Recipe for a Perfect Wife

Recipe for a Perfect WifeIn This Captivating Dual Narrative Novel, A Modern Day Woman Finds Inspiration In Hidden Notes Left By Her Home S Previous Owner, A Quintessential S 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 S 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 MotherSoon 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 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 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 1910A 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 Richar 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 1910A 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 caresabout 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,andlies 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 beencomplex 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 3.5 Alternating Timelines Secrets Filled Stars rounded up for Recipe for a Perfect Wife Told in alternating timelines Recipe for a Perfect Wife , tells the stories of dissatisfied wife Alice Hale who has given up a career in publicity to be a writer upon relocating with her husband to the suburbs Upon discovering a vintage cookbook buried in a box in her new home s basement, Alice becomes captivated by the cookbook s previous owner 1950s housewife Nellie Murdoch As Alice cooks her wa 3.5 Alternating Timelines Secrets Filled Stars rounded up for Recipe for a Perfect Wife Told in alternating timelines Recipe for a Perfect Wife , tells the stories of dissatisfied wife Alice Hale who has given up a career in publicity to be a writer upon relocating with her husband to the suburbs Upon discovering a vintage cookbook buried in a box in her new home s basement, Alice 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 While the recipes seem harmless Nellie s secrets appear to be anything but Alice uncovers a sinister side to Nellie s marriage as she faces mounting pressures in her own relationship Their marriage has become one in which the truth is an inner monologue with so much left unsaid I struggled with Alice s character and many of her actions hence the lower rating but I was absolutely taken with Nellie and her backstory I was intrigued by this book s format including antiquated and at times laugh out loud hilarious advice to women from 19th century publications We ve come a long way since then, yet many of our battles remain the same don t they Finally, the recipes what a treat Some of them made me roll my eyes in disgust while thinking, who would want to eat that Others, I admit had me curious to try and see how they d fare Overall, the plot was predictable and a bit cliche I think that was the point though but it was an entertaining read Thank you to Edelweiss, Dutton and Penguin Publishing Group for providing me with an arc in exchange for my honest review Find all of my reviews at Every woman needs a good secret or two. Here s some blatant honesty for you The only reason I put my name on the library list for this release was because the cover reminded me of the vintage e cards that I find hilarious Little did I know the story itself could have easily been inspired by those snarky little snaps that I find so amusing Aspiring author Alice is a modern day housewife not necessarily by choice, but Find all of my reviews at Every woman needs a good secret or two. Here s some blatant honesty for you The only reason I put my name on the library list for this release was because the cover reminded me of the vintage e cards that I find hilarious Little did I know the story itself could have easily been inspired by those snarky little snaps that I find so amusing Aspiring author Alice is a modern day housewife not necessarily by choice, but you ll find outabout that if you read the book She and her husband Nate have just moved from the Big Apple to suburban life, bought a fixer upper and are hopeful Alice will soon be barefoot and pregnant Nellie lived in the same house back in the 50s when it was fresh as a daisy with her husband Roger They were the picture perfect coupleWhen Alice stumbles upon a box of old magazines, Nellie s family cookbook and is later gifted a pile of letters from Nellie to her mother that the neighbor has saved for ages, she begins channeling her own inner domestic goddess and finds inspiration for her potential book But theshe reads, theshe uncoversI really didn t expect this book to suck me in the way it did, but boy howdy did it From the dual narratives to the helpful hints on how to be a good wife rather than some shrieking harpy to the recipes, I just couldn t stop turning pages I actually have a recipe box rather than book with notes like the ones in here, had to call my mother in law for backup at 5 00 a.m the first Thanksgiving I cooked on my own because I had no clue what the eff oleo was that was before Google since I am a dinosaur , and 100% have been horrified by the vast amounts of gelatin based salads and high end appetizers my Grandmother chose to pass down just like some contained in this book It s called Hollywood Dunk An appetizer from the fifties What s in that Deviled ham Chives Onion Horseradish It s chopped up deli ham mixed with mayonnaise, mustard, hot pepper sauce, and salt and pepper, and then you blend it a bit Then you add the chives, onion, and horseradish Oh, and the last thing is whipped cream Can t forget that Why would you make this To eat In case you want to make this sure to be delicious concoction for your next Bunco gathering, you serve it with a big ol bowl of chips I definitely don t think this will be a winner for everyone, but I was completely enthralled by the whole dang thing and I m giving it all the Stars Library Overdrive Audiobook, read by Jorjeana Marie, and Mozhan Marno a 9 hour and 15 minute audio listen Friends were saying this book was good or .they heard it was good After a few hours of listening , and skimming, I had enough The men in this book were made out to be scumbags dominate, abuse, rape The women took control of their lives by keeping secrets, lying, and nagging I couldn t stand the sugary milk, butter, and sprinkle cooking chatter I don t want to read listed ingred Library Overdrive Audiobook, read by Jorjeana Marie, and Mozhan Marno a 9 hour and 15 minute audio listen Friends were saying this book was good or .they heard it was good After a few hours of listening , and skimming, I had enough The men in this book