Sunday, January 17, 2016

NetGalley REVIEW - The Restaurant Critic's Wife by Elizabeth LaBan

The Restaurant Critic's Wife
A Novel
by Elizabeth LaBan
Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date JANUARY 5TH 2016
Genres: Women's Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of The Restaurant Critic’s Wife  . . . 
A little humor. A little truth. A little mother. A little woman. A little critic. A little life. 

I had times that I just found myself overwhelmed by the sheer number of people that were introduced as neighbor, friend, possible friend, restaurateur or someone else. The main characters were rich and enjoyable. The lives they lived privately and publicly read like a life of Hollywood. The fact that you had to have two different lives to make it. The search for true friends and not someone that want something from you. 

It was a look at the test and trials of marriage, motherhood, work related, family related, friend related life. Sam was a stick in the mud or should it be a stick up his mud. Lila was tackling so much and accepting of so much.  She whined and evaded too much. She needed to step into her big girl underwear and take more assertive actions. 

I followed most of the read but was not overjoyed by what I was getting. There were times of confusion as to what was going on, when, where, and then who. I spent too much time trying to figure out why this person or that person even had space on the page. For me they gave nothing to the process. 
**This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** 

Lila Soto has a master’s degree that’s gathering dust, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how exactly she ended up here.
In their new city of Philadelphia, Lila’s husband, Sam, takes his job as a restaurant critic a little too seriously. To protect his professional credibility, he’s determined to remain anonymous. Soon his preoccupation with anonymity takes over their lives as he tries to limit the family’s contact with anyone who might have ties to the foodie world. Meanwhile, Lila craves adult conversation and some relief from the constraints of her homemaker role. With her patience wearing thin, she begins to question everything: her decision to get pregnant again, her break from her career, her marriage—even if leaving her ex-boyfriend was the right thing to do. As Sam becomes more and more fixated on keeping his identity secret, Lila begins to wonder if her own identity has completely disappeared—and what it will take to get it back.