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    Ok read

    I found this book difficult to enjoy. The main character, a widow, who basically, five years after the death of her husband, comes to terms with her decisions. I found her singularly selfish and a little pathetic. This story is her running around making a mess of things. Not a top read for me.
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    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, introspection, friendship, attraction, tender moments, awkward situations, forgiveness, misunderstandings, and closure. Overall, Husband Material is an easy, humourous, uplifting tale by Belden that highlights the importance of letting go of the past, taking chances, embracing what’s next, and loving again.
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    Enjoyable read

    **I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review** Husband Material is the first Emily Belden novel that I've read. I was very drawn to the blurb for this book, so I decided to take a chance on a new-to-me author. Charlotte Rosen is an extremely intelligent young woman who makes a living as a coder for an analytics company. She's twenty-nine, lives with a roommate and hasn't been totally honest with her roommate about the fact that she was in fact married at one time. When her husband's ashes show up on their doorstep, not only is Charlotte shocked, but it sends her into a bit of a tailspin. Couple that with the fact that she learns another secret about her husband that she is stunned to learn was kept from her. As she tries to come to terms with everything that is going on in her life, she also finds herself in a position where she may be able to let love back into her life. But with everything that is going on, and everything she's been through, will she be able to do that? I enjoyed this book, but I would have loved for there to have been more development of the romance. It felt rushed to me, but it had so much potential, especially because of where the relationship was born from. I did enjoy the aspects of self discovery, growth and healing that took place in the book. The characters were enjoyable as well.
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    Dealing with the past in order to move forward

    Husband Material by Emily Belden has Charlotte Rosen thrown for a tailspin when the ashes of her deceased husband show up on her doorstep. She thought she had put the past behind her, but Charlotte had just put it off. With two weeks off to get her life together, Charlotte sets out to get answers with the assistance of her husband’s best friend. Husband Material is a romantic comedy that has some deep moments. Charlotte has been a widow for five years, but no one in her present circle knows that she as married. She moved to different apartment, learned how to code software and began working at The Influencer Firm. Charlotte may have been moving on, but she never dealt with her feelings about her husband’s death. We get to see her face some hard realities. Charlotte has been using numbers and algorithms to avoid getting close with a man or anyone else for that matter. She is now getting a second chance. If Charlotte wants to have a meaningful future, she needs to resolve her feelings of loss and guilt. Charlotte is a hard character to like, but she does grow on you as the story progresses. I found Charlotte’s roommate, Casey to be quirky and tell-it-like-it type of woman. I felt bad for her at times because Charlotte really takes advantage of Casey’s kindness. Charlotte was lucky to have such a kind boss in Zareen. It was interesting to learn what about influencers and the type of work Charlotte did to promote businesses. Husband Material is an emotional story about dealing with the past, letting it go, and embracing the future. I was surprised with the ending and some of the choices Charlotte made. I enjoyed the humor throughout the story which lightened some of the darker subjects. Husband Material is an engaging, uplifting story about second chances, forgiveness, taking risks, introspection, and moving forward.

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