The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli
I had this book on my holds list for about 5 months before I finally got to read it. I was really looking forward to it, and frankly I was a bit disappointed.
The story follows Raina, an Indian-Canadian woman in her late 20’s whose grandmother is dying for her to get married. Raina is much more focused on her career, and still suffering from the heartbreak of her last relationship. This is all well and good.
I was still enjoying this story, until <<SPOILER ALERT>> her ex-boyfriend comes to town. To cover this up, she more or less leads her grandmother to believe that she is gay. Her grandmother is very accepting, but the community around her is not. Raina’s best friend is upset because she knows this is a lie. A former family friend comes to her and tells her that he is also gay and she convinces him to come out to his family, which didn’t go well. And he is justifiably upset when he finds out she isn’t gay. I didn’t love that she was lying about her sexuality. The story would have been more interesting if she was actually gay. It just felt all a little off for me. I also hate stories where the trouble people get into are from their own doing over lying.
I didn’t realize before I started it that it was set in Toronto. This was super exciting, I rarely find books that are set in Canada. So I did really love that part. The whole book just felt too long, with the inciting incident coming pretty far into the story. Let me know if you’ve read this one and feel differently.
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
This is the 4th book in the Cormoran Strike series by J.K. Rowling’s alter-ego Robert Galbraith. I have really enjoyed reading this series. I’d have to say that this is my least favourite book in the series so far. If you’ve read the Harry Potter series, you know that she has the knack for really detailed stories. Well, that’s definitely true here. It almost feels like a long book just for the sake of being long. There are so many characters that it’s almost hard to keep them all straight. And I just kept waiting and waiting for the moment when the story actually started. Which, I’m not even kidding, was like 300 pages in.
I’d definitely recommend this series, the Cuckoo’s Calling was an incredible page-turner. This addition to the series just felt a bit meh.
The Second Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith
I picked this up at the library because I liked the cover, and I figured I could get into a book where France itself was basically a character.
Cookbook writer, Paul Stuart, is stuck while writing his latest book. His cousin invites him on a trip with her to France, and he thought that a change of scenery would treat him and his book well. His time in France is filled with ups and downs and just a touch of food poisoning.
I really enjoyed reading this book. This is the first one I’ve read by Alexander McCall Smith. I love books set in small French cities, and this one didn’t disappoint. It felt a little slow in some parts, and I wouldn’t say it was one of my favourite books I’ve ever read. But it was a light, easy read.
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors. I’ve read so many of her books over and over again. I was super excited to read this one.
Fixie Farr is dealing with managing her family store after her dad dies a couple years ago. This isn’t easy with her mother getting sick, and her siblings being pretty useless. After a run-in with a stranger that changes her life, she works to act for herself instead of everyone else.
I liked this book. It wasn’t my favourite ever of her stories, but it wasn’t my least favourite. It’s a fun, easy read. I tore through the book in a day. I think I will definitely re-read this one at some point.