*Six Foot Pictures bought the film rights to The Lost Husband!
Stay tuned for the movie!!
Perfect for fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin, this tender and heartwarming novel explores the trials of losing what matters most—and how there’s always more than we can imagine left to find.
About The Book
Dear Libby, It occurs to me that you and your two children have been living with your mother for—Dear Lord!—two whole years, and I’m writing to see if you’d like to be rescued.
The letter comes out of the blue, and just in time for Libby Moran, who—after the sudden death of her husband, Danny—went to stay with her hypercritical mother. Now her crazy Aunt Jean has offered Libby an escape: a job and a place to live on her farm in the Texas Hill Country. Before she can talk herself out of it, Libby is packing the minivan, grabbing the kids, and hitting the road.
Life on Aunt Jean’s goat farm is both more wonderful and more mysterious than Libby could have imagined. Beyond the animals and the strenuous work, there is quiet—deep, country quiet. And despite everything she’s lost, Libby soon realizes how much more she’s found. She hasn’t just traded one kind of crazy for another: She may actually have found the place to bring her little family—and herself—back to life.
The Dallas Morning News
"Beautifully well-written fiction that focuses on character."
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“Center writes endearingly of love and family . . . with lessons about loss, gain, standing up for yourself, and accepting that your best is good enough.”
on THE LOST HUSBAND
"A sweet tale about creating the family you need."
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"A heartwarming tale that explores the trials of losing what matters most."
on THE LOST HUSBAND
“A novel about family, love, and forgiveness . . . heart-rending and heartwarming.”
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Shooting is completed for The Lost Husband movie!
PHOTOS: 1. Star Leslie Bibb in overalls as main character Libby with actresses Carly Pope and Georgia King during filming of the farmers’ market scene. 2. Star Josh Duhamel doing research in Texas for his part as O’Connor. 3. O’Connor’s pickup truck. 4. Star–and producer—Leslie Bibb. 5. Josh Duhamel rocking a cowboy hat on set with director and screenwriter Vicky Wight. 6. Actress Callie Haverda, who plays Abby, on a Texas road. 7. Leslie Bibb, Vicky Wight, and Josh Duhamel on set at Aunt Jean’s birthday party. 8. Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb.
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Praise for The Lost Husband
“A sweet tale about creating the family you need.”
“A heartwarming tale that explores the trials of losing what matters most.”
– USA Today
“A novel about family, love, and forgiveness . . . heart-rending and heartwarming.”
“I’ve already read it twice. Yes. Twice.”
–Brené Brown, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Daring Greatly
“Beautifully well-written fiction that focuses on character.”
–The Dallas Morning News
“Generous and love ly . . . this book brims with hope and possibility.”
–Campus Circle Summer Reading List
“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.”
“Katherine Center’s characters are charming and unforgettable.”
“Sweet, smart, and inspiring.”
“I laughed out loud so many times that my husband and children asked what I was reading”
“Katherine has mastered the art of the thoughtful, relationship-oriented page turner.”
READER REVIEWB JACKSON
"OH. MY. GOSH.!!! I'm only 68 pages into this book & I never want it to end! 🙂 I love Katherine's characters. I want to move in with Aunt Jean!! So VERY glad I got this book!! Going to go look into her other ones so I can take time away to SAVOR this book!"
"This was probably the sweetest book that I’ve read in recent memory. Read it and be charmed."
"Gosh darn it, Katherine Pannill Center . . . you’ve done it again . . . reached right into our hearts, found the wisdom there, and preached it."
"The reason this is one of my favorite authors is, she infuses me with hope ... not a moment too soon. I always feel like my best friend is telling me a story when I read her books."
"Katherine Center has never disappointed me. I adore her books and The Lost Husband made me fall in love with her yet again. Fabulously written, lovable characters."
"I loved everything about The Lost Husband and it solidified Katherine Center as one of my favorite authors. There are lines in this book that I know I will remember, refer to and reread again and again."
