Review: How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

Synopsis and Details:

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.

Genres: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Romance  |  Release Date: May 15, 2018  |  Publisher: St. Martin’s Press  |  Pages: 320  |  ISBN: 978-1250149060  |  ASIN: B076B271QT  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: Netgalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I do not know what it was that initially drew me to this book, How to Walk Away. I think I was just looking for a good book in the genre of Women’s Fiction. Regardless of the reason, I am extremely glad that I did request an early reviewer’s copy of this story because I enjoyed it immensely! At the start of this story the main character describes in detail one of her fears and that makes it plain what is going to come next which I was not too fond of. There were no shocking twists in this story to keep the reader “glued” to the pages, which may be a turn off to some readers. What really engaged me was the attention to detail in this story and the relationships between characters.

Margaret Jacobson’s life took a tumultuous turn and everything that she hoped and dreamed for seemed to be gone in an instant. The story is told from Margaret’s point of view and I appreciated that she didn’t quite understand the ramifications of what had taken place right away. She understood what had happened but the expectations of how that would affect her life took time to unfurl because there was a period of time that she had to progress through before she truly knew what her new “reality” was going to be. This book focuses mostly on that period of time.

This book made me feel. I felt for the main character because what she had to endure was nightmarish and I am not just talking about her recovery but the emotional parts of it as well. There were characters who were pretty awful at the start but grew to be quite wonderful by the time the story ended. There were also a couple of characters that I would have appreciated getting their “just deserts” because they were loathsome. My favorite character was Margaret’s sister Kit and I loved the relationship that developed between them. Although they were estranged at the start, Kit was there when she was needed even though she was not wanted and I loved her for everything she did despite her initial reception. I also liked the relationship that developed between Ian and Margaret. He seemed like a real jerk but he never pitied her and he was exactly what she needed, even if he was nothing like what she wanted.

I was surprised by the ending because it was not what I expected. It was bittersweet in its own way but very, very lovely as well. This story touches on many tough subjects but is witty in its telling. Many times, I found myself laughing at the banter between the characters or at Margaret’s internal monologuing. I cannot tell you how much I loved the humorous sarcasm that is sprinkled throughout this story! There are so many wonderful moments in How to Walk Away that this story just called to me! I was not expecting to love this story but I absolutely did and it is a book that I highly recommend to all readers!

*Thank you to NetGalley & St. Martin’s Press for this eARC of How to Walk Away*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.


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About the Author:

Author Katherine Center
Photo ©: Skylar Reeves

Katherine Center is the author of several novels about love and family: The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, Get Lucky, and The Lost Husband. Her books and essays have appeared in RedbookPeopleUSA TodayVanity Fair, and Real Simple—as well as the anthologies Because I Love HerCRUSH, and My Parents Were Awesome. Katherine is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. She lives in Houston with her husband and two sweet children.

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