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Review and giveaway: Skipping a Beat

March 1, 2011

Julia and Michael both came from troubled families in a small town in West Virginia.  Something happens when they’re in high school to bond the two of them together; they become inseparable and vow to build better lives for themselves.  After high school, they take off for Washington, D.C. and college and then get married.  While he’s in graduate school, Michael comes up with an idea for a company that is successful beyond their wildest dreams.

With the success of the business, Michael and Julia find themselves with money and clout and discover that they enjoy the power that comes with both.   That power and money take a lot of time away from their relationship and they begin drifting apart.  Michael has a heart attack at work one day and is clinically dead for over four minutes.  When he’s revived, he’s a different man and Julia has to figure out if she can accept the changes in him.

I just loved Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen!  The story is written in the first person from Julia’s perspective and it’s written in such a personal, conversational way, that she feels like an old friend.  I couldn’t help but relate to her, even though our lives are worlds apart.  Like most people, she wants success and money out of life, but she discovers that the cost of attaining it might not be worth it.

The characters in this book are fabulous!  Julia and Michael love each other but somewhere along the way forget to communicate.  Even though the book is told from Julia’s point of view, you can understand both characters’ perspectives, and see that the distance in their relationship is really both of their faults.  Julia’s good friend Isabelle is fantastic too – there’s something in her past that haunts her, and my heart ached for her.  Dale, one of Michael’s employees, is just the kind of character I love to hate.

For me, the best part of Skipping a Beat is that it makes you think about what’s important in your life.   It serves as a reminder to step back and enjoy the life you have instead of always wishing for something else.  It also reminds you to do the right thing the first time around, because most of us don’t get a second chance.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and shed tears more than once as I read it.  I’m thrilled that I have an extra copy to give away!  To enter to win SKIPPING A BEAT by Sarah Pekkanen, simply fill out this entry form.  Contest is open worldwide.  I will use to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EST Sunday, March 13, 2011.   The winner will be announced on Monday, March 14, 2011.  Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

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Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.  This review will be submitted to the Simon and Schuster SKIPPING A BEAT sweepstakes.
53 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2011 5:30 am

    Thank you for the fantastic review and the giveaway! I have been dying to read Skipping a Beat. It seems wonderful.

  2. March 1, 2011 5:35 am

    Ooh I love books like this. Almost like a near death experience. Can I be entered please.

  3. March 1, 2011 7:26 am

    I need to read this one — I meant to read it last week but life got in the way.

  4. March 1, 2011 7:35 am

    Great review, Kathy! Sounds like something I’d enjoy too.

  5. March 1, 2011 7:38 am

    Not heard much bad about this one. I mean, the plot definitely could be from one of many books, but it sounds like the author really kicked it up a notch with the characterization, to where it stands out. I must give this one a go!

  6. March 1, 2011 7:39 am

    Nice review, Kathy. I read it and really liked it – as you said, it made me think about what’s really important, etc.

  7. March 1, 2011 8:03 am

    Great post! This book sounds like my cup of tea. I love books that really get you thinking about the important things in life and make you take notice on what you need to focus on and forget about.

  8. March 1, 2011 8:06 am

    I loved this one too!!! It’s certainly a tearjerker though.

  9. March 1, 2011 8:27 am

    Dawn and Sandy and I discussed this book over dinner the other night, and I have to admit that it sounds right up my alley. I love the fact that it shows how riches and wealth are not the only important things in life, and I love that you mention that it has a very conversational style. I am so glad to hear that you loved it, and thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  10. March 1, 2011 9:04 am

    O my! It sounds fantastic. Yours is the second review I’ve read today that mentioned crying. I can not wait to try it 🙂 Thanks for the review and contest.

  11. March 1, 2011 9:21 am

    This sounds really good so I have entered the contest. I fall for characters rather than plots and I think this one might have a message for me about acceptance of what you have.

  12. March 1, 2011 10:12 am

    Great review, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book. I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the chance.

  13. stacybuckeye permalink
    March 1, 2011 10:14 am

    This looks wonderful! Adding it to my wish list.

  14. March 1, 2011 12:31 pm

    Thank you for this giveaway and great review. The story sounds really great. I’m glad you could relate to the character, because when I do I always feel the story is more interesting and funner. 🙂

  15. March 1, 2011 1:27 pm

    Thank you for offering a giveaway as I’ve been wanting to read this book! It sounds so good!

  16. March 1, 2011 2:24 pm

    Wonderful review, it does sound like a great book. This is the second review I have seen and I am sure curious

  17. March 1, 2011 2:25 pm

    “For me, the best part of Skipping a Beat is that it makes you think about what’s important in your life. It serves as a reminder to step back and enjoy the life you have instead of always wishing for something else. It also reminds you to do the right thing the first time around, because most of us don’t get a second chance.”

    Sounds wonderful, like a book I’d truly enjoy! I will enter this giveaway and also post it in my blog’s sidebar. Thank you for hosting this, Kathy! 🙂

  18. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 1, 2011 3:34 pm

    Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed this! Sarah is one of my favorite people. Lovely review, Kathy!

