Recipe for a Perfect Wife

Recipe for a Perfect Wife Review

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.

Title:Recipe for a Perfect Wife
Edition Language:English

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    Recipe for a Perfect Wife Reviews

  • Meredith

    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 ki...

  • BernLuvsBooks

    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 Ha...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 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 thi...

  • Elyse  Walters

    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 h...

  • Michelle

    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 lot more depth than what I was anticipating and even though I didn't particula...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    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 Al...

  • Brandice

    Recipe for a Perfect Wife follows Ali, a woman in her 30s who relocates from NYC to a suburb with her husband, Nate, in 2018. She recently left her job to write a novel and they buy a house that needs...

  • Norma

    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!RECIP...

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    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 ...

  • Mary Kubica

    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...