October 04, 2019

#BookReview: Husband Material by Emily Belden

Synopsis: 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 it.

Yet 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 not.

But 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.

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About the Author: Emily Belden is a 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. She lives in Chicago.

Rating: 🌟🌟
My Review: This one ended up being very frustrating. I really liked the start but the rest of the story just didn't pan out. I had major issues with the characters and the choices that they made.  I couldn't relate to any of the characters and the story after that juts fell very flat.    

"In this touching, witty, and timely book, Emily Belden deftly explores the complexities of human relationships in our increasingly tech-obsessed world. By turns heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny, Husband Material beautifully demonstrates that you can't reduce love to a bunch of 1s and 0s."
-Kristin Rockaway, author of How To Hack a Heartbreak

"Charming." -Publishers Weekly

Praise for Emily Belden's Hot Mess

"A fun romp through the world of food, love, and luxury."
-PopSugar, The Best New Books You Should Read This Spring

"[F]ull of fire and fury.... Belden's excellent tell-it-like-it-is read is perfect for foodies and entrepreneurs alike."
-Library Journal (starred review)

"Combining the wit and insight of Stephanie Danler's Sweetbitter (2016) with the drama of Jessica Tom's Food Whore (2015), Belden's first novel is a glimpse into the fast-paced fine-dining industry... . Full of heart, heat, and passion, this restaurant rom-com in novel form is an exhilarating debut."

"[A]n engrossing, slow-burn read that yields a very satisfying emotional payoff... . Rich with perfect details, balanced between the various different relationships and presented in a well-crafted narrative, this novel is meant to be savored."
-RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

"Emily Belden serves the decadence and drama a la mode in Hot Mess. The full-bodied novel takes the resilient Allie Simon on a journey of sex, love, secrets, and the high-end culinary world. You'll savor every word of this provocative story."
-Abby Stern, author of According to a Source

"[E]very bit as juicy as the dishes it describes."

"[A] fun read filled with romance, drama and plenty of food."
-Chicago Parent

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