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Pekkanen (The Opposite of Me) sparkles with her latest, a touching tale of college friends whose happily ever afters aren't as perfect as they might have once expected. Dwight, the lovable nerd of the group, is now filthy rich, so to celebrate his 35th birthday, his concerned-about-appearances wife, Pauline, plans a lavish, all-expenses-paid trip to Jamaica for his longtime friends. Each couple, however, is harboring secrets. Sexy real estate agent Savannah is hiding a huge lie: her doctor husband Gary isn't busy "working," he's shacking up with his nurse. Stay-at-home mom Tina and construction worker Gio, raising four children, are having more trouble paying their bills than they let on. And social worker Allie is hit with a body blow immediately before the trip: her birth mother may be carrying the ALS gene, although Allie hasn't shared the news with her husband. All are granted a brief respite while enjoying perfect beaches, lazy days, and late-night cocktails, but an approaching hurricane will soon test everyone's mettle-and loyalty. Lovably flawed, realistic characters and a fast-paced story make this a deeply enjoyable page-turner. Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders & Associates. (Apr. 9) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Tina, Allie, and Savannah all went to college with then-nerd, now-dot.com millionaire Dwight. Tina is a frazzled mother of four, whose oblivious husband, Gio, doesn't get why she's exhausted and worn to a nub. Allie is holding back serious concerns about her health from her husband, Ryan. And Savannah is separated from Gary but too proud to admit it even to her closest friends. For his birthday, Dwight's wife, Pauline, rounds up the college friends and their spouses for a trip to a lavish beach house. As the week progresses and a hurricane looms, all four women see shifts in their relationships with their husbands, with one another, and in their understanding of themselves. VERDICT Pekkanen (These Girls), switching among the four narrators, is deft at finding each woman's voice, displaying all sides of eventual conflicts. Her strong narrative pulls the reader steadily through the book, with tension mounting as the weather worsens and real danger arrives in the form of a hurricane. A solid entry in the "women's fiction" genre (aka chick lit that skews slightly older).-Amy Watts, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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When a group of college friends is invited on a lavish Jamaican vacation to celebrate the thirty-fifth birthday of their classmate, Dwight, the women find they can't escape their everyday problems. Dwight's wife, Pauline, thinks that by giving her husband and his friends the time of their lives, she can distract him from the family secret that's behind her reluctance to have a baby. Dwight's friend Allie is waiting to hear if she has a hereditary illness that could tear apart her family, and she turns to Dwight instead of her husband for comfort. Allie's best friend, Tina, a harried mother of four, needs the break to reconnect with her husband and with her identity outside of her family, while their former dorm mate Savannah is there to forget her husband's infidelity. Alcohol-fueled evenings and a hurricane threat bring emotions to a head in this novel about honesty, relationships, and the realities of being a woman and an adult.--Walker, Aleksandra Copyright 2010 Booklist