Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Review: The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner

Blurb from Goodreads:
When a young widow's reclusive life in a charming beach town is interrupted by a surprise visitor, she is forced to reckon with dark secrets about her family, her late husband, and the past she tried to leave behind.

Lauren Adelman and her high school sweetheart, Rory Kincaid, are a golden couple. They marry just out of college as Rory, a star hockey player, earns a spot in the NHL. Their future could not look brighter when Rory shocks everyone-Lauren most of all-by enlisting in the U.S. Army. When Rory dies in combat, Lauren is left devastated, alone, and under unbearable public scrutiny. 

Seeking peace and solitude, Lauren retreats to her family's old beach house on the Jersey Shore. But this summer she's forced to share the house with her overbearing mother and competitive sister. Worse, a stranger making a documentary about Rory tracks her down and persuades her to give him just an hour of her time.

One hour with filmmaker Matt Brio turns into a summer of revelations, surprises, and upheaval. As the days grow shorter and her grief changes shape, Lauren begins to understand the past-and to welcome the future.
My Review:
I liked this a lot.  Be forewarned: there is some dram and some that I was not expecting but it wasn't tawdry or trite.  This author has a way of capturing a scene that is so spot on - between the setting and the motion.  Lauren is one of my favorite characters that I've read in a while. I just instantly got her POV and perspective.  This was well written and so well formulated.  I definitely recommend this for a summer read - it's not exactly light but it is thoroughly enjoyable!   

The Husband Hour comes out soon on April 24, 2018, and you can purchase HERE. You can read my review of this author's book from last summer, The Forever Summer, HERE -- She is definitely becoming a must-read for me!
The first challenge of her journalism education would be getting up the nerve to talk to him. And then she remembered the Katharine Graham memoir and some advice Graham's mother had given her: "Be a newspaperwoman, Kay, if only for the excuse it gives you to seek out at once the object of any sudden passion."

1 comment:

  1. I just finished this and loved it. I liked her a lot, loved the setting and thought it tackled some interesting topics. Great review!


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