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Get Lucky

Get Lucky

Escrito por Katherine Center

Narrado por Morgan Hallett


Get Lucky

Escrito por Katherine Center

Narrado por Morgan Hallett

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4/5 (53 valoraciones)
Longitud:
8 horas
Publicado:
Jan 1, 2011
ISBN:
9781461805038
Formato:
Audiolibro

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Filled with wit and heart, Get Lucky by Katherine Center explores the deep bonds of sisterhood. Sarah Harper’s whole world revolved around her job at a New York advertising agency before an email snafu got her fired. Now she’s seeking refuge at her sister Mackie’s home in Houston. But Mackie, who’s unable to get pregnant, is also down-and-out these days. So Sarah decides to do something good and becomes a surrogate mother.
“[A] touching novel populated with quirky and lovable characters …” —Booklist
Publicado:
Jan 1, 2011
ISBN:
9781461805038
Formato:
Audiolibro

Sobre el autor

Katherine Center is the author of several novels about love and family: The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, Get Lucky, and The Lost Husband. Her books and essays have appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, and Real Simple—as well as the anthologies Because I Love Her, CRUSH, and My Parents Were Awesome. Katherine is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. She lives in Houston with her husband and two sweet children.


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  • (3/5)
    I just finished a more recent book by this author, which I liked a great deal. This one had me a bit more impatient as I read, skimming at times to get through portions, but found a similar message to the one that charmed me in the last book: "Dixie says when we comfort others, we comfort ourselves". It wasn't the final take home message of the book, but it felt like I stumbled on an old friend when I read it, though granted, Dixie is unlike any old friend I can recall.
  • (4/5)
    I was really on the fence between giving this three or four stars but went with four because it is an enjoyable distraction. Exactly what I need at times. This is definitely Chick Lit. It has some serious moments and many quirky funny moments. I can empathize and identify with the klutzy awkward mode that the main character Sarah often finds herself in. I enjoyed the relationship between the two sisters and thing the author was spot on with how the relationship progressed and evolved. The romantic interest part was interesting as well. I like the slant the story took when Sarah gets caught up in saving the library but the archaeology references did make me wander a bit. Most of the characters were interesting even the annoying ones.
  • (3/5)
    Sarah was a high level advertising executive who successfully created a national campaign which plastered pictures of breasts and bras all over the nation. After accidentally(?) sabotaging herself and getting fired the same day of her greatest success, Sarah escapes the city to return to her hometown, seeking refuge with her sister and husband in Texas. Sarah and her sister, Mackie, have always been best friends and so it seems like a great idea to offer herself up as a surrogate for Mackie and her husband, Clive, who are reeling from a series of failed pregnancies. Sarah underestimates the challenge, however, of carrying a pregnancy to term, particularly when her ex-boyfriend reappears in her life and her dad suddenly announces his love for a strange glittery middle-aged cowgirl, who is no replacement for their deceased mother. As her due date looms closer, Sarah has to make decisions about her life and role in her family and she realizes that surrogacy may have some unexpected consequences.I enjoyed this book after I gave it a little time. After Sarah's boyfriend re-entered the picture, I enjoyed the "Mr. Darcy" aspect of the story a little more. A fun and quick beach read.
  • (4/5)
    I was really surprised hwo much I liked this book! It's classic chick lit, but not as goopy as some of them are. The main chararcter is flawed (real) and while she tries to do the right thing, it's not always easy. Or possible. This would be a great book to read on vacation, on a plane, or on a snowy afternoon. It's an easy read and pretty compelling.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    The premise for GET LUCKY hooked me instantly. One sister decides to be a surrogate mother for her infertile sister. As a sister, I was immediately intrigued because it is a thought that has crossed my mind as a major “what if” question. What if someone you loved with all your heart needed something HUGE from you; a kidney, a lung, a baby? Is there anything as life-changing as carrying a baby for nine months and then turning that baby over to someone else? I may sound shallow here, but if my sister is wearing a t-shirt I gave her I immediately start to feel regret for giving it up. I couldn’t even imagine the effect a baby would have on my life.I am making light of a very serious and selfless gift. In all honesty, I can say that I would step in front of truck for my sister, that’s how strongly I feel about family love. So yes, I would probably be a surrogate mother if my sister needed it. Would you? And what would it be like after you hand that baby over?Can you see how this storyline immediately can spark some interesting questions and internal debates? Now couple