How to Walk Away
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.Praise for How to Walk Away:"A heartbreak of a novel that celebrates resilience and strength." —Jill Santopolo, bestselling author of The Light We Lost"If you just read one book this year, read How to Walk Away." —Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop"Warm, witty, and wonderfully observed." —Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love"Sympathetic and refreshing!" —Elinor Lipman, bestselling author of The Family Man"I can't think of a blurb good enough for this novel...poignant, funny, heartbreaking." —Jenny Lawson, bestselling author of Furiously Happy

How to Walk Away Details

TitleHow to Walk Away
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 15th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250149060
Rating
GenreFiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Adult, Favorites, Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction, Disability

How to Walk Away Review

  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars for this one.When you can accurately predict nearly the entire plot of a book, yet you still can't tear yourself away from it—that's when you know you've found a good one.Margaret Jacobsen has always been an overachiever. She worked tirelessly to get good grades and succeed in school. She has been dating her handsome, steadfast boyfriend, Chip, for several years now, and she just landed her dream job, even though she wasn't quite qualified. Everything is leading her up to the moment sh 4.5 stars for this one.When you can accurately predict nearly the entire plot of a book, yet you still can't tear yourself away from it—that's when you know you've found a good one.Margaret Jacobsen has always been an overachiever. She worked tirelessly to get good grades and succeed in school. She has been dating her handsome, steadfast boyfriend, Chip, for several years now, and she just landed her dream job, even though she wasn't quite qualified. Everything is leading her up to the moment she's been waiting for—she knows Chip is going to propose and they'll begin their journey to happily ever after.Yet how often does everything turn out just as you've planned it? In a split second, perhaps the most magical moment in her life to date turns into her biggest nightmare, and she's powerless to stop it. The next thing she knows, she wakes up in the hospital, having to face obstacles like she'd never imagined."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."Suddenly, the woman for whom everything has worked out perfectly has her whole life turned upside down. Yet at the very moment when all she wants to do is wallow, she has to deal with those around her as well. Chip is drowning in self-pity and wants Margaret to forgive him and give him the easy way out, without an ounce of sacrifice on his part. Her mother has taken on this challenge as she's taken on every other obstacle in life—full steam ahead—and will stop at nothing to make her daughter fight to get every ounce of her life back and believe that is possible. Margaret's sister Kit returns after a three-year absence, and tries to help her with her quirky sense of humor and her unflagging sense of enthusiasm.And then there's Ian, Margaret's physical therapist. The one the hospital staff thinks is too mean for Margaret's wounded psyche. The only PT who doesn't encourage or laugh with his patients, but instead just pushes them harder. The one who seems as if he feels nothing for anyone, except rage for his boss and the situation he's found himself in.Margaret wants some semblance of her life back, but doesn't know what that entails, and she doesn't know how to handle those who purportedly know better than she does. How can she look forward to a life that will never be the same, never be what she had dreamed of? Will she even be able to have the things that "normal" people want—love, a family, a job, a future?"I kept things calm, I stayed pleasant, I took my medicine—but the truth is, I had woken up in a dystopic world, one so different that even all the colors were in a minor key, more like a sour, washed-out old photograph than anything real. It looked that way, and it felt that way, too."From the very first pages, How to Walk Away drew me in. As soon as I figured out what was happening, I knew where the plot would go, and while at first I was a little frustrated, this book won me over almost immediately. These characters seem familiar yet they are so appealing, even when they're acting selfishly, headstrong, impetuous, or insensitive. It didn't matter that I knew what would happen from start to finish—I cared about these characters and needed to be part of their story.This is a book about finding hope and courage where you think you have none, about how you need to be the person to motivate yourself and buoy yourself through tough times—you can't depend on those around you. It's also the story of how it's always great to have family and supporters and loved ones around, but you have to learn to do things for yourself, too.I'm being a little evasive with the plot even though many reviews explain just what happened to Margaret. I thought it was better to let the story unfold for you, even though you might very well predict it, too. This is tremendously appealing and so winning, that even when you wonder just how likely it would be that certain things would happen, you tell yourself to stop overanalyzing and keep enjoying.A book that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you talk to yourself: how can you ask for anything more? I can see a lot of people really loving this one.NetGalley and St. Martin's Press provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017.html.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars "Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need."At the beginning of the book, Margret Jacobsen was right where she wanted to be in her life. She had earned her MBA, she was about to start a dream job, and was in a relationship with the "perfect man". What could be better? Then on day, Chip, the perfect man, decided to take her flying. He knew that she was scared to fly, he knew that she had reservations, but he talked her into it. Never mind that although he is taking pri 3.5 Stars "Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need."At the beginning of the book, Margret Jacobsen was right where she wanted to be in her life. She had earned her MBA, she was about to start a dream job, and was in a relationship with the "perfect man". What could be better? Then on day, Chip, the perfect man, decided to take her flying. He knew that she was scared to fly, he knew that she had reservations, but he talked her into it. Never mind that although he is taking private pilot lessons and is so very close to getting his license - he was not a licensed pilot. He took out a plane and up they flew. What was supposed to be a romantic flight where they became engaged, turned into a nightmare. During landing they crashed, and Chip walked away without any injuries while Margret was not so lucky. In the hospital, she learned just how extensive her injuries are. She also learned