How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

How to Walk Away

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 a...

Details How to Walk Away

TitleHow to Walk Away
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreFiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Adult, Favorites, Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction, Disability

Reviews How to Walk Away

  • Larry H
    4.5 stars for this one.When you can accurately predict nearly the entire plot of a book, yet you still can't tear yourself away from it—that's when you know you've found a good one.Margaret Jacobsen has always been an overachiever. She worked tirelessly to get good grades and succeed in school. She has been dating her handsome, steadfast boyfriend, Chip, for several years now, and she just landed her dream job, even though she wasn't quite qual...
  • Debra
    3.5 Stars "Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need."At the beginning of the book, Margret Jacobsen was right where she wanted to be in her life. She had earned her MBA, she was about to start a dream job, and was in a relationship with the "perfect man". What could be better? Then on day, Chip, the perfect man, decided to take her flying. He knew that she was scared to fly, he knew that she had reservations, but he talked her ...
  • Crumb
    Margaret thinks this is it! Today is the day that she is going to become an engaged woman. And she did! But her whole life got rocked in ways that she could never have foreseen or imagined. Something happened that day that changed every fiber of Margaret's being. On that fateful day.. Margaret lost herself. This is the story of how Margaret found herself. A story of finding Courage, Hope, Resilience, and Strength. This is the story of new beginni...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    I absolutely loved this novel, it was lighthearted and engaging. Margaret's life is almost perfect. She has a wonderful boyfriend, recently finished her studies and has just (unofficially) landed her dream job. Her life falls apart when she suffers an accident that causes her to end up in the hospital with a life-changing injury and facing difficulties she never imagined. I was captivated from the beginning. The characters are likable, interestin...
  • Linda
    It's the trying that heals you......Perfect days lack perfection when life leaves its oppressing thumbprint. We can spin out of control in a nano second and all that we have come to know is left in shambles in the whirlwind.Margaret Jacobsen knows only too well of the ridges and swirls of that thumbprint. With a freshly earned MBA and a handsome fiance in tow, Margaret reaches new heights. But those starlit heights have taken her on a flight with...
  • Norma
    4.5 Stars!HOW TO WALK AWAY by KATHERINE CENTER was an extremely uplifting, kind, and heartwarming novel that captured my heart and drew me in almost immediately. There is so much goodness within the pages of this book! This is a story filled with romance, forgiveness, hope, courage, love, and resilience. KATHERINE CENTER delivers a well-written and engaging read here with interesting, honest and believable characters. I absolutely loved the voice...
  • Kendall
    So... funny for some reason I got the idea in my head that this book was about walking away from a break up? Well... not really haha.How to Walk Away was my first read by Katherine Center and I can definitely see why so many readers love her books! How to Walk Away is a very uplifting and powerful story about learning to move on from things that cannot be changed. I remember going through a very tough time in my mid 20's and I bought a journal th...
  • Carol
    COURAGE. HOW TO WALK AWAY is a multi-layered story....with a wham-bang of a start....about the turbulent life of Margaret "Maggie" Jacobsen, her darkest fears, disappointments and courage to overcome adversity.Author Katherine Center creates interesting characters....especially a resourceful big sister Kitty and gives our protagonist a strong will and witty voice to keep the reader engaged while the story moves right along.More here than your usu...
  • Erin
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.This book isn't hitting the stores until May 15th and so I strongly recommend my fellow reviewers head on over to NetGalley and check it out. How to Walk Away is about a contemporary Texan family that is brought together after a devastating plane crash leaves one of their daughters(Margaret)in critical condition and prompts the return of their prodigal daughter, Kit. Marga...
  • Carrie
    How to Walk Away by Katherine Center is a contemporary read that while it does have some romance it also was so much more. The exact example of an emotional roller coaster of a novel it will have readers laughing through their tears.Margaret Jacobsen has always been afraid of flying and doesn't want to be anywhere near an airplane but dating a man who is becoming a pilot has him whisking her off to he airport for a romantic getaway. Battling her ...
  • Diane S ☔
    2.5 If you look at the average rating and glowing reviews of this book, you will soon realize I am definitely in the minority with my opinion. Excepting for one friend in the sisters group, everyone else loved it. Fluffy reads, feel good reads, they definitely have a place for many, after a heavy read, or sad read, we all need something to lighten our day. I can't say I didn't enjoy parts of this, I did. Some of the characters were great and I am...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: I immediately jumped at the chance for an advanced copy of How To Walk Away when a comparison was made to Me Before You - despite knowing the potential outcome of a book that might possibly give me feelings . . . . I accepted the challenge. And I’m so happy to report that I stayed strong and did not ruin my eye makeup! It appears not a whole lot is being said about the plot in the b...
  • JanB
    How do you move forward when life as you know it ends? Everything you had planned for, hoped for, and dreamed about is over. For Margaret, her life changes in an instant with a devastating accident that leaves her severely injured.The focus of this heartwarming novel is how Margaret copes with the hand she's been dealt. And she has a colorful cast of characters that help her do just that. Some you will loathe, some will frustrate you, and others ...
  • Marialyce
    3.5 lovely to read starsThere was so many things to like about this tale of a young woman, Margaret, who has everything going for her. Unfortunately life was about to hand her a basket full of lemons. Sometimes when everything seems so very sweet, things can and do turn sour in a heartbeat. For Margaret that moment has come when the sweetness of life becomes a nightmare of tragedy.Magaret Jacobsen has it all, a gorgeous fiance, a soon to be dream...
