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!
My thanks…to TLC Book Tours for my review copy of Get Lucky by Katherine Center.
Sounds like a good read,Dar. From what you have said it really does sound like a good book club selection. Will pass that info on to my daughter's new book club!
This sounds great! I really need to read this author… thanks for the review.
I am looking forward to this one! I liked Everyone is Beautiful. Great review.
Sounds like you liked it as much as I did, Dar 🙂
Now you make me wish I had a book club 🙂
Sounds like a wonderful book! I will have to add that to my wish list! Thanks for the wonderful review. Enjoy your day!
I had previously seen this book, but before your review it was not one I was keen on. Now I'm adding to my list!
I thought this book was great, too and I think you're right – there's a lot to discuss in it.
Sandy Nawrot says
I LOVED Everyone is Beautiful on audio. I'm going to have to see if the library has this one on audio as well!
Serious, funny, sassy.. the book sounds so great. I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
Dar, thank you for being on the tour! We really appreciate all the time you put into reading and reviewing Get Lucky, and the wonderful attention to detail you put into all your reviews. Thanks!!
Hi Dar! I've never read this author but have Everyone Is Beautiful on my wish list and now I'm adding this one! Your review was great by the way!
I read one of Katherine Center's other books and enjoyed it very much so I am looking forward to reading this one. I'm glad you enjoyed it Dar! Great review!
I have never heard of this author. Thanks for bringing this book to our attention!
I have been following the tour and think this book sounds great! I am glad you loved it and note with interest that you think it would be good for a book club. I might have to try to bring it up at my next meeting! Great review!
*hanging head in shame* I've never read anything of this author but your brilliant review has changed that for sure!! I have to read this one!
Great review, Dar! I've heard nothing but raves about this book so I'll have to check it out! 🙂
sounds like an engaging book..thanks for the great review.
I loved this one for the first half but then I felt like Center didn't really resolve the baby issue and I had a problem with the Everett relationship. But the woman is funny!
Alice Teh says
From the look of your review, this book sure is worth reading. I like that important topics such as surrogacy, siblings relationship, etc. are being talked about. These are definitely topics that touches us now in one way or another.
I hadnt heard of this one before, it does sound very good, I think i'd enjoy this one.
Great review 🙂
Glad to hear you loved it. I'm going to be reading is soon for my tour date next week. I absolutely loved Everyone Is Beautiful, so I can't wait to read this one.
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Steve Capell says
I just finished reading this novel by Katherine Center. I wouldn’t call her novel a fast paced novel, but I would call it an easy read and full of emotional relationship issues including family, friends, lovers, and employers. I kept turning the pages to find out what the protagonist, Sarah, would encounter in her life.
This book could have been a great read for a young adult except there are a couple areas where the language is contemptibly offensive. I found that the use of this language didn’t add to the story or the character development and could have been at least toned down to some degree.
I would recommend this book and look forward to reading others by Katherine Center.