some family secrets, faces heartbreak, copes with her medical situation and prognosis for her future. Her sister, Kit, who has been estranged form the family for several years, comes back into her life and provides a cushion for Margaret (Maggie) as she copes with her current situation, her parents, Chip, Chip's Mother and her own feelings about her physical injuries. As she struggles with her physical therapy and her attempts to get a smile out of Ian, her physical therapist, we watch as she learns she still has a future, can still enjoy her life, and move on from past hurts.People show you who THEY are in how they treat you. During the course of her hospitalization and recovery, Margaret learns a lot about the people in her life through how they treat her and react to her injuries.A lot of research went into Margaret's medical condition, burns, prognosis and physical therapy options. I did like how she is depicted as having various emotions during her hospital stay when learning of her injuries and her prognosis: shock, fear, hope, determination, worry, acceptance etc. I found that part to be realistic and made the book more enjoyable. She didn't just initially accept things and move on, she needed support which she mainly received form her physical therapist and her sister. Yes, her parents were supportive as well, but I really enjoyed her relationship with her sister and her physical therapist.This was an enjoyable book about moving on, second chances, inner strength, family, acceptance and not giving up.Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Crumb
    January 1, 1970
    Margaret thinks this is it! Today is the day that she is going to become an engaged woman. And she did! But her whole life got rocked in ways that she could never have foreseen or imagined. Something happened that day that changed every fiber of Margaret's being. On that fateful day.. Margaret lost herself. This is the story of how Margaret found herself. A story of finding Courage, Hope, Resilience, and Strength. This is the story of new beginnings. This is a story of second chances. I felt ren Margaret thinks this is it! Today is the day that she is going to become an engaged woman. And she did! But her whole life got rocked in ways that she could never have foreseen or imagined. Something happened that day that changed every fiber of Margaret's being. On that fateful day.. Margaret lost herself. This is the story of how Margaret found herself. A story of finding Courage, Hope, Resilience, and Strength. This is the story of new beginnings. This is a story of second chances. I felt renewed by this story. I felt a resurgence of energy and hope within me. I don't typically read stories like this and I thought it was particularly refreshing. Everyone needs a palate cleanser once in a while, at least in my opinion. I think the protagonist was brave and personified the type of courage I would hope to possess if faced with a similar situation. This was definitely an easy read that was more character-driven than plot-based. After giving it much thought.. my final rating is a 3.5 rounded up.
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  • Carol (Bookaria)
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this novel, it was lighthearted and engaging. Margaret's life is almost perfect. She has a wonderful boyfriend, recently finished her studies and has just (unofficially) landed her dream job. Her life falls apart when she suffers an accident that causes her to end up in the hospital with a life-changing injury and facing difficulties she never imagined. I was captivated from the beginning. The characters are likable, interesting, and made me smile throughout. This is a novel a I absolutely loved this novel, it was lighthearted and engaging. Margaret's life is almost perfect. She has a wonderful boyfriend, recently finished her studies and has just (unofficially) landed her dream job. Her life falls apart when she suffers an accident that causes her to end up in the hospital with a life-changing injury and facing difficulties she never imagined. I was captivated from the beginning. The characters are likable, interesting, and made me smile throughout. This is a novel about overcoming obstacles, family relationships, and hope. Overall, I loved this book and recommend it to readers of contemporary fiction. I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    It's the trying that heals you......Perfect days lack perfection when life leaves its oppressing thumbprint. We can spin out of control in a nano second and all that we have come to know is left in shambles in the whirlwind.Margaret Jacobsen knows only too well of the ridges and swirls of that thumbprint. With a freshly earned MBA and a handsome fiance in tow, Margaret reaches new heights. But those starlit heights have taken her on a flight with tragic consequences. Chip wanted the perfect sett It's the trying that heals you......Perfect days lack perfection when life leaves its oppressing thumbprint. We can spin out of control in a nano second and all that we have come to know is left in shambles in the whirlwind.Margaret Jacobsen knows only too well of the ridges and swirls of that thumbprint. With a freshly earned MBA and a handsome fiance in tow, Margaret reaches new heights. But those starlit heights have taken her on a flight with tragic consequences. Chip wanted the perfect setting high above the clouds when he presented Margaret with his grandmother's ring. That was not in the flight plan and neither were the serious injuries that Margaret would sustain while Chip walked away from the crash unscathed. A question for the doctor.......Katherine Center creates a storyline surrounded, at first, with the robust energy of youth and an open highway of opportunity. Her main character, Margaret, will wake in a hospital bed with a very dreary prognosis. Nurses and therapists refrain from giving Margaret any insight into her condition. They pipe up time and time again: "Now that's a question for the doctor."Although we eye Margaret as our main concern, Katherine Center lines her story with interesting characters including an unpredictable sister, Kitty, that she hasn't seen in three years, and a mother who refuses to address this. Her father sits mostly on the sidelines, but his character will come to the fore when a "family situation" comes to the surface. Center weaves other noted characters throughout who may have a great impact on Margaret as she goes through the healing process.I was impressed with the research that Katherine Center must have done in order to address Margaret's injuries. Be aware that it's not all encased in a clinical environment. Center taps mightily into the emotional side as well giving us a fully rounded main character. There is an ease to the flow of her writing style and the humorous dialogue is edgy with the flavor of our own familiar conversations and comebacks. There's a lot of "human" going on in this one, folks. And that, I believe, is at the essence of the draw.I received a copy of How to Walk Away through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to St. Martin's Press and to Katherine Center for the opportunity.
