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See Bethie Read – The Best of Us


My latest book was a nice escape into a fluff. It was a great fiction book called The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen. I honestly read this one because as I’ve previously mentioned, I’ve had some fatigue with some of my heavier reads as of late, so the last time I was at the library I wandered over to the fiction section. Ollie pulled this one off the shelf and I was going to put it back, but then read the synopsis and was sold.

The story is about four college friends who reunite for one friend’s 35th birthday on an extravagant vacation to a villa in Negril, Jamaica. Each chapter breaks into four segments, basically the view point of four of the main characters. First we have Tina, married to her college sweetheart and mom to four children, and is finding full time motherhood draining and exhausting. Then we meet her best friend Allie, who is also married with two children and has recently learned that a serious illness may run in her biological family after a phone call from her birth mother. After that we are introduced to Savannah, who has recently left her husband after learning he has had an affair. Finally we meet Pauline, who is married to Dwight. Dwight lived next door to Allie in college and was very close with her, Tina and Savannah. He’s done quite well for himself and has a great deal of money. Pauline encourages him to reunite with his college friends for his 35th birthday and together they invite them to Jamaica – all expenses paid.

They set off for their week long journey and while it is definitely paradise, each character is struggling with secrets, lies, self doubt and goes through a transformation throughout the week of finding themselves. At the climax of the book they are all stranded inside the villa during a category two hurricane – but as the storm settles and calm returns to the island, calm also returns to each person and they all go home in a better place than they were at their arrival.

Sarah Pekkanen has been compared to authors like Jennifer Weiner and I can definitely see some similarities. I really enjoyed her writing style and felt this book was a page turner. And I have a huge soft spot for Negril, Jamaica after traveling there last year so this kind of was a way to take me back. I could almost smell the salty air and hear the sounds of Bob Marley music over crashing waves while I read this story! I would definitely recommend this as a nice easy read!


10 thoughts on “See Bethie Read – The Best of Us”

  1. I think you were the one who recommended this book a while ago, so it’s actually on my book shelf now 🙂 Picked it up from the library recently, but just in the middle of “The Housekeeper” (by Suellen Dainty) which is also a page-turner set in England.

    LOVE Jamaica anything, as you know, so excited to read this one next. Thanks, Beth!

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  2. you might also enjoy patricia gaffney’s the saving graces.

    a couple of the books i like to read again and again are nora roberts’ lovers and dreamers (it’s a trilogy: daring to dream, holding the dream and finding the dream) about three women who grow up together and consider each other family and their struggles as adults and how they overcome them. another is right before your eyes by ellen shanman. it’s cute and fun, but it’s certainly capable of tugging on the heartstrings.

  3. I love a good book! Especially the type that makes you feel that you have really visited the place. It might just make me want to go on a little holiday 😉

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