5 star reviews, Book reviews, contemporary fiction, romance

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

5/5 stars

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I adored this book.

Margaret Jacobsen, recent MBA graduate who has just landed her dream job, unwillingly takes an airplane ride with her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day.  He accidentally crashes the small plane and Margaret sustains serious injuries.  This is the story of her recovery.

I loved absolutely everything about this book:

I loved the characters. I loved that her fiance was a jerk and his mom was a bitch, because I hate when things all just go well for someone.  I would rather a story where someone has huge obstacles and difficult people and faces them with grace as Margaret Jacobsen did.  Margaret Jacobsen can teach us a lot about grace.  She can teach us about making lemonade and finding peace in chaos and all those other things people say when the tough get going.  She has obstacle after obstacle and it’s a struggle for her but she finds a way to get through.  Sometimes it takes her a while, but she always manages to find a way to get back to being imperfect, flawed self who does find a way to be happy despite all the miserable crap that happens to her.

And in the end she ends up with a guy so much better than stupid Chip.

I try not to watch a lot of TV, I pick just one or two shows–This is Us and Call the Midwife to watch.  But now that the season is over, my daughter got me into watching The Resident on Hulu and something about Ian reminded me of Dr. Conrad Hawkins, so I kept picturing Matt Czuchry as Ian.  I know Ian is Scottish and the description is off, but it is what it is.  Screen Shot 2018-05-23 at 6.29.37 PM

From the Publisher:

Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, 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 a brief, tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there’s her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there’s Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won’t let her give in to her pity, and who sees her like no one has seen her before. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best—a masterpiece of a novel that is both hopeful and hilarious; truthful and wise; tender and brave.

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