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Fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin are sure to fall in love with Katherine Center's most heartwarming and engaging novel yet-about how even losing the most important thing in your life can help you find yourself again.

After the sudden loss of her husband in a car crash, Libby Moran falls on hard times-so hard, in fact, that she's forced to move in with her hyper-crit...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published May 7th 2013)
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Mary Gramlich
It is not really what happens to you that matters as much as who you become in response to those things

Starting over is never easy and when you are forced to make a change in your life you never wanted the stress is doubled. For Libby and her children it is time to move on and when her eccentric Aunt Jean makes her an offer she should probably refuse, Libby does not. It has been a long, tough time since her husband died but Libby wants to prove it is not really what happens to you that matters a...more
Linda
I received an uncorrected advanced copy of The Lost Husband by Katherine Center from Netgalley.com in return for my honest review.

From the minute I first started reading The Lost Husband, I loved it. It was just my kind of novel, charming and quirky with heartwarming characters. However, as the story progressed, although I enjoyed the book, very much in fact, I felt there were several problems that were hard to get past.

When the book opened, the reader learned that Danny, the husband of the main...more
Jocelyn
I loved this book! So inspiring and heartwarming. I received a galley of this title and filed it away with my massively growing To-Be-Read pile. I remember reading Center's earlier books, The Bright Side of Disaster, Get Lucky and Everyone is Beautiful and having really enjoyed both of those books, decided to give her latest a try. In her earlier works, Center wrote about the themes of female empowerment, confidence, taking chances, starting over and personal strength. Her upcoming release, The...more
Sandie
Katherine Center, the author of THE LOST HUSBAND, could easily have cut her title down to two words and called her book THE LOST. Everyone in this book seems to be stumbling along, mourning some aspect of their lives, with little true direction (except, perhaps for Aunt Jean).

Three years after the death of her husband Danny, Libby still cannot seem to let go. To add insult to injury she is obsessive/compulsive about her children always imagining that the worst things possible will befall them. I...more
archdandy
The Lost Husband starts out with Libby living at her mothers house with her two children. They've been there for the past two years because three years previous her husband was tragically killed in a car accident. Libby and her mother don't exactly see eye to eye, so when her estranged aunt sends her a letter inviting her to come live with her on her goat farm Libby jumps at the opportunity. The transition of her old life to her new life as a cheese farmer is not easy but it does provide some g...more
Nancy
I liked it more than I thought I would. Certainly, I like a cute story of finding love. Nothing too cheesy or easy, though. There's the attraction portion of the story but more poignant is the life lessons about doing what's right because it's the right thing to do. Even though it's hard. And not fun. The book is about human resiliency and knowing when it's time to move on. There's a time to mourn, a time to cry but there always comes a time to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, reflect on how...more
Jennifer
This was my favorite Katherine Center book. I found myself laughing out loud several times while reading it. Libby is the mother of two young children. She lost her husband three years ago; she has no money so she makes the mistake of moving in with her controlling mother. Things do not go so well with that living arrangement. Libby’s eccentric Aunt Jean sends her a letter inviting her to come live with her and help on the farm. Cue all the goats. Naturally they all have names and at one point t...more
Linda
I hesitated when I first saw the premise of the book, thinking it might be a tad depressing since the main character was a recent widow. Since I have loved all of Katherine's previous books, I decided to give it a go and wasn't disappointed since her books truly seem to keep getting better and better. I was quickly immersed into the lives of Libby and her family in this small Texas town. Katherine's characters are extremely relatable and feel like old friends after just a few chapters. I was cur...more
Laurel-Rain
Dear Libby, It occurs to me that you and your two children have been living with your mother for--Dear Lord!--two whole years, and I'm writing to see if you'd like to be rescued.

