Nicole Says… Read This Book by Ad Hudler

By Nicole McManus

Househusband by Ad Hudler
by Ad Hudler

Lincoln Menner had grown frustrated with his landscaping business, and when his wife, Jo, was offered her dream job, he was happy to have a fresh start and support his wife. Linc packed up the house and their daughter, Violet, to move across the country. Now, in unfamiliar territory, Linc finds himself in the position of househusband. Slowly but surely he learns the new, necessary duties of making his house a loving home, while raising his precocious three-year-old. As Jo becomes more and more involved in her work, Linc sees her less often and as the responsibilities take over, Linc begins to lose himself. Will their marriage be at risk or is Linc the perfect househusband?

With a sarcastic wit, Ad Hudler builds the imperfect world that absorbs readers into the daily chores and hazards of a stay-at-home caregiver. The short, easy to read chapters make this a great choice for busy, overwhelmed readers. Written with bits of stream-of-consciousness dialogue, readers will chuckle at how one thought triggers a completely opposite task. Since the main character is very mindful of the food his family eats, there are delicious recipes included that will entice readers’ stomachs. Anyone who has spent time at home caring for a loved one can relate to Linc’s constant struggle against dust bunnies, losing one’s identity and the constant need to defend one’s worth.

This title has been on my wish list for a while. When I saw that April would be a wedding issue, I thought this would be a perfect fit. Very few authors have been able to make me laugh out loud and Ad Hudler has successfully been added to that list. Plus, several recipes from the book have made it into my “to try” folder. I have not had the pleasure of raising a child yet, but I was a stay-at-home caregiver and completely related to Linc’s inner dialogue. This is a delightful, enjoyable read that I recommend to readers who are looking for a quick reprieve from their livelihood.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic in reading. Contact her at

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