Ý Husband Material î Download by ↠´ Emily Belden Thank you to NetGalley, Emily Belden Graydon House for an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
The first couple sentences of Husband Material will get you It has that immediate shock value and you re left thinking excuse meCharlotte Rosen is a coder with a hot social media analytics company She works hard and it shows an idea of what it might be like to be in a field that has a predominantly different gender She has a roommate that has really no idea of her past Within the first few sentences, you find out a lot about Charlotte and the biggest thing is that she was married, and that her husband had passed away When her late husband s ashes show up at her front door five years after his passing, Charlotte s entire life gets uprooted, so you think When a major secret comes out to Charlotte about her late husband, things really get crazy for her While dealing with Charlotte Rosen is single, has a terrific job as a social media analyst and is in the process of developing a new dating app based on mathematical data Every decision Charlotte makes is based on what the math data shows.
Until one day she receives an urn with her late husband s ashes A husband she has told absolutely no one she had And Charlotte s world begins to spin so out of control that not even her data can help her.
She must now face his death once again, and all the emotions and feelings she suppressed for so long Not only must she open up to people about being a widow, but she must deal with the rationale as to why she has kept it a secret.
On top of all the sadness and shame she has to deal with, she also has to revisit her not so pleasant relationship with her ex mother in law in a showdown as to who should keep her late husband s as Sometimes Love Is Unpredictable Twenty Nine Year Old Charlotte Rosen Has A Secret She S A Widow Ever Since The Fateful Day That Leveled Her World, Charlotte Has Worked Hard To Move Forward Great Job At A Hot Social Media Analytics Company Check Roommate With No Knowledge Of Her Past Check Adorable Dog Check All The While, She S Faithfully Data Crunched Her Way Through Life, Calculating The Probability Of Risk So She Can Avoid ItYet Charlotte S Algorithms Could Never Have Predicted That Her Late Husband S Ashes Would Land Squarely On Her Doorstep Five Years Later Stunned But Determined, Charlotte Sets Out To Find Meaning In This Sudden Twist Of Fate, Even If That Includes Facing Her Perfectly Coiffed, And Perfectly Difficult, Ex Mother In Law And Her Husband S Best Friend, Who Seems To Become A Fixture At Her Side Whether She Likes It Or NotBut Soon A Shocking Secret Surfaces, Forcing Charlotte To Answer Questions She Never Knew To Ask And To Consider The Possibility Of Forgiveness And When A Chance At New Love Arises, She Ll Have To Decide Once And For All Whether To Follow The Numbers Or Trust Her Heart Emily Belden s second foray in fiction comes in the form of a young widow, hiding from reality into crunching numbers and leaving zero to chance including her own dating life When her husband s ashes arrive on her doorstep unexpectedly, five years after his death, her compartmentalized facade starts to falter Told with Belden s signature wit and heart, Charlotte makes for a lovable protagonist who you can t help but root for, as well as a cast of peripheral characters that are uniquely wonderful as well, namely Charlotte s goth, tell it like it is roommate, Casey Thank you to Graydon House for an advance copy All opinions are my own, Husband Material is a contemporary fiction novel that had a great balance of humor and relatability I really appreciated how the author Emily Belden built detailed characters that have a level of depth that doesn t always happen in this genre of writing Because of this, I was really able to connect with the storyline and follow these characters on their path of grief and the process of moving forward We met Charlotte who is a young widow that is trying to rebuild her life I appreciated the discussion of death and loss, especially for younger characters who are still on the path of finding themselves while at the same time dealing with this huge loss I am so glad I didn t judge this one by the cover alone because while the cutesy cover might let you think this is just another rom com I really found this to be so much My full review will be up on g Please note that I received this book via NetGalley This did not affect my rating or review.
I feel a bit sad The potential with this book was pretty high, it s just that Belden ended up having a main character who wasn t that likable and also the romance felt forced Husband Material follows 29 year old Charlotte Rosen A New York transplant, Charlotte initially worked in a different field than what she does now Charlotte works for a social media influencer firm yeah that s a thing now I guess and relies on hits hashtags numbers to show her whether a client has a certified hit or not After returning home early one evening, Charlotte is surprised to find her late husband s ashes Decker waiting for her Receiving the ashes throws Charlotte into a tailspin She hasn t really gotten over losing Decker 5 years ago and finds THIS REVIEW MORE Paws and Paperbacks ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
DNF 58%Unfortunately, I had to call it quits shortly after the halfway mark I skimmed quite a few parts from the remainder of the book, so I have a fairly good idea of what happens and I m sorry to say that had I finished it, my final opinion would have been just as bad.
What is this book about Husband Material follows our protagonist, Charlotte, a widow who lost her husband five years ago from a freak accident She s made a new life for herself in LA, however, a misfortunate event causes the ashes of her deceased husband to appear at her front door five years later, along with the reappearance of his best friend Do not let the fact that this book keeps showing up under the romance genre Husband Material is a not a fee
This book was just what I needed Sweet, quirky, and delightful Not really a romcom like women s fiction with a sprinkling of humor and a generous dollop of romance This is the story of Charlotte who is in her 20s and lost her husband five years ago Unsure of how to navigate being such a young widow and not wanting the label Charlotte has made it that no one in her life knows that she was ever even married She has re entered the dating field but treats it like a math problem than anything else Using an algorithm to find the perfect man BUT everything is turned topsy turvy when she gets a surprise package with her husband s ashes inside Charlotte is now forced to face the past, the truth, and her future What follows is an engaging story filled with memories, te DNFI am having so much trouble getting into this one it s reading very meh for me so I m gonna quit it
The writing style is warm and light The characters are quirky, reticent, and amusing And the plot is a delightful blend of life, love, introspection, friendship, attraction, tender moments, awkward situations, forgiveness, misunderstandings, and closure.
Overall, Husband Material is an easy, humourous, uplifting tale by Belden that highlights the importance of letting go of the past, taking chances, embracing what s