How to Walk Away

How to Walk Away

Large Print - 2018 | Large print edition
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"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."--
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432852573
Branch Call Number: LP FIC CEN
Characteristics: 493 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Nov 17, 2019

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Oct 18, 2019

Finding courage in the face of adversity. Moving forward when you want to quit. Learning how to walk away from old plans into a new path and purpose for your life.

Margaret Jacobsen has worked hard to achieve her MBA and land her dream job. Her fear of flying is overridden by her boyfriend Chip's enthusiasm to take her up in a Cessna to propose marriage. His inexperience ends in a crash sending Margaret into hospital with severe injuries.

Margaret's journey through recover is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Her family rally around her, hospital staff and her physical therapist support and challenge her. Margaret comes to some major decisions through learning to be vigilant with her thoughts and decisions, a life lesson we all need to learn.

A wonderfully moving novel.

Sep 11, 2019

Karen recommended

Aug 06, 2019

Well written with believable dialogue, sympathetic characters & a plot line that holds all the way through. Similar to Jojo Moyes's Me Before You but more hopeful.

Jun 14, 2019

How to Walk Away is a fast read about resiliency and moving forward in the face of tragic circumstances. I finished it over the course of 2 evenings and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Nov 28, 2018

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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.

my blurb!
A book about a woman who is faced with how to overcome when you really don’t feel like you have it in you.

5 out of 5

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

what i liked
Everything! This is required reading!
I loved the main character, Maggie. She was strong, and real, and fragile and amazing! (I know, with that description, don’t you just want to be friends with her?!)
I loved her sister, Kit. She was quirky, and resilient, and funny.
There were so many good characters in this book. The plot had some really funny elements in it (like accidentally attending an ex’s wedding. hah!) As I’m describing this book I want to make sure I capture its genre so you know what you’re getting into. (I’ve heard a lot of people had this problem with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – thinking it was a comedy). I would call this book a drama with some comedy in it. Okay maybe it would be called a dramedy.
The writing was amazing. I’ve had some crazy hospital experiences myself- nothing like this, but the way that the author portrayed the way that time is different in the hospital – it was so realistic! So much of her journey- it rang true! I imagine Katherine Center did a lot of research for this to be the case and it paid off.
Overall this book had an amazing message in it that I loved reading and having reiterated throughout the novel.
I read this book in less than 24 hours, I would recommend it easily and would buy it and loan it out to friends. If that’s not a 5 star read, I don’t know what is!

what i didn't like
Nothing! I loved everything about this book.

while reading you should
Watch: Grease
Listen to: Let it Be
Eat: Indian food
Do: sing your heart out to a musical

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Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy books where people overcome adversity.

This book follows Margaret as her life falls apart. A horrible plane crash leaves her disfigured and paralyzed. She loses everything but her life, and she must find her strength to recover as best as she can by spirit alone. She deals with family problems, a decline in her relationship with her boyfriend, and her complicated relationship with her physical therapist.

This book was much more emotional than her last book that I read. The subject matter makes it quite a bit more bittersweet, and serious to begin with. Overall I really enjoyed Margaret's journey, her relationship with her sister, and her antics with Ian. I think my favorite parts were the ones between Margaret and her sister. They are really opposite, and have a fantastic banter. I enjoyed that Margaret's journey was not entirely predictable and not completely positive. I liked that her relationship with Ian wasn't the full focus of the book, but it did feel a bit like an afterthought... I would have liked more dialogue if nothing else. I felt like I still didn't know much about him or his feelings after the book was over with. I liked that the book was told in the present starting at the beginning, but I felt like it could have been nice to have a bit more detail on her current life. Overall I enjoyed this one, but wanted a bit more resolution in the ending, or a bit more of a relationship developed between Margaret and Ian.

Sep 02, 2018

Wonderful women's fiction with some light romantic elements. I enjoyed following Maggie as she recovers from a devastating accident. The story was tragic, witty, frustrating, and sweetly romantic. I loved the family dynamics, but especially Maggie's bond with her quirky sister. This being my first book by this author, I look forward to more.

Aug 27, 2018

What a great book. Was hard to put down. Especially loved the way she used the tragedy to show there's life after such a life changing event. Kit was a good character to bring her along.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.

Aug 03, 2018

Margaret's life is forever changed after her almost pilot boyfriend crashes their "engagement flight" and leaves her life forever changed. Center incorporates often used themes like accidents, tests of relationships, falling in love with one's therapist.....However, in this story Center pulls the reader in with ever-so-tugging situations of humanity, despair, and love.
I found it moving and ultimately hard to put down.

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