Recipe for a Perfect Wife
In this captivating dual narrative novel, a modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, a quintessential 1950s housewife. As she discovers remarkable parallels between this woman’s life and her own, it causes her to question the foundation of her own relationship with her husband–and what it means to be a wife fighting for her place in a patriarchal society.When Alice Hale leaves a career in publicity to become a writer and follows her husband to the New York suburbs, she is unaccustomed to filling her days alone in a big, empty house. But when she finds a vintage cookbook buried in a box in the old home’s basement, she becomes captivated by the cookbook’s previous owner–1950s housewife Nellie Murdoch. As Alice cooks her way through the past, she realizes that within the cookbook’s pages Nellie left clues about her life–including a mysterious series of unsent letters penned to her mother.Soon Alice learns that while baked Alaska and meatloaf five ways may seem harmless, Nellie’s secrets may have been anything but. When Alice uncovers a more sinister–even dangerous–side to Nellie’s marriage, and has become increasingly dissatisfied with the mounting pressures in her own relationship, she begins to take control of her life and protect herself with a few secrets of her own.

Recipe for a Perfect Wife Details

TitleRecipe for a Perfect Wife
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 21st, 2020
PublisherDutton
Rating
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Feminism

Recipe for a Perfect Wife Review

  • Mary Kubica
    January 1, 1970
    RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE masterfully bridges the lives of two women, living sixty years apart, who refuse to fall victim to the patriarchy. While Karma Brown’s signature style remains, it’s laced with something sinister and dark. A brilliant, brooding, timely novel, fraught with tension, that packs a punch. Brown knows how to keep readers riveted until the very last page.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐This was a great book! The story is told in alternating timelines, the lives of two women, Alice and Eleanor. Between the antiquated advice for wives and the old fashion recipes, I thought this book was a fun and eye opening read!
  • Colleen Oakley
    January 1, 1970
    With sharp insights into what it means to be a married woman in America both currently and historically, this novel is beguiling, entertaining and wholly unpredictable. I really think this is Karma's best book yet.
  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this book! The dual timelines flowed easily throughout the chapters from the present day back to the 1950's.. The intersect of Alice and Nellie so many years apart, now brought together; was clever. It made for a wonderful, intriguing novel that was very hard to put down once I started it. The descriptions of the many different recipes, the old home, and the styles of the days gone by, made me remember my own childhood and home. It was truly a blast from the past!This I really loved this book! The dual timelines flowed easily throughout the chapters from the present day back to the 1950's.. The intersect of Alice and Nellie so many years apart, now brought together; was clever. It made for a wonderful, intriguing novel that was very hard to put down once I started it. The descriptions of the many different recipes, the old home, and the styles of the days gone by, made me remember my own childhood and home. It was truly a blast from the past!This novel has mystery, suspense, historical fiction, family and friendship. You will adore Alice and Nellie!
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
  • Amy Reichert
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this twisty take on marriage.
  • Genevieve Trono
    January 1, 1970
    Wow!! Recipe for a Perfect Wife was a surprise hit for me and I just enjoyed it so much. This was my first book by Karma Brown and it definitely won't be my last! I loved the format of the dual timelines and I became very immersed with both of the main characters.Brown introduces us to Alice, who has recently moved out of the city to a fixer-upper with her husband. As her roles are shifting in her own home life, Alice discovers a cookbook and magazines from the previous homeowner. Th Wow!! Recipe for a Perfect Wife was a surprise hit for me and I just enjoyed it so much. This was my first book by Karma Brown and it definitely won't be my last! I loved the format of the dual timelines and I became very immersed with both of the main characters.Brown introduces us to Alice, who has recently moved out of the city to a fixer-upper with her husband. As her roles are shifting in her own home life, Alice discovers a cookbook and magazines from the previous homeowner. This discovery introduces us to the other main character in this book, Nellie.The storyline then goes back and forth between present-day Alice and Nellie a "housewife" in the 1950s. I loved how Brown took us back to that era and really dove into what life was like for women and the expectations there was of Nellie as a wife in that time period.The story shifts between Nellie's narrative, and Alice's discovery of Nellie's past while also learning more about her own marriage. Each chapter started with quotes from marital advice from the (not so distant) past and it really helped set the scene for how different life was in the early and mid-1900s.Brown keeps you super involved in both storylines and I loved that while it was a completely engaging read, it took on some powerful and timely topics. The twists at the end were satisfying, clever and bold. Recipe For A Perfect Wife will definitely stick with me and it would make a wonderful book club discussion.  Thank you to NetGalley and Dutton Books for an advanced copy.
