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Preview: The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner

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There’s quite a bit of praise for The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner. While Brenner is the author of two other books, The Forever Summer and The Wedding Sisters, The Husband Hour will be the first book I’ve read from her.

First, here’s the synopsis:

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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 of her time.

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.

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The story sounds like it was inspired by Pat Tillman who left his NFL career to enlist in the U.S. Army in the aftermath of 9/11. Tillman also married his high school girlfriend. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan but was tragically killed in a friendly-fire incident. For more on Tillman, be sure to read this 2014 ESPN feature.

Check back soon for my review of The Husband Hour!