that with brilliant writing and a knack for hitting emotional chords with pitch perfect prose and you have GET LUCKY. I can’t tell you how much I loved this book! Katherine Center has yet to disappoint. I adored THE BRIGHT SIDE OF DISASTER as well as EVERYONE IS BEAUTIFUL. Here is a sample from the beauty that makes up this book.Here is what I tell myself now: That it’s vital to learn how to make the best of things. That there is no tenderness without bravery. That if things hadn’t been so bad, they could never have gotten so good. And that it’s always better to have what you have then to get what you wanted. Except for this: Every now and then, when you are impossibly lucky, you rise above yourself – and get both.Sarah Harper had a top advertising job in New York City that she lost simply by hitting send to a mass email. Lost and without a clear sense of where to land next, Sarah heads home. She runs into a past love, reconnects with her sister Mackie and learns about her father’s new girlfriend, Dixie, who dispenses gems of advice and is one of the most sparkling characters in the novel. I found myself highlighting most of Dixie’s words of wisdom, for example:When we comfort others, we comfort ourselves.GET LUCKY is an intimate novel that explores the relationship between sisters and daughters, friends and lovers. Center beautifully shows us that lives can be changed in an instant, sometimes in the smallest and most significant ways. Other times life changes in big sweeping gestures. It is up to each individual person to seek happiness in all the different aspects of change.Trying to get her to broaden her perspective. There were so many components of a rich life. Love was one, sure. But so was friendship, so was helping people. So was taking walks, and singing, and wondering about things. I wanted to convince her that a real love, a better love, would come to her if she took the time to enrich some other – any other – part of her life. I wanted to convince her that there are some things we can only find when we we aren’t looking.Katherine Center has an impeccable ability to take the smallest details of a life and make them profoundly beautiful. Center has a knack for creating the most charming characters and I am so looking forward to her next release. I think I am going to start a star-rating in my book reviews for the sole reason that I want to give GET LUCKY by Katherine Center 5 stars!
  • (4/5)
    Ms. Center became a part of my world last year after I read raving reviews for Everyone is Beautiful. Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to read it. When I heard her latest book would be released in the spring of this year, I immediately added my name to the wait list. My only regret is I waited to start reading her books.Get Lucky is a fascinating story between two sisters Sarah and Mackie. Sarah makes one careless decision which costs her her job. Uncertain what to do next, she flies home to spend the holidays with older sister Mackie. Mackie and her husband have attempted several times to conceive a child. When Mackie informs Sarah they have decided to give up, Sarah decides for once she will take care of Mackie and offers to become their surrogate. Little did each sister know the impact this will have on their lives.What I liked most about Get Lucky were the relational themes throughout the novel. At first glance, it’s obvious the story is about sisterhood. Ms. Center delves deeper and explores parental relationships, the loss of relationships and forming new relationships. Just when we think everything is okay, the past has a nasty way of blindsiding us. Until that moment of sudden impact, little did we know it was there all along shaping us and protecting us in all our relationships. Center does a great job of examining the unhealed wounds of the past.So, yes I’ll admit my first thought of Get Lucky was a quick, light read. But after reading the last page and closing the book, I realized it was much, much more than that. Take a lesson from me, don’t wait to read a book by Katherine Center. Get Lucky was my first read, but will not be the last.
  • (1/5)
    After Sarah accidentally forwards a risque email to her entire ad agency, she loses her job. Heading home to Texas she decides that the only thing missing from her perfect sister's life is a baby - and she has just the uterus to grow it in. After developing inappropriate feelings for her brother-in-law, spurning a guy that would be perfect for her, and getting a job she is completely unprepared for, I completely lost interest in this character. I was very disappointed in this novel. I had no idea that the book centered around a surrogate pregnancy or I wouldn't have requested it. I'm sick of chick lit books that center around dysfunctional sister relationships and baby-as-panacea to marriage problems.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book. I requested it because of the title. My dad always raised me (and my sister) with the idea that luck was something you could create for yourself. He's always been a lucky guy and raised us to be the same. Attitude really can be everything in life. Get Lucky is written in a style I enjoyed reading. It's written almost as if it's a letter to a friend about a time in her life looking back on how all the events unfolded. I like the style and will definitely be interested in reading this author's other books. I plan to send Get Lucky to my sister, since the book centers around the relationship between the main character and her sister, but I'll definitely recommend it to my other good friends who read, too. Give Get Lucky a chance - I think you'll enjoy it.