  • Cindy Burnett
    How to Walk Away is Katherine Center’s best book yet. She has crafted a beautiful, heartbreaking, and thoroughly romantic novel that is sure to be a hit with everyone who reads it. Soon after the book opens, Margaret Jacobsen’s world changes in an instant, and she must learn to forge ahead while trying to move on from the past. Margaret is tougher than she thinks and with the help of her sister and her physical therapist Ian, she slowly begin...
  • Brenda
    Norma and I started off lost in a coulee with seven of our traveling sisters reading How To Walk Away. This story lead to another interesting and fun discussion amongst us as we dug deep into the layers and meaning to this story. How to Walk Away is an inspirational heartwarming story told by our memorable main character Margaret who experiences a traumatic accident. It is Margaret's story of recovery that focuses on second chances, acceptance an...
  • Lori
    An inspirational story that kept getting better and better as the story progressed. I’ve finally gotten a lil settled after moving & am starting to get some regular reading time back. I was glad that I had this novel to sneak a few chapters here and there. I loved Maggie and her attitude throughout. Her voice was honest and believable. The story itself felt real... no prefectly tied bows. ‘You get one life, and it only goes forward. And there...
  • Tiffany PSquared
    "My future slid past my fingers as I fumbled for it -- and missed."How to Walk Away is an engaging story that inspires us all to make the best out of life - even when our situations are at their worst.Margaret Jacobsen is young, newly engaged to the love of her life, and is, quite literally, flying on top of the world. In a matter of seconds, all that changes and her life cartwheels out of control. What follows is her story of survival, reconcili...
  • Emily Giffin
    Warm, witty, and wonderfully observed. Reads like an intimate conversation with your best friend!
  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    How to Walk Away is a powerful, poignant, heartfelt story of one woman's tumultuous journey from being on the cusp of a perfect life to losing it all in a heartbeat to clawing and scratching her way out of the depths of despair while desperately searching for the courage, determination, and motivation to live again - whatever that might mean for her. I started this book late one afternoon and finished it before midnight in one sitting. From cover...
  • Lucia
    I have a confession to make – contemporary fiction is not my favorite genre. But to my surprise, this author’s writing skills won me over early in the story and I was genuinely hooked for the majority of this book.STORYLINE – 4 STARSI’m a sucker for novels where MC’s thinking/lifestyle is challenged by outer factors. I love to witness their way of overcoming THE problems, rearranging their lives and coming stronger out of it. If done pr...
  • Tammy
    I won a copy of this book and it came in the mail today. As I was putting it away, I opened the cover and read the first page. I honestly had no idea what this book was about and went in blind. Five hours later, I came up for air as I read the last word. I absolutely loved this beautifully written, heartbreaking story!!
  • Renee (
    3.5 starsI wish I could break my rating up for the first 85% of the book...5 stars...and the last 15% 3.5 stars because I really enjoyed almost the whole story. Almost. I was immediately drawn into the story when we are first introduced to Margaret and quickly discover her intense fear of flying along with her inability to say no to those she loves. That's how she ends up in a teeny tiny plane with her boyfriend Chip, who doesn't actually have hi...
  • Milena
    How to Walk Away is a poignant and emotional story of accepting one's life after a devastating accident. The book is beautifully written, it's an emotional roller coaster ride that will break your heart at first and will mend it back together by the end. The characters of the story are complex and interesting. Margaret is such a great heroine, she is honest and funny. I loved her sense of humor, which she used quite a lot as a coping mechanism du...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    This was my first of Katherine Center’s books and I was totally blown away. How to Walk Away starts with Margaret’s fiancé taking her up in a private plane to propose to her and the flight ends in disaster, leaving Margaret paralyzed and Chip walks away without a scratch. What follows is an inspiring story of resilience and learning to “walk away” in more ways than one and grow stronger. This story reminded me of Me Before You (which is ...
  • BJ
    Book received through Goodreads giveaway. Totally engrossing read about a woman in a small plane accident where she is paralyzed with some 2nd and 3rd degree burns and the pilot (her new fiance) walks away totally unharmed. The story is of her trials for recovery, a bit of family drama and a little romance. Excellent read.
  • Sue
    "You can't fix everything. Not even close. But you can look for reasons to be grateful."This is one of those books that you won't put down once you start reading it. It's extremely well written with characters that are easy to love (and a few who are easy to dislike). The author did extensive research and I learned new things as well as enjoying this novel. Margaret has the perfect life - a new MBA, a great chance at a dream job and a wonderful b...
  • Aida Alberto
    I received an advanced review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. To say I loved this book is an understatement. It's everything you could want in a book and more. It's intense and emotional. You will be cheering for Margaret from the beginning up until the very end. If you haven't discovered Katherine Center's book yet my advice is that you run to pre order this book so that it's waiting for you on release day and then do what I did whic...
  • Mary
    I almost felt guilty for loving this book as much as I did, for laughing out loud throughout. After all, this book is about a woman whose life is tragically changed beyond repair. How could I laugh at someone in a wheelchair? But laugh I did. This story is just wonderful, filled with such dark humor and hope. Very well written with characters that were perfection.
  • Linda Zagon
    My Review of “How to Walk Away” by Katherine Center St. Martins Press Publishing Date, May 29,2018“How to Walk Away” by Katherine Center is an amazing, captivating, riveting, intriguing and intense novel. I appreciate Katherine Center’s detailed descriptive writing, that makes this story feel so very real.The Genres of this story are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, with an essence of Romance. The timeline for the story is mostly in the pres...