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  • Norma
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!HOW TO WALK AWAY by KATHERINE CENTER was an extremely uplifting, kind, and heartwarming novel that captured my heart and drew me in almost immediately. There is so much goodness within the pages of this book! This is a story filled with romance, forgiveness, hope, courage, love, and resilience. KATHERINE CENTER delivers a well-written and engaging read here with interesting, honest and believable characters. I absolutely loved the voice of our main character, Margaret “Maggie” she was 4.5 Stars!HOW TO WALK AWAY by KATHERINE CENTER was an extremely uplifting, kind, and heartwarming novel that captured my heart and drew me in almost immediately. There is so much goodness within the pages of this book! This is a story filled with romance, forgiveness, hope, courage, love, and resilience. KATHERINE CENTER delivers a well-written and engaging read here with interesting, honest and believable characters. I absolutely loved the voice of our main character, Margaret “Maggie” she was so strong-willed and at times comical. The witty banter that ensued between the characters was extremely enjoyable and made me smile quite a few times. Maggie’s sister, Kitty was also such a great character and I absolutely loved her resourcefulness and the love and support she showed to Maggie through her recovery. This book was definitely an inspirational, entertaining, enjoyable, and unforgettable story that was a most welcome and refreshing read for me. The ending was bittersweet and very satisfying. This was my first novel that I have read by Katherine Center and it won’t be my last. Would recommend!Publication Date: May 15, 2018Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Katherine Center for the opportunity of reading an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Readinghttps://twosisterslostinacoulee.com
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    So... funny for some reason I got the idea in my head that this book was about walking away from a break up? Well... not really haha.How to Walk Away was my first read by Katherine Center and I can definitely see why so many readers love her books! How to Walk Away is a very uplifting and powerful story about learning to move on from things that cannot be changed. I remember going through a very tough time in my mid 20's and I bought a journal that had the following quote on each page "God, gran So... funny for some reason I got the idea in my head that this book was about walking away from a break up? Well... not really haha.How to Walk Away was my first read by Katherine Center and I can definitely see why so many readers love her books! How to Walk Away is a very uplifting and powerful story about learning to move on from things that cannot be changed. I remember going through a very tough time in my mid 20's and I bought a journal that had the following quote on each page "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference." This book I think goes by this quote very very well. Margaret has the ultimate dream job and her perfect fiance in tow. Unfortunately, this all comes crashing down by a terrible accident which resulted in her fiance Chip taking Margaret flying. Margaret is ultimately paralyzed by the accident and her fiance Chip doesn't even have a scratch on him. Margaret's world as you can imagine is turned upside in a matter of seconds.The story explores Margaret's journey of growth, forgiveness, and healing. Even though the story is focused mainly on Margaret, I enjoyed the dynamics of Margaret's sister, her father, and mother that the author nicely weaves into the plot. And of course we can't forget Ian... who is assigned to be Margaret's physical therapist through her journey of healing. This was a nice change of pace for myself... due to typically reading thrillers. It was a nice fluffy and easy/quick read for sure! I read this along side my lovely traveling sisters. I wasn't over the moon in love with this story because I found some of the story to be pretty unbelievable especially with her injuries. Overall, it was a nice fluffy feel good read.3.5 stars for me :).Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the arc.Published to GR: 4/22/18Publication date: 5/15/18.This was a traveling sister read... please check out their blog! :)
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    COURAGE. HOW TO WALK AWAY is a multi-layered story....with a wham-bang of a start....about the turbulent life of Margaret "Maggie" Jacobsen, her darkest fears, disappointments and courage to overcome adversity.Author Katherine Center creates interesting characters....especially a resourceful big sister Kitty and gives our protagonist a strong will and witty voice to keep the reader engaged while the story moves right along.More here than your usual chick-lit fare. Read in a day and REALLY enjoye COURAGE. HOW TO WALK AWAY is a multi-layered story....with a wham-bang of a start....about the turbulent life of Margaret "Maggie" Jacobsen, her darkest fears, disappointments and courage to overcome adversity.Author Katherine Center creates interesting characters....especially a resourceful big sister Kitty and gives our protagonist a strong will and witty voice to keep the reader engaged while the story moves right along.More here than your usual chick-lit fare. Read in a day and REALLY enjoyed it!Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the ARC COMING MAY 15, 2018, in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.This book isn't hitting the stores until May 15th and so I strongly recommend my fellow reviewers head on over to NetGalley and check it out. How to Walk Away is about a contemporary Texan family that is brought together after a devastating plane crash leaves one of their daughters(Margaret)in critical condition and prompts the return of their prodigal daughter, Kit. Margaret soon realizes that she's facing a life of par Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.This book isn't hitting the stores until May 15th and so I strongly recommend my fellow reviewers head on over to NetGalley and check it out. How to Walk Away is about a contemporary Texan family that is brought together after a devastating plane crash leaves one of their daughters(Margaret)in critical condition and prompts the return of their prodigal daughter, Kit. Margaret soon realizes that she's facing a life of paralysis which turns her "perfect " life upside down. How to Walk Away is a poignant tale of how we must accept the things we cannot change and find the strength to move on. But don't fear, it isn't all doom and gloom. I found many times that there were humorous moments especially in the narrative style of Margaret's voice. Katherine Center makes her such a memorable character. At times, I wanted to throttle both her mother and fiancee for the way they behaved or what they said, but at least with the former, it was really from a place of love. As for the latter, he definitely is not in my good books. Oh and I loved Ian! Margaret's Scottish PTwas my favorite character in the book, even though we don't get to hear his p.o.v. 4 very powerful stars!