  • (5/5)
    In a word, Get Lucky is fantastic. There's a great sister dynamic between Sarah and Mackie. Sarah is the younger of the two (by a year) and lives a totally different kind of life in New York until she screws up at work. Sarah ends up back home where her married sister has just given up her dream of having a baby after six years of trying. As Sarah now has nothing going on, she thinks why not have a baby for her sister. And that's how Sarah's new life back home in Houston kicks off.Over the course of Sarah's surrogacy, she develops one inappropriate crush and another that could just lead to something more. She also tries her hand at a new career, attempts to fix things for someone she worked with in New York, and connects with her widowed dad's new love.It would've been a great story regardless, but the writing style really makes Get Lucky work. Sarah is reflecting on how the craziness (wonderful craziness) of the year happened. It seemed Sarah was confiding her private thoughts directly to the reader. I came away from Get Lucky feeling Sarah was my best friend.
  • (4/5)
    From my blog...Get Lucky by Katherine Center is a delightfully charming, witty, and down-to-earth look at the lives of two sisters, Sarah and Mackie, and the life altering events that shape who they are. The story is told to the reader by Sarah beginning with how she managed to get herself fired and then ends up staying in Houston with her sister and brother-in-law, Clive, much longer than she ever expected. Center's characters are witty, strong, and quite likeable, especially Sarah, Mackie, and Dixie, making Get Lucky a smart feel-good novel that also happens to be introspective, deep, and philosophical. One cannot help be drawn into the lives of these remarkable women. Get Lucky is not only a feel-good novel, but a novel that makes one take stock in what is most important in life. Get Lucky is a great book for anyone looking for strong sister bonds, strong women, and epiphanies. It is my belief that Get Lucky would make an excellent choice for book discussion groups.
  • (5/5)
    Sarah Harper has a great job in advertising in New York City, and then the next day she doesn't. One little email forward changes her life forever. She flees to Texas where she is going to visit with her sister and figure out what she is going to do with her life. Then a new plan is hatched. Sarah is going to be a surrogate for her sister. Throughout her pregnancy Sarah faces new challenges, grieving her long deceased mother, accepting a new stepmother, finding a new job, and finding love. Katherine Center does a wonderful job portraying the relationship between Sarah and her sister. It's easy to understand why Sarah would want to change her life for her sister. The supporting characters are quirky and provide for comic relief at times. This book is the perfect read for a rainy afternoon.
  • (5/5)
    Sarah Harper works in advertising. She’s working on a project that flaunts images of a scantily-clad woman’s breasts. When she receives an email that flaunts this part of a woman’s anatomy she does the unthinkable: she forwards the email to her entire company. Needless to say, the majority of the staff didn’t appreciate the email as much as she did and she’s terminated.Sarah was planning to go home to Texas and visit her sister Mackie and her husband. On the plane, she runs into someone she hasn’t seen in over a decade: her high-school boyfriend, Everett. Sarah broke up with Everett when they were teens, breaking his heart. It’s obvious that Everett has aged well, but he ruins this lovely reunion by making a snarky remark about Sarah’s appearance. She fumes the rest of the plane ride, desperate to remove herself from Everett’s presence.When she arrives in Houston, she learns that Mackie’s attempts to become pregnant haven’t been successful. In a possibly vulnerable moment, she offers to be a surrogate to Mackie and her husband, Clive. Sarah thought this wonderful experience would bring the two sisters together in a wonderful bonding moment, but that’s not exactly the case. Her return to Houston brings up a whole host of emotions she hasn’t dealt with in years. The girls lost their mother to cancer when they were young. You can blame it on the hormones: both girls suddenly begin to realize how much they miss their mother, Sarah in particular. When her mother passed away, she was forced to abandon the individual she was to become what was expected of her. Sarah begins a mission to understand just who she really is. Pairing that with being pregnant, the task wasn’t an easy one.Get Lucky was a powerful and endearing story about the love between sisters and the love of one’s self. I’ve been a fan of Katherine Center’s work from the start and this book just solidifies my love of her writing. Her characters are dynamic and multi-faceted. The reader gets to delve inside the mind and heart of each of the main characters. While each have very obvious and severe flaws, you can’t help but love each and every one of them. While Get Lucky is considered chick-lit, realize it is much, much more than that. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get angry; it’s definitely a book that packs a punch and stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
