Book Review ~ Man of the House by Ad Hudler

Summary: For more than a decade, Linc Menner has raised the status of househusband to an art form. . . .

While his wife, Jo, brings home the bacon, Linc Menner holds down the fort–his gourmet cooking is sublime, his cleaning unrivaled, and his devotion to his daughter, Violet, unparalleled.

But when the Menners relocate from upstate New York to the steamy beaches of Naples, Florida, life takes an unexpected turn. As the Menners renovate their new home Linc’s bliss turns into a war zone of contractors, dry wall dust, and chaos. And suddenly being surrounded by guys whose faces go blank as he expounds on the virtues of lump-free gravy makes Linc realize he has forgotten what it feels like to be a man.

So Linc trades his flip-flops for work boots, and his wild mop of hair for a barbershop buzz, and marches his flabby physique to the nearest gym–attracting the secret devotion of one of Violet’s teacher in the process. And his stunned family watches helplessly as they lose the man who keeps them all together. To make matters worse, it’s hurricane season and there’s a category 5 heading right for Naples. As life on the home front explodes into hilarity and catastrophe, Linc must chart his own delightfully crooked course to finally become the Man of the House.

A Novel

Man of the House by Ad Hudler (available in stores on September 30th) is a unique story in that the hero of this domestic tale is a man.  A wonderful, intelligent, loving, caring, creative, meticulous husband, father and homeowner.  Linc Menner loves to cook in his kitchen, talk with his thirteen year old daughter Violet while driving her to school and after picking her up in the afternoon and gets pure pleasure out of finding the new “it’ store for decor or clothes for Violet.  He is married to a working woman who holds a very high level and high stress job as a hospital executive.  They have agreed that he will be the stay-at-home parent while Violet is growing up. 

We meet Linc (if you haven’t read Hudler’s previous novel titled Househusband as I hadn’t) at a frustrating time for him and his family.  They have moved to South West Florida due to his wife Jo’s job and purchased a fixer upper of a house on the sea wall outside of Naples.  Linc has decided that renovations should be made and has hired Rod, a contractor and manly-man, to take care of business.  Soon Linc is following Rod around his property and helping by holding things and grabbing tools from the tool box.  Linc is very picky and knows what he wants.  He soon learns that the men sub-contracted by Rod for specialty jobs think that Linc is high-maintenance, a little weird and one even wonders if Linc may be gay.  All because he knows the difference between different paint colors and faucet handles. 

Linc’s trouble doesn’t end at the work site that used to be his house.  Violet attends a private prep school and Linc is constantly sending e-mails to her teachers or the school administrators requesting changes be made to a number of things.  One major problem Linc has is with the mothers of Collier Academy.  They look down their noses at Linc and his “man-van” and never include him in school fundraisers.  It was fun to read the different ways Linc handled these women and in the end puts them in their place.

At some point Linc starts to think that he is too much of a girly-man with his gourmet meals made from scratch and his demand for absolute cleanliness in the home.  He goes from being a great father, supportive and patient husband to his over-worked, never home executive wife, to a gun shooting, beer drinking, pressure cooker-using cook who drives his family crazy because things are falling to the way-side. 

I really liked Linc when he was well rounded, a provider for his family in ways that a woman usually is and when he took pride in his home.  When he was transforming himself into a guys guy, he started to disappoint not only his family but me as the reader.  In the end a common ground is reached within himself but it takes some serious mishaps to arrive at this point. 

A sub-plot in Man of the House centers around Violet’s English teacher.  This was my least favorite part of the book but I will admit that it did lend to some funny reading at times.   

Man of the House was a nice change of pace for me.  Being told mostly from the male point of view and having been written by a man was refreshing.  There are plenty of men out there who either are not the bread winner or aren’t just the bread winner in the family.  They take pride in preparing meals for their family and creating a healthy and beautiful living condition for them as well.  My husband is both bread winner and domestic god in our home, though I take pride in being the Martha Stewart/Paula Dean of the house too.  He helps me clean when asked, does laundry and is an amazing cook.  He loves to try new recipes and I love to watch him as he works in “his” kitchen (he shoos me out when I start poking around, trying to taste things).  He is a manly-man right down to the hoots and expletives he yells while watching the Redskins play.  I am so very lucky to have married a man who loves to take care of me.  This makes me even more excited and passionate about taking care of him and the things he provides for us.  I hope more stories get told about the man who isn’t self conscious and afraid of helping out or take control of domestic issues like Linc Menner in Man of the House

{Rating = 3.75 out of 5}

To learn more about Ad Hudler you can check out his web site HERE.

