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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 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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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 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.

30 review for Husband Material

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Cuteness alert! I loved this funny, snarky little rom-com! Grab your Firken ( fake Birken) and dive right into the world of Charlotte Rosen. This book just made me feel good. I smirked many of times while reading this book because this girl was just so funny. What's not to like about Charlotte? She has got it going on. Living in LA she is privy to all the hip things (do people even use that word anymore)?! She has a cool job at The Influencer Firm which is featured in Forbes as being one of the Cuteness alert! I loved this funny, snarky little rom-com! Grab your Firken ( fake Birken) and dive right into the world of Charlotte Rosen. This book just made me feel good. I smirked many of times while reading this book because this girl was just so funny. What's not to like about Charlotte? She has got it going on. Living in LA she is privy to all the hip things (do people even use that word anymore)?! She has a cool job at The Influencer Firm which is featured in Forbes as being one of the best up and coming companies to work for. She has an adorable dog named Leno ( yes, after Jay Leno). She lives with her crazy, weird roommate Casey ( that she found on Craigslist) EEEEK! OH and her in-laws hate her because she killed their son Decker. That about covers it! Meanwhile she is on Tinder, Bumble and whatever else dating site trying to find her perfect match. As you guessed it there is more to this story. I am going to leave that right there so I don't spoil this adorable story for you. You would think that this story would be a bummer since Charlotte is a widow searching for love. Yet somehow the author has such a knack for shifting gears and turning a serious situation into a hilarious one just as you start to feel like you may turn into an ugly crying mess. Charlotte's funny stories- such as the time she went to the farmers market "We must be filming a pilot for HDTV" when surrounded by all the vine ripe tomatoes. Or dropping her dead husband under a table, standing in a bathroom stall listening to her coworkers make fun of her fake Birken- and she continued to carry it! This was fun from page one until the very end. Let's just say I needed this! Thank you so much to Graydon House/Harlequin for this adorable ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    This is inspiriting, joyful, motivational and humorous! Yes, this is just what I need and what I want after my long waltzes with thriller genre. I just finished this inspirational, witty women’s fiction book. I have to emphasize this is not a romcom, even though we have too many funny, awkward situations and coincidences like we get used to see at romcoms but this book is a woman’s second chance to find herself and rebuild her life kind of fiction. Thankfully we have a creative, intelligent This is inspiriting, joyful, motivational and humorous! Yes, this is just what I need and what I want after my long waltzes with thriller genre. I just finished this inspirational, witty women’s fiction book. I have to emphasize this is not a romcom, even though we have too many funny, awkward situations and coincidences like we get used to see at romcoms but this book is a woman’s second chance to find herself and rebuild her life kind of fiction. Thankfully we have a creative, intelligent writer who could really bend the words, form them adroitly and presents us a heart-warming story which makes us smile too much that your cheeks could truly hurt after finishing it. I may sense that not everyone could easily love or connect with our heroine Charlotte because she is quirky, withdrawn character with some many laughable, entertaining inner monologues. But I love her journey to fight against the walls she’s build around herself. She starts to dive into dating pool to make some changings in her life. But she is also young widow and she doesn’t like to share this information with the others. She thinks algorithm will help her to make the right choice and help her to find the most convenient guy. But when she gets ashes of her deceased husband, she realizes that it was time to face her past and reveal all of her secrets she bottled up because if she doesn’t get the closure she needed and forgiveness about things happened long time ago, she cannot have her HEA! So this story is about friendship, forgiveness, breaking the barriers, self-discovery, hope, joy, embracing the fullness of life. I also loved our ideal book boyfriend Brian who is one of the sweetest and kindest guys as a supporting character and I also entertained the differences between Charlotte and Casey. Their characters couldn’t be so opposite of each other but they also balanced each others’ lives so perfectly. And of course ending gives you so much “aawww” and deep sigh moments. Overall: This is smartly written, riveting, enjoyable book with impeccably developed characters and heart-felting story gives me the hope, positive energy and relaxation I needed. Special thanks to NetGalley and HARLEQUIN / Graydon House Books for sharing this joyful book’s ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    This book was just what I needed! Sweet, quirky, and delightful. Not really a romcom more 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 more like a math problem than This book was just what I needed! Sweet, quirky, and delightful. Not really a romcom more 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 more 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, tenderness, heartbreak, hope, forgiveness, and closure. Charlotte may not have been the most relatable character, but I had a lot of sympathy for her. She had lost her husband at such a young age and was still caring around so much grief and guilt. Her neurotic tendencies really did not help the situation. She had kind of isolated herself from people, avoiding ever being hurt again, and also avoiding ever being loved again. I found the secondary characters roommate Casey and love interest Brian much more interesting than Charlotte if I’m being honest. Brian was a pretty great guy and I loved all the interactions with him. Casey was the perfect counterbalance to Charlotte, and I loved how eventually she basically told her how it is! Later in the story there is a secret revealed and I think Charlotte handled it much better than I might have. I love watching Charlotte bro and rediscover herself throughout the course of this book. Emily Belden has written a clever refreshing story and I’m looking forward to the next book from this author. This book in emojis 👩🏻‍💻 🐶 ⚾️ 🍨 ⚱️ 🎧🎧🎧 The audiobook was narrated by Piper Goodeve. I truly believe this made the story more relatable to me, she gave Charlotte a human side. Charlotte was kind of a dry character, but I think piper’s voice made her more lively. And more relatable. This might be a book I liked more because I listen to it rather than read it. *** Big thanks to Harlequin and Harper Audio for my copy of this book ***