"This was the best book I've read all year and I highly recommend it. The storyline was not predictable and the characters were solid, flaws and all."
"A fun, elegantly-written story with heart. Center's writing style is clean and breezy but smart, it will keep you intrigued without bogging you down. Next best thing to having coffee with your best friend. I highly recommnd this book!"
"I read it in two days and was immersed in this wonderful world so completely I didn't want to come up to breathe. Have never read any of Center's books before—and she reminds me a little of Elizabeth Berg in that she finds a way to put words to the wordless emotions we all have—the fleeting and enduring feelings that swim around in us that we don't always feel fully because there are no words. Loved this book and have promptly ordered every one of her other books."
"This wonderful book is poignant and funny...a story of resilience, bravery and how sometimes imperfection and loss can somehow make our lives better."
I love Katherine Center's novels. They are wonderfully relatable, funny and heartstring tuggers. Center is a gifted storyteller and I loved this one. It's a story of hope and never giving up—trying your hardest even in the darkest moments. Because when all is said and done—it's worth it. Loved it. Highly recommended."
"This story makes one feel like being wrapped up in a warm cozy blanket of love. It slowly takes you through this very real woman's journey of loss, discovery and ultimately find her happiness. Loved every word of it!!"
"Totally loved every second of it. Started noticing I was reading it slower half way through. Until I realized that was because I didn't want it to end. So I picked it up and didn't put it down again until the perfect ending. Encore!!"
"What the repeated adjectives of the reviews (sweet, heart-warming, summer read, happy endings) don't get across is: the craft of her novels—how the words just disappear and you are immersed in the story which always seems organic and relatable . . . I think Center is so good at what she does that it appears 'seamless' and consequently her craft is perhaps a bit underestimated and under-rated. Highly recommend her books—you will want to live in them."
"I sat down on Friday afternoon to relax and start reading "The Lost Husband" and I didn't get anything done until I finished that last page."
"Beautiful, perceptive, wise, thought provoking and satisfying."
"It’s quite simply a lovely love story from start to finish. I loved this quick little read with all my heart."
“I loved this book the way I love chocolate, and I gobbled it up just as fast. Katherine Center has a gift for creating relatable characters, believable dialogue, and interesting storylines. I came to know these people, like them, and care about them.”
“I LOVED this. So far, this is my favorite Katherine Center book. It’s full of heart and soul. Beautiful.”
“I’ve read three of the four of Center’s novels including The Lost Husband. What the repeated adjectives of the reviews (sweet, heart-warming, summer read, happy endings) don’t get across is: the craft of her novels—how the words just disappear and you are immersed in the story, which always seems organic and relatable; the moral structure inherent in all her stories; how she handles her charcters with the utmost respect for their multifaceted wholeness; and that the endings are more “hopeful,” than happy, because her characters are always on a transformative journey, which in and of itself inspires hope in the reader. I think Center is so good at what she does that it appears “seamless” and consequently her craft is perhaps a bit underestimated and under-rated. Highly recommend her books—you will want to live in them.”
“Katherine Center is the only author who tempts me into reading her books all in one sitting. This book is my favorite of them all!”
“I found so much of myself in this book. It became a cathartic experience; It was reassuring that I wasn’t the only person (even if she was fictional!) that had these feelings and experiences: being raised by a mother who found it impossible to show love, being alone even when in the midst of others, worrying that no matter how much I do it will never be enough. One line from the book that may stick with me forever, though, was “Why couldn’t I ever, ever feel like I belonged anywhere?”. She wrote that line, I felt it. Ms. Center writes brilliantly. She captures the reader from the first line and doesn’t let go until the final word. . . . Reading this book is a breathless ride from start to finish.”
“I consumed this book in less than 24 hrs!”
“I had never read Katherine Center before and had received a copy of How To Walk Away in a promotion from a book giveaway and I really liked it and wanted to read more. I am so glad that I did. I loved The Lost Husband. The storyline, the characters and especially the setting. Libby and Jean and O’Conner walked right into my heart. What a delightful book.”