  19. March 1, 2011 4:35 pm

    I love how you say to do things right the first time since there not be a second chance. So very true and I felt your excitement for this book thoroughly.

    Isn’t it the best feeling to feel so alive when reading. Adding this one immediately to my reading list.

  20. March 1, 2011 4:48 pm

    Everyone seems to just love this book. I love and appreciate your thoughts about this.

  21. March 1, 2011 4:55 pm

    I keep forgetting to add her first book to my wishlist. Thanks for the reminder and thanks for the drawing! I’ve signed up.

  22. March 1, 2011 5:47 pm

    This does sound like a great book. I love stories that make you evaluate your own life like that.

  23. March 1, 2011 6:24 pm

    I enjoy books that make me ponder and appreciate my own life. I am also drawn to books that explore human relationships. This one sounds like a winner to me.

  24. March 1, 2011 6:28 pm

    So glad this book got your praise! 🙂

  25. March 1, 2011 6:35 pm

    It was so good! I am excited to see your thoughts on this Kathy 🙂

  26. March 1, 2011 6:43 pm

    Oh wow this looks incredible. Thanks for the great review!

  27. March 1, 2011 7:28 pm

    Sounds like a very intriguing storyline. Thanks for the great review!

  28. March 1, 2011 7:28 pm

    Ooh that book looks really good! I filled out the form and entered.

  29. March 1, 2011 7:47 pm

    That is a really wonderful theme to explore! Most times, when our loved ones go through a life-changing experience (read, life-and-death matter), loved ones just wish that the person come back, in whatever capacity possible. We never stop to think if that new capacity is something we can ever handle. I need to look for this one.

  30. March 1, 2011 8:00 pm

    This does sound like a book that has a message we should all hear. Thanks for the generous giveaway. I’m crossing my fingers to win!

  31. March 1, 2011 8:21 pm

    Another great review and from two of my fave bloggers means that I will certainly be reading this one!!

    I’d like the chance to win a copy 😀

  32. March 1, 2011 11:13 pm

    I’m hearing nothing but great things about this one!

  33. March 1, 2011 11:23 pm

    What a great review and of course, I would love to win it, even though I have books stacked all around me!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  34. March 2, 2011 7:22 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful review and giveaway, Kathy! And these comments are all so kind! xoxo

  35. March 2, 2011 10:38 am

    sort of the same premise as “Regarding Henry” , a movie I loved.

  36. March 2, 2011 12:57 pm

    Sarah Pekkanen’s new book sounds fascinating! This is one of those bizarre occurrences that sometimes happen and the question is whether a relationship is strong enough to sustain the change and grow & change with it. I like that it’s told from the woman’s point of view but we are privy to the man’s perspective as well. What a conundrum!

    Thank you for a wonderful review!
    ~ Amy

  37. Nadine Nys permalink
    March 2, 2011 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the great review and for this opportunity.

  38. March 2, 2011 8:18 pm

    The book sounds wonderful! Loved Sarah’s first book, THE OPPOSITE OF ME.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. rhonda permalink
    March 2, 2011 8:24 pm

    great review would love to read it!!

  40. Stephanie permalink
    March 2, 2011 9:07 pm

    🙂 Much love from your (local) neighbor

  41. stilettostorytime permalink
    March 3, 2011 8:07 am

    Loved it…no need to enter me. It really is a spectacular book and I am so happy that Sarah is getting the attention she truly deserves!

  42. March 3, 2011 8:17 am

    Great giveaway! Please enter me, I would love to read this.

    jh303015 @ gmail dot com

  43. March 3, 2011 11:03 am

    Thanks! for the great review and giveaway. I would love to win this.

  44. March 3, 2011 7:21 pm

    I really want to read this one, it sounds really good! This is the second great review I’ve read.

  45. March 4, 2011 4:05 pm

    This sounds like an interesting book, I would love to win it.

  46. March 4, 2011 5:20 pm

    I’ve seen this one on several blogs and have wanted to read it. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

  47. Thoughts of Joy permalink
    March 5, 2011 9:00 am

    I’ve heard great things about this book, so I’m happy to see you thought so, too. It’s on my TBR list. 🙂

  48. Kathy(mommysreding) permalink
    March 6, 2011 10:45 am

    I have heard so much about this book. I really want to read it. THanks for the giveaway.

  49. March 8, 2011 8:30 am

    I cannot wait to read this one – I’ve got a copy right here that just came in the mail, yay! 🙂

  50. March 10, 2011 7:53 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. “Skipping a Beat” has received great reviews and I want to read it.

  51. Melissa permalink
    March 11, 2011 10:20 pm

    Thanks for the competition (and especially for making it worldwide)

  52. March 20, 2011 10:50 am

    I like the sound of this one! I’m curious of how Michael has changed after the heart attack. Too bad I missed the giveaway, but great review anyway, Kathy!

    P/S: I finally get my Internet connection back. I signed up for mobile broadband.

  53. July 31, 2011 12:58 am

    loved loved loved this book. a great post. by the way you are reading an incredible book now, “One Day” LOVED IT

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