Title: Get Lucky
Author: Katherine Center
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: ARC from Library Thing
First line: First: I got fired. For emailing a website with hundreds of pictures of breasts to every single person in our company. Even the CEO and chairman of the board. Even the summer interns.
You know when a book starts with the above lines you’re in for a humorous ride – especially when said book was authored by Katherine Center, whose previous novel, Everyone is Beautiful, was one of my favorite reads of 2009. Sarah Harper did indeed e-mail a link to an inappropriate website to her entire company – but her heart was in the right place. Her intentions didn’t count with the higher-ups, however, and Sarah finds herself out of a job.
Sarah heads home to Houston to spend Thanksgiving with her sister, Mackie, and her father. After years of trying, Mackie and her husband, Clive, have given up on having a baby. Sarah, newly adrift and looking for a purpose, offers to be a surrogate mother for their baby. It seems like a wonderful decision, a selfless way for Sarah to give her sister what she wants more than anything else. What Sarah doesn’t know is that this offer will stretch her in ways she never imagined, wreak havoc on her relationship with Mackie, and change the direction of her life.
Ms. Center has a gift for capturing the interior world of her characters and as I read, I groaned with Sarah over her mishaps, cried with her when she was missing her mother, and rejoiced over her triumphs. As a woman with three sisters, I could relate to the complicated closer-than-friends relationship that sisters share – a relationship that is full of as much frustration as it is love, but one that will stick around for life.
There are a few authors who are able to find the perfect balance of humor and authenticity when writing fiction for women, and Katherine Center is one of them. She has become one of my must-read authors.
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