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July Book Review 2019: The Husband Hour

Reasons For Reading This Book

As I continue to mention each month, I struggle to find books that I want to read that are at my university's library. After picking up a book that I still don't know if I will finish or not, my roommate/best friend said to me 'I need you to read this book because I need someone to talk about it with'. She had just finished reading The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner and as I said needed someone to talk about it with to decide how she felt about certain things. I jumped at the opportunity to read a book that I could talk to someone about because that is something I rarely get to do. In conclusion I read this book because I had nothing else to read and because I wanted to have a book to talk to someone about. Also I didn't have to check it out from the library because she already owned a copy. 

Content of This Book

Rory and Lauren were high school sweet hearts who married young. Rory was the star hockey player in high school and was able to take his skills to the big leagues and play professionally. While still playing in the NHL Rory made the shocking decision to enlist in the U.S. Army. Not only is Lauren concerned about what would make this hockey star want to serve his country in combat but so it the hockey community? Rory tragically dies in combat leaving Lauren a devastated widow who is alone but also surrounded by the public eye due to her late husband's legacy. In a desperate measure to flee from the spot light Lauren secludes herself to her family's old beach house on an island off of New Jersey. At the start of her fourth summer alone Lauren's life goes from solitude and simple to drama filled and emotional when her parents, sister and nephew join her at the beach house for the summer. Not only does Lauren have to deal with the stress of living with her family but she is also tracked down by a filmmaker who is making a documentary about her Rory. A one hour interview with the filmmaker will not only change the way Lauren looks at her life with Rory, but also reveals secrets and surprises that will forever change Lauren, her family and Rory's legacy.

What I Liked About This Book

I could go on and on about all of the things that I liked about this book, but for the sake of this blog post I will limit it to just a few specific elements. 
For starters I loved the pace of this book. Within the first half of my car ride to Minnesota I read over 100 hundred pages with barely taking any breaks. For someone with ADHD and a reading disability, this is something I never do willingly. Within the first 3 days of reading this book I read 290 pages. I don't know if I have ever done that before. If that doesn't stress how how easy this book is to read than I don't know what else to say. This book kept me interested in a way that is different that I have experienced before. In comparison to how I am kept interested in thriller books is because of the mystery and plot of the book. For The Husband Hour I found myself being more interested and invested in the lives of the characters and less about the plot. I think that this is due to the well written narration of each character. Jamie Brenner did a fantastic job of differentiating the narration style of each character. This has been a writing element that I found some authors struggled to complete successfully. Just read my June Book Review of The Perfect Mother for more on that. I also loved how Brenner organized the book in chronically order, but when something from the past was being described is was prefaced. Jamie Brenner's writing style is smooth and effortless. She says exactly what needs to be said and doesn't add any unnecessary text just to fill the pages. I loved that this book encompassed romance, family, sisterhood and just the right amount of drama and secrets.

What I Disliked About This Book

For once I don't have any complaints about a book. My roommate/best friend who asked me to read this book had one complaint. Her complaint was that she disliked how possessive Lauren was over pretty much everything. After discussing this we both decided that its just not in our characters to be so overly possessive like that and that is why we found that to be an unattractive characteristic of Lauren's. 

Would I Recommend This Book?

If you could not have already guessed I would without a doubt recommend this book. With that being said I also understand that this summer/vacation/ Nicholas Sparks kind of book is not for everyone. So even though I would recommend it, I would have to get to a feel for the type of reader that a person is before I would recommend this book to them. Hands down this is the best summer/vacation/beach/road trip book I have ever read. I say go get yourself a copy!!

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