Sarah Pekkanen, author of Opposite of Me, returns with her second novel Skipping a Beat.
What would you do if your husband suddenly wanted to rewrite the rules of your relationship?
Julia and Michael meet in high school in their small, poverty-stricken West Virginia hometown. Both products of difficult childhoods they find a sense of safety and mutual understanding in each other. Shortly after graduation they flee West Virgina to start afresh. Now thirty-somethings, they are living a rarefied life in their multi-million-dollar, Washington D.C. home. From the outside it all looks perfect–Julia has become a highly sought-after party planner, while Michael has launched a wildly successful flavored water company that he sold for $70 million.
But then one day Michael stands up at the head of the table in his company’s boardroom and silently crashes to the floor. More than four minutes later, a portable defibrillator manages to jump-start his heart. Yet what happened to Michael during those lost minutes forever changes him. Money is meaningless to him now–and he wants to give it all away to charity. A prenuptial agreement that Julia insisted upon back when Michael’s company was still struggling means she has no claim to his fortune, and now she must decide: should she walk away from the man she once adored, but who truthfully became a stranger to her long before his near-death experience – or should she give in to her husband’s pleas for a second chance and a promise of a poorer but happier life?
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