“Center’s best novel yet. Full of warmth and humor and life on a farm and a bit of mystery.”
“I love Katherine Center’s novels. They are wonderfully relatable, funny and heartstring tuggers. Her latest, The Lost Husband, is no exception. When it comes down to it, Libby is every woman. Like I said, relatable. Life hasn’t turned out the way she expected yet, despite that fact, she keeps trying her darnedest to keep her family moving forward. . . . Center is a gifted storyteller and I loved this one. It’s a story of hope and never giving up – trying your hardest even in the darkest moments. Because when all is said and done – it’s worth it. Loved it. Highly recommended.”
“This story makes one feel like being wrapped up in a warm cozy blanket of love. It slowly takes you through this very real woman’s journey of loss, discovery and ultimately find her happiness. Loved every word of it!!”
“There’s just something about a Katherine Center book. I’m not sure if it’s how she develops the characters and their eventual romance in spite of their hardships or how real they seem, but this is the second book of hers that I’ve just adored. I can’t wait to read more of them.”
“I absolutely loved this book! I cried several times ~ happy tears! I’ve never cried reading about someone cutting hair. It was such a sweet and tender moment. I feel in love with Katherine Center’s How To Walk Away. I decided to read this one when I found out it was being made into a movie. I plan to read the rest of her books. This one was beautiful!”
“Every time I read one of Center’s books, I’m convinced it’s the best thing she’s written, and then the next one comes out and it’s the best thing she’s ever written. She grabs you with the first line and never lets go.”
“Sometimes you read a book that’s exactly what you need even if you didn’t know it. Katherine Center always seems to know exactly what I need. A heartwarming story of how losing it all sometimes leads to finding more than we imagined possible. Well-written, touching and, most importantly, imperfect characters make this story a must read.”
“I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did, but I read it in 12 hours. It was an incredibly heartwarming story, one that you finish and immediately feel your heart lifted.”
“Loved every minute of it!”
“Katherine Center has the extraordinary ability to place her characters in the most difficult situations, and then weave a tale that is filled with heart and humor, turning a sad story into one that is incredibly uplifting. In The Lost Husband, Libby is a young widow with two young children, living with and dependent on her mother. Life is hard, Libby is a bit lost herself, until she receives an invitation to live and work at her aunt’s goat farm! This wonderful book is poignant and funny…a story of resilience, bravery and how sometimes imperfection and loss can somehow make our lives better.”
“Definitely one of the sweetest, heartwarming love stories out there!”
“What a great, curl up under a blanket with a warm cup of tea this read was! I thoroughly enjoyed The Lost Husband by Katherine Pannill Center and recommend it to readers who love what I call `a cozy great book.'”
“I adore Katherine Center, it’s been a while since I’ve read anything by her but her stories seem to have a way of providing comfort. The characters feel familiar but not in that overdone way, they remind me of people that I could be friends with or would want to get to know better. The Lost Husband hooked me in right away, this is a story of learning how to navigate a new path in life that’s different from where you thought you were headed, it’s about embracing not only the positive or happy moments but also acknowledging that the detours helped to shape who you are and if embraced can lead to something wonderful.”
“I think this close second to How to Walk Away. It was heart warming and inspiring. I loved to see how each of the characters grew, became stronger, overcame obstacles. I didn’t want the book to end.” ❤📚
Five stars. “Everybody needs an Aunt Jean; someone to love them always.”
“Another fantastic book by Katherine Center. Man I love this lady’s writing! Her dialogue alone is awesome. She’s become one of my new favorite authors and I’ll keep reading her books. Check her out!”
“I’m a big Katherine Center fan, and this book is one of my favorites of hers. The concept of finding healing in the country on a farm with animals is something I believe in 100%, and aunt Jean is the kind of woman I aspire to be. It’s all about living the simple life! I love how Katherine Center’s characters have to face devastating losses—like Libby’s loss of her husband—and shows how we can get over the unthinkable. She describes with warmth and humor how resilient we really are, and that we are stronger than we think.”
