Foodie Friday: The Restaurant Critic's Wife by Elizabeth LaBan

Title: The Restaurant Critic's Wife
Author: Elizabeth LaBan
Publisher: Lake Union
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
ISBN: 9781503947757
Number of Pages: 306
How I Got It: Netgalley
Format: Kindle
Goodreads 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.My Review:
I think the concept of being a food critic is fascinating and it would be fun to be "undercover" but the restaurant critic of this novel was pretty much a top notch ass. The restaurant critic's wife, Lila, seems smart enough and I wanted to cheer her on in her pursuit of something beyond being a wife and mother but she just was too eager to bow to her husband's demands. Overall, this was pretty "meh." I didn't really love it but I didn't hate it enough to stop reading.
***Disclaimer:: I was given a copy of this release in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation. ***


Amanda @ Gun in Act One said...

Top notch ass is the perfect description! I hated him so much I had to stop the book.

Rhiannon Johnson said...

Yes, Amanda! And he didn't really redeem himself in any way at the end....*blergh*

Carmen said...

Intriguing concept; too bad the execution didn't deliver on its promise.

Judy Krueger said...

Another Wife book. OMG.