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    How to Walk Away by Katherine Center is a contemporary read that while it does have some romance it also was so much more. The exact example of an emotional roller coaster of a novel it will have readers laughing through their tears.Margaret Jacobsen has always been afraid of flying and doesn't want to be anywhere near an airplane but dating a man who is becoming a pilot has him whisking her off to he airport for a romantic getaway. Battling her fears she goes along with the ride only to have Ch How to Walk Away by Katherine Center is a contemporary read that while it does have some romance it also was so much more. The exact example of an emotional roller coaster of a novel it will have readers laughing through their tears.Margaret Jacobsen has always been afraid of flying and doesn't want to be anywhere near an airplane but dating a man who is becoming a pilot has him whisking her off to he airport for a romantic getaway. Battling her fears she goes along with the ride only to have Chip propose along the way but then what should have been a beautiful night turns to one of horror.When the weather took a turn for the worse Chip's inexperience as a pilot has the small plane crash landing. After the tragic event Margaret finds herself in the hospital with a back injury, her fiance no where to be found and a very long road of recovery with months of physical training ahead of her.The moment the story begins we meet a young woman with everything ahead of her in life and then see that in the blink of an eye life can change so drastically. The story is one that is tragically heartbreaking while being powerfully inspiring all in the turn of a page. There's humor in the heartbreak and hope in the darkest of places to make this one powerfully compelling read. Such a beautiful book that I do hope readers will give a chance and pick this one up for one emotional ride.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Diane S ☔
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 If you look at the average rating and glowing reviews of this book, you will soon realize I am definitely in the minority with my opinion. Excepting for one friend in the sisters group, everyone else loved it. Fluffy reads, feel good reads, they definitely have a place for many, after a heavy read, or sad read, we all need something to lighten our day. I can't say I didn't enjoy parts of this, I did. Some of the characters were great and I am always drawn to a good looking Scotsman. The auth 2.5 If you look at the average rating and glowing reviews of this book, you will soon realize I am definitely in the minority with my opinion. Excepting for one friend in the sisters group, everyone else loved it. Fluffy reads, feel good reads, they definitely have a place for many, after a heavy read, or sad read, we all need something to lighten our day. I can't say I didn't enjoy parts of this, I did. Some of the characters were great and I am always drawn to a good looking Scotsman. The author has z natural, easy flowing talent with words.I felt, however, that the jovial tone didn't match some of the tragic happenings in the plot. Even in my lighter reads I need a certain amount of credibility, realism, need things to make sense and I had serious questions about some of the happenings here. For me this went beyond feel good, to over the top, it was just too, too everything.....The ending so beautifully packaged, tied in a big bow. Seriously, whose life follows this pattern? So, yes I may be in the minority, but it's just how I felt. Don't let my review put you off reading this,unless your name is Irene, lol, I am probably just not the right reader for this type of book. ARC from Netgalley.
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ I immediately jumped at the chance for an advanced copy of How To Walk Away when a comparison was made to Me Before You - despite knowing the potential outcome of a book that might possibly give me feelings . . . . I accepted the challenge. And I’m so happy to report that I stayed strong and did not ruin my eye makeup! It appears not a whole lot is being said about the plot in the blurb, so I’m going to attempt to keep my mouth shut Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ I immediately jumped at the chance for an advanced copy of How To Walk Away when a comparison was made to Me Before You - despite knowing the potential outcome of a book that might possibly give me feelings . . . . I accepted the challenge. And I’m so happy to report that I stayed strong and did not ruin my eye makeup! It appears not a whole lot is being said about the plot in the blurb, so I’m going to attempt to keep my mouth shut as much as possible as well. I’ll simply say the story here is of Margaret, who gets engaged one minute and finds her life cartwheeling out of control the next. The remainder of the book is what happens during the year following that life-changing moment. The only thing else I can say????? While there were definitely some easy comparisons to Me Before You that delivered the same types of feelz . . . . . It was the story as a whole and Margaret’s family that pushed me over the edge into 5 Star territory. If you’re looking for a feel good book, How To Walk Away should go to the top of your to-read list this summer.And even though I know anything can be cut and I’m not supposed to post direct quotes, I can’t help but leave this one itsy bitsy lil’ thing right here because it’s perfect . . . . . “There are all kinds of happy endings.” Katherine Center . . . . Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for believing that even an old curmudgeon like me might feel like smiling every once in a while.
