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