How to Walk Away

Prepare to be blown away by How to Walk Away, just one of Katherine Center‘s beautifully, often comically written, bittersweet novels of overcoming tragedy and persevering. I was hooked on the first page, and everything else had to wait while I delved, completely absorbed, into this fantastic book.

Margaret Jacobsen has just finished an M.B.A. and been told “unofficially” that she has a great new job. Her finance, Charles Philip Dunbar (“Chip”) has not yet completed the requirements for his pilots’ license. Knowing she is terrified of flying, Chip coerces her into getting into a small plane that doesn’t belong to him. While in the air, he proposes to her, but the weather turns ugly. Chip walks away without a scratch.  Margaret is seriously injured.
 
This is a story of the love of a family, warts and all. Margaret’s sister, Kitty, and their mother have never gotten along, and have been estranged for three years. Mom has a deep, dark secret, that will devastate the family, but it has to come out. While hospitalized, Margaret learns that enduring, romantic love can be found in the most unexpected times and places.
 
This is a book I will not soon forget. It’s one I am likely to read again in the future — there aren’t too many of those. I think I may have found another favorite author. This book is an absolute must-read.
 
What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy?
 
There are the usual things: a few split infinitives, a few incomplete sentences, and a lot of sentences beginning with conjunctions. Mostly, though, there was a huge number of single-sentence paragraphs, and that is a huge no-no. Every one of those single sentences could have been included in either the preceding paragraph or the following one. Still this is an outstanding book.

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