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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 thr
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Expected publication: December 30th 2019 by Graydon House
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    Jamie
    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
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    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 gu
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    Megan
    Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
    Husband Material by Emily Belden is a charming witty romantic comedy. Charlotte Rosen is a coder who tries to use algorithms to predict dating success to find the perfect mate. However, her life becomes completely unpredictable when the ashes of her late husband suddenly arrive at her apartment. As Charlotte tries to cope with the emotions that come rushing back from the loss of her husband five years ago, she soon realizes that her life and love cannot be researched or predicted.

    Romantic comed
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    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
    Bethany Rutledge
    Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I enjoyed Husband Material. I thought this book was going to be much more chic-lit. The Sophie Kinsella-esque cover threw me off at first-- My bad for not reading the description well enough!

    But once I dug in I was here for it. The author does a good job with the subject of grief, lightening potential heaviness with colorful characters and a slow-burn romance.

    Twenty-nine-year-old Charlotte Rosen has a secret: she’s a widow. Ever since the fateful day that leveled her world, Charlotte has worke
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    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
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    YaYa
    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
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    Bookworm Between the Sheets
    I Could. Not. Put. Down. This. Book! I literally devoured this in one evening. The book keeps surprising you with plot twists that kept me engrossed with this story from cover to cover. This author is new to me and I am looking forward to reading her first published book next.

    Husband Material is full of twists and turns that I did not see coming... I would say go into reading this blindly because it gives certain plot twists the punches it deserves!
    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
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    Phoebe (readandwright)  Wright
    It’s going to be a review heavy week on readandwright.com! I finished some incredible books and need to share them with you ASAP. Yesterday I shared Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and today I have Husband Material by Emily Belden.

    Wow. Just…wow. I LOVED Husband Material. It was a book that really surprised me. Initially, I was drawn to the book by its cover and title. Being a bride to be, I thought the title suited my current reading mood and content. I read the synopsis and was a
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    Bibliomedico
    Aug 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
    When I read the BLurb , I was really excited to read the book ....
    But I started and finished it ,
    It was a disaster , The author wanted to write about deep and difficult Concepts Like Grieving , death of a Loved one , Secrets , mental health , depression and moving on , but couldn't go through the concept completely .
    For example , she started talking about the depression of the main character but half way through the concept she stopped , just like that and didn't mention this problem or how the
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    Melissa
    Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The moment I started this novel, I was immediately drawn in. Charlotte's bad date to her friend's wedding was a great way to start this story off and allow readers to get to know her in an entertaining way. The whole novel was enjoyable, even given the subject matter. Emily Belden explores grief in an honest and realistic way, without dragging readers down to a heavy place.

    I liked Charlotte's voice and personality, as well as seeing her grow and change given her circumstances. One trope in the
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    Janna
    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
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    nick
    Aug 10, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
    Shelves: arc, adult, contemporary

    The premise of Husband Material sounded pure bonkers and soap-opera level drama, so of course I was intrigued by it. I mean a book that's about a woman whose ex-husband's ashes show up out of the blue at her door step and secrets being revealed in the process? I was so down for it! Unfortunately, this book was quite lackluster. It had all the ingredients for a good romance novel, but the execution felt flat for me. I think a major reason why I didn't click as much as I would have liked for Husba
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    Krystal Sanchez
    Aug 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
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    Krystal Sanchez
    Aug 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I was not a fan of the endgame in this story. Spoilers ahead...

    I don’t love the best friend of the guy ends up with the guys girl story lines. Something about it just seems wrong. Brian wasn’t a great guy either. He stole money from Charlotte! Oh and never told her her deceased husband (his best friend) had a child. Oh but because he sends her flowers apologizes and says it was all with good intentions, it’s swept under the rug and wrapped up with a neat little bow and Charlotte ends up dating h
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    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
    Anna
    Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
    This was a super fun read with some serious and heartfelt subject matter interspersed. I really loved Charlotte and Brian—they kept me going!

    Love is tricky, and looking for love can be even trickier. Charlotte is a young and single working and living in LA trying to create an app to make match-making online even easier and more accurate. She runs into her own personal crises when bits of her past reinstall themselves into her life. She was real. That was my favorite part about her: she acted ho
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    Dana
    Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
    This was a bit of a struggle to get into. I loved the premise and I was hoping for an emotional read....I’m all about them...but this one fell a little short in that department for me.

    The overall story arc was good; i just didn’t have any connection with the characters.
    giulia
    Jun 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
    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
    Michael
    May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: romance, arc
    This was a cute story about a young widow who hasn’t figured out how to move forward. When something unexpected finds itself back in her life she’s forced to reexamine everything, and everyone, she thought she knew.


    ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
    Katie
    Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    What happens when you late husband’s remains show up at your door five years later?

    Charlotte Rosen has it all figured out: a job at a posh tech company, an apartment with a roommate who doesn’t ask too many questions, and a dog named Leno to keep her company. She thinks her past can’t come back to haunt her. That is, until her husband’s ashes show up on her front doorstep. Suddenly Charlotte must confront the grief she’s kept hidden for so long, and the people she thought she’d never have to dea
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    Katie
    Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
    What happens when you late husband’s remains show up at your door five years later?

    Charlotte Rosen has it all figured out: a job at a posh tech company, an apartment with a roommate who doesn’t ask too many questions, and a dog named Leno to keep her company. She thinks her past can’t come back to haunt her. That is, until her husband’s ashes show up on her front doorstep. Suddenly Charlotte must confront the grief she’s kept hidden for so long, and the people she thought she’d never have to dea
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    Janet
    Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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
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    Michelle (Love, Stars and Books)
    (I received a free eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

    Book review: Husband Material by Emily Belden (4 stars)

    Husband Material by Emily Belden
    Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
    Rating: 4/5 stars

    (Synopsis from Goodreads)
    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
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    Castille
    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
    Callie Sutcliffe
    I received a copy of Husband Material in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. This novel is an excellent Women's Fiction story, where the heroine, Charlotte, progresses naturally through each scene. The story is well written and I grew to care about Charlotte and wanted to see everything work out for her in the end. The mixture of drama and humor kept me reading and I enjoyed the flow of the story from Charlotte's perspective.
    *Some spoilers*
    The love story element was a little too slow
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    Paige Moreland
    Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Husband Material by Emily Beldon is a heartwarming story about grief and love and second chances. I read it in a single sitting, which (given the fact that I have three children constantly needing things) should communicate how much I loved it.

    Charlotte Rosen, an app developer and Numbers Queen, is a widow--but no one knows it. Now, at 29, she has a job she enjoys, a decent roommate, and an algorithm that she's sure will help her find her perfect match.

    Her equilibrium is upset by the sudden arri
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    Bridget Lusky
    While this book had a bunch of great moments, all in all, it just wasn't the book for me. I loved that the main character is a coder, who is really talented and on the verge of creating her own life-changing app. I think all of us regular readers have seen so many redundant professions in main characters and Charlotte's career and her passion for it was a breath of fresh air.

    However, there was a lot of general inconsistency throughout the book that made me frustrated as a reader. While a lot of
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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
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