been wanting to get this book :)