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    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 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 and Husband Material certainly 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

  5. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: She’s wearing a size XL Slayer T-shirt as a dress with a choke chain and Dr. Martens combat boots. The cool thing about Los Angeles is that one man’s freak show is another’s fashion icon. “Hey, can you hand me scissors from the junk drawer?” Casey instead pulls a switchblade from her bra and cocks it open with the flick of her finger. They must not happen often, but I can tell she lives for moments like this. Not a single inch of her body jiggles, especially not her fake double Ds. Favorite Quotes: She’s wearing a size XL Slayer T-shirt as a dress with a choke chain and Dr. Martens combat boots. The cool thing about Los Angeles is that one man’s freak show is another’s fashion icon. “Hey, can you hand me scissors from the junk drawer?” Casey instead pulls a switchblade from her bra and cocks it open with the flick of her finger. They must not happen often, but I can tell she lives for moments like this. Not a single inch of her body jiggles, especially not her fake double Ds. That’s the difference between a New York girl like myself and an LA chick like Gemma. My closet has Spanx, hers does not. He’s my late husband’s friend. Widow Code would say it’s a lane I should never swim in—even though I kind of cannonballed it once before. My Review: I struggled with this one a bit as the first person POV narrative was stuffed to bursting with observations and references to popular social trends, fashion, celebrities, text-speak acronyms, etc. I most likely would have gotten considerably more out of the tale if I were up to date on the cutting edge and viral influences, but alas, much of Ms. Belden’s cleverness sailed right over my unbleached head as I am long past the hip, chic, or cool brands and labels stage and have well and fully eased into the softly textured, comfortable, stiletto-free and gentle lifestyle that I plan to continue to indulge in between middle-age and the dirt-nap. However, I understood the intent even though I was unfamiliar with much of the what or the who she was inferring half the time. I also found it a rather arduous undertaking to fully appreciate the main character of Charlotte, as she was rather obnoxiously self-involved, driven and fraught with tension. Charlotte’s narrative frequently seemed to spin with a negative frenetic energy that kept me on edge, yet I couldn’t quit on her, as despite my lack of ease with Charlotte’s selfishness, and my ignorance of the current icons of popular culture, Ms. Belden’s storylines hooked me while her wit and snarky humor reeled me in and kept a smirk on my face. I was intrigued and needed to know the full story while hoping I wasn’t heeding a siren's call that was luring me to meet my demise on the rocks… I’ve been fooled before. I am glad I stuck with it as Charlotte’s tale was worth the effort as she finally retrieved her cranium from the dark recesses of her colon, gained some insight, and redeemed herself from her cold, uninvolved, and binary thinking. I enjoyed her epiphanies and evolution, although I was holding my breath for her HEA as I would have been stamping my little foot and creating new expletives for Ms. Belden had she not given her one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    DNF I am having so much trouble getting into this one... it's reading very meh for me so I'm gonna quit it :/