“She is most definitely my new favorite author!!”
“This book just makes you feel GOOD!! I think I may have found a new fav author to add to the top my list!! The Lost Husband is the 2nd book I’ve read by her. Her style of writing in my opinion is like a friendship, a friend who shares “all the things.” I also love how she adds in a bit of counseling/social work like material in her books that makes me connect with the characters within a chapter or two!”
“Fabulous story of family, motherhood and finding happiness in the most unlikely places. Currently being filmed and will star Leslie Bibb and Josh Duhamel. Pick up a copy of this sweet novel before it comes out!”
“Great, fast read!! I just couldn’t put this book down. It was exactly what I was looking for this summer!! I highly recommend this novel. Actually, I might have to read it again.”
“Katherine Center is a wonderful writer. Every novel she writes is a gem! You will connect with the main character who finds herself a widow too early in life. She is invited to live and work at her aunt’s farm. She learns a lot from her aunt who is a wise woman. I want to be the wild hippy aunt. Center’s characters remind me of Maeve Binchy’s strong characters. When you start the book, you can’t put it down.”
“Beautiful, perceptive, wise, thought provoking and satisfying. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.”
“This book reads like poetry. The words take on a meaning that speaks into your life. It’s not the perfect romance, but instead it is the romance and truth of life. It is a novel that takes on the character of life and its story. I was sad to finish it!”
“Uplifting, insightful, hopeful. Romantic, loving and a very enjoyable easy read.”
“Katherine Center’s fourth novel creates a warm, wonderful world that you want to enter and stay in for a while. You won’t want to put this story down once you start, and Center’s storytelling voice is familiar and accessible such that you feel like you are sitting across the table from your best friend and sharing secrets over your daily morning coffee. I could easily relate to the theme about creating the family you want and making the best of the situation you are in. Cheers to Center for creating another beautiful storyline and set of characters that will stick with you—this is a must-have for your summer reading list.”
“This was the kind of book you pick up and can’t put down! One of the best books I’ve ever read, it’s a definite must read!”
“Life lessons we all experience are woven throughout this novel in such a way, you simply want to keep reading as the characters could be you. You feel connected with emotions surfacing, knowing your own life is validated.”
“This was my first Katherine Center book, and I adored it. . . . This is about overcoming the trials of life, but one that leaves you inspired rather than depressed. I adored the setting (a goat farm) and wanted to milk goats with the characters (especially Jean). I saw that this book has been optioned as a movie. Oh, I do hope! I’ve found a new favorite author.”
“I’ve been wanting to read this one since starting to go through Katherine Center’s backlist last year, but it has taken me a little bit. However, with the news of it being turned into a movie next year (eek! So much excitement!!!), I finally made time and I’m SO glad I did. It was such a delight! Katherine Center is the QUEEN of heartwarming! Time and time again, I’ve read the last page of one of her books and thought, ‘How does she do this every time?”’
“Beautifully written, characters you care about, a joy to read. A happy ending that comes from really living life despite its imperfections—and yours.”
“This is the 3rd book I’ve read by Katherine Center and I have yet to be disappointed. She has relatable, likable, and interesting characters, a lot of words of wisdom throughout, insightful reflections that I don’t usually find in books, and every book of hers I’ve read so far throws in a slow burning romance. Life on a goat farm with no TV/Internet seems delightful!”
“I so enjoyed this book. I love the perfectly imperfect characters. Page after page, I couldn’t put it down. I just kept wanting to discover what would happen next! I’m such a fan of Katherine Center and looking forward to evermore!”
“This book is so wonderful—I read it in two days and was immersed in this wonderful world so completely I didn’t want to come up to breathe. Have never read any of Center’s books before—and she reminds me a little of Elizabeth Berg in that she finds a way to put words to the wordless emotions we all have—the fleeting and enduring feelings that swim around in us that we don’t always feel fully because there are no words. Loved this book and have promptly ordered every one of her other books!”
