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Husband Material by Emily Belden (Harlequin)

January 3, 2020

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

Welcome to 2020!  A New year with brand new books!  What is not to love? What I choose to read depends on my mood. Sometimes I crave something with twists and turns and utter suspense.  While other times, I have a hankering for historical fiction or a fabulous memoir.  Most recently though, I have been enjoying cuddling up in bed with a warm and fuzzy read.  Something that doesn’t rattle me right before I start to count my sheep. Husband Material by Emily Belden was the perfect comfort read at the end of a long day.   Let me give you the scoop.

Charlotte Rosen is a 29-year-old widow of five years.  She lives in an apartment with her roommate, works as a social media analyst, and is in the process of developing the latest and greatest dating app.  After work one day, Charlotte arrives home to a surprise package containing an urn of her late husband’s ashes. Not only does Charlotte now have to revisit a host of emotions, she has to interact with her “lovely” (not really) mother-in-law.  In addition to her new found drama, Charlotte runs into Brian, her late husband’s best friend. As they reconnect, feelings between the two of them become complicated. Just when she thinks the ice underneath her can’t get any thinner, a truth bomb drops about her late husband’s past that has her questioning their entire marriage.  Will she be able to come to terms with the past while rebuilding her future?

Husband Material is a heartwarming tale.   I loved how Belden tied in Charlotte’s love for mathematical data and algorithms into her personal and professional life.  I am more than happy to report that Charlotte is a lovable protagonist that is easy to root for. The characters around her make up the perfect cast for this delightful story.  Charlotte’s struggle to let go of the past in order to move forward with her future is something that most people can relate to in some shape or form. For a book that revolves around death and loss, Belden did an excellent job at keeping her story light and uplifting with a dab of humor and romance.  Happy Reading Friends!

Talk soon Mr. H.

Your Biggest Fan,


P.S. Today’s post is part of Harlequin Trade Publishing Blog Tour:  Romance and Women’s Fiction Winter 2020. Thank you to Harlequin for for inviting Dear Mr. Hemingway on this tour.

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