How to Walk Away

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 29 May 2018

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I recommend this on my blog Modern Mrs Darcy in a post called "20 books everyone will be talking about this summer." I love Katherine and can't wait to read her new release in 2019!
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Margaret and Chip appear to be the perfect couple at the start of this women's fiction title.  Both have just completed their MBAs and are on the path to high achievement.  Margaret is hoping that Chip will propose to her.  Not much of a spoiler because what I am writing next happens very early in the book. Chip does propose but does it in a small plane that Margaret had not wanted to fly in.  There is an accident and Margaret suffers a serious injury which upends her life.  The novel then tells the story of what happens to Margaret.  The story is also about Margaret's parents, her sister, Chip and his family and the hospital staff, especially Ian.

Readers will be rooting for Margaret as she figures out what to do in her life.  The reader will undoubtedly enjoy spending time with her family and with Ian as well.

I enjoyed this novel which I read quickly.  The author does not sugarcoat what Margaret experiences in her recovery.  However this is a romance so each reader will have to decide if they want to buy into the semi-fairy-tale.

I would read other books by the author and would look forward to doing so.  Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-galley of the novel which I was given in exchange for an honest review.
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I loved this book - which charts the recovery of a young woman from a horrifying accident on what should have been the happiest day of her life.  The 'walking away' which Margaret learns is both literal and connected to her complex family relationships, and I really liked the fact that Center steers away from an obvious resolution.

This was an enjoyable read with plenty of humour to balance the emotional drama, as well as a focus on a range of relationships - family, friends and romantic.
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I love everything Katherine Center writes. Even books that have topics that don’t normally sound appaealing to me are so wonderful when she writes about them. I especially love her realistic characters and the simplicity and depth she includes in each book.
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I’m going to be honest. I started the book but couldn’t get into, so I put it aside. A couple of weeks later I picked it up again and read a huge chunk in one sitting, without even realizing it. 
How to Walk Away is a story about struggle, about how life can change in a second and how that moment can not only change everything for you but also make you live for real. It was an interesting, compelling story, not to mention funny and clever, with deep, complex characters but also very likeable and that brought a lot into the story.
It was a bit predictable, though. However, that’s not always a bad thing and in this case it works. I enjoyed reading it, it was nice to read something different that talked about a reality for many people who have been through similar things; and it also made it a way that felt more real, not sugarcoating it. It is not just a story about a happy ending or about someone just deciding to overcome all obstacles, because it is not that simple. Nevertheless, it gives the right amount of hope and happiness.
It was a great read and it definitely makes me want to read more books by the author.
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Such a wonderful story! I almost never read Women's Fiction or Contemporary reads but after reading an except on this a while back, I had to know how the story went! Margaret is such an interesting main character and I loved seeing her story!
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to root for Maggie and her recovery and to be completely repulsed by Chip and his plot line. I felt that the author captured the struggles Maggie faced with a realistic point of view as opposed to a sensationalist story about an accident. This was a story of recovery and moving forward and I loved it.
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A cute, lighthearted tale ..... nothing that’ll keep you up all night with, but definitely worth the read! Thanks to netgalley for the opportunity.
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"How to Walk Away" is a sweet story about the strength of a woman following a life changing disaster and the strength of a family in the face of trying times,

I enjoyed this story. It was a quick read that left me feeling good at the end.
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Although fairly predictable, this is a fun, warm read with characters you'll root for.  This is not an earth shaking literary work, but it is great entertainment, and although it could be devastating,  somehow it manages not to be...at all.  Maggie's life is turned upside down and inside out when she is paralyzed when the plane her boyfriend is piloting crash lands moments after he proposes to her.  She has a short amount of time to make great strides in her recovery before the insurance runs out, and her family is coming apart at the seams at a most inopportune time.  This is a book about accepting fate, finding your true path, and making lemonade out of the lemons of life.  Thank you NetGalley and publishers for a digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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I enjoy a good romance occasionally, and this one did not disappoint!  Thank you NetGalley for the ARC!
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"How to walk away" is a well written novel about love lost and found, broken dreams that turn into even better ones, and persistence to continue regardless of circumstances.

