Author: Laura Dave
Published: Viking Adult; May 2011
Genre: Women's fiction
Synopsis: 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.
My Take: This book had all of the things I love in a novel and just enough of a twist for me to think it was different from anything else I had read. I like that it was close to chick-lit in that our protagonist was stuck in a love triangle and you all know I love chick-lit. I like that it was close to modern literature in that it was, um, modern and savvy and made you think at the end. It didn't just play out the way you would expect a book to play out. Kind of like how life doesn't always play out the way you expect it to. Therefore, this book was the perfect accompaniment for my recent vacation and a relaxing day on the beach. The page count and the subject matter easily digestible in a day. The topics within made me continue to think about them long afterward.
Let's start with the title shall we. The First Husband implies that there will be a second husband but let's not get hasty. Annie Adams is somewhat unlucky. She has a favorite movie, Roman Holiday. It's one of my favorites too! The sad thing is, every time she watches it, something bad happens. This has been true throughout her life. Most recently, her boyfriend of five years, her soul mate, upon her most recent watching, up and leaves her. She is devastated.
After wallowing in self-pity for a week she decides to go out for a drink where she meets a man: Griffin. A whirl-wind romance ensues and he becomes the aforementioned first husband. You might think this was a flighty decision. We all do. Her family and friends sure do. Griffin's family and friends do too. After all, she has to move across country, ends up losing her job, and doesn't even fully realize what kind of a life she has gotten herself into.
What follows is a smart look at life and love. Annie is not necessarily my favorite person. At times she even downright annoys me but I can look past all that because what we have here is a totally human character with very real reactions to an all too believable situation. Often in chick-lit we get somewhat silly plot lines. Often in modern literature everything is overwrought and you go home wanting to slit your wrists. This was a nice meeting of the minds. I can highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a dose of reality!
Cover Lust: I don't hate it, but it also doesn't thrill me. It could be a little bolder if you ask me or more suggestive.