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"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 ...more
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Published August 1st 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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KAS
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Few “women’s fiction” writers hold my attention like this author! Few make me feel giddy and grinning like this author! Few have me burning the midnight oil like this author! Few have this author’s talent!

So with as much enthusiasm as I can muster, I highly recommend this family oriented/romantic story with completely endearing characters.

O’Connor, the shaggy bearded farmer, had only said his first twenty words and I was already head over heels for him ;)

Rarely do I listen to audiobooks, but fo
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Sheyla ✎


“You can’t just wish strength for yourself. Or wisdom. Or resilience. Those things have to be earned.”


Another great novel by Katherine Center!

After reading 3 books by Katherine, I've come to appreciate her writing style. I'm a fan for life.

The heroine of this novel is Libby Moran. She's a widow and has two children, Abby and Theo. Her husband, Danny, passed away three years ago in a motor vehicle accident. Her daughter Abby was hurt during the same accident and she still walks with a limp. L
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Robin Hill
5.5 stars

Gahhhhhhhhhhh!!! I was up all night with this book and then sucked in again this morning. I had to finish it because I knew I wouldn't be able to focus on anything else until I did. It gave me The Simple Wild feels throughout, and I'm pretty sure if you loved Jonah, the hot Alaskan bush pilot yeti, you'll love O'Connor, the hot Texan farmer yeti just as much. This is women's fiction with a heavy dose of romance, so keep that in mind. Remember how you felt at the end of Simple Wild? You'
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Heather
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read something a little lighter as the last several books I’ve read have been pretty intense for me. This book did not disappoint. It was a sweet, heartwarming story about a woman who’s husband passed away a couple years ago. Her and her two kids were staying with her mother and she was offered the opportunity to go stay on her Aunt’s farm and help with running the farm. The characters were likeable and it was a nice, feel good story, and when I finished I hugged the book to me, smil ...more
Dee Montoya
Five Stars Of Wonderful*****
Such a sweet and hopeful story. This is one of those feel good books that leave a big smile on your face after reading it.
Lisa
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A fast, entertaining read with enough substance to make it interesting.
Mary Gramlich
Jun 25, 2013 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
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Linda
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Jocelyn
Feb 25, 2013 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
T. Rosado
5+ STARS!!

This author is quickly becoming a favorite and The Lost Husband is my first 5+ rating for 2019. I love this author's writing style, story development, and wit. The story moves quickly and I couldn't flip the pages fast enough. In turns, it had me sad, indignant, laughing, and then swooning. Not only did it have a sweet and subtle romance, but the friend and family relationships were just as compelling. I recommend this story to those who enjoy witty and poignant women's fiction with a
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Nancy
May 10, 2013 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
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
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Brandie
Will make a cute movie, which I’ve heard is in the works.
Laurel-Rain
Jun 01, 2013 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
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Linda
Jun 27, 2013 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 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
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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
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Lorelei's
Jul 12, 2013 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
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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
JanB
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a quick and fun book that I read at the beach but I would not put it in a fluffy “beach read” category. Libby, a widow, and her 2 young children leave her mother’s condo in the city, where they’ve lived unhappily for several years after her husband's death, and move to a small town to live with Jean, her quirky aunt who runs a goat farm (amusingly, the goats are named for famous women).

The themes of loss, grief, and change are never heavy-handed or depressing. I loved the characters an
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Anne Bogel
Aug 16, 2013 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.
Kristy
Dec 11, 2014 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.
Meg
Jan 21, 2013 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
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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
Brie
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, own, read-in-2017
Ever since I discovered and absolutely adored Katherine Center's, Happiness for Beginners, I knew I wanted to slowly read all of her books (and I was so happy to find out that she's written quite a few!). Thankfully, The Lost Husband did not disappoint.

This is a book about loss, moving on, forgiveness, hope, love and self-growth. While I couldn't relate to having lost my husband, I could relate to being a mother, and I just really liked the main character, Libby. She was honest, real, and just
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Gail
Sep 03, 2013 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
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Ambrosia Sullivan
May 09, 2013 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
Teresa
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
As someone who is recently divorced, this book gave me hope for the next chapter in my life. I feel like I'm too old to fall in love again, but that doesn't mean my future can't be filled with wonderful experiences. There were so many gentle reminders that life can and will get better throughout this story. It was a book I needed to read at this time in my life.
Darlene
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read and interesting plot

I liked the character development in this book. Many people to really empathize with or relate to, and as couple of people to detest. The book moved along at a comfortable pace,, but there was room for a few surprises.
Shalane
Jul 14, 2013 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.
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Katherine Center is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away, the upcoming Things You Save in a Fire (August 2019), and five other bittersweet comic novels. Six Foot Pictures is currently adapting her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, into a feature film starring Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, and Nora Dunn. Katherine has been compared to both Nora Ephron and Jane Austen, and the Dallas ...more
“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.” 16 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.” 14 likes
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