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.
Wow and here I thought the last book I read was emotional! How to Walk Away by Katherine Center made me cry even harder than The Ones We Choose did. However, in this book there is more romance and much more of an “inspirational story” vibe.
Margaret Jacobsen is 27 years old when she gets on a Cessna prop plane with her boyfriend who is working on getting his pilot’s license. She is terrified of flying, but she gets on anyway because she wants to face her fears (plus she thinks her boyfriend Chip is about to propose). This is a choice that will change her life forever.. What follows is the story of how Margaret copes with a life changing injury, and how everyone else reacts as well.
This book made me cry like a BABY, and I loved what a strong personality Margaret is. If there is a real Margaret Jacobsen out there I want her to be my best friend because she was such a relatable character, and she was freaking hilarious. How to Walk Away is told entirely from Margaret’s point of view, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. It felt like your best friend was telling you her life story and it just felt so real to me.
This book is all about overcoming a life-changing tragedy. It was such a perfect combination of adversity, romance, and joy that it made it a very emotional but hopeful read. I was also able to read this book in a day which is saying something too!
Final Thought: I loved this book and when I got towards the end I wished there wasn’t an ending. It is so beautifully written, and I really can’t wait to read more from this author knowing how much I loved this novel. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an inspirational story with a bit of romance and sadness. There is a lot of pain in How to Walk Away, but a lot of hope and happiness as well.
How to Walk Away in 3-ish words: Entertaining, Emotional, Conversational
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Thank you so much to BookishFirst and St. Martin’s Press for sending me a review copy of this book! All opinions are my own.