Blog Tour: Husband Material

42867745. sy475 Husband Material : A Novel 
Emily Belden
On Sale Date: December 30, 2019
9781525805981, 1525805983
Trade Paperback
$15.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy 
304 pages


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Summary:
Told in Emily Belden's signature edgy voice, a novel about a young widow's discovery of her late husband's secret and her journey toward hope and second-chance love.


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 soon a shocking secret surfaces, forcing Charlotte to answer questions she never knew to ask and to consider the possibility of forgiveness. And when a chance at new love arises, she’ll have to decide once and for all whether to follow the numbers or trust her heart.

Advance Praise for Husband Material
“Tackling thorny questions of widowhood and dating after trauma, Belden's second novel is witty, full 
of heart, and blindingly au courant. Packed with pop-culture references, it will appeal to fans of Sophie 
Kinsella, Rosie Walsh, and Plum Sykes. Belden writes twists and turns to keep readers hooked.”
 Booklist

“Charming.” Publishers Weekly
“Sensitive, thoughtful, and touching.” —Library Journal

“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
I really enjoyed Emily Belden's first novel, Hot Mess (here's my review) so I was super excited to read Husband Material! Her second novel was just as fun and entertaining as her first, and I was hooked from the very first chapter. What I loved most about this book was that while the writing and story were funny and witty, the characters and subject matter had real depth to them.  It is not your average chick-lit romcom, like the cover might suggest. Charlotte is a young widow, and the portrayal of grief and how the grieving process affects your daily life, even years later, is addressed so well in this book. Though I haven't lost a spouse, I've lost a parent, and I related to Charlotte so much throughout this book. I loved  that she was a data nerd like me!

Though the book does center around the fact that her husband's ashes show up at her door five years later, it's definitely not a downer! There are many moments that make you laugh, and there's even some romance thrown in.  This is the perfect weekend binge read if you love contemporary women's fiction and need a fun read. I can't wait to read more from Emily Belden in the future!


About the Author

 Emily Belden is a journalist, social media marketer, and storyteller. She is the author of the novel Hot Mess and Eightysixed: A Memoir About Unforgettable Men, Mistakes, and Meals. She lives in Chicago. Connect with Emily on her website, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

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