Today is my stop on the book blog tour for Recipe For A Perfect Wife by Karma Brown. I am so excited to bring you my review. I spent yesterday between its pages and I was really sad when I ended. Did I like it? Find out below.
🌺 Recipe For A Perfect Wife by Karma Brown
When Alice Hale leaves a career 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 the basement, she becomes captivated by its previous owner: 1950s housewife Nellie Murdoch.
As Alice cooks her way through the past, she realizes that within the pages Nellie left clues about her life.
Soon Alice learns that while a Baked Alaska 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 her own relationship, she begins to take control of her life and protect herself with a few secrets of her own.
🌺 My Review
I couldn’t put this book down. That’s how a lot of reviews end. But I am starting with that because its the truth and I need you to understand how awesome this book from the start. I went into the book with no expectations, I hadn’t read Karam Brown before. What a fool am I!
I loved the UK cover of the book it drew me in.
The story is about Nellie living her life with her husband in the 1950s and also fast forward to Alice living her life with her husband in 2018. Okay, so what’s the connection your thinking? They are both in the same house, although different time periods. It is truly fascinating to dip between time periods as you change chapters. Both women face varying and yet similar challenges in their lives. The house plays its own character and makes itself feel very present in the writing. It adapts beautifully from one era to the next.
In my mind’s eye, I saw Nellie’s 1950’s world as I did on the television show Mad Men. I was lucky to bring all the costumes and the male-dominated world with me when I read about that time period. I also could resonate with Alice in her 2018 world. Having been a young wife and feeling the pressures from society and what’s expected of you as newlyweds. Keeping secrets and being terrified of losing yourself
The books was/is brilliant and I inhaled the story right off the pages. I felt myself slowing down as I neared the end as I really did not want to leave Nellie and Alice. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with both of them. I learned an awful lot about flowers and food too. I am eager for someone to make me the rose caramels and I think milk bread sounds quite similar to Scottish saps but you don’t toast the bread first with them.
The book made me want to spend more time with the plants and flowers in my own garden. It certainly validated the fact that I am most definitely not a perfect wife and I am happily divorced. I don’t think I would ever go through that pressure again. I think you had to be so strong so you don’t lose yourself.
I think Alice and Nellie will be sticking around in my head for a long time. I really enjoyed the way Karma Brown wrote. It was easy to read and it flowed so beautifully. I see there is a back catalogue of books for me to enjoy from Karma too.
I will definitely be buying this book as a wedding gift for friends and for all my single friends too. Ha, it works both ways as a guide and a deterrent.
I’m sad the book is finished which for me says it all. Recipe For A Perfect Wife should be on your TBR it has a sprinkling of the perfect ingredients to make the fluffiest reading adventure
🌺 Follow the Tour
Treat yourself to this book today, you will not be disappointed. I absolutely loved it and I will be talking about it to all my bookish friends. Thank you to the team at Legend Press for my gifted copy. Remember my review and my opinions are my very own. I am not paid for my reviews.
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