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.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review ~ Man of the House by Ad Hudler

  1. I love a man who “knows the difference between different paint colors and faucet handles” but I think I prefer a manly man more. Hubby wouldn’t know paint colors if they bit him but he’s willing to learn!

  2. I just received a copy of this book to read and I’m curious about it. Living in Florida myself, dealing with hurricanes and working for a general contractor, I may be able to find some humor in this book.

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