Husband Material

Husband Material

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"By turns heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny."--Kristin Rockaway, author of How To Hack a Heartbreak

Sometimes love is unpredictable... in this witty and thought-provoking novel about a millenial widow whose life is thrown into disarray, with often hilarious results, when the most unexpected delivery arrives on her doorstep.

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 probability of risk--so she can avoid it.

Yet Charlotte's algorithms could never have predicted that her late husband's ashes would land squarely on her doorstep five years later. Stunned but determined, Charlotte sets out to find meaning in this sudden twist of fate, even if that includes facing her perfectly coiffed, and perfectly difficult, ex-mother-in-law--and her husband's best friend, who seems to become a fixture at her side whether she likes it or not.

But when her quest reveals a shocking secret, Charlotte is forced to answer questions she never knew to ask and to consider the possibility of forgiveness. And when a chance at a new life arises, she'll have to decide once and for all whether to follow the numbers or trust her heart.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 18mm | 227g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 1525805983
  • 9781525805981
  • 2,174,156

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"In this touching, witty, and timely book, Emily Belden deftly explores the complexities of human relationships in our increasingly tech-obsessed world. By turns heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny, Husband Material beautifully demonstrates that you can't reduce love to a bunch of 1s and 0s."
--Kristin Rockaway, author of How To Hack a Heartbreak

"Sensitive, thoughtful, and touching." --Library Journal

"Witty, full of heart...will appeal to fans of Sophie Kinsella." --Booklist

"Charming." --Publishers Weekly

Praise for Emily Belden's Hot Mess

"A fun romp through the world of food, love, and luxury." --PopSugar, The Best New Books You Should Read This Spring

"[F]ull of fire and fury.... Belden's excellent tell-it-like-it-is read is perfect for foodies and entrepreneurs alike." --Library Journal (starred review)

"Combining the wit and insight of Stephanie Danler's Sweetbitter with the drama of Jessica Tom's Food Whore, Belden's first novel is a glimpse into the fast-paced fine-dining industry... . Full of heart, heat, and passion, this restaurant rom-com in novel form is an exhilarating debut." --Booklist

"[A]n engrossing, slow-burn read that yields a very satisfying emotional payoff... . Rich with perfect details, balanced between the various different relationships and presented in a well-crafted narrative, this novel is meant to be savored."
--RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

"Emily Belden serves the decadence and drama a la mode in Hot Mess. The full-bodied novel takes the resilient Allie Simon on a journey of sex, love, secrets, and the high-end culinary world. You'll savor every word of this provocative story." --Abby Stern, author of According to a Source
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3,271 ratings
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4 35% (1,130)
3 39% (1,271)
2 13% (413)
1 3% (83)
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