What I Read Wednesday – The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan


This book was released on January 5, 2016. I received a copy through NetGalley.

Lila is a stay-at-home mother who loves her family. Except that’s only one side of her. The other side is longing to be back at work, putting her college education to use in a job she adores. Staying at home wasn’t exactly her idea. Her husband, Sam, requested that she not return to work in order to keep their identity a secret for his job. He doesn’t have a super-secret CIA job or anything, he’s a restaurant critic.

All Lila wants (besides going back to work) is to make some friends so she’s not so lonely every day. Sam doesn’t want her fraternizing with other people on the tiny chance that they have some connection to the restaurant world or that they’ll blow his cover.

This was a good book with a unique premise, but Sam pretty much drove me crazy the entire time, as much as he did Lila. The background characters, especially the other mothers on their block, were colorful and crazy, and it was nice seeing Lila slowly integrate herself into their circle.

It was a nice, shorter read with a pretty feel-good ending that wrapped it all up nicely.

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