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NetGalley Review: The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan

Lake Union Publishing To Be Published Jan. 5, 2016
Lake Union Publishing
To Be Published Jan. 5, 2016

Lisa Soto has a master’s degree that she no longer uses. Married with a work obsessed husband, a little girl running around and a baby on the way, Lisa is contemplating how and why did her life end up this way.

Lisa’s husband Sam decides to move his family to Philadelphia, where he takes his job as a restaurant critic seriously. So seriously, he wants Lisa and their family to remain anonymous and have little or no interaction with their neighbors; leaving Lisa jumpy and alone. 

Needing some kind of adult interaction, Lisa wonders if she is losing her identity and begins questioning every decision she made including leaving her ex for Sam. 

I picked this book because I read LaBan’s YA book The Tragedy Paper (Click here for the review).  I enjoyed that book, so I decided I would give this a try.

This was a struggle read for me because Lisa is miserable for most of the book. I am aware that is the premise but it is really hard to read someone who is just plain unhappy all the time. Sam is inconsiderate and Lisa just allows him to be him. At one point you just wonder, when did she decide to just give up everything she even remotely wanted. She doesn’t even care about appearances. When Sam begins acting irrational in public she just sits there.

My issue with Lisa is she gives the impression that she just gave up on herself. I am sure plenty of women go through this but Lisa bugged me. Sam bugged.

In regards to writing style, I didn’t love the flashbacks. It was fitting for the novel, yes but I felt that it could have been cleaner and sharper. The transitions weren’t that great *shrugs*

I liked the book and I understand the lack of emotion within the characters but I cannot tell you how bad I wanted some kind of passion. Even when the flashbacks happen, there was no real emotion other than impulsiveness.

This book offered insight and it is extremely relate-able even if you aren’t married. But this was a hard read and I strongly believe more could have been done to this book.


2.8 Pickles

NetGalley Review: A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

Kensington Published Oct. 28, 2014 294 Pages
Published Oct. 28, 2014
294 Pages

At four years old Mili Rathod was promised to someone. It has been twenty years and she has not seen her husband since then But it isn’t a total lost because being married gave her the freedom to go to America for higher education and to ultimately become a modern wife, which is what Mili wants more than anything.

But little does she know her husband completely forgot about his marriage and belongs to someone else now. So he asks his brother famous Bollywood director Samir Rathod to find Mili and have her sign the divorce papers.

Samir goes to America blindly expecting Mili to fall for his any command but Mili isn’t foolish and Samir comes across someone he didn’t bargain for.

What a really cute book! I describe this book as cute because the predictable romance provided a lot more than predictable settings. Mili has a hot temper. Throughout most of the book almost everything pisses her off and what bothered me the most about this was she would’t even understand half of what is going on to even justify her anger. She doesn’t really show growth to me in this book.

However, Samir shows growth in the I won’t be a womanizer anymore nor a prick and I can show I have other talents then an amazing smile and writing abilities. In the beginning he was very childish in regards to his emotions to Mili but he was able to figure things out a bit better than Mili did.

What I liked about this book was the focus on Indian culture. From the food, the clothing, the movies, family structure and love this book shows a different viewpoint than what the media shows. I also love the fact that the author was able to make this entertaining on a level that didn’t focus on romance until the later half of the book.

I didn’t like how the romance came out of no where. To be honest Mili and Samir are constantly in friend mood I couldn’t see a romance and it felt out of place when it actually happened. Seeing Mili as a sexual woman threw me completely off.

Overall this was a good read.

2.5 Pickles