  7. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    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, 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    I have to tell you up front that this book is absolutely nothing at all about what I thought it would be! And that, my reading friends, is a good thing! Based on the provided excerpts alone, I assumed that this would be a RomCom, Chick-Lit lite, toss away book to read between the more serious books that I was consuming. I could not have been more wrong! Charlotte is a very young, too young, widow is who hides her grief - and her widowhood - in humor. Not even her flatmate is aware that she was I have to tell you up front that this book is absolutely nothing at all about what I thought it would be! And that, my reading friends, is a good thing! Based on the provided excerpts alone, I assumed that this would be a RomCom, Chick-Lit lite, toss away book to read between the more serious books that I was consuming. I could not have been more wrong! Charlotte is a very young, too young, widow is who hides her grief - and her widowhood - in humor. Not even her flatmate is aware that she was previously married until her husband's ashes arrive at their apartment. What ensues is a story that is filled with humor, yes, but so much more. Husband Material is about friendships, seeking answers, finding the truth and discovering second chances. Bolden has a sharp, witty humor that shines throughout this charming tale, but it serves to lighten an otherwise darker topic and, therein, lies the beauty of Husband Material. This is a fabulous story of hope, one that I would love for you all to read. EXCERPT: I’ve conducted some research that has shown that after the age of thirty, it becomes exponentially harder to find your future husband. What number constitutes exponentially? I’m not sure yet, but I’m working on narrowing in on that because generalities don’t really cut it for me. Thinking through things logically like this centers me, calms me, and resets me—no matter what life throws my way. All that’s to say, I’m officially in my last good year of dating (and my last year of not having to include a night serum in my skin care regimen), and I’m determined not to wind up with my dog, my roommate, and a few low-maintenance houseplants as my sole life partners. “Tackling thorny questions of widowhood and dating after trauma, Belden’s second novel is witty, full of heart, and blindingly au courant. Packed with pop-culture references, it will appeal to fans of Sophie Kinsella, Rosie Walsh, and Plum Sykes. Belden writes twists and turns to keep readers hooked.” —Booklist

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Leone-campbell

    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 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 ashes. Until that decision, Charlotte just takes him with her wherever she goes. And to complicate her life even further, her late husband's best friend whom she has kept at a distance since her husband's death years ago reappears, along with a secret which it seems everyone has been keeping from her (including her late husband) which has thrown everything she believed about her marriage into question. Charlette must learn to love and trust others again as well as forgive and let go of all the guilt she has felt and try and move on in her life. These problems unfortunately cannot be fixed by a math algorithm, but only by the heart. Husband Material is a sensitive yet humorous story of death and the way one woman tries to process it without quite processing it. It's about trying to compartmentalize a part of your life only to find out you can't really have a life until you open that door to truly become free. Thank you #NetGalley #GraydonHouse #HusbandMaterial #EmilyBelden for the advanced copy. The book comes out December 30.

  10. 5 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com HUSBAND MATERIAL by Emily Belden is a contemporary women’s fiction story with elements of rom-con and romance genres included. This is a standalone book that deals with a young widow and how she deals with her life and those around her. Five years after the death of her husband, Charlotte Rosen opens a box that contains the urn and ashes of her late husband who she thought was in a mausoleum in Pala, California. Suddenly, all her Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com HUSBAND MATERIAL by Emily Belden is a contemporary women’s fiction story with elements of rom-con and romance genres included. This is a standalone book that deals with a young widow and how she deals with her life and those around her. Five years after the death of her husband, Charlotte Rosen opens a box that contains the urn and ashes of her late husband who she thought was in a mausoleum in Pala, California. Suddenly, all her work at avoiding those who knew of her marriage and rebuilding her life based on mathematical algorithms is in jeopardy. The return of Decker’s ashes and a secret to be revealed about his past are going to force Charlotte out of her controlled bubble of simple acquaintances, algorithms over emotions and her unresolved grief. Charlotte took me on an unexpected journey. There were times Charlotte really annoyed me and yet the author had a way of revealing through another character or discovery, why she was the way she was. The whole situation of reading about being a widow at such a young age could feel uncomfortable and did at times, but I feel Ms. Belden handled Charlotte’s journey with empathy, humor, forgiveness and love. The secondary cast of characters in this story all start out on the periphery of Charlotte’s emotional life, but Ms. Belden does a beautiful job of one-by-one showing Charlotte why and how they should be let in even when her algorithms disagree. I enjoyed Charlotte’s journey and Ms. Belden’s writing style, but I also know this is going to be one of those books that everyone reads through a differing emotional lens.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    I recently read Hot Mess by this author and absolutely fell in love with her writing. Color me tickled when I received a copy of her latest, Husband Material. Now, this book was not at all what I expected. I think with the beginning, the title and all the algorithm talk, I thought I was going to get a more dating disaster to true love kind of novel. Instead, I was reading a more somber story about Charlotte and her journey to dealing with her husband's ashes showing up at her door five years I recently read Hot Mess by this author and absolutely fell in love with her writing. Color me tickled when I received a copy of her latest, Husband Material. Now, this book was not at all what I expected. I think with the beginning, the title and all the algorithm talk, I thought I was going to get a more dating disaster to true love kind of novel. Instead, I was reading a more somber story about Charlotte and her journey to dealing with her husband's ashes showing up at her door five years after the fact. How she had to finally face it after pretending it wasn't a part of her anymore. I finished this on my flight home this afternoon and I'm glad I got to sit on this one a bit. I really wasn't sure how I felt once I swiped that last page. I applaud the journey of Charlotte as a young widow and how she reacted and how people reacted to her. As with most contemporary romance novels, we can all see where the book is heading. I just didn't quite feel a certain *realness* to Charlotte and another character. Nor did I fully believe in the turn around of another. However, maybe this just isn't a subject matter I can truly relate to in order to understand it as I should. Belden is a fantastic writer and I will certainly continue to read her novels. While this one might not have resonated with me as well as Hot Mess did, I was happy to be on Charlotte's journey and thoroughly fell in love with her roommate. Oh the quirky ones always get to me. *wink*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jamie beauty_andthebook_

