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Review: Get Lucky

April 1, 2010

After successfully heading up a huge ad campaign, Sarah Harper is fired for sending an inappropriate email to everyone on her company’s email list.   With her tail between her legs, she heads home to Houston for Thanksgiving.   The first thing her sister, Mackie, tells her is that she has given up on becoming pregnant and is ready to move onto a new phase in her life.

Sarah plans to head back to New York after the holiday, but she comes up with a plan to help Mackie, so she ends up having to stay in Houston for a while.  While she’s there, she has to face some things from her past – the death of her mother, an old boyfriend – and learn to live with some changes that have occurred.

I thoroughly enjoyed Get Lucky by Katherine Center.  It was my first experience with Katherine’s work, but it definitely won’t be my last.  I found her writing to be engaging, so I was drawn into the story right from the start.

Even though Sarah’s life is totally different from mine, I could totally relate to her.  She wanted to be good and help others, but was also selfish in some ways.  Sarah was struggling to find her place in life and her family, and I rooted for her all through her journey.  I really liked the fact that the characters were so realistic in this story and I appreciate that not everything turned out perfect.  The relationship between Sarah and Mackie was very true to life – even though the sisters were close and loved each other, there was always an underlying tone of competition between them.

A library places a role in Get Lucky as well, and I loved the fact that it’s based on a real library.  The information on Carnegie libraries in the book had me do a little researching to see if there’s one near me, and I’m sad to say there’s not.  This sweet story is a quick read and I do recommend it!

Other blogs touring Get Lucky for TLC Book Tours are:

Friday, April 2nd:  Stephanie’s Written Word

Monday, April 5th:  Book Club Classics!

Tuesday, April 6th:  Thoughts of an Evil Overlord

Wednesday, April 7th:  Pop Culture Junkie

Thursday, April 8th:  Caribousmom

Friday, April 9th:  Write for a Reader

Monday, April 12th:  Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, April 13th:  Luxury Reading

Wednesday, April 14th:  S. Krishna’s Books

Thursday, April 15th:  My Friend Amy

Friday, April 16th:  Lit and Life

Monday, April 19th:  Park City Girl

Tuesday, April 20th:  The 3 R’s Blog

Wednesday, April 21st:  Jenn’s Bookshelves

Thursday, April 22nd:  Maw Books

Monday, April 26th:  Write Meg!

Tuesday, April 27th:  Rundpinne

Wednesday, April 28th:  Diary of an Eccentric

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Review copy for this TLC Book Tour provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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38 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2010 5:24 am

    Sounds like an interesting read. I’ll need to check this one out because it sounds like one I would really enjoy. I’m adding it to my wishlist.

  2. April 1, 2010 6:13 am

    This sounds like a fun read Kathy; thanks for the great review.

  3. April 1, 2010 7:26 am

    That does sound like a comfortable fun read – glad you enjoyed it!

  4. April 1, 2010 7:42 am

    Can’t wait to read this one! I loved Ms. Center’s last book and this one sounds just as good! Great review.

  5. April 1, 2010 7:44 am

    Imagine sending a bad email to everyone you work with. That would be my worst nightmare.

  6. April 1, 2010 7:55 am

    Not a book I would normally pick up but it sounds like fun.
    as to the Carnegie libraries, the Atlantic City library, not far from me is one, there was one in the town I went to high school in and one in the town I went to college in. There are a lot in NJ.

  7. April 1, 2010 8:04 am

    Glad you liked it. You’ll see my review tomorrow and it is totally different then yours – didn’t quite enjoy it as much as you did! 😦

  8. April 1, 2010 8:09 am

    You got me all curious about Carnegie Libraries and so I did research too. Not one in Quebec either!

  9. April 1, 2010 8:34 am

    Sounds like a good one! Thanks for the review. Love books that use libraries as settings.

  10. April 1, 2010 8:40 am

    Kathy, thanks for sharing about this book. I can’t resist one set in Texas!

  11. April 1, 2010 9:53 am

    Cool…based on a real library…that’s fascinating…now I have to check out this book

  12. April 1, 2010 10:42 am

    I really enjoyed this one as well.

  13. April 1, 2010 11:22 am

    I knew that our local library when we lived in New York state was a Carnegie library, but I had no idea that some of the libraries in the current county library system here in Portland were originally Carnegie libraries–and several of our Carnegie libraries have since been closed and replaced by other buildings. Fascinating!

