Imagine this, you and several of your closest friends are invited on an all expense paid trip to Jamaica. No kids, no worries, nothing but time to relax. Imagine now, how much time that gives you to think about your life…
An all-expense-paid week at a luxury villa in Jamaica—it’s the invitation of a lifetime for a group of old college friends. All four women are desperate not just for a reunion, but for an escape: Tina is drowning under the demands of mothering four young children. Allie is shattered by the news that a genetic illness 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 wealthy husband an unforgettable thirty-fifth birthday celebration, hoping it will gloss over the cracks already splitting apart their new marriage.
Languid hours on a private beach, gourmet dinners, and late nights of drinking kick off an idyllic week for the women and their husbands. But as a powerful hurricane bears down on the island, turmoil swirls inside the villa, forcing each of the women to reevaluate everything she knows about her friends—and herself.
I recently got the opportunity to meet the author, Sarah Pekkanen at the Wine & Words fundraiser put on by my friend Sheila of Book Journey and our local Friends of the Library. So I was excited to read this book, although I think you get a little biased about a book after meeting the author. The authors are always so nice and you really want to like their book! But I did like this book and I’m sure I would have even if I hadn’t met Ms. Pekkanen.
I could relate to a couple of the characters and the swirling winds in their own hearts. Who can’t relate to occasionally feeling overwhelmed with work, kids, sports, church, classes, volunteer activities…? Who can’t relate to feeling like you are just not good enough if you can’t do it all, and do it all perfectly? That’s what makes this book so believable. We have all felt something these characters are feeling at one point in our lives. It’s how we deal with those feelings that make us different.
The way Tina, and Allie and Savannah deal with the troubles they are having in life and in their marriages would not have been how I deal with things, but in this book alcohol flows freely and alcohol can skew your judgement.
By the end of the book they all come to life changing decisions. Will Tina cave under the demands of motherhood? Will Allie find out she has the gene for a fatal disease? Will Savannah take back her unfaithful husband and risk having her heart broke again? Will Pauline finally come clean to her husband about the secrets she has been keeping? Pick up Sarah’s book and escape for a while yourself! 4/5 stars