    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 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,

  13. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    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 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 herself dealing with her ex-in law and also her husband's best friend, Brian. I loved the idea of Charlotte having the ability to figure out whether a guy was going to work with her or not based on her research into their online lives. And the first scene with the blind date at the wedding was hilarious. After that the book just swan dives into messiness and I ended up wanting to smother Charlotte. Belden does incorporate some scenes in this book so you can see how well Decker and Charlotte got along and how much they loved each other. I just think there should have been more. Decker literally haunts most of the book. When a secret is divulged I rolled my freaking eyes because it made zero sense to introduce this except as a way for poor Charlotte to overcome something else. Charlotte's character bugged me mostly though because once she meets Brian again, she turns into needing his help every five minutes and she only wants help because she's hoping for it to turn into something romantic. I don't know. It just baffled me as I was reading. Though Charlotte pretends like she doesn't need help from her coworkers or her roommate. It just bugged the life out of me because most of the book is her being disappointed if he can't do something right away or her thinking she knows him. There is zero chemistry between these two and I think that Belden would have been better off just having Charlotte realize she wasn't ready to move on from her husband yet. The other characters don't have much to do. Belden introduces the ex in-law who is nasty, but I actually felt for this character and we have Charlotte's periodic phone calls home to her mother along with the long suffering roommate. Brian sucked full stop once readers are informed about something and I had a hard time even believing the HEA that the book pushes on us. The writing actually started off pretty good. The first scene at the wedding was hilarious, but after that the book seems to get into a pretty bad flow of Charlotte just sitting around waiting on Brian. I think the plot point of what to do with Decker's ashes wasn't enough to hold this book together. When a secret is revealed the book danced even further into absurdity. I think that the plot could have just been Charlotte coming to real terms with being a widow and going to grief groups and meeting other women out there in a similar situation, full stop. The ending was a letdown to me. I didn't buy the romance especially after what Charlotte found out. I honestly thought including the secret turned this book into a literary version of the movie, "Catch and Release" starring Jennifer Garner too.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    I enjoyed this book! It was a little depressing at times because obviously, our main character is still dealing with grief but it was sweet and funny too.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ

    2.5 Stars This book was okay. I didn't hate it but it really wasn't great either, so I didn't love it. Parts were relatable and some were even funny...but there wen't enough of those to merit even three stars. This book started with a good premise and initial character development for Charlotte, but just unraveled into a mess with additional characters never really being fully developed and lots of plot holes, predictable outcomes and loose ends. The secondary characters seemed to exist only to 2.5 Stars This book was okay. I didn't hate it but it really wasn't great either, so I didn't love it. Parts were relatable and some were even funny...but there wen't enough of those to merit even three stars. This book started with a good premise and initial character development for Charlotte, but just unraveled into a mess with additional characters never really being fully developed and lots of plot holes, predictable outcomes and loose ends. The secondary characters seemed to exist only to move Charlotte along in the story and were either never fleshed out enough to make them realistic. The story had the potential to be better than it was. But for me, the characters were too vague. When I had finished the book I was still unsure where some of the characters fit in. The story line was scattered, and lacked cohesion. I was hoping for more resolution by the end of the book, but was left with several lingering questions. Not my favorite, but I wouldn’t rule out reading another book by the author. I really didn't like a lot of brand name references, it was unnecessary and very disappointing...product placement anyone? Thank you NetGalley, Emily Belden and HARLEQUIN - Graydon House Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #HusbandMaterial #NetGalley

