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Catching Air

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  1,792 ratings  ·  201 reviews
From the internationally bestselling author of four books, including The Opposite of Me, a vibrant, compulsively readable novel about two married couples who pursue a dream to open a bed-and-breakfast in small-town Vermont.

In her previous works including The Best of Us, "rising star" (Library Journal) Sarah Pekkanen captivated readers by penning "refreshingly introspective
Paperback, 331 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Washington Square Press
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I usually love this author but this book was not my favorite. With the two main couples in the book, it was hard to keep them straight and also to keep their back stories straight. Not really a fan. Also the whole subplot with Dawn could have been explored more but basically it was exciting and then she was just hiding out helping cut it fell flat.
I always enjoy Sarah Pekkanen's books and this was no exception. Likeable characters and an interesting storyline. Not a life changer, but a good beach or pool read.
Heather Donovan
This book started out well enough with the premise of two couples running a Bed & Breakfast together. The men, who are brothers, and their wives, leave their jobs to move to the ski hills of Vermont and take a shot at innkeeping.

Add to that a fifth person on the run from the law and you have the makings of a pretty good book, right?

Meh. Not so.

I can't quite put my finger on what is wrong with this story, but I think there are too many elements thrown together so not one theme is clearly defi
Aly Abell
Catching Air by Sarah Pekkanen is the story of three women who, for very different reasons, all find themselves working at a bed and breakfast in Vermont. Alyssa and her husband Rand purchase the B&B after receiving a settlement from Rand's accident. After experiencing disappointments in their own careers, Kira and her husband Peter accept an offer to work with Alyssa and Rand to help establish the business, in exchange for a share of the business. Dawn is running from an abusive relationshi ...more
Lisa Steinke
Long after finishing this novel, I'm still thinking about these characters. This heart warming book is a must-read!
A lovely, easy read by Sarah Pekkanen. I have become a fan of Sarah since Skipping a Beat which I loved. Catching Air is an enjoyable read with great characters and I really liked how they came together to work at the B & B and being there as their relationships developed. It’s one of those books that pulls you in and becomes hard to put down until you see how everything is going to turn out…..I probably would have given it five stars, but would have liked to see how it all came out a few mo ...more
Beth Gordon
I really enjoyed the author's prior novels, but this one was quite a head scratcher.

The large plot points don't make sense given the characters, and don't even get me started on the small plot points. And I'm not even someone who analyzes plots--most of the time I don't even care if there is a plot! But when it's really far-fetched and trying to bill itself as contemporary fiction, it's hard to get past it.

You're an OCD budding lawyer who's honest (the author makes this point at least 10 times)
I have to say that this book is far better then The Best of Us, the last book from Sarah. Not that I did not like that book. I just felt more of a greater connection with Kira, Alyssa, and Dawn. Which I was a little surprised about. After the last book and the fact that I had my doubts about this book. I thought that the women were going to be needy and whiny. Luckily this was not the case. In fact, I liked the women more because I felt they had formed a good friendship bond and were strong each ...more
Catherine McKenzie
I really enjoyed Pekkanen's latest and raced through it. I thought she handle the complexities of the brother's and their relationships well, and the added element of suspense made this a real page turner.
Samantha Janning
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I became a huge fan of Sarah Pekkanen right off the bat, and I’m so happy I loved her latest offering! Readers take note – don’t miss this one! This story is so complex with different characters and their issues, but Pekkanen writes with such an ease that I simply flowed along from page to page, feeling all the issues and emotions the characters do while being transported to their B&B in Vermont. From Dawn being on the run to Al
Thanks to NetGalley & Atria books for the ARC.

This is the first book by Sarah Pekkanen that I have read & having finished it pretty much in one sitting I will certainly be reading more. It was billed 'As deeply enjoyable page-turner' & I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. The story focuses on two brothers and their wives who buy a B&B together in Killington, Vermont. The brothers have a rocky history & their wives couldn't be more different, throw into the mix a young
I just discovered Sarah Pekkanen a couple weeks ago, and I think I've almost gone through everything she's written. This one, I think, was my favorite so far.

It was just an easy, pleasant read. The characters were interesting and it just had a nice pace--I wouldn't call it a page-turner, exactly, but it was an enjoyable ride just hanging around for everything.

Sure, some of it was tied together a little too neatly, but the book had a lot of heart, and it definitely beats some of the trying-too-ha
Mary Martin
I enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and their interactions. This book had a little of, laughter, suspense. I especially liked how the author worked in background information on each character without it seeming forced. I am hoping there is a sequel to this book, hint, hint. I want to know what happens to all the characters.
Jessica Lawlor
I'm a huge fan of Sarah Pekkanen and all of her books so I knew I'd like this one. It didn't resonate with me as much as some of her other reads, but this was still a super enjoyable story to get engrossed in. I absolutely loved the setting, so that made this one a pleasure to read.
I really enjoyed this fun story about two related couples who buy a B&B together and a woman on the run from trouble in her life. Both couples are trying to decide whether to have children or not. The characters are interesting and the plot kept me reading late at night. 3.5 stars.
Just lovely. I didn't want it to end!! Full review to come, but just trust me. Pre- order!!
Kira has been a hard-working attorney at a Florida law office for 6 years. When billable hours don't meet the firm's standards, Kira is reprimanded and put on notice. The dream of partnership seems unattainable. She is surprised when her husband, Peter, receives and accepts an invitation to go into partnership with his estranged brother, Rand, to operate a B & B on a ski slope in Vermont. It may be just what she needs to unwind.

