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Husband Material

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  29 reviews
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 thr
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Expected publication: December 30th 2019 by Graydon House
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Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wonde
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 gu
Dayle (the literary llama)
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my second Emily Belden book and I really enjoyed it. It wasn't even a conscience decision to choose the author again, I just loved the synopsis of Husband Material so much that I hit the NetGalley request without further exploration. But once I started reading, I recognized the writing and the plot focus. You see, Belden has the most amazing way of writing the working woman of today. She excels at, quite simply, creating an adult woman who is competant and placing her in an enviornment w ...more
Donna Hines
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Facing life head on as a young widow was not what Charlotte could've ever predicted.
She certainly never thought her husband's ashes would be left on her doorstep 5 years later but then again life is a wild and crazy ride.
Now she's trying to pick up the pieces and move forward both professionally and in her personal life.
But how?
Perhaps the algorithms are wrong and she can succeed but she'll have to find forgiveness and be open to new possibilities and maybe just maybe a new romance is on the hor
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this arc just browsing through NG. That’s how I usually find authors I’ve never read books from before. Not even sure what it’s labeled under but to me it’s sort of a Rom-Com just not so much Rom. Easy, light read, with its own creative style.

Everything that happens to Charlotte happens within 2 weeks. She receives a package and the contents of it spirals her world out of control. The world she’s created for herself for the past 5 years. That was probably the funniest thing to me. For 5
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Husband Material by Emily Belden is a refreshing and unique chick lit book, featuring a strong female lead. It has elements of a rom-com, but mostly it focuses on Charlotte, her struggles and achievements, and there’s a lot of character growth through out the book.

Charlotte Rosen is a young widow, who was only married for six months before her husband died unexpectedly. Fast forward five years, and she’s dealt with her grief mostly by frail and hiding her widow status from her friends and cowor
Seema Rao
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Surprisingly romance. I expected a pretty standard romance novel, but this was something more. The protagonist, Charlotte, is a young widow trying to make a go of life. She does find a boyfriend. But, much of the book is about her learning to live a different existence than she imagined. I couldn't imagine how different my life would be as a widow, but this book does a good job of showing one way someone can survive that. The book isn't heavy or dark, mind you. The main character has a sort of s ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019ng, kindle
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

Sometimes love is unpredictable…

Twenty-nine-year-old Charlotte Rosen has a secret: she’s a widow. Ever since the fateful day that levelled 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? C
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let's get this out of the way: THE TITLE. WHY?! Having never read Emily Belden's work, I kept putting this off because I expected it to be just another mediocre piece of chick lit, based on the stupid title. Maybe the marketing team thought it would appeal to chick-lit advocates, but I promise you, this book is so much more than that. There's actual depth here. Seriously. Yes, it's colloquial and fun, but there are also poignant moments that are so beautiful and raw and real. I could see Charlot ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Husband Material is about a young widow named Charlotte who is forced to grieve her husband's death all over again when his ashes are unexpectedly delivered to her home. Now she has to deal with her past that she tried so hard to move on from.
After avoiding her husband's best friend and mother for five years, she now comes in contact with them to try and figure this situation out. In doing so, she discovers more than she bargained for.
I feel I can relate to the character Charlotte because I als
Shannon K
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
When the ashes of Charlotte's late husband show up at her apartment unexpectedly, her carefully ordered life quickly spirals out of control. She has to deal with her mother-in-law and her husband's best friend, both of whom bring along their own sets of baggage.

There were some charming elements to this story: a developing romance, a woman opening herself up to others after years of keeping walls up, and touching moments about the bonds of a marriage.

Unfortunately, what sounded like it could be
Cara EM Cara
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first started this book, I felt the beginning chapter or two were a bit forced, a bit shaky. However, Husband Material quickly gains its pace and focus, and Charlotte Rosen (Austin)’s journey during and after her marriage to Decker engages the reader. A coder for an influencer analytics firm, Charlotte has carefully organized her life and blocked out the pain from the death of her beloved husband Decker five years ago. Thinking she’s moved forward, she’s abruptly taken aback when his ashe ...more
Raine McLeod
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a story about Charlotte Rosen, a 29-year-old widow who somehow has never told anyone in her life about a) having been married, or b) having been widowed. It reads like an attempt at a light, chick-lit-esque sitcom pilot that they had to shoehorn an epilogue onto when it didn’t get picked up, and is about as subtle with product placement as The Shopping Channel. Top that off with a MC who’s kind of a misogynist, scolds other people for not communicating (when literally everyone she knows ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emily Belden's newest book was so fun! Charlotte Rosen, a ~30 year old coder living in Los Angeles, is shocked one day when her widow's ashes show up on her doorstep due to a forest fire that was approaching his resting place. Although Charlotte is managing 'okay' with her husband Decker's death five years prior, this situation shakes up her life. She is thrown back into the grief period and confronted with Decker's friends and family, who she has mostly been trying to avoid. I loved Emily Belde ...more
Hannah Grace || BookNerdNative
This story started out STRONG, and then the lead character kept making absolutely astoundingly horrible decisions. The romance was painfully slow, and just not what I wanted from a supposed love story. However, that being said, this book was FUNNY. I can tell that this author has a great sense of humor, and I’d be willing to try her other books. I think this one might be good for those looking for really clean women’s fiction (some swearing but super clean in the sex department), and those who d ...more
Chris Markley
No one knows Charlotte is a widow but when an unexpected package arrives it sends her carefully constructed life spinning out of control. Pieces and people from her past are invading every part of her life. Will she finally be able to move on with her life or will she spiral out of control and destroy everything? A story of love and survival and making choices necessary to live life.

thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC for my honest review.
Melinda Christianson
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this light read! Good characters, unique and engaging plot, nice setting.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Kailey C
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars.

Thanks to the publisher for my free e-ARC of this novel.

While this book ended up being a little heavier than I thought, I really liked it! Charlotte was a little much at times, but I think that was the point. I admired her grow & rediscovery of who she was. This was not as heavily geared towards romance as I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it. It was more about soul-searching & moving on after her husband's death. Chick-lit with some depth. This was my first Emily Belden
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, netgalley
3.5 stars. Enjoyable but the ending felt a little rushed.

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e galley in exchange for an honest review.
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Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Emily Belden, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The story centers around Charlotte, a west coast newcomer who moved out to Hollywood to be in the entertainment industry, and instead found a husband and a love for coding. Now a five year widow, Emily spends her time working on a program to find her perfect mate and work through her residual grief.

When her husband's final resting place is burned in a wildfire, his urn is returned to Charlotte, forcing her to come clean about h
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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