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Katherine Center - The ​Bright Side of Disaster
Sometimes ​the worst thing that can happen is exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Very pregnant and not quite married, Jenny Harris doesn’t mind that she and her live-in fiancé, Dean, accidentally started their family a little earlier than planned. But Dean is acting distant, and the night he runs out for cigarettes and doesn’t come back, he demotes himself from future husband to sperm donor. And the very next day, Jenny goes into labor. In the months that follow, Jenny plunges into a life she never anticipated: single motherhood. At least with the sleep deprivation, sore boobs, and fits of crying (both hers and the baby’s), there’s not much time to dwell on her broken heart. And things are looking up: Jenny learns how to do everything one-handed, makes friends in a mommy group, and even gets to know a handsome, helpful neighbor. But Dean is never far from Jenny’s thoughts or, it turns out, her doorstep, and in the end she must choose between the old life she thought she wanted and the new life she’s been lucky to find.

Katherine Center - Happiness ​for Beginners
A ​year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying, ten years younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It's supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother's even-more-annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can't imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen's well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls. Yet, despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen's own little life seem bigger, too. And, somehow the people who annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a hope of being found.

Katherine Center - How ​to Walk Away
From ​the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances. 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.

Katherine Center - What ​You Wish For
Samantha ​Casey is a school librarian who loves her job, the kids, and her school family with passion and joy for living. But she wasn’t always that way. Duncan Carpenter is the new school principal who lives by rules and regulations, guided by the knowledge that bad things can happen. But he wasn’t always that way. And Sam knows it. Because she knew him before—at another school, in a different life. Back then, she loved him—but she was invisible. To him. To everyone. Even to herself. She escaped to a new school, a new job, a new chance at living. But when Duncan, of all people, gets hired as the new principal there, it feels like the best thing that could possibly happen to the school—and the worst thing that could possibly happen to Sam. Until the opposite turns out to be true. The lovable Duncan she’d known is now a suit-and-tie wearing, rule-enforcing tough guy so hell-bent on protecting the school that he’s willing to destroy it. As the school community spirals into chaos, and danger from all corners looms large, Sam and Duncan must find their way to who they really are, what it means to be brave, and how to take a chance on love—which is the riskiest move of all.

Katherine Center - Get ​Lucky
How ​do you change your luck? Katherine Center’s marvelously entertaining and poignant new novel is about choosing to look for happiness - and maybe getting lucky enough to find it. Sarah Harper isn’t sure if the stupid decisions she sometimes makes are good choices in disguise - or if they’re really just stupid. But either way, after forwarding an inappropriate email to her entire company, she suddenly finds herself out of a job. So she goes home to Houston - and her sister, Mackie - for Thanksgiving. But before Sarah can share her troubles with her sister, she learns that Mackie has some woes of her own: After years of trying, Mackie’s given up on having a baby - and plans to sell on eBay the entire nursery she’s set up. Which gives Sarah a brilliant idea - an idea that could fix everyone’s problems. An idea that gives Sarah the chance to take care of her big sister for once - instead of the other way around. But nothing worthwhile is ever easy. After a decade away, Sarah is forced to confront one ghost from her past after another: the father she’s lost touch with, the memories of her mother, the sweet guy she dumped horribly in high school. Soon everything that matters is on the line - and Sarah can only hope that by changing her life she has changed her luck, too.

Katherine Center - Everyone ​Is Beautiful
Lanie ​Coates’s life is spinning out of control. She’s piled everything she owns into a U-Haul and driven with her husband, Peter, and their three little boys from their cozy Texas home to a multiflight walkup in the Northeast. She’s left behind family, friends, and a comfortable life–all so her husband can realize his dream of becoming a professional musician. But somewhere in the eye of her personal hurricane, it hits Lanie that she once had dreams too. If only she could remember what they were. These days, Lanie always seems to rank herself dead last–and when another mom accidentally criticizes her appearance, it’s the final straw. Fifteen years, three babies, and more pounds than she’s willing to count since the day she said “I do,” Lanie longs desperately to feel like her old self again. It’s time to rise up, fish her moxie out of the diaper pail, and find the woman she was before motherhood capsized her entire existence. Lanie sets change in motion–joining a gym, signing up for photography classes, and finding a new best friend. But she also creates waves that come to threaten her whole life. In the end, Lanie must figure out once and for all how to find herself without losing everything else in the process. Katherine Center’s Everyone Is Beautiful is a hugely entertaining, poignant, and charming new novel about what happens after happily ever after: how a woman learns to fall in love with her husband–and her entire life–all over again.

