I read the blurb on the back of The First Husband, by Laura Dave and was pretty sure I’d enjoy what I found between its covers. I have to say that I was wrong. And right.
I should probably explain.
Annie Adams is living what she thinks is a pretty good life. She writes a syndicated travel column and her work takes her to all sorts of wonderful places. She and Nick, her live-in boyfriend, both adore their dog, Mila. Everything seems to be going along alright, but then without warning, Nick announces that he needs a break. Of course, there’s another woman in the picture, though Nick swears that nothing has happened with her yet.
Annie & Nick are suddenly Annie. And Nick.
Still reeling, Annie meets Griffin. Things move along quickly—really quickly—and before you can say rebound madness, Annie marries Griffin and the two move across the country to his home town.
Okay, I don’t want to reveal too much but suffice it to say that as they got settled and life got messy as life tends to do, I found myself not liking either guy all that much. From my standpoint, Nick became a permanent part of the past the moment he walked and I just wanted Griffin to stand up and man up. In a relationship-centered book like this, readers need to be rooting for someone and for a while there, I kind of thought Annie should just chuck them both and start fresh. It might have helped if Annie herself were easier to relate to. I didn't always "get" her and as the story's main character, that was a fairly substantial problem.
All in all, I’d say The First Husband is worth a read, but I wouldn't move it to the top of the TBR list. Dave’s writing style is comfortable and engaging, she has a keen sense of observation when it comes to the human condition, and by her story's end, she'd shown everyone's heart. Plus—and this is big—she doesn’t resort to creating overly cutesy characters, a too common occurrence in light reads. So even with its considerable shortcomings, if you're looking for something light and easy to fill an afternoon at the beach, this one might do nicely.
Just so you know, I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review but all opinions expressed are my own.
Oh, and you wouldn’t like it if someone stole your words, so please don’t steal the work of photographers and graphic artists to provide images for your blog. For today’s image, I snapped a quick shot of my copy of the book. :O)