How to Walk Away

How to Walk Away

Book - 2018
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Margaret Jacobson has a bright future ahead of her until an accident on what should be one of the happiest days of her life takes it all away. 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 family secrets, heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect. This novel contains laughter in the face of tragedy, hilarity in black moments, and one of the most unforgettable love stories you will encounter.
Publisher: New York, New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250149060
Characteristics: xi, 302 pages ;,25 cm.


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MaxwellPark_Library May 02, 2020

Sometimes life has a way of throwing you a curveball. That is what happen to Margaret. She now has to find hope and joy in the darkest time of her life. This a book about how you have to find ways to climb impossible mountains life puts in front of you.

Mar 01, 2020


Feb 27, 2020

This book was fabulous! Everyone should read. You will LOVE it❤️

Dec 19, 2019

I absolutely LOVED this book! I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs a reminder that life is a journey filled with ups and downs. If you appreciate the highs and try to find the bright spots where you can during the lows - you'll be just fine.

Nov 17, 2019

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Oct 18, 2019

Finding courage in the face of adversity. Moving forward when you want to quit. Learning how to walk away from old plans into a new path and purpose for your life.

Margaret Jacobsen has worked hard to achieve her MBA and land her dream job. Her fear of flying is overridden by her boyfriend Chip's enthusiasm to take her up in a Cessna to propose marriage. His inexperience ends in a crash sending Margaret into hospital with severe injuries.

Margaret's journey through recover is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Her family rally around her, hospital staff and her physical therapist support and challenge her. Margaret comes to some major decisions through learning to be vigilant with her thoughts and decisions, a life lesson we all need to learn.

A wonderfully moving novel.

Sep 11, 2019

Karen recommended

Aug 06, 2019

Well written with believable dialogue, sympathetic characters & a plot line that holds all the way through. Similar to Jojo Moyes's Me Before You but more hopeful.

Jun 14, 2019

How to Walk Away is a fast read about resiliency and moving forward in the face of tragic circumstances. I finished it over the course of 2 evenings and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Nov 28, 2018

official blurb
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.

my blurb!
A book about a woman who is faced with how to overcome when you really don’t feel like you have it in you.

5 out of 5

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

what i liked
Everything! This is required reading!
I loved the main character, Maggie. She was strong, and real, and fragile and amazing! (I know, with that description, don’t you just want to be friends with her?!)
I loved her sister, Kit. She was quirky, and resilient, and funny.
There were so many good characters in this book. The plot had some really funny elements in it (like accidentally attending an ex’s wedding. hah!) As I’m describing this book I want to make sure I capture its genre so you know what you’re getting into. (I’ve heard a lot of people had this problem with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – thinking it was a comedy). I would call this book a drama with some comedy in it. Okay maybe it would be called a dramedy.
The writing was amazing. I’ve had some crazy hospital experiences myself- nothing like this, but the way that the author portrayed the way that time is different in the hospital – it was so realistic! So much of her journey- it rang true! I imagine Katherine Center did a lot of research for this to be the case and it paid off.
Overall this book had an amazing message in it that I loved reading and having reiterated throughout the novel.
I read this book in less than 24 hours, I would recommend it easily and would buy it and loan it out to friends. If that’s not a 5 star read, I don’t know what is!

what i didn't like
Nothing! I loved everything about this book.

while reading you should
Watch: Grease
Listen to: Let it Be
Eat: Indian food
Do: sing your heart out to a musical

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