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Publisher Description

When a young widow's reclusive life in a charming beach town is interrupted by a surprise visitor, she is forced to reckon with dark secrets about her family, her late husband, and the past she tried to leave behind.
Lauren Adelman and her high school sweetheart, Rory Kincaid, are a golden couple. They marry just out of college as Rory, a star hockey player, earns a spot in the NHL. Their future could not look brighter when Rory shocks everyone-Lauren most of all-by enlisting in the U.S. Army. When Rory dies in combat, Lauren is left devastated, alone, and under unbearable public scrutiny.

Seeking peace and solitude, Lauren retreats to her family's old beach house on the Jersey Shore. But this summer she's forced to share the house with her overbearing mother and competitive sister. Worse, a stranger making a documentary about Rory tracks her down and persuades her to give him just an hour to talk about her husband.

One hour with filmmaker Matt Brio turns into a summer of revelations, surprises, and upheaval. As the days grow shorter and her grief changes shape, Lauren begins to understand the past-and to welcome the future.

Fiction & Literature
April 24
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Ghelka ,

Totally sucked in by the story

Great characters and a twisted plot line make this book hard to put down. Read it in two days, and wish it was longer.

JewishLightnin ,

Another masterpiece

Brenner writes another gem. While it might fit into the “beach” reading or “women’s lit” category - the characters, plot and family relationships are so well developed and thought provoking, it turns both genres on its head.

Brenner explores the relationships within a family with such care and nuance, I found I couldn’t put the book down. Her development of the locations were a character in and of itself.

If this is in your summer reading list, you won’t be disappointed. If it’s not, bump another book off and add this one!

Music-Lover2 ,


Jamie Brenner has done it again with this beautifully written story about dealing with the loss of a loved one, about family, forgiveness and trust. The characters felt real and believable and were very likable, even those with their many flaws. I love when books captivate me from the very beginning and The Husband Hour did just that. It is one that I couldn't put down. Very well done with quite a surprising twist. I highly recommend it.

I received an advance review copy of this book via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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