This was another one of those books that I knew absolutely nothing about going into it and am glad I didn't because I don't know if I would have picked it up or enjoyed it as much as I did!

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, How to Walk Away by Katherine Center. Thanks so much to Book Sparks for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

The story follows 26-year-old Margaret, who should be celebrating one of the happiest moments of her life - getting engaged to her amazing boyfriend, Chip. However, that dream of a perfect life all comes crashing down (please excuse the pun) when the small plane Chip is flying pinwheels upon landing, leaving Margaret with more than just cold feet. In the hospital, she begins to realize the extent of her injuries and how they will affect her life going forward. As she tries to figure out her new life, she has to learn to let go of her old one.

Now, generally speaking, I'm not one to listen to the author or critic blurbs on a book because I'm more often than not let down. However, almost all of the ones on the back of this book promised the story would hook me from the very beginning and I am happy to report that it very much did! I'm not sure if it's just been a while since I read a book that was so well written or what but Center really knew how to hold my attention. Even when I wasn't reading this book, I wanted to be reading it.

Story-wise, I actually thought it was a unique and really interesting story. I think that there are probably many other books like it, where the main character has a tragic accident and has to re-examine her life, especially in the "Women's Fiction" genre, but for me, a more casual reader of this type of story, I found it quite refreshing. I really loved how Center focused on Margaret, chiefly. There were mentions of other (male/love interest) characters, but the story was mostly about her recovery, with a dash of romance. I really appreciated that and it made the whole message of the book more meaningful.

I do think there were some flaws in the romance, especially from the patient/therapist standpoint. I don't know that I'm 100% on board with it and I didn't feel as much of a connection between the characters as was apparently supposed to be there, so I had a harder time getting on board with it.

Overall, there were some minor flaws in this book, but its ability to hold my attention at a time when I'm struggling to read in general wins more points in my books!