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…

Book Review A Covenant with Death by Stephen Becker

Book Review A Covenant with Death by Stephen Becker Review by Dawn Thomas 240 Pages Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Legal, Courtroom Drama, Psychological The book is set in Soledad City, New Mexico in 1923. Louise Talbot is a beautiful young woman and spends her days sitting on a rail fence watching people pass by. One day she is found murdered in her home. All fingers point to her husband, Bryan Talbot. He swears he did not do it and his lawyer, Parmalee, believes him. Benjamin Lewis is a judge living in the same city. He is not hearing the murder case but sits in the gallery listening to testimony. There is a lot of coverage on the trial. During the case, we discover evidence of Bryan’s misdeeds and transgressions. Ben is a fair young man living with his mother. The governor appointed him a judge as a favor to his father. He has been dating Rosemary, a teacher in Albuquerque. She is friendly but Ben is not convinced she is the one for him. He dreams of Rafaela, a girl/woman he has known all his life. He must make a few hard decisions that…