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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  8,210 ratings  ·  1,151 reviews
"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 May 7th 2013 by Ballantine Books
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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
3 stars
You can’t just wish strength for yourself. Or wisdom. Or resilience. Those things have to be earned.

I picked up The Lost Husband because I have loved Katherine Center's previous works, plus I saw there was a film that just came out based on the book (I'll be watching that asap). I think the movie will be super cute and even though this wasn't my favorite of her books, it was a good read that I enjoyed listening to.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I read my first Katherine Center book two years ago, when How to Walk Away was released, and since then I've fallen in love with her incredible and brilliant writing. I just recently found out that the movie for The Lost Husband is being released soon, and it was time for me to pick up the book. Since I'm always trying to read the book before watching the movie.

Overall the book was very sweet, and rather touching. Writing wise I don't think it matches the author's latest works, but the
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fabulous story about love, loss and starting over.
Just that sentence hold a vast set of emotions which the author makes you feel whilst reading this book.

Great talent.
Jeanne Adamek
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I´m slow. I admit it. When I find a new author (new to me) I DO try to figure out why I enjoy the writing so much. Let me be explicit. I do not just mean this particular story but the sum of all the work that the author has out there.

I loved this story. And with this story I finally figured out the reason why (I told you, I am slow). As I really enjoyed reading all the books I have (now numbering 5) from Katherine Center I realize that there are two things that she does consistently in all
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
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'
Jul 24, 2013 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
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.
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
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Katherine Center Fans, Women's Fiction/Romance
3.5 Lost And Found Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free- A Quick Review
I Have a Confession: I did not read the book. Instead, I discovered this on Netflix today. I saw it was originally a book, looked to see the blurb here and then watched the film. I figured since it had 7,384 ratings and 1,040 reviews, adding my two cents about the film would be a service for all of those who may be interested.

The film took the idea and did an excellent job of following everything one would feel from the blurb.
A woma
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
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A fast, entertaining read with enough substance to make it interesting.
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
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.
Jennifer Kyle
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars ⭐️
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 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
Patricia Williams
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really good book and a love story, of course. I was introduced to this author in my book club and I really like this author, so this is second book I've read by her. She has great characters and a good story line. Very good story about lost and found love.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I have words to adequately talk about how amazing this book is! It's been a long time since I've read such a great story with characters that I felt like I was experiencing life with!!
I LOVED the entire story and I want an Aunt Jean and I want to be Aunt Jean!!! <3

This is a pricey one for a Kindle, but I definitely recommend it!
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
Will make a cute movie, which I’ve heard is in the works.
Joanne Ragona
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am in LOVE with this book. Such a character driven story with life lessons throughout. I loved the messages, I loved the characters, I loved the humor, I loved the writing, I loved it all. This is my third Katherine Center book and she has delivered every single time. She has quickly climbed to one of my favorite authors.

The Lost Husband is a journey of a brave mom who has suffered a horrible tragedy. Libby wants to pick up her life and find a new normal for herself and her two children. I lov
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
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
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
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
“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.”

As always, another wonderfully written book by Katherine Center. She has such a talent for writing well-developed characters who grow and change over the course of the story. The Lost Husband follows this approach with Libby,
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
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
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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

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