  • (4/5)
    This book had me from the start. In fact, it got me reading (physically reading and not listening to a book on CD) again after my baby was born. That says something!
  • (5/5)
    Sarah Harper has a great job. She lives in New York City. She has just finished up a huge bra advertising campaign and is looking at a promotion…that is, until she sends an inappropriate email to everyone in the company. Jobless and disillusioned, Sarah jets off to her hometown of Houston to spend some time with her sister Mackie and within 24 hours comes up with an idea to fulfill her sister’s dream of having a child. Sarah offers to be a surrogate for her sister and brother-in-law…and although her heart is in the right place, she has no idea what she has gotten herself into.Get Lucky, Katherine Center’s latest novel, is about mothers and daughters, the love between sisters (with all the conflict that entails), and searching for meaning in one’s life while dodging the pitfalls. Center has hit a home run with Get Lucky, a novel with pitch perfect dialogue, wonderful characters, and Center’s signature humor. There is no other author out there who does women’s fiction better.What I especially loved about this book was the relationship between Mackie and Sarah – two sisters who are still grieving the death of the mother who they lost in childhood. Mackie is the older sister…married to the perfect guy and longing for a baby which has alluded her due to endometriosis. Sarah is the achiever, well put together, but with issues around intimacy – specifically she avoids it. Different in temperament and lifestyle, Mackie and Sarah are also more than best friends.I should mention that my sister and I were close. We weren’t best friends exactly, though – because a best friend is a person you choose. A best friend, in most cases, is a temporary person, too, until she moves away, or gets a promotion and starts working too hard, or just drifts off. Friends depend on a certain amount of convenience. With friends, you have to have their number handy, or work in the same office, or live in the same city. With sisters, none of that matters. And in the end, for me, that would be a lucky thing. – from the ARC of Get Lucky, page 15 -Center captures the relationship between sisters perfectly, with the small nuances which most people might miss…and this is something I love about Center’s writing: I feel like I know these people. Center takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary through believable dialogue and the ridiculous nature of life which often leaves us in situations which only later make us laugh. She keeps her readers reading because they can see themselves and the people they love within the pages of her novels.It was not just the relationship between Mackie and Sarah which engaged me. Center also introduces an old high-school boyfriend of Sarah’s…and despite a bit of predictability, I loved the tension and conflict, the dodge and parry, between these two characters. Some of the scenes between these two were the funniest in the book, and in the end, I found myself rooting for them.Center’s novels work because they touch on the real issues and emotions which women face. In Get Lucky, there is laughter, tears, drama and, finally, wisdom.Of course, kisses can’t change your personality. Or anesthetize life’s pains. Or bring your mother back to you. Life is always a struggle between who you are and who you’d like to be. It’s always a negotiation between how you want it and how it is. There’s no changing that. – from the ARC of Get Lucky, page 261 -I loved this book…by far, my favorite of Center’s three novels (although they are all great). Readers who enjoy women’s fiction will not want to miss this novel. Trust me.Highly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    Sarah Harper not so accidentally sends a risqué email to her entire company and gets shown the door. She winds up in a last row seat next to an old boyfriend on a plane bound for Houston, her hometown. She stays with her sister Mackie who is also her best friend. Mackie and her husband Clive have tried to have children for years but pregnancy has always ended in miscarriage. Sarah makes an offer that is second only to donating an organ - she offers to be a surrogate. It's the first part of her plan to make a difference in life, to do more than create successful ad campaigns to sell bras.Coming home to Houston also presents Sarah with the opportunity to work through a few things from her past: the death of her mother when she was only twelve; the horrible way she broke up with the old boyfriend. She also faces the situation of her father being engaged to Dixie who is completely different from her mother.As in Everyone Is Beautiful, Katherine Center writes believable characters. Sarah and Mackie reminded me of my relationship with my sisters. We can love them or be mad at them but don't anyone else say a bad word about them! They would do anything for each other. I really enjoyed Sarah's perspective as she dealt with her post New York life - how she dealt (or didn't deal) with pregnancy, being jobless, and being relationship-less. I also loved Dixie. There is a scene involving Dixie and Sarah at a self-defense class that had me laughing out loud. But Dixie becomes much more than a wacky step-mother and is more a person who can shine a light on what is important in life.I'm not sure if Get Lucky would be considered Women's Fiction or Chick Lit but I do know if you're looking for a thoughtful and enjoyable novel about a young woman seeking a happier, more meaningful life, you should read Get Lucky.
