Setting: New Jersey
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: September 26, 2017

Lizzie Glass once had it all. She was a rising star on Food Network with her own show. Eventually, it all came crashing down. Since then, she's worked as a personal chef and magazine columnist, but she's currently unemployed and desperate for a job.

Enter the chance to spend her summer at the beach home of the Silvester family. Lizzie just needs to cook meals that meet the differing needs of the family members. Kathryn is currently on the Paleo diet, while her daughter, Zoe, is a health nut and blogger, requires only clean foods. The patriarch, Jim, needs low-fat foods. It isn't long before Lizzie realizes that there's something fishy about Zoe's site. However, the Silvesters seem to have Zoe on a pedestal, so Lizzie needs to watch what she does or says or she could be jobless again.

Strengths and Weaknesses

My biggest issue with Virtually Perfect was the big secret that Zoe tried to hold over Lizzie's head. I just never understood why that was such an issue. It didn't seem that huge a deal to me. The rest of the story, however, kept me hooked.

I loved the setting and wished I was the one in the big beach home. I enjoyed Lizzie's encounters with Jim's black sheep son. I even enjoyed the periodic interruptions as Lizzie's mom's story and Lizzie's stories started to meld.

RTR's Bottom Line

I liked Virtually Perfect. The setting made me long to be there. I was never fond of the Silvesters, short of the son. The rest of them were as fake as can be. That didn't matter though, the descriptions of the foods Lizzie made, the hintings of romance, and the pacing were enough to make me happy I picked this book up.


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