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  • Genevieve Trono
    January 1, 1970
    Wow!! Recipe for a Perfect Wife was a surprise hit for me and I just enjoyed it so much. This was my first book by Karma Brown and it definitely won’t be my last! I loved the format of the dual timelines and I became very immersed with both of the main characters.Brown introduces us to Alice, who has recently moved out of the city to a fixer-upper with her husband. As her roles are shifting in her own home life, Alice discovers a cookbook and magazines from the previous homeowner. Th Wow!! Recipe for a Perfect Wife was a surprise hit for me and I just enjoyed it so much. This was my first book by Karma Brown and it definitely won’t be my last! I loved the format of the dual timelines and I became very immersed with both of the main characters.Brown introduces us to Alice, who has recently moved out of the city to a fixer-upper with her husband. As her roles are shifting in her own home life, Alice discovers a cookbook and magazines from the previous homeowner. This discovery introduces us to the other main character in this book, Nellie.The storyline then goes back and forth between present-day Alice and Nellie a “housewife” in the 1950s. I loved how Brown took us back to that era and really dove into what life was like for women and the expectations there was of Nellie as a wife in that time period.The story shifts between Nellie’s narrative, and Alice’s discovery of Nellie’s past while also learning more about her own marriage. Each chapter started with quotes from marital advice from the (not so distant) past and it really helped set the scene for how different life was in the early and mid-1900s.Brown keeps you super involved in both storylines and I loved that while it was a completely engaging read, it took on some powerful and timely topics. The twists at the end were satisfying, clever and bold. Recipe For A Perfect Wife will definitely stick with me and it would make a wonderful book club discussion.Thank you to NetGalley and Dutton Books for an advanced copy.
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  • Alysson
    January 1, 1970
    This is easily one of my favorite books this year. I have actually never read anything by Karma Brown but I am now a huge fan and cannot wait to read her other pieces of work. This story is told in dual narratives (Nell, a housewife from the 1950s and Alice, a housewife from today). Alice finds one of Nell’s old cookbooks and immerses herself into recipes and letters that were written by Nell. Nell and Alice both had secrets and the story unfolds in a way that always you to feel like you are in This is easily one of my favorite books this year. I have actually never read anything by Karma Brown but I am now a huge fan and cannot wait to read her other pieces of work. This story is told in dual narratives (Nell, a housewife from the 1950s and Alice, a housewife from today). Alice finds one of Nell’s old cookbooks and immerses herself into recipes and letters that were written by Nell. Nell and Alice both had secrets and the story unfolds in a way that always you to feel like you are in both time period. It was fascinating to see the parallels of what it was like being a married woman in the 1950’s and what it’s like being a married woman in today’s world. Oh, and not only was this book very engrossing, but there are actual recipes in it AND old advice about marriage from decades ago (which are actually quite amusing)
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a Netgalley ebook copy of this book. I’ve read most of Karma’s other book which I’ve really liked. This one one just ok for me. I enjoyed the two women and their stories and the dual timelines. I liked the history of the house. However, I was a little put off by the me too connection this book was wanting to make. I don’t care to read about politically charged books regardless of my feelings. I read to escape.
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown. Perfect wives, indeed, Also perfect recipe for the stories of Nellie and Alice. Enjoyed the recipes throughout the book the secret family spices one was an eye opener for sure. Will be looking for Ms Brown backlist and future books.Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I love Karma Brown's newest. I was an early beta reader for this book. You really feel the soul in this book - it is both funny and deep at the same time. Brown masterfully ties two women's lives together though they are 60 years apart. Great read!
