In KARMA BROWN’S new captivating dual narrative novel, RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE (Penguin), a modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner. 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.


KARMA BROWN is an award-winning journalist and author of the bestsellers Come Away With Me and The Choices We Make. In addition to her novels, Karma’s writing has appeared in publications such as Redbook, SELF, and Chatelaine. Karma lives just outside Toronto with her husband, daughter, and their labradoodle, Fred. In This Moment is her most recent novel.b


Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Tell us about a woman you respect for daring to take control. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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  1. Nice post.

    I LOVED this book!! 💕

    Read it as an e-book…would love a print to share and show off on my bookshelf. Fingers crossed. 🙂

    My sister is a woman who dares to take control after some health setbacks.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  2. This book sounds wonderfully delicious! I would say my Grandmother, she was widowed young with 5 children and she was the strongest most loving woman I’ve ever known!

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  3. This looks like an excellent read. One of the strongest women I know is a friend whose husband passed away unexpectedly at 40 years old, leaving her with two young teenagers. She has done a phenomenal job raising them alone and they are now both in their 20s, successful and happy. My friend did an excellent job raising them alone through the dreaded teenage years, her husband would be so proud.

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  4. My mother, I admired everything she ever did, her final stand was against Kidney Cancer a battle she lost with courage peace love. 😢

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  5. I have a friend who had to start over after a long and abusive marriage. She was left with nothing, he owed her money from the sale of the house. He died unexpectedly, and she still didn’t receive the money she was owed–long story. But, she pulled herself up, worked hard, and is now in another state, employed, engaged to another man, and she’s in a better place.


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  6. My grandmother was left in an orphanage by her father when her mother was killed in an accident. Eventually grandma was placed on a farm as labor. She ran away and went to work in a laundry until she met and married my grandfather. Grandma continued her brief education by studying with her children at the kitchen table as they completed homework.

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  7. My mom. She learned English by ear. Started a career in real estate by passing her test on the first try. Went on to be nominated to the Hall of Fame in her chosen profession. All that while being a wonderful wife, parent & friend.

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  8. I admire my sister-in-law who is a take charge individual who is brave and most helpful no matter the adversity. She is a problem solver and a heart healer to her entire family including myself. Thank God there are women like her.

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  9. I have a friend who found out her husband abused her child (he was stepdad) and immediately took control. She went to police, got all of the balls rolling and filed divorce and just never doubted her kiddo. I was so proud of how strong and by the book she was and she broke when she had the time. None of it is finished yet but her strength is something I wish I had.

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  10. My mother was a woman who took control when she needed to. Trips to emergency rooms, ill parents, sick children, home repairs, getting everyone out of the house in time to make a special event, she handled it all with aplomb. Thank you for the chance to win this book. It sounds like an excellent read.

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  11. My 22 year old daughter applied for, and was admitted to, graduate school in Germany so she wouldn’t have to take out more student loans, and also travel easily through Europe while getting her degree. She did all of this on her own and has been thriving oversees with her studies, and has seen many countries most of us could only dream about visiting! I am so proud of her.

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  12. My good friend, Mary, who was a low income single mother who always supported her 2 daughters and made sure they received the best education so they could be independent and have an easier life than she did. One graduated from Dartmouth and the other from Mt. Holyoke.

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