  • (4/5)
    A good story about 2 sisters whose friendship crumbles when one moves back from NY to TX and becomes a surrogate for the other. I would have liked to see the author delve into the reasoning behind this fractured relationship a bit more. My favorite part of the book was how the author wrapped up the story...allowing the main character to come back in the last chapter and explain that not everything turned out perfect, as one would assume, but some things turned out pretty OK.
  • (4/5)
    Get Lucky is a third novel (due out April 6) by Katherine Center and is a fast reading breezy novel. I found my copy waiting outside my door on Monday of this week and was finished reading by that night. It was impossible to put down!The story revolves around Sarah, who gives up her high-powered New York career when she gets a conscience (this may or may not be an active decision... she gives up that career by forwarding an inappropriate email to the entire company) and heads back home to her family in Texas. It's here that the story really takes off.She stays with her sister, Mackie, who has just given up on having a baby after years of trying. That's when Sarah hatches the plan she thinks will make everybody happy.They say you shouldn't or cannot go home again. Going home for Sarah means confronting loss. She has to confront the memories of her dead mother, a father who is finally ready to move on in another relationship, and the loss of her career and figure out what is next in her life and maybe even in love.I really liked this quote especially: "Kisses in pools, clandestine affairs, fixations on brother-in-laws - these were the things we did to distract ourselves from what actually mattered. These were the soap operas of life, the melodramas, the mini crises that occupied our attention while famine, wars, and death raged across the human experience."I've not read any other Katherine Center novels, but Get Lucky makes me want to.In exchange for reading and reviewing this book I was sent a copy to keep as my own.
  • (4/5)
    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!
  • (4/5)
    I had a mixed reaction to this novel. I really enjoyed parts of it. I had high expectations because Center's previous book - Everyone is Beautiful was one of my favorite books I read last year. I love that she took on the complexity of surrogacy as the main thrust of the plot. It is a subject I have never read about in this way and it was really a nice departure from regular novel fodder.The main character Sarah - isn't very likable. I wanted to like her. I wanted to be sympathetic to her - because I think her position was one that could have been really relatable - but I felt like although she had the courage to express all the negativity surrounding her choice - she never really expressed any positive feelings about her experience except in the most dismissive of fashions. Because of that I think her character doesn't ring as deep or as true as it could have. To me, she often seems - for a lack of a better word - just bratty. The other storylines were okay but a little far fetched and not as interesting to me. I found sometimes I was distracted by the lack of focus on Sarah's pregnant state. Getting a job that far along in a twin pregnancy was a little hard to believe - and jumping in the car and driving all over creation was equally hard to believe. Treating pregnancy at 8 months with twins as little more than a slight inconvenience was - well - not realistic to me. Anyway - all this to say - that while it wasnt a perfect book - it was very engaging and I flew through it. Even though I wasn't keen on the all of characters or some of the plot turns - I still would recommend it as a quick read for a vacation or a weekend.
  • (5/5)
    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. Get Lucky is the story of Sarah Harper, a young New York professional who accidentally gets herself fired from her job which happened to be her whole life. She then flees home to Texas to hide out with her sister, lick her wounds and figure out what's next. When she gets home she discovers that her sister has a problem of her own and she devises what seems like the perfect plan for them both. Of course we all know it can't work out that easily.The plot rolls on from there and is a thoroughly enjoyable story that does not disappoint. I loved all the characters -- especially a few of the minor ones and all-in-all this book made for a well-told, colorful story. I couldn't put the book down and was sad when it was over. It is a perfect vacation book, airplane book, or really anytime book. I will definitely read more from Katherine Center.
  • (4/5)
    I received a free copy of this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. Fast, good chick-lit book with a solid plot. Sarah loses her job after making a bad decision at work and ends up back at home in Houston, TX. Her sister has the prefect life except that she can't get pregnant. The sisters start talking and come up with the idea that Sarah become a surrogate for the pregnancy.
  • (4/5)
