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The Lost Husband

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  2,661 Ratings  ·  418 Reviews
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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mary Gramlich
Jun 25, 2013 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 24, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
I received an uncorrected advanced copy of The Lost Husband by Katherine Center from 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
Feb 25, 2013 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 01, 2013 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 10, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
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
Jun 27, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
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
Julie Valerie
Apr 29, 2013 Julie Valerie rated it it was amazing
What a great, curl up under a blanket with a warm cup of tea this read was! Aunt Jean’s goat farm is the setting for this heartwarming tale of a young widow and her struggles to reclaim her life after the loss of her husband, Danny.

Libby, the mother of two adorable little kids, a son, Theodore, a.k.a. Tank, and a little girl, Abby, heads to Aunt Jean’s goat farm on Broken Tree Road in Atwater, Texas for what turns out to be a time for realigning what is important and examining what has been lost
Jul 12, 2013 Lorelei's rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 11, 2014 Kristy rated it it was amazing
This book will have you laughing & crying all in one sitting & hoping you could pack up to a seemingly easier life on a farm.
Jan 21, 2013 Meg rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 03, 2013 Gail rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-fiction
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
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
Feb 16, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
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
Lydia Laceby
May 14, 2013 Lydia Laceby rated it really liked it

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
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
Apr 09, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Ambrosia Sullivan
May 09, 2013 Ambrosia Sullivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 14, 2013 Pirouette rated it really liked it
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
Feb 20, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
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
Brenda Shelly
Aug 19, 2013 Brenda Shelly rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 13, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
This was my first Katherine Center book, and I adored it. I love the fact that she's a Texas author, but it wouldn't have mattered. This is about overcoming the trials of life, but one that leaves you inspired rather than depressed. I adored the setting (a goat farm) and wanted to milk goats with the characters (especially Jean). I saw that this book has been optioned as a movie. Oh, I do hope! I've found a new favorite author.
Anne Bogel
Aug 16, 2013 Anne Bogel rated it really liked it
If Brené Brown wrote fiction, this would be it. In fact, I seriously considered whether Brené could possibly be writing under the pseudonym "Katherine Center." (No way, both these ladies are far too busy! And ... real.)

But the comparison is a good thing. The Lost Husband reads like chick lit--easy, breezy--but has a surprising depth. I'm now adding the rest of Center's books to my to-read list.
Jun 03, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Katherine Center has never disappointed me. I adore her books and The Lost Husband made me fall in love with her yet again. Fabulously written, lovable characters. I am crossing my fingers that there will be a sequel.
Jean Galloway
Jun 19, 2013 Jean Galloway rated it it was amazing
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 :)
Jul 14, 2013 Shalane rated it really liked it
This is what I would call a perfect vacation book! Definitely chick lit, it was just a good, relaxing read.
Nov 13, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars
Jan 10, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing
THIS WAS FANTASTIC! Absolutely wonderful read!!!
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Katherine Center is the author of five novels about love and family, including The Bright Side of Disaster, The Lost Husband, and Happiness for Beginners. Her work has appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, InStyle, and Real Simple. She is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. Katherine lives in Houston with her husband and two sweet c ...more
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“A good man buys you tampons when you run out. He does the dishes. He makes you coffee before you're awake in the morning. He listens to you when you're talking, even if it's about home decor. He goes out of his way to touch you, even if it's just your hand. He doesn't call it 'babysitting' when he looks after his own children. He calls you from work just to hear your voice. And he always thinks you're beautiful, even---no, especially---when you don't.” 14 likes
“Anything was possible. Everything was uncertain. But I knew one thing for sure: I'd bounced back before, and I would do it again and again and again. Because that's the only choice there is. And as many things as I still had to lose, I had just as many more left to find.” 8 likes
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