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  • JanB
    January 1, 1970
    How do you move forward when life as you know it ends? Everything you had planned for, hoped for, and dreamed about is over. For Margaret, her life changes in an instant with a devastating accident that leaves her severely injured.The focus of this heartwarming novel is how Margaret copes with the hand she's been dealt. And she has a colorful cast of characters that help her do just that. Some you will loathe, some will frustrate you, and others you will fall in love with. All are interesting, b How do you move forward when life as you know it ends? Everything you had planned for, hoped for, and dreamed about is over. For Margaret, her life changes in an instant with a devastating accident that leaves her severely injured.The focus of this heartwarming novel is how Margaret copes with the hand she's been dealt. And she has a colorful cast of characters that help her do just that. Some you will loathe, some will frustrate you, and others you will fall in love with. All are interesting, but her sister Kitty stole my heart. I’m paraphrasing, but the ultimate message in the book is you have to live the life you were given, look for reasons to be grateful, work to create them while finding inspiration in the struggle, and pull joy out of hardship. “Because that’s all we can do: carry the sorrow when we have to and absolutely savor the joy when we can. Life is always, always both.” I think the author successfully blended a happy feel-good story with the realities of life not always turning out the way we expect and she does it with humor and a lot of heart. Recommended to readers who enjoy humorous character-driven feel-good novels.*I received a copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *this title will be published May 15, 2018Many thanks to the traveling sisters I read and discussed the book with - you always make the experience of reading a book better. Please visit their blog at:https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 lovely to read starsThere was so many things to like about this tale of a young woman, Margaret, who has everything going for her. Unfortunately life was about to hand her a basket full of lemons. Sometimes when everything seems so very sweet, things can and do turn sour in a heartbeat. For Margaret that moment has come when the sweetness of life becomes a nightmare of tragedy.Magaret Jacobsen has it all, a gorgeous fiance, a soon to be dream job, and a loving family. She is beautiful, succe 3.5 lovely to read starsThere was so many things to like about this tale of a young woman, Margaret, who has everything going for her. Unfortunately life was about to hand her a basket full of lemons. Sometimes when everything seems so very sweet, things can and do turn sour in a heartbeat. For Margaret that moment has come when the sweetness of life becomes a nightmare of tragedy.Magaret Jacobsen has it all, a gorgeous fiance, a soon to be dream job, and a loving family. She is beautiful, successful, and the world as they say is her oyster .What could be better really? The one thing Margaret (Maggie) fears is flying but when her soon to be fiance decides to pop the question while taking her flying, she acquiesces and reluctantly boards the plane. Chip is a new pilot, well almost a pilot but he is confident, he knows what he is doing and he has a plan. Things seem to be going ever so well and then turn and as life often does, and this dream becomes a nightmare. Margaret finds herself in a hospital and as time progresses, she learns the extent of her injuries. It is devastating but her missing for three years sister. Kitty, arrives along with her free spirit nature, and endeavors to help Margaret cope. There is heartbreak in this journey for Maggie, a long road to recovery, a secret within the family , and a person Margaret felt was in a corner deserting her. She is helped by not only family but also the hospital staff. In rehabilitation she to assigned to a therapist, Ian, a Scottish young man who is unfriendly, evasive, and bordering on mean. However, there is something about him that makes Margaret or as he calls her Maggie look to him for guidance and help. The sparks fly between them and one of the very positive things about this novel is the dialogue, attitudes, and feelings, and wit that are displayed by Maggie, Ian, and her sister. They make quite a trio! Her mother, a take charge person, tries to lead and direct, but Maggie's sister, a definite asset in the story,, wants Maggie to take charge of her own life, no matter which way it goes. We all need a sister like Kitty in our lives! She is the spark that ignites Maggie into action and Ian is the man who makes things come together and gives Maggie a reason to push forward. Told with humor and a spirit of I can do, this story is a quick, fun read, one that surely will be a hit. My one criticism for this book which I truly did like is that the medical issues that Maggie went through seemed to be painted in a trivial manner. I know this was suppose to be lighthearted fun story, but at times the suffering, that one could be sure Maggie was going through, was pushed to the background.This was a fun Traveling Sister read and as always we had great discussions on this book.
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  • Cindy Burnett
    January 1, 1970
    How to Walk Away is Katherine Center’s best book yet. She has crafted a beautiful, heartbreaking, and thoroughly romantic novel that is sure to be a hit with everyone who reads it. Soon after the book opens, Margaret Jacobsen’s world changes in an instant, and she must learn to forge ahead while trying to move on from the past. Margaret is tougher than she thinks and with the help of her sister and her physical therapist Ian, she slowly begins to create a new path for herself while learning to a How to Walk Away is Katherine Center’s best book yet. She has crafted a beautiful, heartbreaking, and thoroughly romantic novel that is sure to be a hit with everyone who reads it. Soon after the book opens, Margaret Jacobsen’s world changes in an instant, and she must learn to forge ahead while trying to move on from the past. Margaret is tougher than she thinks and with the help of her sister and her physical therapist Ian, she slowly begins to create a new path for herself while learning to adjust to newly discovered family secrets and heartbreak. The story is clever, unpredictable, devastating, and ultimately unforgettable. Center has crafted fabulous, genuine characters that I loved and rooted for (Margaret, Kit, and Ian) and others that I wanted to throttle (Chip and his mother). And most importantly, the ending is outstanding.How to Walk Away is thought-provoking and handles a tough subject effectively and realistically, refusing to sugarcoat Margaret’s predicament which I appreciated. I find it frustrating when an author includes a tough topic only to downplay or gloss over the difficulty of the situation. Moreover, Center has clearly done her research on Margaret’s condition which adds depth and authenticity to the story – I learned so much that I didn’t know. I think my favorite part of the book is Center’s message that people do not always control what happens to them, but they do control how they handle the issues that arise, whether the issues are significant or simply a blip on the screen of life. That message certainly resonates with me and is a good reminder that while certain things cannot be changed, I can alter how I approach responding to those things.How to Walk Away is a fantastic book that I will continue thinking about for a long time. I highly recommend it, and when you sit down to read it have tissues ready. Clear your schedule before you start it, because you will not be able to put it down. I received a copy to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Norma and I started off lost in a coulee with seven of our traveling sisters reading How To Walk Away. This story lead to another interesting and fun discussion amongst us as we dug deep into the layers and meaning to this story. How to Walk Away is an inspirational heartwarming story told by our memorable main character Margaret who experiences a traumatic accident. It is Margaret's story of recovery that focuses on second chances, acceptance and family support and love. Katherine Center does a Norma and I started off lost in a coulee with seven of our traveling sisters reading How To Walk Away. This story lead to another interesting and fun discussion amongst us as we dug deep into the layers and meaning to this story. How to Walk Away is an inspirational heartwarming story told by our memorable main character Margaret who experiences a traumatic accident. It is Margaret's story of recovery that focuses on second chances, acceptance and family support and love. Katherine Center does a great job creating likable, interesting well-developed characters and we loved the dynamics between them and their relationships. We all really loved the dynamics between sisters Margaret and Kit and loved the humor and warmth Kit brought to the story. Most of us loved the ending and were left lost in the inspirational, sunny sweet smelling lush coulee feeling so warm and happy with this story while one sister was left standing alone with a little too much sweetness that affected her enjoyment for this story till another sister joined her. We highly recommend for readers who like a lighter, inspiring feel-good story or for a nice change of pace from darker reads.Published May 15, 2018Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Katherine Center or a copy to read and review. Review written and posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Reading.https://twosisterslostinacoulee.comCoulee: a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    An inspirational story that kept getting better and better as the story progressed. I’ve finally gotten a lil settled after moving & am starting to get some regular reading time back. I was glad that I had this novel to sneak a few chapters here and there. I loved Maggie and her attitude throughout. Her voice was honest and believable. The story itself felt real... no prefectly tied bows. ‘You get one life, and it only goes forward. And there really are all kinds of happy endings.’ 5 stars.