  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars “ A modern woman who is of the contentious type is often amenable to love and reason. If she will only listen quietly--a process that is painful to her--you may firmly, rationally, and kindly convince her she is not always in the right.” Walter Galichan, Modern Woman and How to Manager Her (1910). A reluctant housewife in the present finds herself drawn to a housewife from the 1950s in Recipe for a Perfect Wife. In the early 1950s, Nellie, an early 20 something has married Richard, 3.5 stars “ A modern woman who is of the contentious type is often amenable to love and reason. If she will only listen quietly--a process that is painful to her--you may firmly, rationally, and kindly convince her she is not always in the right.” Walter Galichan, Modern Woman and How to Manager Her (1910). A reluctant housewife in the present finds herself drawn to a housewife from the 1950s in Recipe for a Perfect Wife. In the early 1950s, Nellie, an early 20 something has married Richard, a man in his mid-thirties. Richard swept Nellie off her feet and she thought that she had found her prince charming, but as their marriage progresses, Nellie realizes that she married a controlling and abusive man who cares more about appearances than his wife.In 2018, Alice and her husband, Nate, move from NYC to a suburban money pit. Ali, who was fired from her high profile job, decides she will play the doting wife to cover up the lies she told her husband about the demise of her career. Once she and Nate move into their new home, more and more lies are told throwing their marriage into a tailspin.Each chapter starts with an excerpt from books written from the late 19thc. To the early 20th century with advice on how to be the perfect wife. I loved reading these little snippets, they were horrifying and fascinating at the same time. Other chapters begin with a recipe, some of which sound disgusting, and other delicious. These were my favorite parts of the book. The narrative switches between Nellie and Alice's POV's. I loved Nellie’s story and character, but Alice’s character wasn’t fully developed. Her storyline was predictable and filled with cliches. I also felt Nellie’s story could have used another chapter. Overall, I think the plot could have been more complex and nuanced.Even though this was fluffier than expected, in the end, it was an enjoyable and entertaining read.“The average man marries a woman who is slightly less intelligent than he is.That’s why many brilliant women never marry. They do not come in contact with sufficiently brilliant men, or fail to disguise their brilliance in order to win a man of somewhat less intelligence.” Dr. Clifford R. Adams, Modern Bride (1952) I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley/Edelweiss (duplicate request) in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    Get ready to cuddle up with this book on a snowy day since you will never put it down. Alice, a young wife, with lots of secrets, finds a cache of old letters that had been written by Nellie the woman who had lived in this house. The story unfolds in two parts, Alice’s present life and that of Nellie, the perfect housewife in the 1950’s. The author has made both women totally fascinating. Brown has stirred in incredibly timely subplots that echo so much that we read about today. The chapters are Get ready to cuddle up with this book on a snowy day since you will never put it down. Alice, a young wife, with lots of secrets, finds a cache of old letters that had been written by Nellie the woman who had lived in this house. The story unfolds in two parts, Alice’s present life and that of Nellie, the perfect housewife in the 1950’s. The author has made both women totally fascinating. Brown has stirred in incredibly timely subplots that echo so much that we read about today. The chapters are headed with wonderful quotes from marital advice of the past. I loved reading them all. The physical abuse that Nellie endured, calls to mind all the recent headlines about spousal abuse. The role of careers in women’s lives is explored as is the “Me Too” issues that so many women face in the workplace. We also see the resourcefulness of a woman who is pushed to unthinkable actions by her abusive husband. I thank NETGALLEY for the opportunity of being an early reader of this delicious novel. Save it for days when it can be savored. I think all my book clubs will love it and find lots of issues to ponder.
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  • Jes Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Karma Brown doesn't disappoint with her newest book. Told in a dual timeline from the perspective of two different women, Brown explores the intricacies of marital relationships, the oppression of women in marriage and the lengths each woman will resort to, to make her voice heard.The ending, although not wrapped up nice and neat, provides a satisfying conclusion to the story and leaves the reader with a little curiosity about the main characters marriage in the future. Brown provide Karma Brown doesn't disappoint with her newest book. Told in a dual timeline from the perspective of two different women, Brown explores the intricacies of marital relationships, the oppression of women in marriage and the lengths each woman will resort to, to make her voice heard.The ending, although not wrapped up nice and neat, provides a satisfying conclusion to the story and leaves the reader with a little curiosity about the main characters marriage in the future. Brown provides a great setting and a great set of characters to explore a different side of misogyny in marriage and the trade-offs and choices women feel they have to make in order to free themselves from societal norms and expectations.I found myself disliking both women enough, but not so much that I didn't root for them throughout the novel. Even though each woman faces a stark example of white male privilege, many women will relate to the ways wives and daughters use to navigate these complex and overbearing relationships.This book had me up late and awake early. A must read for book clubs.
