‘How to Walk Away’ by Katherine Center

“When you don’t know what to do for yourself, do something for somebody else.”

Hugely predictable yet surprisingly compelling, this humorous and adequately inspirational unsentimental romantic novel is a  ‘feel good’ read. It reminded me a little of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes because it struck a similar tone. A good one to bring to the cottage or pack in your carry-on. Even as the bestseller headline screams “Unforgettable love story in the darkest of circumstances!” this is not great literature, but I give it credit for readability and almost making me miss my stop on the subway. For this genre, it is well done.

The flyleaf describes the storyline best:
“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.”

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