Book Review When I am Gone by Emily Bleeker

Book Review When I am Gone by Emily Bleeker Review by Dawn Thomas 366 Pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Women’s Fiction, General Fiction (Adult) Natalie died from cancer and her husband, Luke, has to pick up the pieces for his three children. She used the time she had left to write letters. These letters open some doors but also lead to heart ache. Natalie is giving him advice on how to move on. She even tells him he has waited long enough and should begin dating. At first, Luke looks forward to getting the blue envelopes in the mail. Soon things seem to spiral out of control and he does not even want to look at the letters. When their oldest son Will tells the guidance counselor at school he is adopted, she contacts Luke. Luke is shocked by the allegation and confronts Will. He shows Luke an envelope addressed to Natalie from an adoption agency. The postmark is around the same time as Will’s birth. Luke tries to convince Will he was not adopted and gives other reasons for the letter. Luke tells Will he will go to the adoption agency and try to get answers. Annie, Natalie’s best…

Book Review The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan

Book Review The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan Review by Dawn Thomas 314 Pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Literary Humor, Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction Lila is a mother, wife, and nine months pregnant. Her husband, Sam, is a restaurant critic. They met in New Orleans while Sam was doing a critique of gumbo. Immediately, they were immediately attracted to each other. At the time, Lila was a crisis manager for the Addison hotel chain and traveled around the world. When a restaurant critic position opened in Philadelphia, they pack up and move. Starting over in a new city is difficult for Lila. She is now a stay-at-home mom. She misses her old job and the connections she had with her coworkers. Sam wants to remain anonymous in order to do a fair job with his restaurant reviews. He is concerned if she becomes too public, people will recognize her and his cover will be blown. Sam is too overprotective of his image and causes Lila more stress. Sam does not want her socializing with anyone connected with a restaurant but Lila cannot work the question into ordinary conversations. One of her closest friends is part owner in a New…