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 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 all of these things, will she find love along the way This book had a lot of promising qualities The interest of what was going to happen was definitely there for me I think that the premise was something that I had never read before and that had me interested The synopsis was why I requested it in the first place There were a lot of good things that had me excited for this publication, but as I read on, there were a lot of things that I couldn t really grasp either.I think one problem that I had was that this novel was classified as a contemporary romance I live for contemporary romances, so I was excited to see where the romance was going to be from this synopsis In my opinion, the romance fell a little flat for me I think there were sweet moments with angst mixed in which is one of my favorites However, my heart felt as though things were a little rushed and crunched in towards the end I am someone all for a slow burn, but this was extremely slow I would ve liked it if things happened a little sooner Also, I feel as though the romance was a little off It felt a little stilted and made me question what was going on There was zero steam, which I usually don t mind, but with the romance o meter off, it didn t make me feel my best about this novel I also had a problem connecting with Charlotte I understand that I have never been through such a situation, but I feel like I had a hard time understanding her actions There were some things that Charlotte did that frustrates me, and in some circumstances this might be good, but I didn t find it giving me any positive, stimulating feelings She was pretty unreliable with her actions You definitely want to go through the pages and grab her by the shoulders to shake her.Lastly, I will say that I found the author to be hilarious There were some parts of this book that had me laughing out loud It s rare that a romance novel would be so funny, but I d definitely consider this as a romantic comedy with some drama If you are a clean comedy, chick lit lover, I d recommend this book to you I m definitely interested in Emily Belden novels just from the laughs Thanks to Netgalley and HARLEQUIN Graydon House Books for an egalley in exchange for an honest review Cute Yes, that is exactly how I would classify this contemporary romance fiction novel starring our female protagonist, Charlotte Rosen Working at an influencer firm and living with a quirky roommate, Charlotte continues to strike out in love Heck, don t we all But when a mysterious parcel shows up on her doorstep, Charlotte is confronted with the lesson that sometimes we have to deal with the past, before we can wield out any type of future I read my ARC between a few heavier subjects andHusband Materialcertainly was a good palate cleanser Charlotte and I may not have had the strongest of relationships, but I didn t totally dislike her either That is probably because Emily Belden creates fantastic secondary characters that helped tip the scales for me to appreciate Charlotte s conflict with her past But I didn t buy the ship between Charlotte and another character I wasn t knocked off my feet and I never was convinced that Charlotte was either Goodreads review published 17 12 19 Publication Date 30 12 19 DNFI am having so much trouble getting into this one it s reading very meh for me so I m gonna quit it Sweet, witty, and charming Husband Material is a sassy, heartfelt rom com featuring the logical, grieving Charlotte who after unexpectedly receiving her late husband s ashes back five years after his passing realizes that the hurt is still raw and in order to heal and move on bridges should be mended, secrets must be revealed, and people need be forgiven.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 next, and loving again.Thank you to Harlequin Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Emily Belden is a food journalist, social media marketer, and storyteller She is the author of the novels Hot Mess and Husband Material, and of Eightysixed A Memoir about Unforgettable Men, Mistakes, and Meals After she tiled her bedroom floor in over 60,000 pennies all heads up for good luck she was a guest on The Today Show and her story was covered by media outlets across the country A
- 304 pages
- Husband Material
- Emily Belden
- 15 June 2019 Emily Belden