Thursday 12 October 2017


Virtually Perfect
By Paige Roberts
Releasing September 26th, 2017
Kensington Books

In Virtually Perfect by Paige Roberts, Lizzie Glass once had it all going for her with a successful TV show, cookbook deal and living the life of her stardom with attending parties and events. However, now she's lost everything she worked hard for with her show and magazine column being cancelled. With her only option being to take on a summer job, Lizzie never imagined she'd wind up a personal chef for a wealthy and eccentric family. Will she be able to do her job without letting their family problems get to be too much for her, or will her chance at happy ever after with Nate Silvester slip away because his family are a bunch of crazies?

Books of the Women's Fiction / Chick-Lit genre are not something I read a lot of, but after reading the blurb to this story I decided to give it a chance, and I've got to say that it was a story that had me smiling or laughing because of all the heroine goes through because the Silvester family are quirky, cunning and enough to drive anyone insane. The way this story started had me feeling sorry for the heroine, as she's going through a tough time and it's only going to get tougher, especially since she's lost everything she's worked so hard for and there's no way she's going to get it back.

As for the dialogue, it was a wonderful combination of intense and amusing moments that had me wanting to discover whether the heroine would end up quitting or getting fired, because Mrs. Silvester is a bit full on with her ability to not know when to be quiet and believing her daughter can do no wrong. However, I liked how the heroine was resilient and courageous in challenging the Silvesters to see that their daughter is a spoilt brat that they should not allow to get away with half the stuff she does. Yet, what I liked most of all is that the heroine had an ally; someone willing to do right by the heroine.

Overall, Ms. Roberts has penned a fascinating and utterly engaging read in this book where the chemistry between Lizzie and Nate was wonderful and the ending had me sympathizing with the heroine. Why couldn't the Silvesters realize that their daughter is a troublemaker of the worst kind and that they're only enabling her with all that they do for her? Why couldn't Lizzie's mother have been honest with Lizzie about what was happening in her life? Will Lizzie be able to convince her mom to do the right thing when it comes to what's going on with her? However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, because of how things are going for Lizzie in both her career and her love life. I would recommend Virtually Perfect by Paige Roberts, if you enjoy Chick Lit; stories about a heroine down on her luck but managing to bounce back in the end; or books by authors Julie Pennell, Erin Watt, Debbie Macomber and Jenn McKinlay.

Not so long ago, Lizzie Glass had a successful TV show, a cookbook deal, and a social diary crammed with parties and events. But fame doesn’t stay fresh for long. Her show fizzles, her magazine column is canceled, and Lizzie’s only option is a summer job as personal chef to the Silvesters, a wealthy and eccentric family.

Their beach house is a lavish, beautifully decorated palace on the Jersey Shore, and Lizzie gets to work catering to Kathryn and Jim Silvester’s fashionably restrictive diets. But it’s their twenty-something daughter who presents Lizzie with her biggest challenge—professionally and personally. A self-proclaimed “wellness warrior,” Zoe Silvester has a hugely popular website and app that promotes healthy living and organic, unprocessed foods. Yet Lizzie soon realizes that The Clean Life site has a dirty little secret. In fact, Zoe’s entire online persona is based on a dangerous hoax that runs deep and will damage lives. Exposing Zoe won’t just jeopardize Lizzie’s job and a promising new relationship—it may expose the cracks in her own past.

Sharply observed, witty, and thoughtful, Paige Roberts’ debut novel is a compelling look at one woman’s journey toward reinventing herself—and seeing through the façade of others—to discover the imperfect but sometimes wonderful truth.

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