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Book Review: Women’s Fiction

Posted on Jan 1, 2018 |

The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner

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Fiction > Women’s Fiction

This is a wonderfully written novel about a young widow. Lauren fell in love with Rory in high school. Despite time apart because of college and because Rory made it to the NHL, his death after enlisting in Afghanistan caused Lauren to essentially forget about her own goals and dreams and hide out in the family beach house year round. She’s been hiding from the media for four years.

She’s had a strained relationship with her older sister, Stephanie, since falling for Rory all those years ago. Their mother, Beth, keeps trying to bring them together, and thinks that by bringing Stephanie and her six-year-old son Ethan to the beach house, they can work through whatever has kept them apart. Beth is facing her own marital and financial crisis.

Documentary film maker Matt Brio has been working on the story of Rory Kincaid since his death, but Matt is running out of money. Nobody wants to fund him if he can’t get the widow to talk on camera. That’s a challenge, since he can’t even find her. When he does, the family secrets that pour out prove ultimately to provide good therapy for the family members who talk.

This story has echoes of pro-football player Pat Tillman turned Army Ranger who was killed by friendly fire. It’s also about the dangers of professional sports and head injuries. Brenner makes writing a novel seem effortless. I really enjoyed this book.

Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for the opportunity to review this book, which RELEASES APRIL 24, 2018.

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