#Blogtour Recipe For A Perfect Wife by Karma Brown @KarmaKBrown @Legend_Press #RecipeForAPerfectWife

 

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Recipe For A Perfect Wife by Karma Brown  Legend Press February 4th 2020

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.

My Review

What makes the perfect wife? How has the modern day wife evolved, are the expectations the same or have we completely moved on?

A Recipe For A Perfect Wife didn’t pretend to come up with the answers but instead gave a seeringly good portrait of the 1950’s and modern day wife.

We met Alice, wife to Nate, as they embarked on a new life in the New York suburbs, a move Alice dreaded. The house, run down, full of the previous owners 1950’s furniture, flowery wallpaper that was far from the clean modern look Alice was looking for. A clutch of old Women’s Home Magazines, an old cookery book and a series of letters acted as a catalyst for a change in Alice. As she dug deeper into the previous owner, Nellie’s world, you could see Alice begin to question her own role. Did she really want babies, to stay at home to cook, clean, be the ever supportive wife. What about her own contribution to the household that brought no income, no job? How far away was she from Nellie, was she really any different?

Nellie herself, married to what she thought was the man of her dreams, the man who swept her of her feet. Richard, a successful business owner, a high standing in the community, where outward appearances were everything. Oh how I loved Nellie, so young, and naive as she found herself at the hands of a cruel vindicate, abusive man. Brown didn’t make us feel sorry or have pity for her, but instead it was the inner strength she gave Nellie to rise above the violence and psychological abuse, through her gardening, her cooking, the little victories as she closeted her own little secrets.

You could see the parallels between Alice and Nellie’s wifely roles, as both railed against the expected norm. Alice’s relationship may not have had the abuse, but she still found the need to conform, to navigate the complexities of a relationship in a modern world that still clung to stereotype, the expected norm.

If Nellie and Alice were such strong characters, the house played its own part. It’s sounds, the noisy fridge, the banging doors, the creaky floorboards, the chill that resided in the rooms, the restlessness reflecting Alice’s own unease and unhappiness. As events unfolded, as questions were answered you could sense the house relax, to calm down as it let out a collective sigh of relief.

And what of Alice and Nellie, two women in different decades, did they find inner peace and answers? Brown surprised with her outcomes, with her ingenuity, her use of Nellie, as Alice’s talisman, as her reason for finding that inner resolve to find her own path. It was an abject lesson that the past still lingered, that male and female still had that inbuilt propensity to fall back on years of what had always been. It was all about taking that leap of faith, to make changes, to compromise, to find a happy medium in which husband and wife can happily co exist.

I would like to thank Legend Press for a copy of Recipe For A Perfect Wife to read and review and to Lucy Chamberlain for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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Karma is the bestselling author of four novels and is a National Magazine Award winning journalist. Karma lives just outside Toronto, Canada with her husband, daughter, and a labradoodle named Fred.

Twitter: @KarmaKBrown

Instagram: @KarmaKBrown

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