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'Catching Air' by Sarah Pekkanen: Touching tale about friendship & love & change

Three women must find out what is important in life
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Catching Air by Sarah Pekkanen

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"Catching Air" is Sarah Pekkanen's latest novel, and those who enjoyed "The Best of Us" will greatly enjoy this story. It's about three women. Three very different women. Three women with very different problems and needs. Three women you will enjoy befriending -- even just for the length of time it takes to read this book.

Kira is a lawyer who has been toiling for years to make partner. She works long hours and caters to the partners' demands. When she learns she is not making partner, she makes a decision that will change not only her life but Peter, her husband's life, too.

Alyssa has always been a free spirit. She and Rand, her husband and Peter's brother, fit together perfectly. They work and save enough money to travel and then drop everything to board a plane to exotic locations. When Rand has an accident and they get a windfall, they make a decision that will change many lives.

Dawn is the most troubled of the group -- she is on the run from the law. She hides her secret from those around her but she must come to grips with the past so she can have a future.

The story is told in third person narrative but from each woman's point of view. The reader will learn the vulnerabilities and the past histories of each of them -- all of which greatly influence their actions and their reactions throughout the story.

The tale is touching and is also beautifully planned and executed. The characters come from Florida and New York and, in the case of Rand and Alyssa, from everywhere and nowhere. They end up in Vermont in a bed and breakfast.

When a guest decides that the bed and breakfast would be the perfect place to get married, the wedding becomes a catalyst to force the five people living in the bed and breakfast to come to terms with life. The men must work through unresolved issues from the death of their mother that are poisoning their relationship.

The women have their own problems and doubts, and Pekkanen does a brilliant job of showing, not telling, in every aspect of the story. Her dialogue and description is spot-on, and she manages to really give the reader insight into the thoughts and lives of each woman.

It's a book that will grip readers, who will want to know what happens to these three very special women. Trust me, they have a very special end. You'll love it.

Please note: This review is based on the final paperback book provided by Washington Square Press for review purposes.

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