  16. 4 out of 5

    Breanna

    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 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 feel-good, lighthearted romance novel. I sort of feel like I misled in that aspect? Instead, the story is about grief, secrets, and forgiveness. What did I like? Charlotte was a pretty decent character. I really felt for her throughout the story and the incredible circumstances she’s had to overcome. What didn’t I like? The first issue I had was the overly descriptive writing. There were so many unnecessary specifics and I felt like the author kept name-dropping expensive brands just for the sake of it. A lot of time in the book was spent describing every little detail of the book and characters; I don’t need to know the color, type, and label of the pajamas the character was wearing – just say she was in pajamas in move on! The “love interest” – if you could even call him that – was terrible. There was absolutely zero chemistry between him and Charlotte and I could not for the life of me even figure out why she would be with him or even like him? There were hardly any genuine moments of tension or buildup between the two of them to convince me of any kind of feelings. Not to mention that he is a thief and a liar and a terrible person!! (view spoiler)[He STOLE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS of her deceased husband's life insurance money and gave it to said dead husband's SECRET CHILD that she had no knowledge about without her consent!! What in the actual fuck. (hide spoiler)] The title of this book is ironic because he is most decidedly NOT husband material. Overall thoughts: Husband Material has been marketed as a romance book and so I was expecting an entirely different kind of novel. Regardless, between the overly descriptive writing and the horrible “love interest” this was not something I wanted to continue to read and ended up quitting halfway.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    HUSBAND MATERIAL by Emily Belden is a story that has elements of several genres. It is a contemporary women’s fiction story with bits of romance and humour. Charlotte Rosen has been a widow for five years. She is happy in her job, co-exists with her roommate that she found on Craig's list, and is working on a dating app that deals with algorithms and mathematics. She seems fine until the day she opens a box that things in her new harddrive. Instead of what she expects, it contains an urn full of HUSBAND MATERIAL by Emily Belden is a story that has elements of several genres. It is a contemporary women’s fiction story with bits of romance and humour. Charlotte Rosen has been a widow for five years. She is happy in her job, co-exists with her roommate that she found on Craig's list, and is working on a dating app that deals with algorithms and mathematics. She seems fine until the day she opens a box that things in her new harddrive. Instead of what she expects, it contains an urn full of her husband's ashes. The mausoleum they were stored in in Pala, California was destroyed and they were returned to the next of kin. Her new life is suddenly falling in around her. Her secrets about her past are now going to be revealed and she is going to have to face her unresolved emotions surrounding Decker's family and her grief. This story took my by surprise. Being a widow for only three years, I can imagine some of what Charlotte is going through. Grief is something that everyone processes and deals with in their own way, but it seemed Charlotte has not dealt with hers at all. She tried to play it safe, and it backfired on her. There were times I was very annoyed with Charlotte, she seemed to be very selfish and self-absorbed, and other times I wanted to give her a big hug. With the help of friends, specifically Decker's best friend, she is finally able to move on and move forward. There was a huge surprise in the story that threw Charlotte for a loop, and this reader as well, but the author did a great job with that storyline. Charlotte took me on an unexpected journey. I liked the way Emily Belden handled Charlotte’s journey using empathy, humor, forgiveness and love. The secondary cast of characters play a huge part in Charlotte's story. In the beginning, she does not let anyone in, but as the story progresses, she realizes that she needs to let people in to move forward in life, even if her algorithms don't agree. I enjoyed Charlotte’s journey and Emily Belden’s writing style. I listened to this story on audiobook narrated by Piper Goodeve. This is the first book I have listened to, narrated by Piper, but I would listen to more. She has an easy listening voice, the pacing was great and her expression was what I expected. Overall, I enjoyed my experience listening to this story. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Trono

    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 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 more. *My full review will be up on genthebookworm.com when I am a part of the Husband Material blog tour this winter. Thank you to NetGalley and Graydon House Books for an advanced copy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Charlotte Rosen does nothing better than making magic with numbers and data. However, her love life leaves a lot to be desired... She has a great job at a social media analytic company, with the focus of bringing couples together. Charlotte has a gift of matching people based on her algorithms. When she suddenly receives her late husband Decker's ashes - as the mausoleum where they were stored was in the direct path of a disastrous wildfire. What is Charlotte going to do with these ashes? Charlotte Rosen does nothing better than making magic with numbers and data. However, her love life leaves a lot to be desired... She has a great job at a social media analytic company, with the focus of bringing couples together. Charlotte has a gift of matching people based on her algorithms. When she suddenly receives her late husband Decker's ashes - as the mausoleum where they were stored was in the direct path of a disastrous wildfire. What is Charlotte going to do with these ashes? Furthermore, what is she going to do now that her ex-mother-in-law Debbie Austin is back, in her face, and is demanding custody of said ashes? Another person back in her life is her ex-husband's best friend Brian. And, as if things were not complicated enough, Charlotte has discovered a shocking secret that makes Charlotte begin to question several things about her life, her marriage, and her future. While trying to keep the ashes out of Debbie's clutches she struggles to locate a place to rehome the ashes. Meanwhile, she is still crunching numbers when it comes to work. At some point she even runs her algorithm on Brian. For one thing, he is always in her face, trying to help her in one way or another. For another thing, she finds herself drawn to him. Hmm, she wonders, could Brian be the ONE? Well, important matters are at hand, and finding her own happily ever after just might not be something Charlotte feels she can handle right now. The cover indicates that this just might be a lighthearted read. To be fair, there is a good amount of humor in this book, definitely making this quite a delightful read, but there is a level of seriousness included, as Charlotte must grieve yet a second time in her life. But, back to the humor. I so loved the scenes when Charlotte was struggling to keep the ashes out of Debbie's hands. Laugh out loud funny to be sure. The other part of the story that I couldn't help but laugh at was at how Charlotte tried to pocket ever part of her life into her analytics. I so loved this book by Emily Belden! This is my first book by her and it will certainly not be my past. Many thanks to Harlequin and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Leone-campbell