were made out to be scumbags dominate, abuse, rape The women took control of their lives by keeping secrets, lying, and nagging I couldn t stand the sugary milk, butter, and sprinkle cooking chatter I don t want to read listed ingredients and be taught how to make a cake in a novel I could care less about mint green dresses, cardigan sweaters, heels, babies, or not , or how roses gave much in return I wasn t interested in the smoking scenes with or without filters I didn t care about the head rush of smoking I didn t care who smoked or didn t I just didn t want to listen to whining about it nor did I care if anyone had pleasant sex , or not I especially wasn t interested in listening to the dreadful dialogue of arguing and nagging I didn t care one way or another about the characters, the long winded descriptions, those awful quotes and recipes, equally disliking the dual parallel past and present stories.I understand that this book was to be in part lighthearted with humorous marriage advice, and Betty Crocker recipes..mixed with serious themes about suffocating lives making for a great book club pick for women to discuss.However I loathed everything about this book This is probably the fastest I ve finished a book all year I considered DNF ing, but I m glad I stuck it out It had a lotdepth than what I was anticipating and even though I didn t particularly like Alice the present day MC , I appreciated her gusto by the end of the book Dual storylines don t always work for me and this one was an exception Usually, I find myself loving one perspective and disliking the other, but this was pretty equal Once the book found it s groove, I couldn t fli This is probably the fastest I ve finished a book all year I considered DNF ing, but I m glad I stuck it out It had a lotdepth than what I was anticipating and even though I didn t particularly like Alice the present day MC , I appreciated her gusto by the end of the book Dual storylines don t always work for me and this one was an exception Usually, I find myself loving one perspective and disliking the other, but this was pretty equal Once the book found it s groove, I couldn t flip the pages fast enough Besides being an interesting story, I really enjoyed it for it s education of the 50 s Not only by what we were reading from the characters, but the author put recipes and snippets from publications of the time in as well so as to be fully immersed as though we were there I think this book also would be a good book club pick since there is a lot to discuss in the things that changed for women and the things that didn t Thanks to Edelweiss, Dutton and Karma Brown for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.Review Date 12 17 19Publication Date 12 31 19 3 stars.A domestic drama with a vintage feel.Alice and Nate move out of their apartment and into their first home Nate is eager to settle into their house and neighborhood and start a family while Alice is hesitant and misses the busyness and noise of city life Nate envisions all of the projects he will start on their dated house to get it ready for what he hopes will be their growing family One day Alice stumbles upon an old recipe book hidden in the basement with notes from a housewife in t 3 stars.A domestic drama with a vintage feel.Alice and Nate move out of their apartment and into their first home Nate is eager to settle into their house and neighborhood and start a family while Alice is hesitant and misses the busyness and noise of city life Nate envisions all of the projects he will start on their dated house to get it ready for what he hopes will be their growing family One day Alice stumbles upon an old recipe book hidden in the basement with notes from a housewife in the 1950 s who once resided in the house Alice tries some of the recipes and grows attached to the book as she uncovers some of secrets from its past owner.Each chapter begins with an old fashioned quote from 1950 s housewife magazines and articles I found these an interesting addition to the story as they gave perspective on exactly how women were viewed and treated during that time I also enjoyed the retro recipes in each chapter The story unfolds through two timelines 1950 s and present day I didn t quite click with any of the characters and I had an extra hard time with the present day storyline This novel was very stereotypical for many reasons I felt it had the potential to be much stronger and I didn t enjoy the route the author chose to take with the storyline I have read all of this authors work and loved most of her books Sadly this one will not be added to my loved pile Please check out the several raving reviews before deciding on this.Thank you to Edelweiss for my review copy My rating 2.5 stars which means that this was a little better than okay for me but I had a few reservations while I was reading it, still needing to finish.Amusing, unsettling, and exasperating RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE by KARMA BROWN is a book that I was immediately excited to read because of its promising title and great looking cover Unfortunately I didn t enjoy the direction that this book took which really impacted my feelings towards it Each chapter either starts off with a vintage reci My rating 2.5 stars which means that this was a little better than okay for me but I had a few reservations while I was reading it, still needing to finish.Amusing, unsettling, and exasperating RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE by KARMA BROWN is a book that I was immediately excited to read because of its promising title and great looking cover Unfortunately I didn t enjoy the direction that this book took which really impacted my feelings towards it Each chapter either starts off with a vintage recipe or an old fashioned quote that I found both quite amusing and enjoyable to read I even tried a few recipes The first was the Chocolate Chip Cookies which didn t really turn out all that well for me but the taste was great though and the Bread and Cheese Pudding recipe which was actually pretty good but I didn t put enough bread crumbs in though so it was really custardy The story is told in alternating chapters and timelines between Nellie and Alice s point of views which instantly grabbed my attention and then fizzled out around the halfway mark The problem that I really had here with this book was that Alice really grated on me and I just