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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The First Husband by Laura Dave

The First Husband by Laura Dave is the most recent book for the BlogHer Book Club. I signed up for it because it sounded sweet and romantic (something BHBC books don't tend to be) and like something I would enjoy.  Annie Adams has it all, a great job, a long term boyfriend, a great dog. Until the day her boyfriend comes home and announces he needs a break. Annie moves on, meets another great guy, and marries him in a whirlwind courtship. Then, just as she's questioning her place in his world, her ex comes back and asks for a second chance. (That's all from the book cover, no spoilers.)

Ok, so you guys have been reading me for years, and most of you skip my romance reviews (don't deny, I can tell) but if you've paid attention at all, I typically avoid anything with two love interests. This time I took a deep breath and told myself I'd power through, that most books end satisfactorily, and this would too. But then a funny thing happened- it turned out that the book wasn't so much about them as it was about her. The longer I waited for the inevitable showdown, the closer to the end of the book I got, and ultimately, it was perfect and painless.  Dave does a great job, a terrific job, of getting into Annie's head and making the struggle real, without really painting anyone as the bad guy. It's never about the guys (tho I admit to having a favorite, and I suspect it's intended that way,) but always about Annie herself.  I enjoyed this one a great deal and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys chick lit with a strong romance.

The First Husband
by Laura Dave (@lauradave on twitter)
Penguin Books
For more information and links to reviews, visit the BlogHer The First Husband page here.

Disclaimer: I am compensated for my review and participation in the BlogHer Book Club, but all opinions are my own.


  1. I am not crazy about two love interests, either. Lately it has been a huge deal breaker, but I am glad this is handled differently and works out in the end. :)

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed it - I've been wanting to read it for a while.

  3. LOL! I may be one of the only ones who doesn't skim through your romance reviews but that is because I'm always looking for a good romance but I can be kind of picky with what I'm looking for. This actually sounds pretty good and I'm definitely interested in reading it!

  4. Okay, I've got to read this one! Sad I missed it for the BHBC.

  5. I love the cover. This one sounds interesting. I'm glad you plugged through even though it didn't appeal right away.


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