    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 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 ashes. Until that decision, Charlotte just takes him with her wherever she goes. And to complicate her life even further, her late husband's best friend whom she has kept at a distance since her husband's death years ago reappears, along with a secret which it seems everyone has been keeping from her (including her late husband) which has thrown everything she believed about her marriage into question. Charlette must learn to love and trust others again as well as forgive and let go of all the guilt she has felt and try and move on in her life. These problems unfortunately cannot be fixed by a math algorithm, but only by the heart. Husband Material is a sensitive yet humorous story of death and the way one woman tries to process it without quite processing it. It's about trying to compartmentalize a part of your life only to find out you can't really have a life until you open that door to truly become free. Thank you #NetGalley #GraydonHouse #HusbandMaterial #EmilyBelden for the advanced copy. The book comes out December 30.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany PSquared

    Charlotte deals in numbers, but life sometimes defies logic - as she soon discovers... Full Blog Tour review on Dec 30th! **Many thanks to Harlequin Books and the author for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    I found this book to be charming and I loved the cover so much! I think it definitely has potential to be more. I felt that Charlotte was a tad bit plain for me and was wanting a bit more spice with her. I think there was some charming moments with some romance and Charlotte discovering herself through the grief but I found it hard to connect to this one. I found myself getting more annoyed then enjoying the story. I think at times it felt there was a bit too much effort being thrown in this one I found this book to be charming and I loved the cover so much! I think it definitely has potential to be more. I felt that Charlotte was a tad bit plain for me and was wanting a bit more spice with her. I think there was some charming moments with some romance and Charlotte discovering herself through the grief but I found it hard to connect to this one. I found myself getting more annoyed then enjoying the story. I think at times it felt there was a bit too much effort being thrown in this one with mentions of Apple Watch, Alexa, and Tinder. I think many would enjoy this one but it just felt a little flat and was wanting more from this one. Overall, 3 stars. Thank you to Netgalley Harlequin/Graydon for the arc in exchange for an honest review. Publication date: 12/30/19 Published to GR: 11/23/19

