Book Review: How to Walk Away
Margaret’s boyfriend Chip ignores her fear of flying and takes her for a ride in a Cessna to romantically propose even though he hasn’t earned his pilot’s license yet (WTF, CHIP?). A strong storm blows the plane arse over teakettle. Badly injured, Margaret has a long road to recovery in the hospital, where in addition to attempting to walk again she will have to deal with her sister Kit’s antics, trying to figure out if she still has the dream job she just landed, and her demanding but handsome Scottish physical therapist. And of course Chip, who escapes uninjured, will have to deal with the consequences of his dumbassery. How much can Margaret endure, and how will she put her life back together? How to Walk Away by Katherine Center is chicklit at its best.
I don’t want to dig in too much on the plot, because you should discover it for yourself. It’s a worthwhile read for anyone who enjoys reading about family relationships, finding your feet again after trauma, and hot Scottish physical therapists. It’s also quite funny, and wraps up with some hilarious and sweet escapades in Belgium. The theme of recovering after trauma is heavy, and Center doesn’t flub it or make it saccharine-sweet. Being in the hospital sucks, and it’s hard, and that is all there in the book. Center also handles the issues of disability very well, and is not complimentary to her characters who engage in ableism. I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say that we have a happily ever after in this book. It’s a 5-star chicklit book. Pick it up! It’s romance but it is totally closed door.
Looking for more romance? Check out my review of Courtney Milan’s After the Wedding.
My thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for a free e-galley of this book. Full disclosure: I went to school with Katherine in Houston. Her family is lovely. My opinions are my own.