Get Lucky by Katherine Center is exactly what I’ve come to expect and enjoy about her books – it’s serious, funny, sassy and just a plain good read. As in the first novel of Katherine’s that I read, Everyone is Beautiful, she again creates a lead character that is spunky yet vulnerable – one that manages to screw everything up and then look for some way to make things even better than they were – in other words, get lucky in her life in a good way.
The novel starts with our main character Sarah getting herself fired from her high powered executive advertising job. After successfully pulling off a major campaign for her company, Sarah comes home to find an email from her sister Mackie – a joke really – but one that Sarah gets the wild hair to send to everyone in her company including the big wigs. Needless to say Sarah finds herself jobless.
Feeling incredibly sorry for herself Sarah decides to head home to see her sister Mackie. Things go from worse to even more worse as the airline has no record of the first class seat that Sarah had booked and she ends up in a crappy seat. Not only is it crappy but as she’s going to sit down she hears a familiar voice from her past. It turns out her old high school boyfriend that she dumped in a not so nice way is sitting beside her on this flight and when his first comment to her is that she’s gotten old, Sarah is quite sure he hasn’t forgiven her.
Sarah is all fired up to start telling Mackie all about her problems back home – the getting fired and all that when Mackie tells her that she’s quitting. Well for Mackie that means quitting to try for a baby. Mackie and her hubby Clive have been trying for a baby for years with no luck. Sarah is upset for her. She wants Mackie to have her heart’s desire more than anything. Then Sarah discovers that this last time that Mackie had been pregnant she had fully decorated the nursery and she gets a light bulb moment. Why doesn’t she have the baby for her sister!
After discussing it until they are blue in the face, Sarah and Mackie run it by Clive and he agrees; he’ll do pretty much anything to make his wife happy. Luckily Sarah gets pregnant pretty quickly and that’s where the fun starts. Not only is she dealing with crazy hormones that are making her think crazy things she’s also dealing with her old ex Everett (the guy from the plane) because it turns out he’s working for Clive. She’s also rediscovering her father and finding that this pregnancy isn’t bringing her as close to her sister as she would have liked.
Through it all Sarah is striving to find out just who she is and what she wants. She knows that by having the baby for her sister she is doing something amazing and big but she also wants more for her own life too. She feels that by doing this good thing, her luck will change, and her life will be different. The question, of course, is if that’s what will happen or not? Can Sarah do enough to make her life take the direction she wants?
Get Lucky by Katherine Center would make a terrific book club selection. There are so many topics for discussion in this book: surrogacy, sibling relationships, parental relationships to finding out what you really want from life that your book club would by buzzing. While I think this is a light read it also did tackle surrogacy and it makes you think if you would do the same for someone you loved. At the heart of this novel is the love of family and you can’t help but care about the characters in this novel and what will happen to them!
I read Get Lucky by Katherine Center for her blog tour with TLC Book Tours. You can purchase Get Lucky for yourself here in the US and here in Canada. Be sure to pop in and visit Katherine Center’s website and blog! You can also check out all the tour stops for Get Lucky by Katherine Center here. I am so looking forward to Katherine Center’s next novel – she has fast become one of my favorite authors!