Monday, May 5, 2014

(40)Catching Air by Sarah Pekkanen

Catching Air

Pages: 352

Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Catching Air is the story of three women, two men, and a bed and breakfast in Vermont. Kira and her husband, Peter are struggling in Florida. Kira feels like she has sold her soul to her law firm and Peter is struggling to get his computer business off the ground.  When Peter's brother, Rand and his wife, Alyssa call out of the blue and offer them one-third share of a bed and breakfast in Vermont they throw caution to the wind and go.   Despite the rocky relationship between Peter and Rand the four of them are starting to get in the groove of running a bed and breakfast.  When they take a break to actually go skiing and enjoy the nature Vermont has to offer they come across Dawn, a scared young woman obviously on the run from something. Together the five of them work hard to get the B&B up and running and try to make their lives, marriages, and careers successful.

I have to admit that there was a time way back in the day when opening a bed & breakfast with my sister was a dream of mine.  My sister has a background in hotel/motel management so she was going to run the place and I was going to do the behind the scenes stuff while writing my "great American novel".  I was about half way through the book before that memory even surfaced.   Catching Air was a really fast read because I found myself completely swept up in the story.  The story is told from the perspective of all three women so we get pretty intimate with their hopes and their fears.  Kira is afraid of failure, especially when it comes to her marriage.  Alyssa is afraid that she will never get to have kids and that her her husband will never grow up.  And Dawn is utterly terrified that her new friends will find out the truth about her past, but even more terrified that her ex-boyfriend will catch up with her. There is a lot of turmoil throughout the book, but I was pleased with the way things ended.

Bottom line,  Catching Air is a great read about friends, family, and the desire to completely change your life.  Lots of food for thought with the characters and situations.  Catching Air would make a great read for your next book club, so let me know how it goes!


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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