Review by Deb Czajkowski
People are saying Lizzie Glass is washed up, a ‘has been’, not marketable anymore, and Lizzie can’t very well disagree with them. It’s been five years since she had her successful television show and her cookbook deal. Today she’s no longer a celebrity, no longer in demand. Invitations to parties and events stopped arriving ages (and ages!) ago. And now her magazine column is being canceled.
Unemployed and seriously in need of income ─and some distance between her and New York would be a breath of fresh air as well─ Lizzie accepts the only paying job on her proverbial (kitchen) table: personal chef for wealthy Jim and Kathryn Silvester at their beach house ─correction: beach mansion!─ on the Jersey Shore.
Creative challenges are Lizzie’s specialty, thank goodness, because the Silvesters have very specific requirements. Jim loves meat but shouldn’t have it. He’s only at the beach house on weekends, so that’s a help, but every weekend the Silvesters seem to throw a theme party. Kathryn “I only eat paleo” seems to live for her parties, keeping everyone’s glass (especially hers) full. Son Nate supposedly only eats pizza and not the paleo kind! Daughter Zoe has her one gluten free cupboards that apparently have invisible do-not-touch signs on them. But that’s not her only obsession. Zoe also has a website she calls The Clean Life, but the entire site smells more than a little fishy.
Lizzie soon discovers that challenge ─the verb─ may be the key word for this summer. Look out Lizzie! Look out Silvesters! The gauntlet(s) will be thrown down!
Virtually Perfect is a smorgasbord for reader. The life of the rich (if not famous). Great food menus for foodies (I do love good food!). Family drama (always good fodder for laughs). Intrigue (Who doesn’t love a mystery?). And romance (duh!). Author Paige Robert’s novel has it all.
No matter the month, reading a good book is always in season. But as the temps drop and the leaves begin to fall, this is a great time to read Virtually Perfect. Just maybe it’ll remind you of the fun times you had this summer; help you laugh over family mishaps; encourage you to seek out fall flavors for fabulous foods; show you that life is messy ─everyone’s life─ at one time or another; make you smile as only love can do.
Fun and funny. Tasty and tempting. Drama and dilemma. Life and love. Virtually Perfect.
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About the author:
Paige Roberts is a writer, journalist and author of the forthcoming novel, VIRTUALLY PERFECT. A graduate of Yale University and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, she lives outside Philadelphia with her family and an ever-expanding collection of cookbooks.
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