My Review of “The Husband Hour” by Jamie Brenner

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MY REVIEW OF “THE HUSBAND HOUR” BY  Jamie Brenner

Kudos to Jamie Brenner, Author of “The Husband Hour” for writing such a captivating, intense, intriguing, and enthralling novel.  BE WARNED: This is a difficult novel to put down. I read this in one sitting.  There are so many significant issues that Jamie Brenner writes about in a fictional setting. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction.

The author describes her characters as complex, complicated. Some of the characters live and act in a dysfunctional way. There are secrets from the past and present, betrayals, and lack of communication.  Lauren, a widow has been mourning the death of her husband, Rory Kincaid, a former NHL  Hockey Player, and a soldier that has died in combat. After his death, Lauren lives in seclusion, existing pretty much alone in her family’s old home on the Jersey shore.

To Lauren’s dismay her sister Stephanie and young son arrive to stay at the house, after Stephanie announces her divorce. Lauren’s parents arrive as well with secrets of their own. There has been friction between the sisters for years. The conflicting personalities create a stormy atmosphere.

Matt Brio, is a film maker, and his latest project includes make a film about Rory Kincaid. Matt is intrigued with the angle of both sports injuries and war-related  injuries. Matt has motives of his own, but wants to interview Lauren about her husband. What will investigating the past bring up that involves the present and future?

I appreciate that  Jamie Brenner discussed head injuries, combat injuries, in sports players and the men and women that serve our country. What help are they getting? How are their families affected? How can these people and their families be helped?What are the consequences of ignoring this?

The author also talks about the importance of family, friends, emotional support, forgiveness, self and emotional growth, acceptance, love and hope. I would highly recommend this novel to readers of Fiction , Women’s Fiction, and readers that appreciate significant contemporary issues.  I received an Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.

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