How To Walk Away – By Katherine Center

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page.

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I decided to read this book for two reasons, first because it was a one of the nominees for last year’s Goodreads Choice Awards, and also because I was trying to read more romance fiction for an internship.

The first few chapters are pretty good, I liked Maggie. She’s got a lot of personality and it’s easy to sympathize with her. But the book goes downhill very quickly.  There are so many infuriating characters, both Maggie’s mother and once soon to be mother-in-law are sexist and rude and no one tried to call them out.

I was also disturbed by the love interest, firstly because he’s an asshole and treats Maggie rudely and she just lets him. And secondly because it seemed like any romance between the two of them was inappropriate as he’s her physical therapist. It made me very uncomfortable.

The plot became all too predictable, combined with the above I gave up. I didn’t even finish the book, and I don’t recommend it. I think it’s time writers stop using disabilities as a plot device. I gave this book 2 stars.

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