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  • Jes Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Karma Brown doesn't disappoint with her newest book. Told in a dual timeline from the perspective of two different women, Brown explores the intricacies of marital relationships, the oppression of women in marriage and the lengths each woman will resort to, to make her voice heard.The ending, although not wrapped up nice and neat, provides a satisfying conclusion to the story and leaves the reader with a little curiosity about the main characters marriage in the future. Brown provide Karma Brown doesn't disappoint with her newest book. Told in a dual timeline from the perspective of two different women, Brown explores the intricacies of marital relationships, the oppression of women in marriage and the lengths each woman will resort to, to make her voice heard.The ending, although not wrapped up nice and neat, provides a satisfying conclusion to the story and leaves the reader with a little curiosity about the main characters marriage in the future. Brown provides a great setting and a great set of characters to explore a different side of misogyny in marriage and the trade-offs and choices women feel they have to make in order to free themselves from societal norms and expectations.I found myself disliking both women enough, but not so much that I didn't root for them throughout the novel. Even though each woman faces a stark example of white male privilege, many women will relate to the ways wives and daughters use to navigate these complex and overbearing relationships.This book had me up late and awake early. A must read for book clubs.
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  • Sarah Foster
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Penguin Group Dutton and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book to read and review. I really, really love Karma Brown's books, so I was very excited to get my hands on her new one early. This one has a Julie/Julia vibe to it, though much more readable. The story in both timelines moves well. It was interesting having both Alice and Nellie having struggles that while not exactly the same, were similar enough that the two women felt linked beyond living in the same house. The twi Thank you to Penguin Group Dutton and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book to read and review. I really, really love Karma Brown's books, so I was very excited to get my hands on her new one early. This one has a Julie/Julia vibe to it, though much more readable. The story in both timelines moves well. It was interesting having both Alice and Nellie having struggles that while not exactly the same, were similar enough that the two women felt linked beyond living in the same house. The twist caught me by surprise (I had my money on something different happening). It was a bit eye popping, but I think those are the twists that Karma is best at delivering. The modern day timeline felt like it had a few subplots that were just left hanging there, and the story never seemed to resolve, but I guess that's life. If you like Karma's other books, you'll definitely enjoy this one.
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  • Missy
    January 1, 1970
    I've been in a reading slump lately, so I was thrilled to find Recipe for a Perfect Wife. I think it would be an excellent book club pick. It's part chick-lit, part ghost story, part mystery. About mothers and daughters, Karma Brown says a lot in very few words. I loved that insightful part of her writing. About marriage, she presents it as the mixed bag it tends to be. The 1950's husband is an entirely unsympathetic character, but the modern husband is, in many ways, to be pitied. The tradition I've been in a reading slump lately, so I was thrilled to find Recipe for a Perfect Wife. I think it would be an excellent book club pick. It's part chick-lit, part ghost story, part mystery. About mothers and daughters, Karma Brown says a lot in very few words. I loved that insightful part of her writing. About marriage, she presents it as the mixed bag it tends to be. The 1950's husband is an entirely unsympathetic character, but the modern husband is, in many ways, to be pitied. The traditional roles of women, particularly cooking, are handled with respect. Yet the modern conflict for women - is "traditional" valuable enough? - rages in Alice. And the ending leaves a lot of room for discussion. Enjoy!I was provided an advance copy of this book by NetGalley.#NetGalley#RecipeforaPerfectWife
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  • marlin1
    January 1, 1970
    **3.5stars**Set in the present day, with Alice and Nate moving to the suburbs from New York and then in the 1950’s with Nellie and Richard.Two different set of lives but are they really that different?I felt immersed Nellie’s story the most and loved the little snippets of how to be the perfect housewife at the start of each chapter (figured I’m not).As the story progressed I became quite frustrated with the Alice and Nate and their secrets that they kept from each other **3.5stars**Set in the present day, with Alice and Nate moving to the suburbs from New York and then in the 1950’s with Nellie and Richard.Two different set of lives but are they really that different?I felt immersed Nellie’s story the most and loved the little snippets of how to be the perfect housewife at the start of each chapter (figured I’m not).As the story progressed I became quite frustrated with the Alice and Nate and their secrets that they kept from each other but in the end I did start to wonder about the part the house played in this novel.....and that’s all I’m going to say about that.Thank you to Edelweiss for a copy to read.It took me a little while to become invested but enjoyed it in the end.