“The central plot is charming, the characters are flawed to perfection, and the undercurrent of happiness as a choice is like a tonic!”
“Get your iced tea ready and send the kids out on play dates because you are going to want to sit a spell and read this book through without interruption. Center has crafted a charmer, introducing likeable, engaging and totally believable characters. There is a lot of real wisdom here, if you choose to ponder it, about living life bravely and authentically, facing challenges, growing from setbacks and taking chances. But if you’d rather just have a fun summer read that will make you laugh and cry out, “Yeah, that’s so true!”, then this is still the book for you. Just make sure you have that iced tea ready.”
“”The Lost Husband” is a story about loss, love and love but most of all it is a beautiful story of a mother dedicated to raising her children in spite of tragedy and challenges. I dare you to put it down!”
“This book is absolutely wonderful! It pulled me in so hard I finished it in just a few days – and I almost never finish a book unless I’m on vacation! It has a very endearing story, and is a great balance between being a fun read and also being meaningful and thought-provoking. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of this author’s books and this may be the most captivating yet—which is saying a lot. I can’t wait for her next book!”
“Center’s writing style is clean and breezy but smart, it will keep you intrigued without bogging you down. Next best thing to having coffee with your best friend. I highly recommnd this book!”
“I loved this book. Honestly, it was pitch perfect. The characters were real and endearing, and struck just the right balance of depth and humor. In fact, I was surprised at how funny they were! I loved their wit, and I appreciated that they weren’t predictable. The story kept me engaged and content. I finished the book in an afternoon–which meant I ignored my two kids for a day, but it was worth it! (Sorry, guys.) I will definitely be seeking out Center’s other books, hoping they are just as good as this one!”
“Just a pretty flawless lovely summer reading experience for me!”
“Katherine Center is a writer you can count on to give you a story that will stay with you. Her new book, The Lost Husband, is a sweet, charming tale about beginning again. I love how she makes you fall in love with the characters and even makes owning a herd of goats look like a grand idea. Her books completely capture motherhood, with dazzling moments of humor and heartbreak. Reading her books is like sitting at the kitchen table, basking in a ray of sunshine.”
“I couldn’t possibly love this book any more. It is the perfect realistic love story. I laughed out loud, I cried real tears. As a mother with a husband whom I adore, this book resonated with me in so many ways. Katherine Center has such a familiar voice that is present in all 3 books that I’ve now read of hers. She has a unique way of making her characters realistic and relatable, even when they don’t resemble anyone you’ve ever encountered in real life. The Lost Husband is a quick read, and highly recommended!”
“I don’t think I have words to adequately talk about how amazing this book is! It’s been a long time since I’ve read such a great story with characters that I felt like I was experiencing life with!! I LOVED the entire story and I want an Aunt Jean and I want to be Aunt Jean!!!”
“Another great book by Katherine Center.”
“I am in LOVE with this book. Such a character driven story with life lessons throughout. I loved the messages, I loved the characters, I loved the humor, I loved the writing, I loved it all. This is my third Katherine Center book and she has delivered every single time. She has quickly climbed to one of my favorite authors.”
“I loved this book! I recently discovered Katherine Center and cannot read enough of her books. She’s a brilliant story teller who creates characters with heart and soul. Beautiful story.”
“Another book by Katherine Center that I couldn’t put down. She has a way of capturing my attention in the first pages and does not disappoint!! Loved this book!”
“LOVE, love, love Katherine Center’s writing!! Her characters are so real – and engaging. I just loved Libby and Abby and Tank and Jean and Sunshine… and, of course, O’Connor! Her voice draws me in and doesn’t let go… and I very much respond to her humor, as well! Can’t wait to read another of her novels. I will definitely see the movie version of The Lost Husband.”