Three years after the death of Libby’s husband in an auto accident, she’s living with her mother, keeping things together for her kids, but going nowhere. Well, she’s spiraling downhill because her mother is pretty toxic. So when she gets a letter from her mother’s sister, inviting her out to the Texas hill country to help out on her goat farm, Libby does the surprising thing, and goes for it. What follows is an enjoyable story with a loving aunt, family secrets, and a hired hand with struggles of his own. This is a great summer beach read that will remind us that our lives could probably benefit from a little slowing down and examination.
Perfect for fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin, 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. 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, Libby is packing the minivan, grabbing the kids, and hitting the road. Life on Aunt Jean's goat farm is both more wonderful and more mysterious than Libby could have imagined. Beyond the animals and the strenuous work, there is quiet--deep, country quiet. But there is also a shaggy, gruff (though purportedly handsome, under all that hair) farm manager with a tragic home life, a formerly famous feed-store clerk who claims she can contact Danny -on the other side, - and the eccentric aunt Libby never really knew but who turns out to be exactly what she's been looking for. And despite everything she's lost, Libby soon realizes how much more she's found. She hasn't just traded one kind of crazy for another: She may actually have found the place to bring her little family--and herself--back to life. Praise for The Lost Husband -A sweet tale about creating the family you need.---People -A heartwarming novel that explores the trials of losing what matters most.---USA Today - Katherine] Center writes endearingly of love and family in her fourth novel, with lessons about loss, gain, standing up for oneself, and accepting that your best is good enough. Fans of well-crafted romantic women's fiction won't be disappointed.---Booklist -A novel about family, love and forgiveness . . . heart-rending and heartwarming.---Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Katherine Center is the author of three novels about love and family: The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, and Get Lucky. Her books and essays have appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, Real Simple, the Dallas Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle--as well as the anthologies Because I Love Her, CRUSH, and My Parents Were Awesome. Center is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. She lives in Houston with her husband and two young children.
“A sweet tale about creating the family you need.”—People
“A heartwarming novel that explores the trials of losing what matters most.”—USA Today “[Katherine] Center writes endearingly of love and family in her fourth novel, with lessons about loss, gain, standing up for oneself, and accepting that your best is good enough. Fans of well-crafted romantic women’s fiction won’t be disappointed.”—Booklist
“A novel about family, love and forgiveness . . . heart-rending and heartwarming.”—Kirkus Reviews