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  • Olivia Meletes
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great novel! It was the perfect intriguing mystery mixed with modern day and also the 1950's. When reading about Nellie I became immediately immersed in the world of a small northern neighborhood suburban town back in the 1950's! Nellie was my favorite! I loved reading her old fashioned cookbook recipes, and even tried making some myself! I loved every bit of reading about tupperware parties, tuna casseroles, baked alaska and how icecream CAN go in the oven! I also loved Alice's charac This is a great novel! It was the perfect intriguing mystery mixed with modern day and also the 1950's. When reading about Nellie I became immediately immersed in the world of a small northern neighborhood suburban town back in the 1950's! Nellie was my favorite! I loved reading her old fashioned cookbook recipes, and even tried making some myself! I loved every bit of reading about tupperware parties, tuna casseroles, baked alaska and how icecream CAN go in the oven! I also loved Alice's character and how she tried to adapt to a life like Nellie had. The two women separated by more than 60 years are both having challenging marital struggles, at the same age in the same house! Adored this book! Can't wait for it to come out so I can start selling it at my bookstore!
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  • Janilyn Kocher
    January 1, 1970
    Brown's novel was an enveloping read. The narrative switches between Nellie, a 1950's housewife and Alice, a new modern housewife. I liked the storyline and it flowed well, I liked how each chapter began with some wifely advice, derived from various help books from 1910-1960. I liked Nellie the best. Trapped in a marriage that is not what it seems, she finds a way out, through the assistance of her mother. Nellie had secrets and they are eventually divulged. I didn't care for Alice. I thought sh Brown's novel was an enveloping read. The narrative switches between Nellie, a 1950's housewife and Alice, a new modern housewife. I liked the storyline and it flowed well, I liked how each chapter began with some wifely advice, derived from various help books from 1910-1960. I liked Nellie the best. Trapped in a marriage that is not what it seems, she finds a way out, through the assistance of her mother. Nellie had secrets and they are eventually divulged. I didn't care for Alice. I thought she was deceitful and very self absorbed. Even at the end, although her husband wasn't exactly truthful with her, she forced him to bow to her whims, and she still had more lies. I thought she was repugnant. It's a novel that delivers. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Chris Markley
    January 1, 1970
    Alice is at loose and ends and not telling her husband the whole truth when he pressures her to move to the suburbs. Alice is not looking forward to the the suburbs or the house and struggles to fill her days. Sally, Alice's neighbor, is a source of friendship and information and letters from Nellie, the former resident. Alice and Nellie live in the same house over 50 years apart and struggle with the expectations of their husbands. Their husbands expect a perfect wife, but what does it mean to Alice is at loose and ends and not telling her husband the whole truth when he pressures her to move to the suburbs. Alice is not looking forward to the the suburbs or the house and struggles to fill her days. Sally, Alice's neighbor, is a source of friendship and information and letters from Nellie, the former resident. Alice and Nellie live in the same house over 50 years apart and struggle with the expectations of their husbands. Their husbands expect a perfect wife, but what does it mean to be the perfect wife? Is being a perfect wife in the 1950's different from being a perfect wife in the 2010's? And can you be a 'perfect' wife and be true to yourself?Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC for my honest review.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great novel to lose yourself in. Karma Brown has a writing style that transports you to a different time (1950’s) and immerses you in the story. You are experiencing what it was like to be a woman in that era and what was expected of you as a wife. The book has a second storyline which is involves a current marriage with all the trials and secrets between the husband and wife. The author keeps you involved in both stories dealing with what it means to be a woman in both. The author thr This is a great novel to lose yourself in. Karma Brown has a writing style that transports you to a different time (1950’s) and immerses you in the story. You are experiencing what it was like to be a woman in that era and what was expected of you as a wife. The book has a second storyline which is involves a current marriage with all the trials and secrets between the husband and wife. The author keeps you involved in both stories dealing with what it means to be a woman in both. The author throws a few twists that keep you reading till the very end. A great read by a very talented writer! #RecipeforaPerfectWife #KarmaBrown #NetGalley
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great novel to lose yourself in. Karma Brown has a writing style that transports you to a different time (1950’s) and immerses you in the story. You are experiencing what it was like to be a woman in that era and what was expected of you as a wife. The book has a second storyline which is involves a current marriage with all the trials and secrets between the husband and wife. The author keeps you involved in both stories dealing with what it means to be a woman in both. The author thr This is a great novel to lose yourself in. Karma Brown has a writing style that transports you to a different time (1950’s) and immerses you in the story. You are experiencing what it was like to be a woman in that era and what was expected of you as a wife. The book has a second storyline which is involves a current marriage with all the trials and secrets between the husband and wife. The author keeps you involved in both stories dealing with what it means to be a woman in both. The author throws a few twists that keep you reading till the very end. A great read by a very talented writer! #RecipeforaPerfectWife #KarmaBrown #NetGalley
