Book Review – How to Walk Away – Katherine Center*

Goodreads Description: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

Book review, how to walk away by Katherine Center

Review – No Spoilers

Maggie Jacobsen has a great life, a brilliant new job, partner is about to propose, everything is coming together. Until her worst nightmare happens!

Maggie has always been scared of flying, terrified of crashing and dying, but Charlie, her pilot partner convinces her she will be in safe hands with him at the helm of the plane.

Unfortunately things go terribly wrong and Maggie long suffering the consequences of that night.

I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I found the story told from Maggie’s point of view really interesting. I loved hearing her thoughts waking up in hospital and during the recovery period and what it is like to experience something like this. Although I have no personal idea of how accurately it is written it does seem like a lot of thought and research has gone into it and I was pleased there was no miracle overnight recovery!

I actually had a lot of sympathy for Maggie. Whilst I lived almost all of the secondary characters, I thought they could have been a lot more sympathetic towards her. Her mother stating she could barely look at Maggie’s face seemed particularly cruel and Charlie’s behaviour after the accident, although driven by guilt, was inexcusable.

However I thought Kitty, Maggie’s sister who has reappeared after years of silence, was a brilliant character and seemed to have Maggie’s best interests at heart.

Although there is some romance in this book it definitely wasn’t slushy enough to put me off reading it and although it is not a cheery story I didn’t actually find it that emotional until towards the end. It is slightly predictable but that does not make this book any less enjoyable to read. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for other books by Katherine Center as I found this book easy to sink into and escape for a few hours.

Final scores

An enjoyable, heartwarming story about picking yourself up and putting yourself back together when all hope seems lost.

I give this book 4/5 stars!

*Many thanks to Pan Macmillan for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for a full, honest review. As always all thoughts are my own.

Book review, how to walk away by Katherine Center
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