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When a young widow's reclusive life in a charming beach town is interrupted by a surprise visitor, she is forced to reckon with dark secrets about her family, her late husband, and the past she tried to leave behind.

Lauren Adelman and her high school sweetheart, Rory Kincaid, are a golden couple. They marry just out of college as Rory, a star hockey player, earns a spo
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Hardcover, 360 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an emotional ride! This was a complex tale of the various stages of love and heartache, the secrets families keep, and a messy beginning at forgiveness and redemption. There is so much to love about this story, and I felt the author did a fine job at portraying some really tough themes in a respectful and honoring way. I always get teary eyed when discussing how greatly I appreciate the men and women who serve in the military and also to those who give the ultimate sacrifice; the fact that ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 authentic stars to The Husband Hour! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Having enjoyed Jamie Brenner’s novel, the Wedding Sisters, I was eager to read her newest, The Husband Hour.

At first glance, I wasn’t sure how relatable this novel would be after reading the synopsis that describes the main characters as a power couple with an NHL husband. I quickly learned that The Husband Hour was about much more.

Rory, the husband, decides to leave he NHL, enlist in the Army, and is later killed in combat. Lauren is devastat
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Theresa Alan
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully written novel about a young widow. Lauren fell in love with Rory in high school. Despite time apart because of college and because Rory made it to the NHL, his death after enlisting in Afghanistan caused Lauren to essentially forget about her own goals and dreams and hide out in the family beach house year round. She’s been hiding from the media for four years.

She’s had a strained relationship with her older sister, Stephanie, since falling for Rory all those years ago. Th
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Erin
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Well, Well, I must emphatically state that this is a first for me. Although I have found myself giving two books a 5 star in the span of a month or a week, this definitely is the first time I can recall giving two books the coveted 5 star title in the span of 24 hours. Folks, you just might want to hoard your book money now because it looks like April 24th promises to be a book spending spree.

"The Husband Hour" is narra
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Zoe
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absorbing, poignant, and incredibly moving!

The Husband Hour is a beautifully written story that delves into the complexities and dynamics of relationships between partners, siblings, and the nuclear family as a whole and reminds us that there’s no perfection in humanity, we are all wonderfully flawed.

The prose is fluid and well turned. The characters are authentic, scarred and lovable. And the story is an exceptionally mesmerizing tale about life, loss, love, grief, forgiveness, familial drama,
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Sherri Thacker
I really enjoyed this book. A true love story. A lot of research went into this book and it truly was a captivating story!!
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Lauren Adelman and Rory Kincaid were high school sweethearts. Rory was an all-star hockey player who was heavily recruited by colleges while Lauren worked on the school newspaper. The two were always together and they finally married after Rory got drafted by the NHL. Unfortunately, his hockey career stalled early on and he found himself unemployed. With few options, Rory enlisted in the US Army and was later killed overseas. After his death, Lauren retreated to her family’s beach house at the J ...more
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
4.5 Stars!

Wow! I loved this book so much. It was not like anything that I was expecting but it was incredibly well executed and I'm so happy I read it!

We start out with Lauren, Rory and Stephanie. Lauren and Stephanie are sisters that have typical sister fights. Lauren is writing for the school newspaper because she wants to be a journalist one day. She has to interview the lead hockey player: insert Rory. One night Stephanie has a party and Rory is there. He comes out of Stephanies room and Lau
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Katie B
2.5 stars

It pains me to say I didn't like this book because it explores some issues that are near and dear to my heart. The main character and her family, minus little Ethan, irritated me beyond belief and the pace for the last half of the book was so slow it ended up feeling like a chore to finish. The plot itself wasn't half bad as it deals with important topics but unfortunately for the most part I thought the execution was a misfire. Keep in mind I'm in the minority with this opinion, as mos
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☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
Wow, what a story that touched my heart and broke it at the same time! This book is beautifully written and discusses issues that are normally not discussed involving athletes and the physical effects it can have on them with being oushed forward. This book was hard to digest at times but truly worth the read!
Jamie Rosenblit
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
review to come - in the meantime, this was amazing!

Okay, okay! This book deserves WAY more than just that. And so does the marvelous Jamie Brenner for her hard work and research. This week was incredibly tough for me emotionally hearing about the tragedy in Vegas. I needed that all consuming distraction to hide from reality and shield myself from the media and The Husband Hour was it. A lesser novel would not have been able to help me stop me stop worrying obsessively and fixating on this traged
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Cindy Burnett
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jamie Brenner tells an incredibly important and powerful story in The Husband Hour. She takes a tough topic that is finally starting to gain traction in the media after way too much time being overlooked and ignored at the expense of pro (and even college) athletes and weaves into an engrossing and terribly sad story. My heart broke for Lauren because she was widowed so young, and she clearly struggled to live her life after Rory died. I liked that the focus was on both Lauren’s and Rory’s diffi ...more
Jennifer Blankfein
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kick off your summer reading list with The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner, author of The Forever Summer, one of last year’s favorite beach reads.

There is nothing like young love that has so much passion and hope for the future. In this powerful story of love and loss that takes place at the Jersey Shore, teenage Lauren commits her heart to high school ice hockey star Rory, and with stars in her eyes she expects a long life of togetherness and fun. The college years separate them by distance and
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Amy
Every spring/summer there is a small group of authors that release new books that I buy solely based on their name on the cover alone. I don’t care what the blurb says or what the cover looks like, I just know I’ll be reading it and I’ll most likely love it and find myself recommending it as a must read. Think Elin Hilderbrand, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Emily Giffin. This may be my first Jamie Brenner read, but if her previous and future books are as fantastically well written and engaging as Th ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews


A hero, a widow, a filmmaker. They all had something in common and that was Rory Kincaid.

