How to Walk Away
If your life fell apart, could you start again?
The New York Times bestseller.
Maggie Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked so hard and so long for: her dream job, a fiancé she adores and the promise of a perfect life just around the corner. But on what should have been the happiest day of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a single catastrophic moment.
In hospital Maggie is forced to confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Charlie, wallowing in self-pity while demanding forgiveness. Then there’s her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally there’s Iain, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Iain, who won’t let her give in to her despair, who makes her cry, but also manages to make her laugh . . .
Maggie’s new life is nothing like she expected. But could it be more than she had ever dared hope for?
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center is an uplifting story of learning to live – and love – again.
'If you read just one book this year, read How to Walk Away' Nina George, author of The Little Paris Bookshop.
Center (Happiness for Beginners) explores the limits of hope and love in this bittersweet tale of a young woman suffering from a devastating injury who learns to care about others when she can't figure out what to do for herself. The life lesson comes about after Maggie about to start a dream job in Austin, Tex., and newly engaged is paralyzed in a small plane crash. Her fianc , Chip, who was the plane's pilot, walks away unscathed, but is horrified by Maggie's paralysis. Maggie begins a daunting rehabilitation with Ian, a stern Scottish physical therapist hiding a tragic loss of his own. Meanwhile, Maggie's older sister, Kitty, returns from three years of self-imposed exile to comfort Maggie and exposes a family secret that has the potential to drive their parents apart. The cascade of events from Maggie's grueling hospital recovery and the bitter split from Chip to a reconciliation with Kitty and a bond with Ian are fast-paced and sharply drawn. And though Maggie's inspirational perseverance is the point of Center's tale ("it's the trying that heals you," Ian tells Maggie), the smaller moments are among the most memorable: Maggie and Kitty's night together after their long separation; Ian taking Maggie to the hospital rooftop for her first breath of fresh air; Maggie's birthday party at the family cottage. Center transforms the story of a family tragedy into a heartfelt guide to living the fullest life possible. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Amazing book with so much detail in it, makes you really lose yourself in another dimension and inspiring quotes that stay in your heart.