Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner

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 Thoughts 
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading, but certainly grab your Kleenex and be prepared to stay up for hours on end with a book hangover!
This subject has always been close to my heart with my father in the military and knowing others.  It can change you for better and for worse.  I think that Jamie did an amazing portraying the reality of the subject in a very real way.  She really hits the heart of this topic and does it justice.  
I feel for Lauren and what she is going though.  I have not personally been in this situation but can relate in different ways.  It's lonely and heartbreaking and with the right family and friends Lauren has become a survivor.  
She experiences many ups and downs throughout the story but becomes a better, stronger person by the end because of it all.
This story will grab you and you will not want to put it down till your done.  It portrays family, honestly, heartbreak, loss, love and so much more. 

Drink Selection 
Continuing with my fall theme, I am going with Apple Pie Sparklers!  OMG!  Good!

I can't say enough amazing things about this book!  5 wine glasses at least!
About the Author 
Jamie Brenner is the author of the bestselling novel THE FOREVER SUMMER (Little, Brown). Her previous books include THE WEDDING SISTERS (St. Martin's Press).
Her forthcoming novel, THE HUSBAND HOUR, will publish in April 2018. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. For contact info and book clubs please visit

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