couldn t get past that Normally unlikeable characters don t bother me and totally entertain me but not this time Her behaviour really rubbed me the wrong way and in the end she just left me with a sour taste in my mouth I absolutely love the vintage look to the cover and the way that the book was formatted, so this book will always have a place on my shelves Just because this book took a turn that didn t really sit well with me doesn t mean that I won t recommend this to other readers Please don t let my review deter you from trying this one for yourself I complemented my eARC which I received from Edelweiss with a physical copy I purchased myself 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. An old house, an old cookbook, notes in the cookbook that reveal the life of Nellie, and Alice who has some secrets of her own is what the reader finds in this lovely read.We meet Alice who was fired from her job because of something she leaked and we learn of a box she finds that is filled with books, magazines, and a cookbook that inspires Alice to try some of the recipes.Along with the cookbook, Alice finds notes about the life of a woman, Nellie, who lived during the 1950 s.The cookbook help An old house, an old cookbook, notes in the cookbook that reveal the life of Nellie, and Alice who has some secrets of her own is what the reader finds in this lovely read.We meet Alice who was fired from her job because of something she leaked and we learn of a box she finds that is filled with books, magazines, and a cookbook that inspires Alice to try some of the recipes.Along with the cookbook, Alice finds notes about the life of a woman, Nellie, who lived during the 1950 s.The cookbook helped Alice pass her days since she no longer was working and really didn t like her new home Nellie who owned the books was a stay at home wife from the 1950 s who wasn t happy and whose husband was a domestic abuser.The stories of Nellie and Alice are told in alternating chapters as Alice finds similarities in their lives and meets the next door neighbor whose mother knew Nellie Alice was a bit unlikable, but her husband was sweet Alice s neighbor found old letters in her basement written by Nellie to her mother and brought them to Alice Could these old letters trigger an idea for the book Alice was supposed to be writing RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE is an endearing and nostalgic trip back in time with the letters taking us back to the 1950 s and influencing Alice s present day life.Women s fiction fans, readers who enjoy a dual time line and a story line that keeps you wantingwill enjoy RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE A truly, enjoyable, makes you feel good read Loved it 5 5This book was given to me by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review This was a read that offered something a little bit different I felt indulged over the chapters, probably aided by the frequent recipes and simultaneously intrigued by how this dual narrative would develop.Set in present day, we meet Alice At first she seems like she is trying to do good by her husband, Nate, by attempting to keep to what she believes is the image of a perfect wife Ladies out there they do exist and perfection takes the form of many imperfections However, it soon tra This was a read that offered something a little bit different I felt indulged over the chapters, probably aided by the frequent recipes and simultaneously intrigued by how this dual narrative would develop.Set in present day, we meet Alice At first she seems like she is trying to do good by her husband, Nate, by attempting to keep to what she believes is the image of a perfect wife Ladies out there they do exist and perfection takes the form of many imperfections However, it soon transpired that Alice has many secrets that she wishes to keep from her husband The web of deceit grows and, at its peak, this was when I disliked her character the most I was uncomfortable with her deception and wanted her to come clean Towards the closing of the novel, this deceit crumbles and Alice s growth reflects her new understanding of her role within her marriage to Nate.Running parallel with this narrative is Nellie s story A 1950s housewife, we learn that all is definitely not what it seems behind closed doors She presents the image of perfection yet, it is her husband s abhorrent behaviour that pushes her to become something that he cannot control Interestingly, today we would call this an independent woman yet, in the 1950s, it would show Nellie breaking the rules of a perfect wife.The two narratives are both interesting and surprising I admittedly preferred Nellie s story because I enjoyed how things were not as perceived Alice is too dishonest for most of the story and I yearned for her to create a close, honest connection with her husband It was interesting to see how two women dealt with the challenges a relationship can bring, particularly with regards to becoming a mother.Similarities between the two women are rather symbolic Joined by home and garden, the two women separated by several decades both share similar experiences The control the man has in a marriage has undoubtedly altered yet, the desire to please from both women remains the same Alice and Nellie are incredibly alike and I enjoyed how Alice increasingly behaved like a 1950s dutiful housewife through actions and appearance On the other hand, Nellie s path leads her to beingindependent a lot like Alice in present day.This was a lovely story with some darkness in it too This added depth, making itthan just a drama It is evident that the writer has carried out extensive research in this story and I do wonder if she is partially reflected in Alice not just because Alice is trying to write a novel The narrative gently rolled over me in a pleasant way and by the end of the story, I felt like I had close connections with both women.With so many different strands to this story, I believe this should have wide appeal It s not just cutesy about being a model wife, butabout discovering your true identity not based on social expectations.I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review With thanks to everyone at Legend Press and Karma Brown for allowing me to participate in this blog tour

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Recipe for a Perfect Wife
  • Karma Brown
  • 14 March 2019
  • 152474493X