    I received this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. It centers around a woman who is fired from her advertising job in NYC and moves back to Houston, Texas and ends up being a surrogate for her sister and brother-in-law. It is a quick, light read, perfect for something to take with you on vacation. It doesn't pretend to be heavier or more meaningful than a typical "chick lit" novel, but is entertaining and easy to read. I enjoyed the characters, and though it was somewhat predictable, I found myself not really caring that I had guessed the ending because the story itself was a good read.
  • (5/5)
    Get Lucky by Katherine Center. I received a free copy of this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. At the beginning of this story, Sarah Harper loses her high-powered creative job at a New York advertising firm. She heads home to Houston to discover that her family is going through upheavals of their own – in particular, her sister Mackie has given up on her dream of having children. Sarah comes up with a plan to help, and events quickly spiral out of her control. Add in an ex-boyfriend from high school (Everett), and changes in her father’s personal life, and this delightful chick-lit novel spins toward the inevitable conclusion. I have read two other books by Katherine Center (Everyone is Beautiful is particularly recommended), and I find her voice and style very enjoyable. Read the first chapter – if you like her writing style, you will enjoy this book, because it is consistent throughout and the story does not disappoint. This is a fun book, full of heart, and a great read.
  • (5/5)
    I love Katherine Center. I love the characters she creates; the stories she developed and I certainly loved her latest novel, Get Lucky. I “got lucky” when I received this book from Early Reviewers and I devoured it as quickly as I could. This was one of those books you want to read all the way through in one sitting, I didn’t get to do that, but definitely could have.Sarah Harper has an advertising job in New York, but due to some unfortunate circumstances (all her own doing) she loses her job and moves back “home” to Houston. Seeing her sister disconsolate after her latest attempt at having a baby, Sarah makes the ultimate sacrifice – serving as a surrogate mother.Katherine Center develops an abundance of amazing characters. She paints them in such detail that I had no problem seeing and understanding them. I loved this book! Anyone that loves stories about sisters, relationships and just understanding life and all it’s pitfalls and comforts will feel the same way!
  • (4/5)
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Quirky and a little off-beat, but the relationships came through very realistically. Ms. Center definitely caught my attention and engaged me with her characters and fun plotline.
  • (4/5)
    I didn't like this book as well as Katherine Center's two previous novels, but I did finish it in less than twenty-four hours. It's the story of Sarah, an advertising bigwig who loses her job, moves back home to Texas, and decides to be a "gestational carrier" for her sister, Mackie - without really knowing what she's getting into.I thought Center did a good job tracing the impact of a surrogate pregnancy on two sisters. The story did occasionally dip into farce, as when Sarah spends four days on the roof on an old building to try to save it. But, there were enough insights, "a-ha" moments and plain old good writing to make it worth it.
  • (4/5)
    I won this Advanced Readers Copy from the GoodReads first reads program. From the very first page I was hooked. I liked the fact that it was an easy "chick lit" read without being annoying to the point of hating the characters. It was over the top without overdoing it (if that makes any sense at all). While I enjoyed it, I think the ending could have come together a little bit better. It felt rushed to me. I plan to read this again so maybe I'll figure out what was missing next time...
  • (5/5)
    “Get Lucky,” by Katherine Center is a good book for readers of any age. I read this book straight through. It is funny, but not over the top, and the characters are very realistic. Sarah Harper is having a bit of bad luck. She loses her job, and has a hard time finding her self-esteem she makes the decision to move back home to her sister and father in Houston. Once there, she realizes what she missed out on, especially once she has a chance meeting with an old beau. This guy turns out to be the one that she should have never let get away, but it is too late for her to make amends.Sarah is interested in renewing the closeness with her sister Mackie. Unfortunately, Mackie has tried for many years, but is unable to conceive. Sarah realizes that her sister can’t have what she really wants in life, which is a baby. She also realizes the unhappiness that her father has over not having her mother. He has been unable to move on after the loss of their mother’s passing away years before. The book gets lively quickly, when Sarah and Mackie concoct a scheme to solve the problem of Mackie not being able to have a baby. Sarah is at the center of the plan, and the best bits include Mackie’s husband Clive, and their father’s love interest Dixie, along with Sarah’s old flame Elliott who rescues her more than once throughout the story.The story is grand and the reader will feel that each character has its own place in both Sarah’s life and in their hearts. At the end of the story, I felt that I wanted to read more about all of them, and definitely didn’t want the story to end.