Book Review: Get Lucky – Katherine Center

Title: Get Lucky: A Novel
Author: Katherine Center
ISBN: 9780345507914
Pages: 288
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

When Sarah Harper’s career at a New York advertising agency implodes, she decides to move back to Houston temporarily to spend some time with her sister, Mackie, and Mackie’s husband Clive.  Upon arriving, Sarah learns that Mackie is unable to have children.  Sarah decides that she wants to do something good for her sister and offers to be the surrogate for Mackie and Clive’s baby.  In this sweet novel, Sarah is forced to confront the past in more ways than one and come to terms with what she’s lost, as well as what she has now.

Review:

I’ve read both of Katherine Center’s previous books, The Bright Side of Disaster and Everyone is Beautiful, so I jumped at the chance to review her newest book, Get Lucky.  I’m pleased to say that I found the same sophisticated character development and wonderful mix of hilariousness and warmth that have made her other books so great.

It was really a lot of fun to get to know Sarah through Get Lucky.  I loved her awakening over the course of the novel.  As she lets old prejudices go and opens herself up to new experiences, she learns a lot and becomes much happier with herself.  The relationship between her and Mackie was interesting, and seemed very real to me.  Neither of them were perfect, but deep down they truly loved one another, and that’s what really mattered.

I loved how well developed even the secondary characters were in this novel.  Center has a talent of giving personalities to even the most mundane characters.  She makes it easy for readers to fall in love with the people in her books.  The reader becomes invested in the future of these characters; once you start one of her books, you can’t stop until it’s finished.

The surrogate pregnancy storyline was really well done, especially when you reflect on its impact on Sarah and Mackie’s relationship.  I don’t want to go into detail and spoil the book for readers, but let me just say that if you have a sister, you’ll be thinking about the relationship between these two women long after the last pages of Get Lucky are turned.

Though Get Lucky is a short book, it packs a real punch.  There’s a lot going on in these pages.  It’s a rewarding novel that fans of women’s fiction are sure to love.

Comments

  1. I listened to Everyone is Beautiful on audio awhile back, and it was such a treat. Well written, well-narrated. I was disappointed to see my library doesn’t have the audio for this book (yet). Audios are my saving grace, as I am so totally backed up on printed books. I’m so glad to hear that Center has hit another home run!

  2. I listened to Everyone is Beautiful on audio awhile back, and it was such a treat. Well written, well-narrated. I was disappointed to see my library doesn’t have the audio for this book (yet). Audios are my saving grace, as I am so totally backed up on printed books. I’m so glad to hear that Center has hit another home run!

  3. Good review. I’m looking forward to reading this book and the author’s previous novels. I’ve read so many positive reviews for her books.

  4. Good review. I’m looking forward to reading this book and the author’s previous novels. I’ve read so many positive reviews for her books.

  5. I haven’t read any of her books but between you and Sandy, I’m wondering if I’m missing out.

  6. I haven’t read any of her books but between you and Sandy, I’m wondering if I’m missing out.

  7. I really liked Everyone Is Beautiful. I read Get Lucky and liked it just as much if not more. NIce review.

  8. I really liked Everyone Is Beautiful. I read Get Lucky and liked it just as much if not more. NIce review.

  9. Hooray! Thank you for this lovely and thoughtful review! I’m so glad you liked the book! Thank you for your kind words!

  10. Hooray! Thank you for this lovely and thoughtful review! I’m so glad you liked the book! Thank you for your kind words!

  11. Glad to see you loved this one! I am a huge Center fan – have loved all her books, but this one is my favorite so far.

  12. Glad to see you loved this one! I am a huge Center fan – have loved all her books, but this one is my favorite so far.

  13. Yay! I loved this book too and am glad that you did as well.

  14. Yay! I loved this book too and am glad that you did as well.

  15. I have been following this tour and have heard great things about this book! I am glad to hear that it was such a good read for you. I will have to try to pick this book up because it does sound really intriguing to me. Great review! This one goes on my wish list for sure!

  16. I have been following this tour and have heard great things about this book! I am glad to hear that it was such a good read for you. I will have to try to pick this book up because it does sound really intriguing to me. Great review! This one goes on my wish list for sure!

  17. I really enjoyed this book too and thought the relationship between Sarah and Mackie was so realistic.

  18. I really enjoyed this book too and thought the relationship between Sarah and Mackie was so realistic.

  19. I liked the book, too, but had a hard time reconciling the Sarah that worked in New York with the one that we saw.

  20. I liked the book, too, but had a hard time reconciling the Sarah that worked in New York with the one that we saw.

  21. Wonderful!! So glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you so much for being on the tour!

  22. Wonderful!! So glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you so much for being on the tour!

  23. I’ll be reading this one next, and I’m excited because I absolutely loved Everyone Is Beautiful. Glad to see you liked this one, too.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  24. I’ll be reading this one next, and I’m excited because I absolutely loved Everyone Is Beautiful. Glad to see you liked this one, too.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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