Book Review: How To Walk Away by Katherine Center

“When you don’t know what to do for yourself, do something for someone else” – Katherine Center in ‘How To Walk Away’.

This is my third book by the author this year and I must say that she is slowly growing on me. You can read my review of her other books here –  Things You Save In A Fire  and  What You Wish For .

The story is about Margaret Jacobson who has a bright future ahead of her as she has just landed her dream job and has a fiancé who adores her but within the twinkle of an eye, all this is torn down after she survives a devastating accident and she is forced to figure out how to start a new life in her current reality. This is a story about courage, hope, love, family and second chances written with a lot of wit and heart.

Things I liked: I found most of the story really relatable and almost all the characters were likable (even the annoying ones) however I loved Margaret’s character the most and rooted for her until the end. I admired her spirit of determination and how she was able to stay strong even in the worst situations. I also liked the family support she got from her parents and sister despite their personal issues and their love for each other. This book was well written in most parts and I had several laugh-out-loud moments which made even the “sad” parts not too sad.

Things I didn’t like: I think the story stretched too long towards the end and I found the final “supposed” climax of the story a bit too cheesy. This made me roll my eyes a lot and made me drop my rating for this one.

Nevertheless, this is a really good read and I highly recommend it to all fiction and romance lovers.

Rating: 4 Stars

Published: May 15th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 302

Genre: Romance

Buy: Amazon


The Author:

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Katherine Center is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away, the upcoming Things You Save in a Fire (August 2019), and five other bittersweet comic novels. Six Foot Pictures is currently adapting her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, into a feature film starring Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, and Nora Dunn. Katherine has been compared to both Nora Ephron and Jane Austen, and the Dallas Morning News calls her stories, “satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way.” Katherine recently gave a TEDx talk on how stories teach us empathy, and her work has appeared in USA Today, InStyle, Redbook, People, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Real Simple, Southern Living, and InTouch, among others. Katherine lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her fun husband, two sweet kids, and fluffy-but-fierce dog.


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