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    29-year old Charlotte thinks she has her life all figured out. That is, until her husband, Decker’s ashes show up on her doorstep unexpectedly. Charlotte’s spent nearly the last 5-years hiding that she’s a widow and now that her past is right before her eyes, she doesn’t know how to handle it. Charlotte wasn’t prepared to battle with Decker’s mom over who gets to keep his ashes. And she didn’t know that Decker’s best friend, Brian, would be apart of her life again. Although it’s been 5-years, 29-year old Charlotte thinks she has her life all figured out. That is, until her husband, Decker’s ashes show up on her doorstep unexpectedly. Charlotte’s spent nearly the last 5-years hiding that she’s a widow and now that her past is right before her eyes, she doesn’t know how to handle it. Charlotte wasn’t prepared to battle with Decker’s mom over who gets to keep his ashes. And she didn’t know that Decker’s best friend, Brian, would be apart of her life again. Although it’s been 5-years, Charlotte hasn’t truly tackled her grief from becoming a widow at such a young age. Even though at first Decker’s ashes reappearing in her life seemed like a sad reminder of his death, it turns out it helped Charlotte finally move on. And Brian helps Charlotte see that maybe love is still out there for her after all. Husband Material is Emily Belden’s latest contemporary standalone novel. This story started off of a terrific note—Charlotte has a terrible blind date and her best friend’s wedding. Such a relatable and humorous situation. But after that, the story strayed from the humor and turned out to be more serious. Except the issue was I never felt emotional connected to Charlotte and I didn’t like our hero, Brian. I’m sad to say this story was a hot mess. 2/5 stars. Thank you NetGalley, Graydon House and Emily Belden for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Husband Material is a romantic tale that is filled with both wit and heart. It follows twenty-nine year old Charlotte Rosen, a young woman who seems to have it all. She lives in L.A. and has a great job working as a social media analyst. Charlotte is not only a rising star at her firm, but she is also a whiz at numbers, algorithms, and programming, and so as a side project, she’s also developing her own dating app in hopes of one day turning it into a big money maker for herself. Charlotte is Husband Material is a romantic tale that is filled with both wit and heart. It follows twenty-nine year old Charlotte Rosen, a young woman who seems to have it all. She lives in L.A. and has a great job working as a social media analyst. Charlotte is not only a rising star at her firm, but she is also a whiz at numbers, algorithms, and programming, and so as a side project, she’s also developing her own dating app in hopes of one day turning it into a big money maker for herself. Charlotte is convinced that she can pull enough data from the internet (social media, etc.) to determine who would be most compatible. As she is also in the market for Mr. Right, Charlotte is using herself as a test subject to work out the kinks in her app. Charlotte is all about the numbers and the data. She sees everything in life in black and white, 0s and 1s. Everything has a right and wrong answer…until life throws a curve ball at her in the form of her dead husband’s ashes, which show up on her doorstep in a J. Crew box. Not only is this incredibly awkward because Charlotte hasn’t told anyone in LA. that she’s a widow, but it also exposes old wounds, unresolved issues, and of course the immense grief that Charlotte thought she was moving past. In order to begin the healing process anew, Charlotte has to reopen doors she thought were closed, including rekindling an awkward and painful relationship with her ex mother-in-law, as well as an unexpected one with her dead husband’s best friend. With these encounters, Charlotte realizes her numbers and data will only take her so far, and that not everything in life is black and white. There’s a lot of gray, more gray than she ever thought possible. Charlotte’s growth throughout the story is what really made this book work for me. I actually found her a little annoying at the beginning because she was just so borderline arrogant about how her skills with numbers were the answer to everything. The can of worms that the urn showing up opened really turned Charlotte’s life upside down and I liked watching her have to re-evaluate and adapt her view of the world. Even though she annoyed me in the beginning, by the end of the story, I adored Charlotte and was sad to have to say goodbye. In addition to creating such a complex character who shows so much growth in the story, I also thought Belden did a wonderful job of making Charlotte’s experience of loss and grief feel so authentic. I read at the end that she actually interviewed widows to discuss their experiences and that research really shines through with the range of emotions that Charlotte goes through each day and the unexpected things that can suddenly trigger an emotional reaction. I also really liked that even though the book dealt with the very serious subject of grief and healing, it still overall felt like a very lighthearted read. It was entertaining and heartfelt at the same time and was written in such a vivid way that I could easily picture it as a film on the big screen while I was reading. If you’re looking for a heartwarming story about love, family, and finding a way to move on from the past, Emily Belden’s Husband Material is a great choice. On sale, December 30, 2019. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    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 me?!". Charlotte 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 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 me?!". Charlotte 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 more 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 more Emily Belden novels just from the laughs!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?

    For the past five years Charlotte Rosen has been living her life, trying to develop a dating app and living with a roommate. When her dead husband's ashes show up on her front door step, she's not sure what to do with them or her life. As she tries to make decisions about the ashes as well as her life, secrets come to the surface that she would never expect. Did she know her husband as well as she thought she did? Will she be able to move on with her life with the ashes or will it bring For the past five years Charlotte Rosen has been living her life, trying to develop a dating app and living with a roommate. When her dead husband's ashes show up on her front door step, she's not sure what to do with them or her life. As she tries to make decisions about the ashes as well as her life, secrets come to the surface that she would never expect. Did she know her husband as well as she thought she did? Will she be able to move on with her life with the ashes or will it bring everything to a screeching halt? Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for the opportunity to read and review this book. When I first started reading this book, I had though I knew where this story was going to go, but there were twists and turns all along the way that I wasn't expecting. Charlotte has been a widow for much longer than she was married to Decker. For the past five years, she's been living her life trying to best not to let her past intersect with her present. But when her husband's ashes show up after the mausoleum he was buried in burns down, her whole world gets turned upside down. This was the first book I have read by Emily Belden, but I look forward to reading more of what she writes. I know she has one other book called Hot Mess and I have added it to my TBR. If you like romance books with a little bit of suspense behind them, you will enjoy this book. The title can have many different meanings in this book which I discovered after I finished reading it. At first I thought it might be the name of the dating app Charlotte was developing, then her husband's ashes show up so it could be that too. Overall this book was very enjoyable and highly recommended.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Booksandchinooks (Laurie)