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  • Tiffany PSquared
    January 1, 1970
    "My future slid past my fingers as I fumbled for it -- and missed."How to Walk Away is an engaging story that inspires us all to make the best out of life - even when our situations are at their worst.Margaret Jacobsen is young, newly engaged to the love of her life, and is, quite literally, flying on top of the world. In a matter of seconds, all that changes and her life cartwheels out of control. What follows is her story of survival, reconciliation, and renewal that can teach us all a thing o "My future slid past my fingers as I fumbled for it -- and missed."How to Walk Away is an engaging story that inspires us all to make the best out of life - even when our situations are at their worst.Margaret Jacobsen is young, newly engaged to the love of her life, and is, quite literally, flying on top of the world. In a matter of seconds, all that changes and her life cartwheels out of control. What follows is her story of survival, reconciliation, and renewal that can teach us all a thing or three about what it really means to be strong, accepting, and generous."Did I want to be a person who let minuscule statistical risks undermine any sense of bravery? Was this a challenge I couldn't rise to? Was I going to let fear make me small?" This is a story about purpose, family, and inner strength that will pull you in and motivate you to do something good afterward. The romance is subtle and endearing, and the characters are very nearly made flesh and bone.I would recommend this book to those of us who don't regularly read nonfiction, but who appreciate a good motivational novel that reads like a memoir.Katherine Center writes in a way that makes our sullen, broken main character appear strong and unbeatable in the face of giant obstacles. I laughed, I cheered, but I also cried, felt anger and pity. A good book will take you on a roller coaster of emotions, and I felt all of those hills and valleys while I read.**Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.**
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  • Emily Giffin
    January 1, 1970
    Warm, witty, and wonderfully observed. Reads like an intimate conversation with your best friend!
  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    January 1, 1970
    How to Walk Away is a powerful, poignant, heartfelt story of one woman's tumultuous journey from being on the cusp of a perfect life to losing it all in a heartbeat to clawing and scratching her way out of the depths of despair while desperately searching for the courage, determination, and motivation to live again - whatever that might mean for her. I started this book late one afternoon and finished it before midnight in one sitting. From cover to cover, I remained ensnared in the web of a sto How to Walk Away is a powerful, poignant, heartfelt story of one woman's tumultuous journey from being on the cusp of a perfect life to losing it all in a heartbeat to clawing and scratching her way out of the depths of despair while desperately searching for the courage, determination, and motivation to live again - whatever that might mean for her. I started this book late one afternoon and finished it before midnight in one sitting. From cover to cover, I remained ensnared in the web of a story I simply couldn't stop reading. Katherine Center's brilliantly written book engages a range of human emotions - the giddy highs of hope, anticipation, and happiness to the dark lows of despair, utter hopelessness, and uncontrollable grief and loss. From tears and an aching heart to smiles and a ray of hope, this book moved me. I can never ask for more than that from a book or author.I'm not discussing details of this story as there's no way to do that without completely spoiling it for future readers. Instead, I'll share the beautiful job Center does in delivering characters that are realistically depicted given the devastating situation they find themselves facing. Love them or hate them, every character's role is portrayed flawlessly - in color - vivid and rich with emotional turmoil - either degrading and condescending or supportive and loving. I found myself wanting to hug some and strangle others, but either way they felt real. The genuine, thought-provoking plot line that was so obviously researched in minute detail is conveyed through a writing style that flows and ebbs like an ocean wave at all the right times, portraying the highs and lows of this story with an emotional punch to the heart and a serious reality check to the brain. As the story unfolds, several beautiful, life messages emerge from Center's gripping telling of Maggie's agonizing journey, but none ring truer than the importance of summoning the will to try again - to reach for your new happy ever after. We must recognize, embrace, and accept that there are many different kinds of happy ever after. You may not get the one you once dreamed of, but you can achieve another that is just as beautiful if you dare own it. Katherine Center's How to Walk Away is a captivating, breathtaking story of hope, courage, perseverance, and the never-ending power of true love. A Page-Burning, Must Read!*Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgally for a copy of this book.**Reviewed at Cross My Heart Reviews