  14. April 1, 2010 11:43 am

    I love Center’s novels – they always make me laugh! She does chick-lit really, really well. Glad you enjoyed this one 🙂

  15. April 1, 2010 12:15 pm

    Sounds like a good read.

    Carnegie is a famous name locally. Our nearest city is Pittsburgh, whose main library and 18 branches are Carnegie libraries. The library system is actually named the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

  16. April 1, 2010 1:09 pm

    This one sounds good. I like stories about sisters so I’m going to read this one and hope I “thoroughly enjoy” it too.

  17. April 1, 2010 2:12 pm

    This book sounds great! Fun read and yet not fluffy! Nice review.

  18. Nicole Langan permalink
    April 1, 2010 2:34 pm

    Will have to try this one, thanks for the review.

  19. April 1, 2010 2:45 pm

    I’m SO terrified of an e-mail disaster like that happening to me one day!

  20. April 1, 2010 3:51 pm

    I love realistic characters and think that a story that involves a library sounds wonderful! Thanks for the great review, this looks like a book for me. I am glad you liked it so much!

  21. April 1, 2010 4:33 pm

    I’m about 3/4 done with this one (I’m tired of finishing tour books right on deadline!) and enjoying it – glad you did too!

  22. April 1, 2010 6:16 pm

    This one sounds really good. Thanks for your review! 🙂

  23. April 1, 2010 6:55 pm

    I really enjoyed Center’s The Bright Side of Disaster so I was eager to get on this tour. I’m glad that Center is living up to my expectations!

  24. April 1, 2010 7:47 pm

    I kind of breezed through your review as I’ll be reading this soon. I was just peeking to see if you liked it – and thankfully you did. I really enjoy Katherine Center’s writing – I’m looking forward to this one.

  25. April 1, 2010 8:01 pm

    Hooray! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for being on the tour, Kathy!

  26. April 1, 2010 8:18 pm

    Hooray! Thank you for this lovely review! I’m so glad you liked it! Off to Tweet about it now!
    Warmly,
    Katherine

  27. April 1, 2010 8:20 pm

    Sounds like a really cute read!

  28. April 1, 2010 8:35 pm

    that sounds like a fun, light beach read…just what i need when i take my kids to the beach next week for spring break! thanks for the great review and suggestion!

  29. ladybugfamily permalink
    April 1, 2010 9:11 pm

    oh i love katherine center!! i highly recommend reading her book, “everyone is beautiful”. it’s a wonderful read and very “real life”. i found myself laughing out loud much of the time and could really relate to the main character. i have ordered this book as well and can’t wait to get it!!

  30. April 1, 2010 11:08 pm

    We have a Carnegie library around here…it’s now the County Historical Museum, which seems appropriate. And you’ve got my curious about the role of the library in the book!

  31. April 2, 2010 12:13 am

    I loved this book too! So thrilled that you did as well. Definitely read Everyone is Beautiful!

  32. April 2, 2010 1:10 am

    I enjoyed your review. The book is on a blog tour too. I might try to get around to the different blogs. Thanks.

  33. stacybuckeye permalink
    April 2, 2010 3:19 pm

    This is an author I’ve been meaning to try. Looks like this is a good place to start!

  34. April 2, 2010 10:54 pm

    I have heard such great things about Katherine Center, I really have to read this. It sounds entertaining.

  35. April 3, 2010 6:14 am

    The first paragraph got my attention. How could a person who’d just successfully headed an ad campaign do something that got herself fired? Interesting. I’ve not heard of this author but would like to give her book a try one day.

    My order from Amazon for LOVE IN MID AIR had just gone through. It was a pre-order earlier but today is the release date for Kindle edition. 🙂

  36. April 3, 2010 11:51 pm

    Thanks for the review, Get Lucky is a great book, definitely makes my vacation reading list!

  37. April 5, 2010 1:56 pm

    I’m really looking forward to starting this one. I read Center’s Everything Is Beautiful last year and absolutely loved it. Glad to see you really liked this one.

    –Anna

  38. April 10, 2010 8:00 pm

    This sounds like a good one. And I find the best books are the ones where you feel a connection with the character no matter how different their life is from yours.

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