Goodreads blurb: 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.
“When you don’t know what to do for yourself, do something for someone else.”
OK guys. Here’s the thing, I don’t have words for how much I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK. (This is going to be one of those reviews where I just can’t focus on one thing or one part because I honestly just want to pick it back up and read it again. and again. and then I want it to be a movie so I can watch it and cry and be happy and just feel every emotion that you want to feel.) I have read Katherine Center before, (Happiness For Beginners gave me many of the same feelings) so when I got an ARC of How To Walk Away, I was ecstatic. And then all the other ARCs (and Outlander) happened and it got pushed back and honestly, I kind of hate myself for it.
I cried. I laughed. I swooned.
I cried some more.
Then I wrote down a lot of quotes and cried some more and got weird looks from my husband. Here are a couple of the (many) quotes that resonated with me:
“Like crazily, swooningly, heart-burstingly in love. Like the kind of in love I didn’t even know was possible. The kind of in love that makes every other emotion look tiny and doll-house sized. The kind that feels like sunshine and fills you up with excitement somehow-even when there’s nothing to be excited about. The kind that makes everything better-no matter how bad it is-and even utterly ordinary things like brushing your teeth feel tinged with magic.”
“The greater our capacity for sorrow becomes, the greater our capacity for joy.”
The gist of all of this: I LOVED THIS BOOK. Yes, it’s been filed under “romance” but honestly I’m sick and tired of “ROMANCE” getting the shun. And being judged for being romance. I mean, couldn’t we all use a little romance in our lives? (how many times can I say romance?) What’s wrong with a happy ending? Personally, I enjoy feeling good and happy and maybe crying a little bit when I read a good book. ANYWAYS, this book had real, legit life lessons. It dealt with tough stuff that ACTUALLY happens and man does it put life into perspective!
Obviously, How To Walk Away gets 5 GINORMOUS STARS from me!
Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a free advanced copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. It’s a privilege to read and share my love of this book to anyone who will listen!