Review: The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go

36334131Title: The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go
Author: Amy E. Reichert
352 pages, release date May 15, 2018 by Gallery Books

Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

1. Get through to your daughter. 2. Buy more cheese. 3. Don't forget to call your mother.

Grilled G's Gourmet Food Truck is where chef, owner, obsessive list-maker, and recent widow Gina Zoberski finds the order and comfort she needs to struggle through each day, especially when confronted with her critical mother Lorraine and sullen daughter May.

Image-conscious Lorraine always knows best and expects her family to live up to her high expectations, no matter what. May just wants to be left alone to mourn her father in her own way. Gina always aims to please, but finds that her relentlessly sunny disposition annoys both her mother and her daughter, no matter how hard she tries.

But when Lorraine suffers a sudden stroke, Gina stumbles upon a family secret Lorraine's kept hidden for forty years. In the face of her mother's failing health and her daughter's rebellion, this optimist might find that piecing together the truth is the push she needs to let go...

This book had so many things I love--food, lists, family relationships. I loved the mother/daughter relationships explored in the book between Lorraine, Gina, and Vicky, as well as Gina and May. I also loved the sister relationship between Gina and Vicky. These relationships, death, and grief were all portrayed in a very real way in this book, which I appreciated. I loved seeing the parallels between Lorraine and Gina's relationship and Gina and May's relationship. I related to so many characters in this book in different ways.

Because of all the family relationships, it is definitely an emotional book compared to what you expect with women's fiction, but it's so well written and so heartwarming.  And the foodie fiction portion of the book (this book WILL make your mouth water for a grilled cheese!) makes the book a fun read too.  If you liked Reichert's The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, I think you'll like this one even more! 

Happy Reading!