How to Walk Away
I have been trying to wrap my feelings and thoughts into a review on the novel, How To Walk Away, by Katherine Center for a bit now. Today, my emotions are are overwhelmingly low and down in the dumps as I try to type this out. I sit here mulling over the exact feelings Margaret felt that I had read, I know those same feelings of depression crashing down on you and suffocating you. 100% different circumstances behind the reasons why, but same feelings with a lot of similarities surrounding our lives.
How to Walk Away centers on Margaret, “perfectly beautiful” Margaret, who comes from a well-off family and is on her way to being engaged to Chip when the forces of nature come crashing down on her in a way that sets her life on a new, albeit extremely troubled, path. As the saying goes, “Life can change in the bling of an eye.”.
I felt for Margaret in so many ways! From her over-bearing mother and everyone centering on her “fiance” Chip not taking the situation well. I admit, I hated Chip for everything he stood for and how he was written. He only cared about himself and several other aspects of how he was written made me think of a few exes of mine; hence why they are exes!
All the characters from Maggie herself, her sister, Kit, parents, Chip, Ian, and every single person written about was superb. The story line, as stated before, shows the dedication and hard work the author, Katherine, took to ensure everything was delved into from the emotional aspect of injuries to the family view points and how it all interrelates, the different stages one goes through. I felt drawn into this book on so many levels, I will be reading this again. Very thankful to have receive this via St. Martins Press and SheSpeaksUp marketing campaign.
Copied from the back of the book, this speaks to me:
Strength is found in weakness.
Laughter lives in the darkest moments.
Love shows up when you learn to move on.
How to Walk Away
I hope one day to be able to find love and move on into a better life.
About The Author:
Katherine Center is the author of the upcoming novel, How to Walk Away. She writes bittersweet comic stories about how we fall down–and how we get back up. Her inspiring novels are always about how we struggle to find our way through life’s hardships and learn to savor its joys at the same time.
#1 NYT Bestselling Author Emily Giffin describes Katherine’s writing as “warm, witty, and wonderfully observed . . . reads like an intimate conversation with your best friend.”
The Dallas Morning news says, “Reading a book by Katherine Center is like having a long lunch conversation with an old friend you haven’t seen for a while — familiar, cozy and satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way.”
#1 NYT Bestselling Author Brené Brown says: “Katherine Center writes about falling down, growing up, and finding love like nobody else.”
Katherine’s other novels include: The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, Get Lucky, The Lost Husband, and Happiness for Beginners.
Her books and essays have appeared in InStyle, Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Real Simple, and others, as well as several anthologies.
Instant Pictures recently optioned movie rights for The Lost Husband, which People calls “A sweet tale about creating the family you need.”
Katherine’s books have been featured at Target and Costco, BookPage named her a new writer to watch, the Houston Press named her a Top Ten writer in the city. Her novels have been published all around the world. She’s won a number of awards for her work, including the Girls, Inc. Strong, Smart & Bold Award, the Rose State President’s Distinguished Author Award, and the Vassar College Fiction Prize.
Katherine is also a speaker on the power of stories.
She lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her husband, two kids, and their fluffy-but-fierce dog.