Recipe for a Perfect Wife: A Novel

February 1, 2020 - Comment

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

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.

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Anonymous says:

Recipe for a perfect novel I love a book with a dual narrative. And, isn’t fun when you can imagine two characters who seemingly have so much in common or have the potential to learn from each other but will never meet but author has magical powers to give them that special something to help them cross paths? This is Karma Brown’s novel RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE.Reflecting on Nellie, a 1950s housewife, whose connection to the past is her mother. She taught young Nellie how to garden and to cook. Both skills…

Anonymous says:

Engaging and enjoyable… The first book I have read by Brown and definitely not the last. A lighthearted yet realistic approach to addressing marital expectations through the years and the gift of taking the time to figure out one’s calling/desire/purpose rather than allowing it to be determined by people and circumstances. Loved how cooking and recipes were woven into the story. Recommend to anyone looking for a distraction – or fun and practical inspiration – as they juggle life priorities and decision-making.

Anonymous says:

Meh I found it to be really predictable, from the rash on Nellie’s hand I knew how it was going to end. I also found the main character to be irrational, and just stubborn and immature- I don’t actually think real women are like this! She lacked any real communication skills, projected fears o to her partner, and just demonized him for no real apparent reason. I mean, yeah, tracking someone’s period is weird and the normal thing to do is COMMUNICATE that, no? I don’t see them staying in the house…

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