my fave: the first husband

Not mine, don’t worry, you haven’t missed anything.  I’m sure my future first husband will be very lovely though. 


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.

To say I love this book is not an over-reaction (and I over-react a lot).  I love it.  I’ve been re-reading it over the last week, and the only reason it took me so long was because I limited myself to about 50 pages a day. 

Laura Dave’s writing is captivating; the words and emotions of her characters are authentic, I felt I knew Annie and that I, too, wanted to marry Griffin.  She describes scenes in such vivid detail, and I have quite the imagination, the book played out like a movie in my head while I read it. 

And it ends exactly how I wanted it to.

ps: I also love her 2 other books – London is the Best City in America and The Divorce Party

(photo and book synopsis from Chapters.Indigo website)


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