Emily Belden - book author
Emily Belden is a food journalist, social media marketer, and storyteller. She is the author of the novels Hot Mess and Husband Material, and of Eightysixed: A Memoir about Unforgettable Men, Mistakes, and Meals. After she tiled her bedroom floor in over 60,000 pennies – all heads up for good luck – she was a guest on The Today Show and her story was covered by media outlets across the country. A Chicago native, Emily lives with her rescue dog in the West Loop, conveniently close to many of the city’s best restaurants.
Emily Belden is the author of books: Husband Material, Hot Mess, Eightysixed: Life Lessons Learned, Eightysixed: A Memoir about Unforgettable Men, Mistakes, and Meals, Husband Material, Girls' Night In, Eightysixed: A memoir about unforgettable men, mistakes, and meals.
Twenty-nine-year-old Charlotte Rosen has a secret: she’s a widow. Ever since the fateful day that leveled her world, Charlotte has worked hard to move forward. Great job at a hot social media analytics company? Check. Roommate with no knowledge of her past? Check. Adorable dog? Check. All the while, she’s faithfully data-crunched her way through life, calculating the probability of risk—so she can avoid it.
Yet Charlotte’s algorithms could never have predicted that her late husband’s ashes would land squarely on her doorstep five years later. Stunned but determined, Charlotte sets out to find meaning in this sudden twist of fate, even if that includes facing her perfectly coiffed, and perfectly difficult, ex-mother-in-law—and her husband’s best friend, who seems to become a fixture at her side whether she likes it or not.
But soon a shocking secret surfaces, forcing Charlotte to answer questions she never knew to ask and to consider the possibility of forgiveness. And when a chance at new love arises, she’ll have to decide once and for all whether to follow the numbers or trust her heart.
Still, Allie’s convinced that her love is the key to fixing this talented man’s broken soul—so when Benji is offered his dream job as chef de cuisine for a new restaurant opening on Randolph Street, Chicago’s foodie hot spot, Allie agrees to invest her life savings in his future. But less than a month after she goes all in, Allie learns a heartbreaking lesson: addicts lie. Benji cracks under the pressure, relapses and disappears, bagging out not only on the restaurant, but on her, too.
Left with nothing but a massive withdrawal slip and a restaurant that absolutely must open in a matter of weeks, Allie finds herself thrust into a world of luxury and greed, cutthroat business and sensory delight. Lost in the mess of it all, she can either crumble completely or fight like hell for the life she wants and the love she deserves.
Hot Mess by Emily Belden
Twentysomething Allie Simon is used to playing by the rules—until Benji Zane walks into her world and pulls her into his. The young chef is as famous for his struggle with addiction as he is for his creative culinary pairings, but Allie convinces herself that loving someone means supporting them no matter what. So when Benji’s offered an opportunity to open a new high-profile restaurant, Allie takes the ultimate risk and invests her life savings in his dream. But then Benji disappears, and Allie finds herself thrust into the cutthroat culinary world, where she can either crumble completely or fight like hell for the life she deserves.
Something Like Happy by Eva Woods
Annie is stuck in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. Deep down, she’s mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through her perfect existence. Until she meets Polly. Bright, bubbly, intrusive Polly is determined to wake her new friend up to life. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it’s that your time is too short to waste a single day—which is why she wants Annie to join her on a mission: one happy thing each day for one hundred days. But just as the daily challenge opens Annie up to the possibility of joy, it becomes clear that Polly is about to need her more than ever. And Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.
Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti
Cady Davenport is living the American dream…but when her husband-to-be hits the road for the upcoming presidential election, Cady realizes she’s on her own—and that her dream life might not be all she’d imagined. Until she finds herself thrust into the most influential inner circle in Washington, DC: the campaign widows. As friends, they’re an unlikely group, but they share one undeniable bond: their spouses are all out on the trail during a hotly contested election season. With the pressures of the unprecedented election mounting, the widows’ worlds keep turning as they hold down the fort while running companies, raising babies, racking up page views and even reinventing themselves. And their friendship might be just what Cady needs to find the strength to pursue her own happiness.