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  • Lucia
    January 1, 1970
    I have a confession to make – contemporary fiction is not my favorite genre. But to my surprise, this author’s writing skills won me over early in the story and I was genuinely hooked for the majority of this book.STORYLINE – 4 STARSI’m a sucker for novels where MC’s thinking/lifestyle is challenged by outer factors. I love to witness their way of overcoming THE problems, rearranging their lives and coming stronger out of it. If done properly, such premise usually makes for powerful and memorabl I have a confession to make – contemporary fiction is not my favorite genre. But to my surprise, this author’s writing skills won me over early in the story and I was genuinely hooked for the majority of this book.STORYLINE – 4 STARSI’m a sucker for novels where MC’s thinking/lifestyle is challenged by outer factors. I love to witness their way of overcoming THE problems, rearranging their lives and coming stronger out of it. If done properly, such premise usually makes for powerful and memorable novel. Even though author did follow the above described storyline and I appreciate the fact that she did research physical therapy, I still can’t get over all the other stuff that author omitted. I’m not going into details but let’s say that beside physical therapy, there was no mention of other parts of recovery after highly traumatic event (no psychologist even though MC was clearly depressed/suicidal!) and it made whole recovery a bit unbelievable.Romance – 2 STARSI’m sad to say this but romance part ruined the essence of the story for me and made it over-the-top and unrealistic. Anytime the story focused on romance, the book lost its charm. Fortunately, there was so much more to this novel than just romance so I was still able to enjoy it, even though I didn’t end up loving it as much as I hoped I would. Still, did the romance have to be so cheesy, dramatic and over the top? I had the feeling as if author didn’t know how to make this story powerful on its own so she turned it into social drama in the second half. Talk about lost potential, this could have been unforgettable story if approached differently...*ARC provided by publisher as an exchange for honest review.*
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    I won a copy of this book and it came in the mail today. As I was putting it away, I opened the cover and read the first page. I honestly had no idea what this book was about and went in blind. Five hours later, I came up for air as I read the last word. I absolutely loved this beautifully written, heartbreaking story!!
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  • Renee (itsbooktalk.com)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI wish I could break my rating up for the first 85% of the book...5 stars...and the last 15% 3.5 stars because I really enjoyed almost the whole story. Almost. I was immediately drawn into the story when we are first introduced to Margaret and quickly discover her intense fear of flying along with her inability to say no to those she loves. That's how she ends up in a teeny tiny plane with her boyfriend Chip, who doesn't actually have his pilot's license yet. I'm not sure that's entirel 3.5 starsI wish I could break my rating up for the first 85% of the book...5 stars...and the last 15% 3.5 stars because I really enjoyed almost the whole story. Almost. I was immediately drawn into the story when we are first introduced to Margaret and quickly discover her intense fear of flying along with her inability to say no to those she loves. That's how she ends up in a teeny tiny plane with her boyfriend Chip, who doesn't actually have his pilot's license yet. I'm not sure that's entirely realistic but it's definitely pertinent to the plot. If you've read the blurb, you know the plane crashes and while Chip walks away with barely a scratch, Margaret isn't so lucky.This is her story for sure and it's one of resilience, recovery, love and forgiveness which I thought made for super engaging storytelling. This is a very fast paced read and honestly I couldn't put it down. I felt bad for Margaret, yet at the same time wanted to shake her often for not to standing up to her mother and Chip. I can't imagine being in that situation though and the author did an amazing job of putting me right in the room with Margaret. The supporting characters were all awesome as well...I really enjoyed her sister, dad and of course Ian, her sexy, Scottish Physical Therapist. I've seen many other reviewers on Goodreads mentioning their issue with the ethics of the relationship between Ian and Maggie, as he called her, but I didn't find it troublesome and It didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. Now, I know I can't and won't give away spoilers so all I'll say is the plot left the rails for me in the last 15%. The characters did some things I just can't believe based on what we already knew about them and I spent the majority of my time eye rolling and wishing the author wouldn't have taken that path. It ruined what otherwise would've been a 5 star read. I do still recommend it and a final positive thought, I'm so glad we got an epilogue.
