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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 ...more
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 ...more
I appreciated the ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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
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 ...more
While there is a bit of a romance in this book, I ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
I liked Charlotte's voice and personality, as well as seeing her grow and change given her circumstances. One trope in the ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more