The letter comes out of the blue, and just in time for Libby Moran, who--after the sudden death of her husband, Danny--went to stay with her hypercritical mother. Now her crazy Aunt Jean has offered Libby an escape: a job and a place to live on her farm in the Texas Hill Country. Before she can talk herself out of it, Li...more
Rachel
Feb 21, 2013 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Amanda Lawrence, Susan Bradley
Shelves: arcs, netgalley, adult
I received an ARC of The Lost Husband from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 Stars

I'm so glad I got the chance to read this! I loved this book. Libby has had it a bit rough in life, constantly being dragged from city to city as a child by her mother, who was more interested in getting attention from men than taking care of her daughter. This leaves her with lingering issues of abandonment as an adult. Wanting to be nothing like her mother, she learned to be responsible and caring on...more
Meg
Katherine Center is awesome. I’ve read every one of her books, and they suck me in like nobody’s gull-darn business. The Lost Husband was no different, ending my somewhat hum-drum streak of starting and promptly abandoning books, and I was all up in this novel from start to finish.

Despite the heavy subject matter of Center’s latest, this is not a serious story. It has serious elements, absolutely, and I may have teared up a few times, but like every story penned by this author? Well, at its core...more
Lorelei's
Definitely one of the sweetest, heartwarming love stories out there! It's about learning to start a new chapter for 2 lonely hearts. It's different, filled with many important lessons and hope, that not only heals Libby, the heroines heart, but other characters in the story too, specially O'Connors.
Libby is a widow and a very protective mom of 2 young kids. She portrays her role with genuine emotion. I loved the chemistry between Libby and O'Connor. The author creates great anticipation to their...more
Lydia Laceby

Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes.

The Lost Husband is a cute, fun book. This is a quick read about a serious subject matter - moving on after the loss of a spouse - yet Katherine Center carries it through with just the right amount of humour that it is not morose or morbid. A novel about loss and starting over, as well as the added trio of motherhood, romance, and a disaster of a mother are covered in this delightful tale.

At the heart of this novel is a woman whose husband died tragically in...more
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Yes, it is very true. I LOVE this book. It’s like Ms. Center wrote this book for me with me in mind. It is just one of the most surprising books I have read all year. After I read the first page I was a bit apprehensive on where this story would go. By page three I had a very hard time putting it down! I just fell in love with these characters and how the story was told.

Three years ago Libby lost her husband and almost lost her daughter in a car accident. With no money she and her two children h...more
Ambrosia Jefferson
This was a really good book and to be honest while I was eager to read it I did not think that I would like it and connect with it as well as I did. But you could not help but feel sucked in by the cast of characters. You had the annoying and selfish Mom Marsha, Libby the paranoid but learning to live again, her kids who were just some great kids but had some issues too. Crazy but fantastic and fun Aunt Jean and of course the "Hot Farmer" the handsome O'Connor. I have to say perhaps my favorite...more
Gail
Abby has been living with her hyper-critical mother for two years after an accident killed her husband and hurt her small daughter. After his death, there were many discoveries and surgeries for her daughter. Abby was left without a home so she moved into her mother's condo.

Out of the blue came a message from her mother's reviled sister, her Aunt Joan, offering her rescue. The rescue came in the form of a job on her goat farm, a way to look after her kids, and a new start in life. Without knowin...more
Pirouette
I loved this book which I picked up without really expecting anything, after seeing a post on Facebook.

The subject could be tragic, but it is dealt with in a gracious, well-balanced way. Libby has been widowed for three years, and has passed the "if only" stage and is close to accepting her loss. The challenges of day-to-day life with two children and no income prevent her from constantly dwelling on what she has lost, so there is little of the pathos which the title might suggest.

I love Aunt...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
I’ve read enough Katherine Center books (2? 3?) by now to know what I was getting before I added the book to my Amazon wish list. I like what Katherine Center gives to a book. I like her characters that seem like regular people, but are also just a little bit quirky. I like her Texas settings. I like her storylines that always involve family troubles. (Stop reading here if you don’t want any spoilers.) I like how the family always gets better by the end of the story, though the family is never t...more
Amanda
I received a copy of this book through Netgalley.

I enjoyed this book. This is the first I have read by this author and I would pick up her other books when I am in the mood for something light and "feel good". Although the main character lost her husband in a car accident, this book focuses more on bouncing back and realizing what you do have and making the best out of it. I absolutely loved the names of Aunt Jean's goats and I might be secretly hoping that I have a long-lost aunt who is going t...more
Brenda Shelly
I am more than a little inclined to move into the cozy funky house with Aunt Jean. And I might even agree to milk a few goats... if only to exist in the magical setting this author manages to create.

