Title: How To Walk Away
Author: Katherine Center
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre(s): Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction
Release Date: May 15th, 2018
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From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.
Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.
In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.
How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page.
How to Walk Away is a tale of survival and self-discovery. At the beginning of the story, Margaret has a bright future ahead of her. She has just landed her dream job, she has a handsome fiancé that she adores, and she’s well on her way to having the life she’s always dreamed of. However, after a tragic accident caused by her fiancé’s recklessness, Margaret loses everything and is forced to completely rebuild her life from the bottom up.
“We were the very definition of helpless, and as I realized that, it also hit me that everything I’d been looking forward to was over before it even began. Chip and me—and the lakeside wedding we’d never have, and the rescue beagle we’d never adopt, and the valedictorian babies we’d never make. They say your life flashes before your eyes, but it wasn’t my life as I’d lived it that I saw. It was the life I’d been waiting for. The one I’d never get a chance to live.”
Through the course of the story, Margaret experiences a full range of emotions. The reader is taken along for the ride with her as she grieves for her old life, fights her inner demons, pushes past her extensive injuries, and eventually learns to embrace her future once again. I particularly admire Margaret’s strength and determination, despite everything she has to overcome, along with her sense of humor, which she tends to use as a coping mechanism. I also completely swooned over her Scottish physical therapist, Ian (you’ve got to love a man with an accent!).
However, I have to admit some parts of this book came across as slightly cheesy and unrealistic, especially where the romance was involved. In general, it reminded me of a Lifetime movie, which is not necessarily a bad thing (Lifetime movies are extremely popular, after all), but just not my personal preference. However, if you are a fan of Lifetime movies, I am absolutely certain you will love this book! It is well-written, fast-paced, and an enjoyable, uplifting read.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.