Early Birthday Cookies!

Today I made some cookies for the hubby since he won’t be here for his birthday next week.  He LOVES chocolate & peanut butter so I made Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies from Martha Stewart’s Cookies Cookbook.  Oh my goodness where these easy to make and even easier to eat!  Hubby was so tired when he got home today and to see him sink his teeth into one of these huge cookies and see the smile spread across his exhausted face was all the thanks I needed. 

When I was transfering these pics to the computer I was reminded of some pics I had taken last weekend of Rocky.  I just love it when he is relaxed and resting at the foot of the bed with us.  He looks a bit annoyed with the camerawoman though.

 

Sunday Salon ~ September 28th, 2008

Okay folks, I am not ready for October and the end of the year that are waiting for us on the other side of this weeks hump.  I feel like time has sped up to a breakneck pace in the last couple of months and it is FREAKING ME OUT!  My to do list seems never ending, not to mention my TBR ARC stack. 

This past week I’ve been reading Ad Hudler’s upcoming release Man of the House.  It is a refreshing read of a novel about a guy who has reversed roles with his wife and is the stay-at-home parent in their family.  He has a teen daughter who is his pride and joy, a wife who works too much but because of her job makes it possible for him to stay at home in their new home town in south Florida and renovate the house he wanted for that very reason.  It’s interesting to read a character who is the minority in the pick-up line at his daughter’s prep school and is a fish out of water when it comes to macho, testosterone fueled hobbies and work.  He is happiest in his kitchen, which he has been displaced from due to renovations, cooking and creating great dishes for his family.  So far I am enjoying this fresh look at the American family and I like Ad Hudler’s story telling style. 

What are you reading this weekend?  Are you reading Oprah’s new book club pick or are you reading something so far from the mainstream that most of us book bloggers wouldn’t even be familiar with the title? 

And The Winner Is…

…Kelly Garcia @ Okinawa-Rama!! 

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Congratulation girl!  You have won a $25 Borders gift card.  Happy Shopping!  Thank you for your readership, support and friendship.  Having you in my life here in Okinawa has been wonderful and I love ya!

Everyone who entered in this contest, THANK YOU for your readership at Planet Books!  I love you all and appreciate you taking the time to visit me here and checking out what I have to say.  I have so much fun doing this book blog and sharing my thoughts with you.  I also love reading your blogs and seeing what is new with you and what is on your mind at the moment.

What A Wonderful Surprise!

The other day Ti at Book Chatter & Other Stuff nominated Planet Books for the “I Love Your Blog” bloggy award.  THANK YOU!!!  I am so flattered by this.  Planet Books has never received recognition like this before and I am so appreciative of it.  I love working on my blog, reading the books I review here as well as sharing information and tidbits with you, the reader.  Some days may lack a new post but know that I am always thinking up my next post or reading/reviewing the next book that is to be highlighted on Planet Books. 
Now according to Ti’s blog, with this award comes certain responsibilities.  There are rules to abide by and a process to follow through with.  Below, I have copied the rules from Book Chatter & Other Stuff.

1) Add the logo of the award to your blog

2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you (Ti @ Book Chatter & Other Stuff)

3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs (I have nominated 10)

4) Add links to those blogs on your blog (see below)

5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs!

Planet Books has nominated the following blogs for the I LOVE YOUR BLOG bloggy award:

Riley’s Ramblings

Life & Times of a “New” New Yorker

Living Reading Girl

Pop Culture Junkie

Books On The Brain

Stephanie’s Written Word

Blue Archipelago – Escape with a Book

BeastMomma – trying to put down the smack without getting slapped

Booking Mama

The 3 R’s Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness

I love visiting all of the blogs above and find a vast array of information and inspiration from them all.  I hope everyone will check out these blogs and add them to your list of blogs to visit or even add them to your Google Reader.

Happy Reading!!

