Books | Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
The glorious new novel from the beloved author whose bright, hopelessly romantic New York Times bestsellers have been called “My perfect 10 of a book” (Emily Henry) and cheered for their “speedy pacing and sexual tension for miles” (People).Love isn’t blind, it’s just a little blurry.Choosing between two men isn't brain surgery, but for Sadie Montgomery, it's both. One moment Sadie is celebrating the biggest achievement of her life—placing as a finalist in the North American Portrait Society competition—the next, she finds herself struggling with face blindness. She can see, but every face she looks at is now a jumbled puzzle of disconnected features. And she'll need brain surgery to (hopefully) reverse it. And that's not all. She's seriously crushing on her beloved dog Peanut's handsome vet, but she can't seem to stay away from her annoyingly endearing neighbor. She thinks she knows who she likes more... but then (like their faces) that starts getting blurry too! If only her life were a little more in focus, Sadie might be able to figure out who she wants, work through her condition, hang on to her artistic dream, and confront major family issues. But perceiving anything clearly right now seems impossible. Even though there are things we can only find when we aren’t looking. And there are people who show up when we least expect them. And there are always, always other ways of seeing. "With its emphasis on its central character, combined with its “swoony” romance, “Hello Stranger” is a hit. Sadie is everything you could want in a protagonist — the right amount of quirky, sunshiney and stubborn, and the men she’s in love with are equally fascinating. All the side characters provide humor and comfort, and even those characters who you aren’t really supposed to like are annoyingly intriguing and captivating. Center created a brilliant cast of characters, set to a plot that’s sure to keep you reading." --Michigan Daily
St. Martin's Publishing Group
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"I read this in maybe a total of five hours. It is a very fast and enjoyable book. While it is predictable, it is written in a way that you don’t mind. You just enjoy watching it all unfold. I didn’t really enjoy the storyline involving her step-sister, which knocks this book down a peg for me, but I can overlook that part of the book easily. If you need an easy, light read that does have some emotion and humor bump this title up on your TBR. "
"this was so different from other books I’ve read, especially romance, but it was such an interesting story! you think you can predict what will happen next but each chapter still catches you by surprise, and there were definitely some plot twists throughout! a little bit of a slow start but it picks up the pace as you read and it was very interesting to read through Sadie’s point of view as she went through her face blindness. I really liked Joe (I mean, he *was* a very likeable character despite her first impression of him) and thought he was good for Sadie. I was not the biggest fan of Parker or Lucinda and kind of thought they were nonessential to the story, maybe it’s just my opinion but I think it might have been better without them. I want to say I liked “the Bodyguard” better but overall, I enjoyed this book and will continue to read Katherine Center’s books. "
"Not my favorite by her, but I still love reading her books. She brings a certain lightheartedness to her stories and I can never put them down! "
"So cute and original! Lots of laugh out loud moments!"