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The Lost Husband Hardcover – Large Print, February 12, 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (February 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410465217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410465214
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,536,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It’s a new year, and Libby Moran is starting a new life. Three years ago, she lost her husband in a car accident. Left with an empty savings account and two small children to feed, Libby sold her house and moved in with her critical, passive-aggressive mother. So when Libby receives a letter from her estranged aunt offering an escape—room, board, and a small salary in exchange for helping around the farm—she grabs it, uprooting her family to the country to milk goats and make cheese. But her new life takes some adjusting to. Her eccentric aunt is harboring a secret, the unkempt farm manager stirs up conflicting feelings, Libby’s daughter encounters a problem at school, and the psychic clerk at the feed store is determined to bring back Libby’s lost husband. 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. --Diane Holcomb --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


"A novel about family, love and forgiveness . . . heart-rending and heartwarming." ---Kirkus --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

Customer Reviews

One of the best books I've ever read, it's a definite must read!
Center's great talent is creating families that feel like your family -- and we're with them every step of the way.
I loved how well written it was, with believable characters and realistic motivations.
Holly K. Lee

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Beth E. Settje VINE VOICE on March 24, 2013
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A good, solid read. I read it in spurts but I would have enjoyed it if left uninterrupted for large blocks of time. I also think it is a good choice for a book club, given the main points of the story: coping with the death of a spouse, raising young children, and mother/daughter communication. It is not fluffy, yet it does not delve too deep into the subject matter to weigh the reader down or feel badly.

Libby is a young widow, with two small children, who is trying to put her life back together after her husband's sudden death three years earlier. The title of the book does not truly reflect the story though; I kept expecting more about Danny's life or Libby's efforts to connect with him in some way. Instead, the book explores her relationships with those currently in her life, especially her mother, aunt, and daughter. Libby also meets someone who has faced similar adversity in his life, and the two form a precarious friendship that may or may not be more.

I am pretty sure I will think about this story, long after I have moved on to other books. This is one you could buy or get from the library. I will be sharing it with friends and my mother too.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Branfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Katherine Center's The Lost Husband is a beautiful journey of self-discovery that is a little poignant but uplifting. This heartwarming and humorous novel has an all star cast of charming characters that will steal your heart.

Following her husband's death three years earlier, Libby Moran and her two young kids, Abby and Tank moved in with her narcissistic mother. On the heels of yet another argument, Libby impulsively accepts her Aunt Jean's offer to move in with her on her goat farm. Aunt Jean and a simpler life on the farm are just what Libby needs to make peace with her past.

All of the characters in The Lost Husband are well-developed and just a little bit quirky. Libby is a loving but overprotective mother who always expects the worst in any given situation. What makes her unique is that she accepts fully accepts herself, flaws and all. Aunt Jean is a free spirit who perfectly balances Libby's overprotective nature. Farm manager O'Connor is gruff but caring and endlessly patient with Libby and her kids.

The Lost Husband is a light-hearted and thought-provoking novel that is engaging and witty. Katherine Center's character development is flawless and she brings them vibrantly to life. A delightful story of family, friends and love that I absolutely loved and heartily recommend.

I received a complimentary copy for review.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stacey @ The Scenic Life VINE VOICE on April 17, 2013
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Super quick synopsis: 30-something widow Libby and her two young kids leave Houston (and Libby's extremely unpleasant mother) behind and head off to live with Libby's Aunt Jean, whom she's never really met, on a Texas farm she's never even seen. Cue eccentric Aunt, hunky farm hand, a back story filled with secrets, Libby and kids struggling to adapt to their new life, some new down-home neighbors (there's even a barn dance!), and you have The Lost Husband.

While the book explores themes of loss and change and acceptance, the overall tone is still light and it never tries too hard to teach A Lesson. There is a lot of heart, the characters are likable, and I think Center's genius lies in getting right inside the head and heart of a mother. More than once, I found myself nodding my head emphatically at something Libby says or does and thinking to myself, "This is SO TRUE!" Kudos to Center for being able to translate the mess and beauty of motherhood so well.

Two minor hesitations that keep this at a 4-instead-of-5 star review: the secrets I mentioned were not the bombshells I was expecting, and they could have been revealed at a brisker pace. And the ending was a bit predictable, but having said that, it was also entirely satisfying.

I highly recommend The Lost Husband for a quick, feel-good read that you can pass on to friends and family knowing that you're spreading around a little bright spot of happy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By booklass VINE VOICE on March 9, 2013
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This book was given to me for my review.
When I choose books to read, I am usually pretty picky about the type of book I pick. I have never read anything by Katherine Center before, so it was a nice surprise to find a new, amusing author who, by today's standards, is relatively "clean". This means that there was some "language" and adult situations, but nothing graphic.
Libby Moran is an utterly responsible widow with two (seriously) adorable young children, and all are living with Libby's toxically narcissistic mother. This is a situation that has gone on for the last two years of Libby's three years of widowhood, and Libby is on her last frayed nerve. Libby's mysterious, and much maligned, Aunt Jean writes and offers Libby and the children her home. Desperation wins out over scary family lore, and Libby and children immediately decamp to small town whosville. Thus begins a great adventure in self discovery for this small, broken family.
There is a cast of quirky animals and characters, though none are more quirky than Libby herself. The issue of bullying is touched on with both adults and children as the targets. (Possible Spoiler) There was one scene, and I won't go into detail, that involved PeePants (you'll come to know him), where the actions taken shocked me a bit. On the one hand, I felt sorry for the individual and what happened, but, after I gasped, I also felt a small bit of satisfaction. I guess I am not as evolved as I once thought. Some adults, especially teachers, may find this part outrageous, but if you have ever been the victim of bullying or, especially, had a child that was bullied, then some of this may really resonate with you.
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Katherine Center' s second novel, Everyone Is Beautiful, was featured in Redbook, People magazine and USA Today. Kirkus Reviews likens it to the 1950s motherhood classic Please Don't Eat the Daisies, and says, "Center 's breezy style invites the reader to commiserate, laughing all the way." Booklist calls it "a superbly written novel filled with unique and resonant characters."

Katherine's first novel, The Bright Side of Disaster, was featured in People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, the Houston Chronicle, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. BookPage named Katherine one of seven new writers to watch, and the paperback of Bright Side was a Breakout Title at Target. Bright Side was also optioned last fall by Varsity Pictures.

Katherine recently published an essay in Real Simple Family and has another in Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers on the Mother-Daughter Bond. She has just turned in her third novel, Get Lucky, and is starting on a fourth. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two young children.

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