 

 

Check This Out

A Sharon Gold Novel

Earlier this year I read and reviewed Mrs. Lieutenant by Phyllis Zimbler Miller.  Phyllis has a blog that you can find HERE.  She has done a great job with her blog and I enjoy catching up with what Phyllis is up to through her posts. 

This week, one of my best friends, Dr. Summer Watson was asked by Phyllis to write a guest post about her experiences as a military spouse.  Summer’s wonderful hubby is a Chief Warrant Officer (CWO-2) in the U.S. Marine Corps and they are now stationed back stateside.  We met while they were stationed here in Okinawa for the last three years.  Summer has written an interesting post about her view and experiences as a military spouse.  You can read Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE.  My review of Mrs. Lieutenant can be checked out HERE.

Book Giveaway: Jessica Anya Blau’s THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES

This Giveaway Contest Has Concluded 

 

 

Happy Hump Day!  So, I’ve got another signed book to giveaway and this week it is The Summer of Naked Swim Parties by Jessica Anya Blau.  Many of you may remember my review and Jessica’s hilarious guest post titled Motherhood & Celebrity Penises.  Well Jessica kindly sent me a signed copy of her novel for this giveaway. 

 

 

 

To enter this giveaway contest, please leave a comment on this post including your e-mail address.  In addition please tell us a funny memory from the summer when you were fourteen.  It can be short and sweet or you can take this opportunity to write about a memorable moment that has been haunting you or that you love to tell and elaborate on it.  I will let Jessica know about this additional requirement in order to be eligible to win her book so she can stop by and check out your comments. 

 

 

I will run this contest through next Wednesday, October 1st at Midnight EDT.  I can’t wait to read your stories.  Remember short and sweet or type till your hearts content!

Today’s Favorite Song

Today I was listening to NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast while running errands.  The episode was the Fall Music Preview.  Now, I feel that music recommendations from this show can be hit or miss.  I love mainstream music and Bob Boilen and the other critics he shares the mic with for these preview/review shows tend to sway mostly towards the more unpopular, underground artists and groups.  That’s fine and dandy and everyone is entitled to their opinion but can’t they discover some tunes that are prettier and more enjoyable to listen too?  Songs by musicians that don’t leave me scratching my head in bewilderment. 

I have found artists that I have become fans of because of this show but it is rare when I actually like more than one tune on these preview/review episodes.  Today I discovered Blitsen Trapperand their new album titled Furr, as well as Kaiser Chiefs from the U.K.  Though I didn’t really enjoy the vocals or the all over sound of this next song, I LOVE the chorus.  The group is called The Streets and the song is titled Heaven For The Weather.  Below I have included the chorus as well as the video. 

I want to go to heaven for the weather
But hell for the company
I want to go to heaven for the weather
But hell seems like fun to me

And The Winner of TIME OF MY LIFE Is…

SJ!!

Congratulations SJ!  You have won my ARC of Allison Winn Scotch’s September 30th release, TIME OF MY LIFE.  I hope you enjoy it!  I will e-mail you in regard to your mailing address soon.

Thank you to everyone else who entered this giveaway!  I really appreciate you visiting Planet Books and entering my contests.  I love discovering your blogs in this fashion and I try to check out every one.

Thank You! And as a Sign of My Appreciation…

If you have been a devoted reader of my book blog, Planet Books, thank you!  If you are new to Planet Books, thank you!  If you are just visiting this book blog for the first time right now, thank you!  Last week Planet Books surpassed 10,000 hits in the mist of BBAW (Book Bloggers Appreciation Week) and to show my appreciation for your readership I would like to offer one lucky winner a $25 gift card to Borders Books Stores.  I wish I could afford to give each of you a gift card but that isn’t realistic on my husbands salary at this point in time.  (Maybe one day!) 

I will run this giveaway like the rest and ask you to leave a comment on this post including your e-mail address.  In order for your comment to be eligible though I would like to ask you to answer one question.  What do you like so much about Planet Books that keeps you coming back?  Is it the book reviews?  The author guest posts?  My occasional feature called “Today’s Favorite Song?”  This giveaway will conclude on Friday, September 25th at Midnight EDT.

I’m just curious to know how Planet Books got to over 10,000 hits in just under a year.  Planet Books’ first post on WordPress was October 1st, 2007.   Thank you again for your patronage and I look forward to a bright future in the world of books and experiencing it with you.

XOXO-Karen