The First Husband

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so that I want to read Laura Dave’s other books as soon as I can. This book meets another one of my reading challenges requirements, this time for a book that has an item of clothing or an accessory on the cover.  I am so happy that I basically stumbled upon this title through this challenge because it was one of the most entertaining books I have read in a while.

Annie Adams is content with her life.  She has a job she loves, writing a travel column that allows her to see the world, a movie director boyfriend of 5 years whom she loves dearly and sees a future with, and a great home in LA.  All of that changes when her boyfriend Nick decides that he wants to take a break from her and offers her time to think about what she wants to do.   Stunned and heartbroken, she meets Griffin in her local bar one night and begins a whirlwind romance with him.  Three months later they are married and living in rural Massachusetts where Griffin is pursuing his dream of opening his own restaurant.   When Nick comes back into her life she must decide what’s important to her and who she really belongs with.

I read this book in one day, that’s how much I loved being in this world.  I didn’t want the book to end and would love to see more about Annie.  While this book could be categorized as a romance,  I really felt like this was more about learning to love yourself, the decisions you make, and the paths life leads you on.   There was so much to love about Annie and I really felt for her, especially in the beginning scenes with Nick.  Dave did a great job of writing Annie; the reader can’t help but feel her pain and confusion when her relationship with Nick falls apart.   When I started reading the book, I thought it would be hard for me to believe she could meet someone new and marry him in three months but then Griffin came into the picture.  I don’t know how you wouldn’t fall in love with him to be completely honest. Kind, charming, attentive—he is pretty much a dream guy AND a totally believable guy at the same time.  Annie’s best friend Jordan and Griffin’s brother Jesse were well-written and added just enough to the plot that I liked them both and wouldn’t have minded more of them, especially Jordan.  I really just wanted to be a part of this book in a way that is rare—the story came to life for me and I didn’t want it to end.

I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for something quick, easy, and fun.  The plot was entertaining, with very little in the way of surprises and twists and turns and the characters were well thought out and relatable.  It’s perfect for a vacation read or a snowy day spent hibernating.

Favorite Quote:

“We knew each other so well by this point-knew each other in that honest, unmitigated way that people get to know you who meet you when you’re still young.  Before all the rest of it. Before it becomes both easier and harder to know yourself.”

Author:  Laura Dave

Published: 2011

Rating: 4.5 Stars


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