Title: The Restaurant Critic's Wife
Author: Elizabeth LaBan
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
I was given a review copy of this book by the publisher, Lake Union Publishing, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much!
I wanted to read a novel about food, and when I went searching through all the books I have yet to read, The Restaurant Critic's Wife jumped out at me, so I went with my gut and just dived right in. And I'm so happy that I did! This novel wasn't perfect, but it was pretty close! It was entertaining, laugh out loud funny, intensely detailed, and a moving, convincing portrait of normal family life.
Lila Soto is overwhelmed. Heavily pregnant, lonely, and bereft, she is the restaurant critic's wife. Her husband, Sam, makes his living by reviewing restaurants, and, more often than not, ends up antagonizing their neighbors; people, who, in another life, would be Lila's friends. Lately, home life for Lila has become unsatisfying. Forced to do everything in her power to keep Sam's anonymity, it has resulted in frustration. Forced to really look at her life and what she wants from it, Lila comes to the conclusion that her husband's job might cost her more than she ever imagined.
This book was wonderful. With its rich detail, beautiful prose that had me laughing constantly, I was rooting for Lila throughout the novel. I loved it so much! It was almost perfect, and would've been, had it not been for Sam. There were times when I really liked him, but there were also times throughout the book that I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room, I was so frustrated with him. Minor flaws notwithstanding, Elizabeth LaBan penned a lovely story that I will cherish in my heart forever; it was a perfect book for the dark, dreary days of winter! The bottom line: A fantastic novel about food, family, and forgiveness, The Restaurant Critic's Wife was wonderful, I loved it! Next on deck: The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove!