The Restaurant Critic's Wife By: Elizabeth LaBan

Book Description...

"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."

Title:  The Restaurant Critic's Wife
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing 
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:   4

"The Restaurant Critic's Wife" by Elizabeth LaBan

My Thoughts...

I liked the cover design very tasteful for this story that this author gives the readers.  This novel gives the reader a little bit of it all from humor, to motherhood, marriage, to some restaurant reviews, wonderful culinary skills to some interesting foods.  This author gives the reader a intriguing story 
of her life [Lila] before her marriage and after she met her husband Sam [food critic]settling down in Philadelphia with their three year old daughter, Hazel...and later with a new little one on the way. How life will change for Lila as she thinks after the baby  Henry is a little older returning to work however Sam wasn't for that so how will things changed for Lila?  Why was this?  What had happened in Sam's life that brought on his insecurities?  At times I wasn't one of Sam's fans. Sam didn't want Lila to socialize even  'with their neighbors, have friends, or have their daughter to even attend birthday parties.'  What was up with all that ...just because he was a food critic?  Thank God Lila did had a mind of her own...being 'smart, sassy, and driven'  and not letting Sam get in her way. Yes, I do believe that in a marriage one can have difference of opinions and still be in a solid  good marriage.  In the end well I will stop here and say you will have to pick up this novel to see how this author brings it all out so realistically to the reader.   

I received this book from Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.


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