More than a year after starting How To Find Your (First) Husband by Rosie Blake, I finally finished it today for the 2017 Reading Challenge. Given the positive reviews I had read about this book, I had high expectations. Unfortunately, they fell completely flat.
Title: How To Find Your (First) Husband
Author: Rosie Blake
Category: #59 A book featuring unrequited love
“I do secretly believe that if I hope enough somewhere Hogwarts does exist and one day I WILL receive my letter telling me I am a witch.”
When Isobel Graves finds herself stuck in a dead end job and in an unhappy relationship, she decides to take matters into her own hands: locate her first husband, the boy she married on the school playground as a child. Travelling from Los Angeles to the UK, she learns that Andrew, the object of her desire, is currently volunteering on a remote Malaysian island, but distance is no barrier to true love.
In theory this plot sounds great, but the execution was lacklustre to say the least. I didn’t care for Isobel or Andrew; in fact, the only two characters I had any love for where Isobel’s crazy best friend, Mel, and Zeb, a photographer she meets on her flight to Asia. The story was slow and repetitive, and it felt like a chore to read.
Additionally, why this book was 400 pages I have no idea; it could have quite easily been condensed into 250 pages, and that might well have made for a better novel. There’s little worse than being thoroughly disappointed by a book: sad though I am to say this, I think I’ll stick with the more popular adult contemporaries in the future.
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