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How to Walk Away Review

How to walk away

Katherine Center gives us a book so full of life, it’s blinding and tragic and beautiful.

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.

I often read books that can’t be put down and this was a 1am finish. We are invited to watch the journey of Margaret “Maggie” as she adjusts to life that just took a drastic turn and a completely different path than she ever expected or dreamed. With the help of her family, who are dealing with their own issues aside from Margaret’s situation, and her therapist Ian, Margaret finds unbelievable resilience and strength. While this is a contemporary romance, it is definitely a slow-burn and within the confines of physical limitations. The beauty of this book is watching Margaret realize her own potential when others around her knew she had it all along.

I also greatly appreciated the ugly truths about physical limitations following accidents. Most of the book is set in a hospital and Katherine does not shy away from the difficulties with recovery and the mental anguish that often follows. Margaret’s confidence was shaken to her core and she has to find reasons to fight for her own strength and mental stability.

This was an amazing book and a perfect summer read. Thanks to NetGalley and Book of the Month.