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  • Nan Williams
    January 1, 1970
    What fun this was! Not only did it remind me of beloved recipes I grew up with in the 40s and 50s, but it also reminded me of the copious advice from a myriad of sources concerning wifely duties. It also reminded me of how smart women lived within and worked the system!! The author could have benefited from someone who actually lived during those times, but all in all, it was delightful.Chick lit to be sure.This was an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for What fun this was! Not only did it remind me of beloved recipes I grew up with in the 40s and 50s, but it also reminded me of the copious advice from a myriad of sources concerning wifely duties. It also reminded me of how smart women lived within and worked the system!! The author could have benefited from someone who actually lived during those times, but all in all, it was delightful.Chick lit to be sure.This was an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nan Williams
    January 1, 1970
    What fun this was! Not only did it remind me of beloved recipes I grew up with in the 40s and 50s, but it also reminded me of the copious advice from a myriad of sources concerning wifely duties. It also reminded me of how smart women lived within and worked the system!! The author could have benefited from someone who actually lived during those times, but all in all, it was delightful.Chick lit to be sure.This was an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for What fun this was! Not only did it remind me of beloved recipes I grew up with in the 40s and 50s, but it also reminded me of the copious advice from a myriad of sources concerning wifely duties. It also reminded me of how smart women lived within and worked the system!! The author could have benefited from someone who actually lived during those times, but all in all, it was delightful.Chick lit to be sure.This was an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great novel to lose yourself in. Karma Brown has a writing style that transports you to a different time (1950’s) and immerses you in the story. You are experiencing what it was like to be a woman in that era and what was expected of you as a wife. The book has a second storyline which is involves a current marriage with all the trials and secrets between the husband and wife. The author keeps you involved in both stories dealing with what it means to be a woman in both. The author thr This is a great novel to lose yourself in. Karma Brown has a writing style that transports you to a different time (1950’s) and immerses you in the story. You are experiencing what it was like to be a woman in that era and what was expected of you as a wife. The book has a second storyline which is involves a current marriage with all the trials and secrets between the husband and wife. The author keeps you involved in both stories dealing with what it means to be a woman in both. The author throws a few twists that keep you reading till the very end. A great read by a very talented writer!
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  • Christine Moore
    January 1, 1970
    When Alice and her husband move from the city to the suburbs, they move into the house that once belonged to 1950's housewife Nellie and her husband. As Alice is exploring the house, she finds a recipe book that belonged to Nellie that had been Nellie's mom's. As Alice is exploring Nellie's life she realizes things aren't always what the seem on the outside. I really enjoyed this book that explored marriage then and now. I loved Nellie and Alice and both could be your best friend. I received an When Alice and her husband move from the city to the suburbs, they move into the house that once belonged to 1950's housewife Nellie and her husband. As Alice is exploring the house, she finds a recipe book that belonged to Nellie that had been Nellie's mom's. As Alice is exploring Nellie's life she realizes things aren't always what the seem on the outside. I really enjoyed this book that explored marriage then and now. I loved Nellie and Alice and both could be your best friend. I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions are my own.
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  • Ionarr
    January 1, 1970
    This is so bad. Largely because it's terribly, mind-numbingly boring. It's also poorly written, patronising and deeply shallow. There is a "twist" at the end which is so obvious from the beginning it barely qualifies, and is a poor attempt at distraction from the bad writing, insufferable "characters" and lack of plot. I finished it purely because I'm so far behind in my yearly goal, and it was a real struggle.
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  • Kathy McGuigan
    January 1, 1970
    3.4 stars. Spoiler. Never having read this author, I don't have other works to compare it to. On its own, I liked the plot and the infusion of historical marriage advice quotes and the garden tie in. I wasn't crazy about the characters in 2018. I thought they were not as developed as they should be and there was a rush towards the end to square away the "compromise." I can recommend the book on the concept, the historical research and the 1956-57 storyline.
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