Rand is the irresponsible, fun-loving brother of Peter. He and
Thank you to Atria Books and Netgalley for sending me a copy of Catching Air by Sarah Pekkanen. Now what is Catching Air? It is defined as something that happens during a snow boarding run.
Alyssa and Rand are excited to be opening a Bed and Breakfast in Killington Vermont. It is the first time they will put down roots and they have invited Rand’s brother Peter and his wife Kira to assist. The family has had a checkered past but can they come together to run a business? Life starts to co
Judy Collins
A special thank you to the publisher, Atria Books, Washington Square Press and NetGalley for an ARC, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

First and foremost, Sarah Pekkanen is one of my favorite authors, having read all her books (she has a clear understanding of the topics of women, especially the thirty-something crowd); whether single, married, or mothers. Her humor, in-depth research of subject matter, and insightfulness is reflective throughout her books, making her a fan of women,
Lisa B.
3.5/5.0 -

My Thoughts

This was a very well written story. The author did a great job on developing the characters. Five adults, each struggling with past and current issues, end up together trying to run a B&B. The plot moved along nicely and held my interest. I thought the story was pretty realistic.

I’ve read one other book by Ms. Pekkanen that I also enjoyed. I find her writing to be well structured and quick paced. I look forward to reading more by this talented author.

Thanks to Atria, vi
Laura Widhalm
I loved this novel! I really would like to read a sequel of this book. It would be fun to hear how the characters juggled their new children and ran the B&B.
What a great story. Two brothers and their wives decide to purchase a Bed and breakfast in Vermont. They leave behind high powered careers and a multitude of problems. Once they open their in they book a wedding and hire a woman who has a mysterious pass and on the run. An unexpected pregnancy, a mysterious man on the hunt and the local police visiting don't help the wedding proceed smoothly. A marvelous group of characters, a fantastic setting and story line make this a good read.
I loved the idea of this novel. The cozy B & B, wintery nights, a cabin like house in the woods, almost makes me want to run my own B & B. However, I had a hard time with the characters as all the woman seemed to be the same woman with a different name. Dawn, the younger one was easier to recognize as her life was totally different, and her storyline was seperate from where Alyssa and Kira start from. I think maybe 3/4 thru the book I could finally start to seperate Kira and Alyssa. They ...more
Dawn's predicament which spurs her to flee, gradually, to Killington, Vermont, and the newfound bed and breakfast, feels like it belongs in a different novel by Sarah Pekkanen, possibly the one after, instead of having her here, as Pekkanen is at her best writing about one or two main characters, with a supporting cast.

The two couples at the center of this novel, attempting to learn how to run a bed and breakfast at the same time they're running it, read so sleepily, save for the adoption subplo
Sarah Pekkanen does it again! I was so captivated by her story and her characters that I stayed up well past my bedtime to read and woke up early to finish her novel. My only regret was reaching the last page.

Catching Air begins with two brothers and their wives agreeing to both move to Vermont to run a Bed and Breakfast. Rather than explore how the relationship unfolds as life at the Bed and Breakfast picks up, Pekkanen instead chooses to focus on how the families each character was born into
This book made me want to go to a Bed and Breakfast. I've never been to one.

It also made me want to visit Killington, Vermont, where the book is set. Not because of the snow, but because saying that I've been to Killington sounds dangerous.

Catching Air is about two brothers and their wives: Rand and Alyssa have always been spontaneous. They've traveled the world and tend to do things on a whim. They've suddenly purchased a B&B and ask Rand's brother Peter and his wife Kira to help. Peter and
Tracy Jacobs
It was a little hard to keep track of who was who in the beginning and following their stories. I enjoyed reading it but it took a little effort to keep me interested in finishing it.
Not sure why I liked this novel so much. I have read better and more epic stories! This was about 5 main characters centered at a bed and breakfast maybe because this author is such a good storyteller.she makes everyday topics so compelling that it becomes a page Turner! Read this in one 3 hour sitting last night.
Another winner by an amazing author. I'm really liking Sarah's writing, development of characters, plots, and story lines. I felt the end was a bit rushed with this, but I'm finding with all books I'd love to see the last chapter written six months down the line... I'd definitely suggest this and the other books I've read by Sarah Pekkanen (These Girls and The Best of Us). I'll be purchasing her earlier books soon!!!
Nicole Kozmin
Meh it was all right. I didn't really feel like anything was resolved by the end or that any characters had any major epiphany moments. There were some climaxes, but I just didn't feel like they really jarred the characters.
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"Fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin will strongly appreciate this rising star in women's fiction." - Library Journal.
Internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen's newest book is THINGS YOU WON'T SAY (May 2015, Atria/Simon&Schuster). She is also the author of CATCHING AIR, THE BEST OF US, THE OPPOSITE OF ME, SKIPPING A BEAT, and THESE GIRLS. Sarah's linked free short estories, publi
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“What sadist had invented the concept of skiing? Kira wondered. Who was the first person to decide it would be fun to rocket shakily down an icy mountain on two pieces of metal with wind attacking your face and snow spraying into your eyes and people whipping all around, waving spiky poles like gladiators closing in for a kill? She was shocked lawyers hadn't shut down the sport yet; the potential for catastrophe was rampant.” 2 likes
“She felt a lump form in her throat, and she swallowed hard. She wouldn't have this-the swollen ankles and pink cheeks and the feel of that glorious, curving belly under the palm of her hand-but she could still be a mother. That was the important thing.” 0 likes
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