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  • Milena
    January 1, 1970
    How to Walk Away is a poignant and emotional story of accepting one's life after a devastating accident. The book is beautifully written, it's an emotional roller coaster ride that will break your heart at first and will mend it back together by the end. The characters of the story are complex and interesting. Margaret is such a great heroine, she is honest and funny. I loved her sense of humor, which she used quite a lot as a coping mechanism during her recovery. And, of course, there is Ian, a How to Walk Away is a poignant and emotional story of accepting one's life after a devastating accident. The book is beautifully written, it's an emotional roller coaster ride that will break your heart at first and will mend it back together by the end. The characters of the story are complex and interesting. Margaret is such a great heroine, she is honest and funny. I loved her sense of humor, which she used quite a lot as a coping mechanism during her recovery. And, of course, there is Ian, a brooding Scottish physiotherapist, who works with Maggie after the accident; Maggie's funny and eccentric sister, Kitty, and their parents. I loved these characters so much and I loved following their journey of healing and acceptance, not just Maggie's but her whole family. If you are looking for an incredible story of courage and resilience that will make you cry and laugh from one page to next, pick up How to Walk Away immediately. *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley
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  • Jamie Rosenblit
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first of Katherine Center’s books and I was totally blown away. How to Walk Away starts with Margaret’s fiancé taking her up in a private plane to propose to her and the flight ends in disaster, leaving Margaret paralyzed and Chip walks away without a scratch. What follows is an inspiring story of resilience and learning to “walk away” in more ways than one and grow stronger. This story reminded me of Me Before You (which is the highest honor) and I am looking forward to reading more This was my first of Katherine Center’s books and I was totally blown away. How to Walk Away starts with Margaret’s fiancé taking her up in a private plane to propose to her and the flight ends in disaster, leaving Margaret paralyzed and Chip walks away without a scratch. What follows is an inspiring story of resilience and learning to “walk away” in more ways than one and grow stronger. This story reminded me of Me Before You (which is the highest honor) and I am looking forward to reading more from Center!I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • BJ
    January 1, 1970
    Book received through Goodreads giveaway. Totally engrossing read about a woman in a small plane accident where she is paralyzed with some 2nd and 3rd degree burns and the pilot (her new fiance) walks away totally unharmed. The story is of her trials for recovery, a bit of family drama and a little romance. Excellent read.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    "You can't fix everything. Not even close. But you can look for reasons to be grateful."This is one of those books that you won't put down once you start reading it. It's extremely well written with characters that are easy to love (and a few who are easy to dislike). The author did extensive research and I learned new things as well as enjoying this novel. Margaret has the perfect life - a new MBA, a great chance at a dream job and a wonderful boyfriend, Chip, who she is sure will propose to he "You can't fix everything. Not even close. But you can look for reasons to be grateful."This is one of those books that you won't put down once you start reading it. It's extremely well written with characters that are easy to love (and a few who are easy to dislike). The author did extensive research and I learned new things as well as enjoying this novel. Margaret has the perfect life - a new MBA, a great chance at a dream job and a wonderful boyfriend, Chip, who she is sure will propose to her any minute. The only sad part of her life is her estranged sister but she refuses to think about her. Margaret's perfect life is torn away from her in a tragedy that almost kills her. She has to learn to negotiate a completely different world than the one she had planned for. As the reality sets in, her moods change from hopeful to despair over and over. How she handles her new life and how the people in her life help her will cause some tears (have tissue close) and you'll be rooting for her success on every page.I loved Margaret and Ian and the way they worked together. I didn't like Chip or his mom and at times, I didn't like Margaret's mom but realized that she was trying to fix things for her daughter, even when she was being difficult. This is a fantastic book and one of the best that I've read all year. Thanks to Bookish Firsts for a copy to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Aida Alberto
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. To say I loved this book is an understatement. It's everything you could want in a book and more. It's intense and emotional. You will be cheering for Margaret from the beginning up until the very end. If you haven't discovered Katherine Center's book yet my advice is that you run to pre order this book so that it's waiting for you on release day and then do what I did which is to download all her previous books. You will I received an advanced review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. To say I loved this book is an understatement. It's everything you could want in a book and more. It's intense and emotional. You will be cheering for Margaret from the beginning up until the very end. If you haven't discovered Katherine Center's book yet my advice is that you run to pre order this book so that it's waiting for you on release day and then do what I did which is to download all her previous books. You will not be disappointed. This is a book that will stay with you long after you have finished it. I call that a well deserved book hangover. Make sure that you leave plenty of time to devote to this book because I read it in less than a day. Happy reading! #HowToWalkAway #NetGalley
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I almost felt guilty for loving this book as much as I did, for laughing out loud throughout. After all, this book is about a woman whose life is tragically changed beyond repair. How could I laugh at someone in a wheelchair? But laugh I did. This story is just wonderful, filled with such dark humor and hope. Very well written with characters that were perfection.
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    My Review of “How to Walk Away” by Katherine Center St. Martins Press Publishing Date, May 29,2018“How to Walk Away” by Katherine Center is an amazing, captivating, riveting, intriguing and intense novel. I appreciate Katherine Center’s detailed descriptive writing, that makes this story feel so very real.The Genres of this story are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, with an essence of Romance. The timeline for the story is mostly in the present, and goes back a few years when it pertains to the charact My Review of “How to Walk Away” by Katherine Center St. Martins Press Publishing Date, May 29,2018“How to Walk Away” by Katherine Center is an amazing, captivating, riveting, intriguing and intense novel. I appreciate Katherine Center’s detailed descriptive writing, that makes this story feel so very real.The Genres of this story are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, with an essence of Romance. The timeline for the story is mostly in the present, and goes back a few years when it pertains to the characters of events.The author describes the characters, their problems and their emotions vividly. A few of the characters are not likable, but shallow, and capable of betrayal. A few of the characters are courageous, strong, loyal, and brave. There are some deep secrets that can destroy everyone involved.Margaret Jacobson, seems to have everything in life that she has wanted. Margaret has recently graduated college, and has a fantastic job, a fiancée, and all great things to look forward to. Until she doesn’t. The night that her boyfriend proposes to her becomes the best and worst night of her life.After a tragic accident, Margaret realizes that nothing is the same at all. As she fights for her life, she realizes that she will have to have hope, faith, and be strong in her journey to get well. I love the way the author describes the importance of family , love, emotional support, hope, faith, and forgiveness. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review. I would recommend this heart-breaking , and heartwarming novel for readers of Women’s Fiction.Share
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