Monday, August 5, 2013

Book (Mama) Review: The Lost Husband

By Marlene Engel 

After Libby’s husband gets into a car accident that takes his life and injures their daughter, Libby’s forced to sell all of their possessions and move back home with her overly judgmental mother. It’s not easy to pick up the pieces of your life when you find out that your husband had secretly spent all of your savings and cashed in his life insurance.

The last few years since Danny died have not been easy. But living with her mother for the last two years has made it damn near unbearable. Until one day she receives a letter from her crazy Aunt Jean offering for Libby and her kids to stay with her in exchange for helping out on the goat farm. Although Libby doesn’t know her Aunt Jean aside from stories that her mother has told her, she realizes that this is an offer she can’t refuse. Nothing can be worse than her current living situation. So Libby packs up the kids and heads out to the farm. But Aunt Jean is nothing like how Libby’s mother portrayed her to be. Libby also realizes that living a modest life on the farm, although very different from what she’s used to, is actually very relaxing and enjoyable. While on the farm, Libby makes some unexpected friends, learns about secrets that will change her life forever and realizes that things aren’t always what they seem.

From the very first page, I knew that I’d love this book. The story was very heartwarming, yet the author brilliantly mixed in the right amount of humor. I found myself near tears one minute and then the next chuckling at something funny that happened or was said. I also really loved each character. They were all so different, yet shared a major similarity. They all just wanted to be loved and accepted. They were all very likable and relatable as well.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Lost Husband. It was well written, the story kept you interested and it tugged at your heart strings. I think this book would make a wonderful book club choice. There is so much that could be discussed about this book and had topics that many can relate to. This book is a must read. I loved it and feel that you would too!

Thanks to Katherine Center for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Lorelei's Lit Lair said...

That's exactly how I felt about the book. I'm glad I discovered Katherine Center!

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great book - adding to my TBR!

Connie said...

What a great review. You had me smiling about enjoying the quieter pace of life of living on a farm. I love goats and they are such gentle and sweet little creatures. I look forward to reading this novel to see how Libby handles what life has handed her. Hopefully, she will find peace and forgiveness for her dead husband as well.