Wonderful story filled with laughs and a few tears

Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies

By: Vicky Zimmerman

Rating: 5 of 5

What a wonderful novel this was to read! At first, I wondered what kind of story it would involved. It seemed to focus on a young woman and her relationship issues. It then took a sharp turn to look at the past of a woman in her nineties.

Kate Parker is in a relationship with someone who seems, to her at least, to be perfect for her. She can’t quite understand why people in her life are not as accepting.

An event happens before her 40th birthday that leaves her scrambling for ways to fill her life during what, she insists, is a short setback in her relationship with her boyfriend.

She ends up volunteering at a glorified nursing home, Lauderdale House for Exceptional Ladies. Kate loves going, for the most part, except for dealing with a crotchety older lady who keeps shouting awful things and quoting from books during Kate’s demonstrations to the group.

That lady is Cecily Finn. Kate is challenged to spend time with Cecily and does so. Cecily does not seem as appreciative but is willing to tell some of her life story to Kate.

The book covers the past of Cecily, what is going on in Kate’s life, and how the knowledge of Cecily’s past has a huge impact on how Kate begins to view her world and her own life.

I was enthralled and couldn’t put the book down. Thankfully, it was a short, short book and I had many hours of enjoyment. I hope that this author writes more books in the future as I loved her style and plot.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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