    I enjoyed this author’s book Hot Mess so I was looking forward to this one. This book is marketed as a romcom which it is and isn’t. There are a lot of light hearted romcom moments here but there are a lot of serious moments as well. Charlotte is a young widow that has surrounded herself with a controlled environment. She works with numbers and algorithms so there is no ability for chance and she chose her roommate with the same care. Her well constructed world comes apart when her deceased I enjoyed this author’s book Hot Mess so I was looking forward to this one. This book is marketed as a romcom which it is and isn’t. There are a lot of light hearted romcom moments here but there are a lot of serious moments as well. Charlotte is a young widow that has surrounded herself with a controlled environment. She works with numbers and algorithms so there is no ability for chance and she chose her roommate with the same care. Her well constructed world comes apart when her deceased husband’s ashes unexpectantly show up at her door. What follows is Charlotte coming to terms with her life and how she plans to move forward. There are some surprises along the way and Charlotte’s roommate Casey really adds to the story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Do you ever finish a book and just think, meh? That’s what happened to me with this one, I didn’t love or hate it, I didn’t even really like or dislike it either, I just feel pretty apathetic about it overall. Kind of a bummer because the authors previous book, Hot Mess was such a hit for me that I wasn’t expecting this to be such a miss. There were definitely some things I liked about this one, the fact that Charlotte was a young widow was interesting and the author has a really quirky, Do you ever finish a book and just think, meh? That’s what happened to me with this one, I didn’t love or hate it, I didn’t even really like or dislike it either, I just feel pretty apathetic about it overall. Kind of a bummer because the authors previous book, Hot Mess was such a hit for me that I wasn’t expecting this to be such a miss. There were definitely some things I liked about this one, the fact that Charlotte was a young widow was interesting and the author has a really quirky, sarcastic style I like. There were also some great secondary characters that entertained me but I didn’t really connect with either Charlotte or Brian on any level. I also felt like this really lacked romance which was probably the biggest disappointment for me. The ending was also lackluster for me and by that point I was just ready for it to be over, never a good sign for me. Because I loved Hot Mess so much though I would definitely give the author another try and if you haven’t read that one I can definitely recommend it over this one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    I avoid reading chick-lit. I won ARC of Husband Material on good reads, so I didn’t have any expectations from it. I just dived blindly in it. And It turned out a pleasant surprise. It wasn’t like other chick-lit where 80% story consists of cheesy romance and description of dressings. Charlotte Rose, a 29 years widow, who is trying to hide her past and making a career in L.A. Romance and Humor both were balanced. All the characters seemed perfect and natural. I love the flow of the story, the way I avoid reading chick-lit. I won ARC of Husband Material on good reads, so I didn’t have any expectations from it. I just dived blindly in it. And It turned out a pleasant surprise. It wasn’t like other chick-lit where 80% story consists of cheesy romance and description of dressings. Charlotte Rose, a 29 years widow, who is trying to hide her past and making a career in L.A. Romance and Humor both were balanced. All the characters seemed perfect and natural. I love the flow of the story, the way the author was giving a hint without giving all the details. Charlotte struggles and state of mind were perfectly described. Though she could be annoying sometime, nothing too much to digest. The writing style and twists and turns of the book kept me hooked. There were one or two cliches, but I didn’t mind those.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    More than five years after the untimely death of her beloved husband, twenty-nine year old Charlotte Rosen is living on the opposite side of the US, with people who are totally unaware of the tragedy in her past. Well, that's true until her late husband's ashes are delivered to her. This twist of fate has her needing to reconsider events, reconnect with her in laws and to discover secrets that had been kept from her. Facing up again to her loss, reconnecting with people who knew her husband and More than five years after the untimely death of her beloved husband, twenty-nine year old Charlotte Rosen is living on the opposite side of the US, with people who are totally unaware of the tragedy in her past. Well, that's true until her late husband's ashes are delivered to her. This twist of fate has her needing to reconsider events, reconnect with her in laws and to discover secrets that had been kept from her. Facing up again to her loss, reconnecting with people who knew her husband and having to share about him with her new life will change things forever - but will it be for better or worse? This is a moving story as Charlotte has tried to ensure she never has to suffer grief again by cocooning herself in a world of acquaintances and coding, never taking risks and only really sharing her love with her dog. The delivery of her husband's ashes is the trigger for turmoil as those barriers she's built around herself come crumbling down. As she uncovers secrets that have been kept from her, she questions her memories of her husband, the actions of those who used to be close to them both and her own choices. It is a story where mysteries unfold, keeping you turning the pages wondering what she'll discover next. It is a story of discovering the real motives of others, finding your assumptions aren't always right - even when the algorithms may predict otherwise! I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.

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