Review: The First Husband by Laura Dave

The First Husband by Laura Dave
Release Date: May 12th, 2011
Publisher: Viking
Page Count: 244
Source: SheKnows book club read

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.

Review:  If you’re looking for a great chick lit book, this one’s a definite read! What is chick lit, you might be wondering…One of the blogs I follow,, says that the chick lit genre is “writing told in a more confiding, personal tone. It’s like having a best friend tell you about her life. Or watching various characters go through things that you have gone through yourself, or witnessed others going through. Humor is a strong point in chick lit, too.” This book has it all, I was hooked from page one!

Annie has what others might consider the perfect job, really. She has a magazine column where she writes about places others might want to travel to giving them the good, the hidden, and the unexpected for each location. The job requires a lot of traveling, which in hindsight, means that she can sort of be there for her permanent boyfriend of five years – the man she will eventually marry – or is she really? While the thoughts circle around in her head, he makes an unexpected announcement. Well, was it totally unexpected? She had been watching her comfort movie, Roman Holiday, the classic. Each and every time she treated herself to the movie, during her entire life, something bad happened afterwards.

In some ways, I thought the story might be predictable and I am so glad I was wrong. I enjoyed Annie’s attempt to be “the opposite” of what she felt she was and the outcome, a quickie marriage. I laughed aloud as she moves to a town so small that other people can’t even get the name right and then deals with her new husband’s family. But, as good chick lit does, I also felt incredibly sad when things come to a head and she has to make a decision regarding her need for freedom and her need to settle down. No spoilers here but it’s a trip you’ll enjoy making with her!

Quote: “Quite the digs they’ve handed you here,” Thomas said, as we stood by the living room windows, filling out the paperwork he needed completed. “It’s like a ready-made life,” he said. Page 193

Purchase Links
Readers, Valerie is generously offering up her review copy of The First Husband to one lucky commenter.  It is the hard cover, real-deal.  Due to shipping, the contest is limited to US residents.  The winner will be chosen on Sunday, July 31.  To enter the contest, leave a comment with your email address so we can contact you if you’re the winner.  And you need to answer the following question:
In The First Husband, Annie has a comfort movie — Roman Holiday
What’s your comfort/favorite movie?

Since I slid this contest in after it posted and it got lost in all the posts and contests, I’m going to extend it one more week to Sunday, August 7.