Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center

Cover Image

From the book jacket:
Lanie Coates’s life is spinning out of control. She’s piled everything she owns into a U-Haul and driven with her husband, Peter, and their three little boys from their cozy Texas home to a multiflight walkup in the Northeast. She’s left behind family, friends, and a comfortable life–all so her husband can realize his dream of becoming a professional musician. But somewhere in the eye of her personal hurricane, it hits Lanie that she once had dreams too. If only she could remember what they were.

These days, Lanie always seems to rank herself dead last–and when another mom accidentally criticizes her appearance, it’s the final straw. Fifteen years, three babies, and more pounds than she’s willing to count since the day she said “I do,” Lanie longs desperately to feel like her old self again. It’s time to rise up, fish her moxie out of the diaper pail, and find the woman she was before motherhood capsized her entire existence.

New in Boston, Lanie took her three young children to a park while her husband unpacked the U-Haul. Unfortunately, she met a person at the park who asked her when she was due – this while Lanie was holding her not-yet-one-year-old baby. Fortunately, that was the last time she spoke to that woman. She was still reeling from the rude question when she heard her name called out. An acquaintance from high school in Texas had recognized her. That was the start of a good friendship. Lanie and Amanda did what good friends do – they were there for each other. And they would need each other in the weeks and months ahead.

This is just a small part of Everyone is Beautiful. Center’s writing is clear and true (and quite funny). I identified with so much of what she wrote into the story. I would guess most women – daughters or mothers – will see some part of themselves in this book. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more books by Katherine Center.

You can read another review at S. Krishna’s Books. There’s a giveaway of the book!