Monday, June 18, 2012

Review: The First Husband by Laura Dave

Title: The First Husband

Author: Laura Dave

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Pub Date: April 24, 2012

Summary from Goodreads:
A savvy, page-turning novel about a woman torn between her husband and the man she thought she'd marry.

Annie Adams is days away from her thirty-second birthday and thinks she has finally found some happiness. She visits the world's most interesting places for her syndicated travel column and she's happily cohabiting with her movie director boyfriend Nick in Los Angeles. But when Nick comes home from a meeting with his therapist (aka "futures counselor") and announces that he's taking a break from their relationship so he can pursue a woman from his past, the place Annie had come to call home is shattered. Reeling, Annie stumbles into her neighborhood bar and finds Griffin-a grounded, charming chef who seems to be everything Annie didn't know she was looking for. Within three months, Griffin is Annie's husband and Annie finds herself trying to restart her life in rural Massachusetts.

A wry observer of modern love, Laura Dave "steers clear of easy answers to explore the romantic choices we make" (USA Today). Her third novel is packed with humor, empathy, and psychological insight about the power of love and home.

My Thoughts/Review:
Annie Adams has a theory that every time she watches the movie Roman Holiday disaster strikes which seems silly, but for her it's true. After her live in boyfriend of many years dumps her, she bounces back and marries Griffin after dating for three months. Essentially she marries a stranger which to me spells trouble because he could have been a serial killer. I personally wanted her to run, but Annie stayed. In my mind, Griffin is as fine as Matthew  McConaughey because of the description his slick smile. I didn't like Nick. He seemed slimy and very selfish. This was a fast, interesting read. I can honestly say I have never read anything like this before. This book felt like a coming of age for Annie. When the book was over, I wanted to know what would happen next with her and Griffin and his brother, Jesse. Jesse is a whole other book all together. He needs his own novel because he has issues. The First Husband was a fresh and fabulous read.

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