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Husband Material

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  523 ratings  ·  287 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
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published December 30th 2019 by Graydon House
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
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

I am having so much trouble getting into this one... it's reading very meh for me so I'm gonna quit it :/
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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 ...more
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
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
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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
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
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 ...more
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
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.
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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
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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
Genevieve Trono
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction
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,
Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
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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?
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
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
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 ...more
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
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the overall premise of this story, as a young widow is reunited with the ashes of her dead husband. Caught up in old memories and struggling to move forward with her life, she is forced to take personal time off from work to deal with the aftermath.

I liked the two main characters, on and off. Charlotte Rosen is an incredibly intelligent woman, who is also a scatterbrain (these people exist). Faced with the memories of her husband don't seem to help her focus. As for Brian Jackson, for
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
Tiffany PSquared
Charlotte deals in numbers, but life sometimes defies logic - as she soon discovers...
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**Many thanks to Harlequin Books and the author for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
DNF at 34%

Unfortunately I didn't really enjoy this, although it's not terrible. A couple things to know:

1. The heroine makes dumb choices and isn't very self-aware. Things that I could see working a little better in a rom-com film, but not so much on the page.

2. I thought this was a romance, but really it's a book about grief. At 34%, we've barely met the guy who I THINK will eventually be the love interest, but it's focused on the heroine's life, job, and grief over losing her husband years
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This was a very fun read for me.
Belden writes in a style that I really enjoy, it feels fresh and light. Though the book tackled some heavy subjects, none of it was felt in the writing. The plot was paced well, and the way it progressed felt natural.
The idea behind the book was beautifully executed. The characters were well developed and set up in a way that kept the book dynamic and entertaining. Though the
Dayle (the literary llama)
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 ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a book cover can be misleading. I totally get that cartoon covers are selling right now, but in the case I think this cover did a disservice to a wonderful book. A couple of other readers I chatted with felt mislead by this cutesy cover, and I totally get where they are coming from. Regardless of the cover, I loved Husband Material by Emily Belden. And I think other readers will to, if they go in knowing what to expect from this book.

While there is a bit of a romance in this book, I
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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