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Husband Material

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  223 ratings  ·  141 reviews
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 ...more
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Published September 24th 2019 by HARLEQUIN - Graydon House Books
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    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
    Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
    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
    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
    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
    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,
    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
    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
    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
    Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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.

    Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I found this to be a charming book. Yet, it still has more potential to be more. If it had not been for the event of her getting her dead husband's ashes sent back to her; I would have found Charlotte to be just a "plain Jane".

    As the story progressed I did feel for Charlotte. Than there is Brian. He is Decker's best friend. He is affected by Decker's death as well. It was nice to see a man struggling as much as a woman. Both Charlotte and Brian had to learn to be themselves again. They kind of
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc
    Full RTC.
    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
    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
    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
    Donna Hines
    Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
    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
    Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    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!
    Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Shannon K
    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
    Phoebe (readandwright) Wright
    It’s going to be a review heavy week on! 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
    Katie Robinson
    I really liked the author’s writing style; she interwove comedy and sarcasm well and there were a few laugh out loud moments, despite the mostly sad content.

    There were quite a few moments that made me tear up while reading. I could really feel that the author tried to capture the experience of a young widow - she did it well and respectfully. As an intuitive emotional blob though, I just wanted to force Charlotte to sit down and feel her feelings at certain points, especially when she was
    Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
    My first comment to readers out there... this is NOT a romance novel despite being classified as one on Netgalley, where I received a complimentary copy. Husband Material is definitely chick lit/women's fic.

    I'm honestly not quite sure what the author was trying to accomplish with this book. Charlotte, our heroine, is very difficult to follow. She's neurotic, flighty and although I sympathized with the loss of her husband (I did cry a few times), I never really liked her or connected with her. I
    Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Aug 10, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: adult, arc, 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
    Rachel | mrs.bennett.reads
    After the death of her husband less than a year into their marriage, Charlotte has never really recovered. We pick up with her 5 years later, and she is honestly still not well. She's buried in work, and this algorithm that she thinks will find her the next "perfect husband." She never grieved her husband, still has a poor relationship with his family, and none of her current friends or coworkers even knew she was once married. One inciting incident, followed by all its inevitable consequences, ...more
    Aug 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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    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
    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 ...more
    Stacia | stacialovestoread
    Overall, this one was a little lukewarm. Not quite a romance, not quite drama. It was...middle of the road.

    The end was sort of weird with the tone of the narrator. I am, however, glad that Charlotte realized she was being a complete poop and the worst friend ever.

    This sort of reminded me of another book I read, The Right Swipe mixed with How to Hack a Heartbreak except Swipe was better and Heartbreak was worse.
    Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this free ebook in exchange for an
    Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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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