The Best of Us
by Sarah Pekkanen
published by Washington Square Press
Following a once-in-a-lifetime invitation, a group of old college friends leap at the chance to bring their husbands for a week’s vacation at a private villa in Jamaica to celebrate a former classmates’ thirty-fifth birthday.
All four women are desperate for a break and this seems like a perfect opportunity. Tina is drowning under the demands of mothering four young children. Allie needs to escape from the shattering news about an illness that runs in her family. Savannah is carrying the secret of her husband’s infidelity. And, finally, there’s Pauline, who spares no expense to throw her husband an unforgettable birthday celebration, hoping it will gloss over the cracks that have already formed in their new marriage.
The week begins idyllically, filled with languorous days and late nights of drinking and laughter. But as a hurricane approaches the island, turmoil builds, forcing each woman to re-evaluate everything she’s known about the others—and herself. (from Goodreads)
This was a really fun book to read. Just the idea of an all expense paid vacation to a beautiful villa in Jamaica was enough to hook me! The characters of Allie, Tina, Savannah, and Pauline were so written so well, you really felt you knew these women personally. The friends get together, relive old times, retell old stories, and generally let their hair down and escape their everyday lives-no work, kids, etc to worry about. Old hurts and feelings resurface, and by the middle of the week, these adults all start acting like they are kids again. Looking back, I am reminded a little of the movie “The Big Chill”, though these characters are celebrating a birthday, not mourning a dead friend.
All in all, a good book-a quick and fun read-I would definitely recommend reading it-and I will keep an eye out for Sarah Pekkanen’s other works!
rating- 4 out of 5