Maggie has everything. A loving boyfriend who, she hopes, is ready to propose anytime. A dream job offer which was unofficially presented to her and just needs to be buttoned up. She is full of dreams and has only one fear - fear of flying. So when her boyfriend takes her for a surprise scoot among the clouds, Maggie freaks out. She makes the mistake to ignore her gut feeling and goes into the plane. From this moment on, her whole life turns upside down.

This is a story of resilience and hope. And I think it is also one of the best love stories I have ever read (although I am not a huge fan of love stories). This book made me smile, it made me mad, and it made reflect.

Deffinitely a read worth picking up
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Wow! How can I write a review that really reflects what I think about this book? This was a beautiful story of Maggie and how she worked threw the blow she was dealt. It showed the grieving process and how she moved past it and into her best life. I loved her family especially Kitty and Ian was awesome. The epilogue blew me away and beautifully painted the life that Maggie had built for herself 10 years after the accident. I was super annoyed that Chip got off Scott free especially when he was/is such a wanker through and through. It was eased for me knowing that Maggie dodged the bullet so to speak and got rid of him for good. I loved reading this book and am so happy it crossed my path.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. All opinions are my own.
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Probably one of the most heartfelt, poignant stories of 2018! I can’t express how beautiful this story was. Everything about it was beautiful. From page one, you’ll fall in love with Margaret, her fear of flying, her bubbly personality, and the love she felt toward her boyfriend Chip.
Margaret agrees to go on Chip’s plane, even though he doesn’t officially have his pilot license. In the name of love and adoration, she boards that plane with hopes and dreams of a future together but her life is never ever the same after that fateful decision. It’s hard to explain and convince yourself that everything in life happens for a reason when it seems like whatever happens is so so undeserving and unfair.
As the events of that night unfold and the complete and utter admiration for what and how Margaret rises above her experiences will have you hugging this book. (I do believe I actually hugged the book) Without telling you any more detail, I will just say that by the end of the book, hindsight is 20/20. We don’t always understand why things happen at the time they happen, but it’s always made clear to us eventually.
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"It is the trying that heals you. That's all you have to do. Just try."

This. Book. And all of it's amazing quotes. Quotes that can apply to so many different things in life. I loved how we dived right into the accident & all that comes along with it. There were times that I was screaming for Margaret through. With her mother. With her possible mother in-law. With Ian. And I was worried a few times that we had a main character that was going to be trampled on. But thankfully, she  stood her ground & pushed through. And I loved the way it ended. A perfectly imperfect fairytale of sorts. There's no miricle. There's hardships & heartache. And happiness.
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I think one of the defining traits of a good writer is being able to engagingly write a character's thoughts and emotions. With a subject as dramatic as this one, many authors could miss the mark on describing the emotions and thoughts of someone in this life-changing period of time. Or, even worse, fall back on inadequate or mundane language (sad, angry, etc.). Katherine Center did a phenomenal job of creating a character that was both real and someone you wanted to root for. I can't wait to read more of her books.
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Thank You St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read  this fabulous book.. You will root for Margaret throughout the book.
The characters were great, some you will dislike and others you"ll love. 
I was very sorry to see this book end. This was the first book I've read by this author and I'm recommending her to others.
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This story made me happy. I loved that Margaret was able to live with her injury. I loved Ian. The story probably wasn't realistic, but I don't care. I root for the underdog. This is one of my favorites this year. I loved the humor and family dynamics and the fact that all of the characters are flawed. Bravo Ms. Center!
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My goodness! This book was one of our top reads this year. What an amazing rollercoaster of emotions. My heart literally ached for Margaret. There were times I wanted to punch Chip in the face, slap Margaret's mother, and hug her sister Kit. The most unfair accident brought on by Chips actions and Margaret had to suffer but that old saying will niggle at your brain..."everything happens for a reason"... we just don't know it right away. Maggie's story is one that will take you for an emotional ride. You will laugh, cry, scream, and feel a bind to her. I loved this story!
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This refreshing book is both a coming into awareness as well as a coming back to life story. It is about discovering what is most important to you, what in life is worth fighting for.  The characters and the story are so relatable that you feel you know them.  A great book for book clubs.
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