My first book in the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge is How to Walk Away by Katherine Center. She is a new author to me but is very popular in the world of Women’s fiction and circulates well where I work, at the Dunwoody library. In her latest book, she tackles the issues of rehabilitation and how does one recover? Who does it impact the most? Where does the support come from in a difficult time such as this?
Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she's worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, 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 a brief, tumultuous moment. In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there's her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there's Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won't let her give in to her pity and who sees her like no one has seen her before.
Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect. (Amazon)
I loved this book! I don’t know of many books that tackle the topic of this kind of intense injury, and what circumstances might be like afterwords. I think that many of us can identify with Maggie’s experiences, in this book. Ms. Center did a great job of creating a great cast of characters, even the one that I loved to hate the most Chip. As a reader part of me could not believe Chip’s response to the situation. I could not wait to him to be out of the picture. I found the story was interesting and kept my focus with very little lag, in the middle. The conclusion was unexpected and very satisfying.
Life can have many complicated twists and turns. It depends how one chooses to respond to those difficulties or how God can change our perspective. Keep pressing forward because you never know where life might take you!
You can purchase a copy of How to Walk Away here.