The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner published TODAY! I am so thrilled as it is an amazing read. Jamie and her publisher are offering a 5 book/beach bag GIVEAWAY to celebrate this book! Enter below.
The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner
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.
A Note From Jamie Brenner
In some ways, The Husband Hour is a novel that has been seventeen years in the making.
When my daughter was six months old, I held her on my lap watching the news as President Bush sent troops into Afghanistan. I hoped that the action taking place would end quickly. Well, that baby is now applying to college and we still have boots on the ground in the Middle East.
As a reader and writer, I turn to books to make sense of the world. This has been especially true of the past decade and a half as stories of heroism and tragedy have made their way into our popular culture.
One morning, I watched Bradley Cooper on The Today Show promoting his film American Sniper, the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle who survived four tours in Iraq only to be killed back home while trying to help a fellow veteran suffering from PTSD. Chris Kyle’s widow, Taya, joined Bradley Cooper for the discussion. As soon as I heard her speak, American Sniper became the story not of a soldier, but of a marriage.
I became fascinated with military wives. Marriage is complicated under normal circumstances, never mind during wartime. The long absences, the stress. The injury. I wanted to explore marriage through this lens and began writing about a war widow. When your husband dies in combat, he is automatically a “hero.” But a man is never perfect, and neither is a marriage. How do you reconcile this? I began thinking about life after loss. I thought about a flawed marriage that could never be discussed as anything less than perfect.
The story of my fictional military wife changed. The novel about dealing with loss changed into a story about facing uncomfortable truths. The Husband Hour is about marriage, but it’s also about mothers, daughters, and sisters. It’s about saying I love you, no matter what.
I hope that by the time I hold my daughter’s baby on my lap, we aren’t still having this conversation. But in the meantime, I’m happy to share The Husband Hour with you.
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