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Satisfying and heart-rending.

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Margaret Jacobsen worked hard her entire life to please her parents and succeed in school. She runs to challenge herself and achieve her fit body, she just landed her dream job and she has a steady, loving boyfriend who she knows is about to propose. What could go wrong?

In the blink of an eye, Margaret wakes up in the hospital and has to come to terms with the fact that the entire life she had envisioned will not be happening. She has an everlasting, painful road of recovery and acceptance ahead of her and the only person she can do it for is herself. In the midst of all the turmoil, she finds love and happiness where she least expects it.

WOW. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book! I'm sad to say that I normally think chick-lit is cringe-worthy but this was truly a light-hearted, beautiful story. Yes, the plot was predictable and that is why I gave it 4.5 stars. Regardless, I did not want to put the book down and finished it in two sittings.

Center was able to befittingly portray serious injuries, how your entire life can become unhinged as a result, how grueling physical therapy is, and how depressing hospital stays and recovery can be for victims. I can relate to Margaret's experiences because I have my own second and third-degree burn scars and skin grafts due to a fire. This was refreshing to read about because it is not something that is written about often, especially in chick-lit.

This was a satisfying read and just what I needed. I shed a few tears, I laughed out loud, and most importantly, I was rooting for Margaret the whole time. Many thanks to Katherine Center and St. Martin's Press for providing me with this beautiful ARC. All opinions are my own.