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Book Review: The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner

This book asks the questions that we all ask ourselves but have a hard time answering when it comes to our past. 

Did I make the right choice? What what if I could turn back time? What if I gave a second chance? What do I regret the most? What if I had walked away? What if...

Within the first chapter, I knew this book was going to tell an interesting story. Lauren is a young widow, devastated by her loss at only 24 years old. Her late-husband, US Hockey star and military hero, Rory Kincaid, has died in combat. They had their whole lives ahead of them.

In an attempt to hide from the world, Lauren escapes to her family's summer home in a secluded area on the Jersey Shore, away from the media buzz surrounding her husband. 

Four years later, Lauren is still at the shore, though initially her parents thought she'd eventually start over and move on. But Lauren feels safe. She's wrapped herself in quiet isolation in order to hide from the pain of the past. 

When her parents and estranged sister move back to the shore for the summer, Lauren is uncomfortable, even more so when they tell her they may be staying at the shore indefinitely. Beth and Stephanie both have secrets that are going to shatter the already shaky foundation that Lauren has built since her husband's death. 

As if her family troubles weren't enough, there's a film maker who has discovered details about Rory that he thinks will make a great documentary, so he rents a place on the shore and starts asking a lot of questions. Questions that start to make Lauren and others very uncomfortable. 

Lauren is determined to keep the memory of Rory high on a pedestal and in her heart. But the secrets that Matt's documentary are uncovering aren't what she wants to face. I was rooting for Lauren. I wanted her to heal, I wanted her to face the past but I was rooting for her to find a new path, one with a brighter future. I was so invested in her character, I felt like she was a friend in real life that I felt protective over.

There are so many interesting family dynamics in play and there are twists that will make you stop in your tracks, so be prepared. 

It's called The Husband Hour, but this book is going to stay around in my mind for much longer, probably years. 

My Goodreads To-Read List

What's at the top of my Goodreads To-Read List? 

Here's a quick round up with the books description included, thanks to Goodreads! 

Advice for graduates and reflections on staying true to yourself from the beloved Gilmore Girls actress and New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Talking as Fast as I Can and the novel Someday, Someday, Maybe.

“If you’re kicking yourself for not having accomplished all you should have by now, don’t worry about it. Even without any ‘big’ accomplishments yet to your name, you are enough.”

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. 

She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop 

When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila’s father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.

In the tradition of The Emperor’s Children and The House of Mirth,the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney 

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

The Last Thing I Told You by Emily Arsenault

From the acclaimed author of The Evening Spider and The Broken Teaglass comes this psychological thriller about the murder of a psychologist in a quiet New England town and his former patient whose unreliable thread will keep readers guessing until the shocking end. 

What are the top books on your Goodreads list? 

Book Review: The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon

Book Review: The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon 

I've got one word for you: Scandalous. 

I'd like to introduce you to Abby. She seems to have it all and all together. A great husband, beautiful daughter and a quaint house in a nice neighborhood. But secrets and hidden pasts never stay quiet for long. In Abby's case, the sound of her perfect life is interrupted by the sound of a knock at her door. And the person on the other side as a lot to say... 

Abby looks forward to meeting the family who just moved in across the street—until she realizes they’re the one couple who could expose her deepest secrets.

What is she trying to hide
? After a night of fun back in 1992, Abby is responsible for a car crash that kills her beloved brother. It’s a mistake she can never forgive, so she pushes away Liam, the man she loves most, knowing that he would eventually hate her for what she’s done, the same way she hates herself.

Twenty years later, Abby’s husband, Nate, is also living with a deep sense of guilt. He was the driver who first came upon the scene of Abby’s accident, the man who pulled her to safety before the car erupted in flames—the man who could not save her brother in time. It’s this guilt, this regret, that binds them together. They understand each other. Or so Nate believes.

In a strange twist of fate, Liam moves into the neighborhood with his own family, releasing a flood of memories that Abby has been trying to keep buried all these years. Abby and Liam, in a complicit agreement, pretend never to have met, yet cannot resist the pull of the past—nor the repercussions of the terrible secrets they’ve both been carrying…

What I loved most about this book is the characters are brutally honest. The author lets you get inside the hearts and minds of each of them and they tell their own sides of their stories, which it gave the story an intimate, up-close-and-personal feel. 

Chances are, you have a lost love in your life who you think of when someone asks you about the one who got away. You probably have something in your past that makes your gut twist in regret when you think about it. You may even have a secret that you've been keeping from your loved ones. There's always something...and that's why I can honestly say there is something in this book that anyone can relate to.

Buy the book here!  and shop my entire list of recommended books on Amazon while you're at it! 

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review.