Rory is a former star hockey player and a war hero killed in the line of duty. Lauren is his widow who is hiding from the world. Matt is a filmmaker who wants a story and confirmation about Rory’s life from Lauren, and Lauren wants nothing to do with talking.

We also get to share time at the family’s beach home and see the interaction or lack of interaction between everyone.

THE HUSBAND HOUR had me reading q
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Stephanie
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of Nancy Thayer
Just a girl, holding a book, looking around, yet again confused by all the 4 and 5-star reviews.

This is not an amazing book*. Not even in an oh-my-gosh-that-was-such-a-great-beach-read! kind of way. The characters lack depth, the plot lacks development. Both of the love stories are bland. I literally finished the last page, closed the cover, and said, "meh" out loud. It was just okay.

I've only read one Nancy Thayer novel so my experience is limited, but The Husband Hour reminds me of her writing
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Tammy(PeaceLoveBooks)
The Husband Hour is a beautifully complex story. Jamie Brenner brought light to the subjects of traumatic brain injuries in athletes and PTSD. This is a sometimes heart wrenching story filled with the hope of finding a new normal.
Cathy Branciforte
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I didn't really like this book much, never really got into it or the characters. I thought about not finishing it the whole time I was reading it, but was curious about the ending. I guess I am in the minority here, but it just wasn't for me.
Thank you to Little Brown & Co and Netgalley for the advance digital review copy!
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Caryn
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-for-review
Wow! So many tough subjects tackled in this novel and Brenner seamlessly moved from one to the other that made for a story I lost myself in.

We moved from military life to CTE to grief and guilt and movie-making. While some of these topics were pretty heavy, this would be an excellent book to add to your beach bag, as it all takes place on the Jersey shore during the summer.

Lauren is the widow of great America hockey star Rory Kincaid who leaves it all to fight overseas. When he doesn’t make it h
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Misty
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful, pleasurable read presented itself in The Husband Hour.
I had no expectations going in, but I did not think I would be on such an emotional rollercoaster: the journey of overcoming grief, betrayal, anger, disappointment, letting oneself love again, and most importantly, being able to take moments to give gratitude to soldiers that risk their lives for us.

From the start, I was enamoured, and I paced myself listening because I didn’t want it to end. I also genuinely appreciated the maj
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Melissa
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After enjoying The Forever Summer last year, I was excited to add The Husband Hour to my TBR pile. I knew Jamie Brenner was a strong writer and she did not disappoint in my second experience with one of her books.

I liked the characters Jamie created for this novel. They had flaws and seemed very genuine. I could understand Lauren's firm hesitation to move on from the past, especially since four years had gone by since her husband had passed away. I liked the eventual connection she forms with M
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Andrea
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In The Husband Hour, Jamie Brenner has taken her writing and Summer fiction to a whole new level. While the book has the quintessential family Summer house, it also has intense plot feature issues relating to both sports concussions (how timely) and military vets/deaths. I read this book in the course of one very long sitting as I could not put it down.

Wow, just wow!!
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
This might be a 4.5 for me
Brandie
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, read-2019
I think I may have liked this one more if the narrator weren’t so bad. 🙄
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Lauren Kincaid married her high school sweetheart who is an up and coming hockey star. After dating all through high school and college, they decide to make it official and get married. At this point, Rory, her significant other, is playing professional hockey, but after a few rough hits and some benching he is wondering if there is anything more out there for him than hockey super stardom. Meanwhile, Lauren is pursing her dreams of being a journalist, but it's hard to do this when she is follow ...more
Kristy Harvey
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jamie Brenner deftly balances impeccable research about the hot topic of brain injuries in sports with an unpredictable plot that is alternately suspenseful and heartwarming. A tale of the complexities of sisterhood, love and the secrets we keep—sometimes even from ourselves—The Husband Hour will grab you from the first sentence and hold you in its grasp until the last. I absolutely could not put it down.
mindful.librarian ☀️
Thanks to the author and publisher for this review copy!

This title has earned a solid top spot on my 2018 Beach Reads list. I absolutely loved Brenner's 2017 book THE FOREVER SUMMER, and this one is just as wonderful. I adored the Jersey Shore beach town setting, loved the sister dynamics, and the overall story was binge-worthy ~ I inhaled the entire thing in less than a day! Add this one to your summer reading list for sure!
Jen
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
A lighter perspective of complex subjects. I enjoyed this take on it and it made for a great summer read. I was hopeful for more character development but the sister dynamic was well written. 3.5 stars.
Pam Jenoff
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book by one of my favorite authors set at the Jersey shore? Count me in! This is a wonderful story of a widow who lost her hockey player-turned-soldier husband trying to flee her past. At the shore, she finds herself confronted not only by difficult family members but by a handsome stranger making a documentary about her husband who has hard questions about the past. Family secrets, second chances and a bit of humor make for a powerful and original read.
Camille Maio
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, page-turning novel about image versus reality and how the heroes among us are still regular people. A compelling combination of family drama, new love, and old secrets revealed, this one definitely has me wanting to read more from the author.
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