The writing was positively addicting (just ask the chores at my house I have ignored for the last 12 hours so I could read.) Center's dialogue made me laugh out loud on several occasions.

Even the ending (so cheesy I found myself with a hankering for fondue) and the almost complete lack of anything so...more
D
This was supposed to be a feel good story about a woman, named Libby, trying to make it on her own with her two children after losing her husband and home. I found this book just made me want to scream. Libby was just so needy and she was dragging her daughter, Abby, down with her.

When Libby was being bullied by a mean neighbor, she hid in a bathroom. After Abby gets picked on at school and stands up for herself, Libby whines about being a bad mother.

I couldn't relate to any of the characters in...more
Regina Spiker
Libby Moran has been struggling after the horrible car accident that killed her husband; she and her two young children have lost their home and moved in with her pharisaical mother, who harps on poor Libby about everything. It’s so bad that when Libby’s Aunt Jean (the aunt she’s never met) offers her the chance to move in with her, Libby jumps at the chance, packs up immediately, and burns rubber leaving town before her mother returns from her date. Once they reach Atwater, Texas and Jean’s goa...more
Anna
The Lost Husband was a feel-good, easy read. I talked myself out of giving it five stars, but truthfully, I liked so much about it and I would recommend it to my friends looking for an enjoyable, thoughtful novel. While I was reading it I thought "This is the kind of 'chick flick' I would actually like." (But of course I wouldn't like the film as much as the novel.) Yes, there a few cliche bits (and the cover art could use a re-do), but I loved the story and the positive message.
Jean Galloway
i saw this on a friends good reads list and got it from the library ... I really loved it and look forward to reading her other books - fast read was read in 2 nights i couldnt put it down ... chick lit at its best :)
Mary
You can read my take here.
4.5 stars
Shalane
This is what I would call a perfect vacation book! Definitely chick lit, it was just a good, relaxing read.
Heidi
This book reminded me somewhat of Good Grief, which is one of my favorite light reads. I loved the descriptions of the Texas hill country, and the way the author handled some heavy themes without the book feeling sad or depressing. There were a few points at which I felt like the descriptions of Libby's obsession with her childrens' safety was a bit overdone, but overall this book was a lovely summer read. I found it through "The Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide" and I'm really happy I did...more
Jillian
{ I received an ARC for free through Early Reviewers on LibraryThing. }

The Lost Husband is, at its core, a story of growth and love after loss. The mystery of Libby's past and the goat farm setting are really what drew me to this book (and I will admit that after reading it I totally want to quit my office job and go start up a goat farm). There are a lot of issues handled in this story - family secrets, mother-daughter relationships, closure after death, guilt, bullying, romance, and the list g...more
Melissa
I really enjoyed reading this book!!! I found myself thinking of it even when I wasn't reading it, wondering what was going to happen next...

The book starts out with Libby moving in with her mother after her husband unexpectedly dies in a car crash - a "temporary" living arrangement that ends up lasting 2 years. Through a stroke of luck, Libby and her two children move out onto her Aunt's farm in the middle of nowhere. This is where the real fun begins!

This book really struck a cord with me - no...more
Sherri
Perfect for fans of romantic women’s fiction, this tender and heartwarming novel explores the trials of losing what matters most—and how there’s always more than we can imagine left to find.

The letter comes out of the blue, and just in time for Libby Moran, who—after the sudden death of her husband, Danny—went to stay with her hypercritical mother. Now her crazy Aunt Jean has offered Libby an escape: a job and a place to live on her farm in the Texas Hill Country. Before she can talk herself ou...more
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Katherine Center is the author of four novels about love and family: The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, Get Lucky, and The Lost Husband. Her books and essays have appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, and Real Simple—as well as the anthologies Because I Love Her, CRUSH, and My Parents Were Awesome. People magazine calls Katherine’s first novel, “cleverly told and un...more
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