Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

This meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine and is meant to highlight some great pre-publication books we all can't wait to get our grubby little mitts on.

For me, I can't wait to read: Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen. The book is being released by Washington Square Press on February 22, 2011. Pulled from the author's newsletter which can be subscribed to on her webpage comes this premise:

Julia Dunhill, a thirty-something party planner, seems to have it all. Married to her high school sweetheart and living in a gorgeous home in Washington D.C., she imagines her future unfolding very much as it has for the past few years, since she and her husband Michael successfully launched their companies. There will be dinner parties to attend, operas to dress up for, and weddings and benefits to organize for her growing list of clients. There will be shopping sprees with her best friend, Isabelle, and inevitably those last five pounds to shed. In her darker moments, she worries that her marriage has dissolved from a true partnership into a fa├žade, but she convinces herself it's due to the intensity of their careers and fast-paced lifestyle.

So as she arranges the molten chocolate cupcakes for the annual Opera benefit, how can she know that her carefully-constructed world is about to fall apart? That her husband will stand up from the head of the table in his company's boardroom, open his mouth to speak, and crash to the carpeted floor... all in the amount of time it will take her to walk across a ballroom floor just a few miles away. Four minutes and eight seconds after his cardiac arrest, a portable defibrillator jump-starts Michael's heart. But in those lost minutes he becomes a different man, with an altered perspective on the rarified life they've been living and a determination to regain the true intimacy they once shared. Now it is up to Julia to decide -- is it worth upending her comfortable world to try to find her way back to the husband she once adored, or should she walk away from this new Michael, who truthfully became a stranger to her long before his change of heart?

3 comments:

  1. I'm with you on this one- I can't wait for "Skipping a Beat" to come out!

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  2. This one looks great. I still haven't read her first book, so I should get to it!

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  3. I'm waiting on this one too. Love Sarah's writing! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! xo

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