I love a good book and this week my priority has been reading. I have such a collection of books to read and my interests are so vast that you just never know what is going to be in my hands.
I was recently introduced to author Katherine Center through a giveaway that a blogger friend shared on Facebook. I shared with others including my Little Free Library Stewards group since it was a massive giveaway of 2500 books and a lot of them were able to secure a copy for their libraries.
When the book arrived in the mail I was honestly thrilled. I mean just look at that cover. It’s beautiful.
I have to admit that I DO often judge a book by its cover. If it doesn’t have a pretty or striking cover I may be happy to overlook it. But not this book. I absolutely love the cover.
I wanted to wait to read it until I had time to enjoy it in one or two sittings so I waited until I was on vacation when I had plenty of time and I am so glad I did. The story is one that once I started it I did not want to put the book down. I absolutely loved it.
My review as posted on Goodreads is as follows with no real spoilers:
Don’t you just love it when you find a book that has a beautiful cover? Such is the case with How to Walk Away by Katherine Center. But what makes this book even better? The fact that the pages between that gorgeous cover are every bit as wonderful as the cover itself. Honestly, this book is a beautiful read from start to finish.
Margaret Jacobsen has it all. A promising professional life and an equally promising personal life. Her life is on an amazing path and suddenly, in an instant, that trajectory changes dramatically as tragedy strikes. Margaret’s life is never the same and as the story unfolds we discover that even though life changed in an instant for Margaret her resolve and determination surface to help navigate the choppy waters of her life.
The story includes an extended hospital stay, family drama and secrets, professional disappointments, and the inevitable personal relationship obstacles that pop up. Poor Margaret has a lot to deal with and the reader is left to wonder how she will come out of this situation on top.
Beautifully crafted characters and engaging scenes left me wanting to pop a few characters in the nose and embrace others in sincere hugs as I devoured this book. While some of the actions of the characters were less than professional I guess I could imagine that this could actually happen in real life even if it broke all the rules. Maybe that is what made me love this book—it was a look into the frailties and shortcomings that happen in each of our lives and yet – it was more. Much more.
Katherine Center has a way with words and I hated for this book to end although she creatively wrapped up the story in the last chapter so I did not feel cheated one bit. I was left with a good feeling that all of my new friends had made it through and were going to be okay . Challenges come, not everything can be fixed but yet there are still reasons to be grateful. I am grateful to have been able to read this book.
I was gifted an ARC of How to Walk Away in a giveaway but my views are 100% my own.
This book is officially released for sale on May 15th but can be pre-ordered at any time. I was thrilled to see that it was a selection for the May Book of the Month club and that I had actually already had the chance to read it. If you are looking for a really well written and engaging book this one might be the one for you.
To pre-order a copy visit your local bookstore or pre-order on Amazon by using this link.
Make sure you let me know if you read it and if you agree with me that this is a really well written and fun book. I would love to hear from you. Remember that each comment this month goes to help support our Comments for a Cause for the month –Friends of Hunting Island. Each comment left on any blog post means a 50 cent donation so please comment often this month. You can read more about Comments for a Cause by clicking here.
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