Reservations for Six is a propulsive page-turner about three couples who have been getting together for each of their birthdays at the same restaurant for a decade. They order the same food, imbibe on wine, and catch up. Sounds like a nice tradition, right? But on Nathan’s fortieth birthday, the celebration is marred by his shocking announcement.
As a woman who has been married for a few…ahem…okay, many years, I am always drawn to books about married couples. I’m intrigued by the dynamics, their highs and lows, and the struggles that they all inevitably face. Lindsey Palmer made me feel as though I were right there with the characters, experiencing everything with them.
Nathan’s declaration was a catalyst for the other couples to re-examine their own relationships. To an outsider looking in, each of the couples would have seemed to have pretty solid, normal relationships, but things aren’t always what they appear to be. The three couples were each going through their own issues, but I was fully invested in each of them. From dwindling passion, infertility, miscommunication (or lack thereof), and a midlife crisis in which the grass looked greener on the other side, each couple was grappling with their marriages, their expectations, and what it would take to satisfy them and make them happy.
This novel is told from the various characters’ perspectives. Oh, this worked so well for this book. I would just want to read one more chapter, but then I would have to know what was going on with the other characters, and several chapters later I would reluctantly shut off my Kindle for some much-needed sleep.
Reservations for Six was an intriguing read. It dealt with the evolution of relationships: marital, friendship, and even parental. While I may not have liked all of the characters, I can honestly say that I enjoyed every minute that I spent immersed in their lives.
I am looking forward to reading more books by Lindsey Palmer in the near future.
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