Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: "Catching Air" by Sarah Pekkanen

From Goodreads:  A chance to run a B&B in snowy, remote Vermont—it’s an offer Kira Danner can’t resist after six soul-crushing years of working as a lawyer in Florida. As Kira and her husband, Peter, step into a brand new life, she quells her fears about living with the B&B’s co-owners: Peter’s sexy, irresponsible brother Rand, and Rand’s wife, Alyssa…who is essentially a stranger.

For her part, Alyssa sees taking over the B&B as the latest in a string of adventures. Plus, a quiet place might help her recover from the news that she can’t bear children. But the idyllic town proves to be anything but serene: Within weeks, the sisters-in-law are scrambling to prepare for their first big booking—a winter wedding—and soon a shy, mysterious woman comes to work for them. Dawn Zukoski is hiding something; that much is clear. But what the sisters-in-law don't realize is that Dawn is also hiding from someone…

My Thoughts:  This isn't a book I probably would have found on my own but I am so glad it found me!  I will definitely be reading more of Pekkanen's books in the future!

Likes:  I love the idea of leaving your stress filled life to go run a Bed and Breakfast in the country.  That honestly sounds awesome to me so the setting of this book was awesome.  The descriptions of the house, the wilderness and the food gave the story such a great atmosphere.  I also loved watching the different relationships between husband and wife, brothers and sisters-in-law. Each of the couples had issues that needed to be addressed as did Peter and Rand and I liked that all of the relationships were dealing with issues that couples face in real life.

Dislikes:  The only thing I didn't like about this book was that Dawn's story was a little bit implausible.  It added a little mystery to the story but it didn't seem very realistic.

Characters:  All the characters were great but I really liked Kira and Alyssa the best.  They both had such different personalities but they complimented each other so well.  I loved how they didn't know each other very well but they managed to become fast friends.  I also enjoyed watching Kira deal with her past and figure out what she wanted in the future.  She was probably my favorite character and she had the most growing to do.  Dawn was another interesting character.  I didn't really like her at first but as the story continued, she really blossomed into a different person.  I guess this is kind of a 'coming of age' story but with adults. 

Overall:  This was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone!  It would be the perfect book to add to your summer reading list!  4 stars.

Catching Air is available on May 6 and you can pre-order it on Amazon here!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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