Katherine Center - Egy ​lépésre a boldogságtól
Margaret ​Jacobsen éppen megtenné az első lépést fényes jövője felé, amiről oly sokat álmodozott: az új állása fantasztikus, a barátja imádnivaló, és készül megkérni a kezét. A legboldogabbnak ígérkező napon azonban hirtelen minden örökre megváltozik. A kórházban Margaret kénytelen szembenézni azzal, hogy már semmi nem lesz olyan, mint volt. Először is ott van Chip, a vőlegénye, akit gyötör a bűntudat, és közben megbocsátásban reménykedik. Aztán Kit, Maggie nővére, aki három év néma távollét után egyszer csak felbukkan. Végül pedig Ian, a mogorva fizioterapeuta, aki félő, hogy túl kemény lesz a lányhoz. Ian, aki nem engedi, hogy Maggie elcsüggedjen, aki szerez a lánynak néhány kellemetlen percet, de közben meg is nevetteti… Maggie új élete egyáltalán nem hasonlít arra, amit eltervezett, de vajon lehet több annál, mint amiről valaha álmodott? Az Egy lépésre a boldogságtól felemelő történet arról, hogyan tanuljunk meg újra élni és újra szeretni.

Katherine Center - Things ​You Save in a Fire
From ​the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel about family, hope, and learning to love against all odds. Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she's seen her fair share of them, and she's excellent at dealing with other people's tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it's an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated. The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie's old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren't exactly thrilled to have a "lady" on the crew, even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the handsome rookie, who doesn't seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can't think about that. Because she doesn't fall in love. And because of the advice her old captain gave her: don't date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping...but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she's worked so hard to be taken seriously? Katherine Center's Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt, affecting novel about life, love, and the true meaning of courage

Katherine Center - Szépségtapasz
Lanie ​Coates egy nap rádöbben, hogy nem ilyen életre vágyott. Hiába van három fia, akiket imád, hiába büszke a férjére, akiből egyszer talán híres zeneszerző lesz, hiába valósult meg számára az „amerikai álom", mégsem boldog. Kétségbeesetten próbál visszaemlékezni fiatalkori álmaira, de minden energiáját lekötik a gyerekek, és képtelen kiszabadulni a hétköznapok taposómalmából. Végül egy szerencsétlen találkozás egy régi iskolatárssal megadja neki a lökést, amely ahhoz kell, hogy megváltoztassa az életét. Lanie nekiáll, hogy kihalássza a pelenkás doboz aljáról azt a ragyogó embert, aki azelőtt volt, mielőtt az anyaság minden mást kiszorított az életéből. Sportolni kezd, visszatalál régi hobbijához, megpróbál új életet lehelni szexuális életébe, és legfőképpen azért küzd, hogy elhitesse önmagával: még mindig szép - bár ez utóbbi sokkal nehezebb feladatnak bizonyul, mint gondolta. Az idő múlásával egyre elkeseredettebben vágyik arra, hogy újra régi önmaga legyen - ám ezt egyáltalán nem olyan könnyű elérnie, főleg miután rádöbben, hogy a nagy átalakulással a házasságát is veszélybe sodorja… „Hajszálpontos leírása annak a kimerítő és gyönyörű időszaknak, amit anyaságnak hívunk. Tiszta szívből szurkoltam az írónőnek, és együtt nevettem vele" - Marisa De Los Santos -

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