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Rogues & Remarkable Women


Miss Cecily's Recipes for Exceptional Ladies
Vicky Zimmerman

Sourcebooks Landmark
June 2020
On Sale: June 9, 2020
432 pages
ISBN: 1728210232
EAN: 9781728210230
Kindle: B07K335BWX
Trade Size / e-Book
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Women's Fiction

"This is a fast and fabulous third-person read about life, loneliness, love, and the power of good food and friends... A can’t-miss title for fans of chick lit and modern women's fiction." - Library Journal, starred review

Two lonely women. An unlikely friendship. And one big life lesson: never be ashamed to ask for more . . .

No woman dreams of being unceremoniously dumped and moving back in with her mother on the eve of her 40th birthday. Food technician Kate Parker's first response? Denial, long days under her duvet and bucket loads of cheesy pasta.

A reluctant Kate finds herself volunteering at the Lauderdale House For Exceptional Ladies. There she meets 96-year-old Cecily Finn - spiky and sharp as a pin, but the spark has gone out of her. She has resigned herself to the imminent End.

Having no patience with Kate's self-pity, Cecily prescribes her a self-help book with a difference - it's a 1957 cookery manual, featuring menus for anything life can throw at 'the easily dismayed'. It promises the answers to essential life questions: 'what shall one give to one's rich aunt Emma that will be palatable but not prodigal; to one's husband's managing director, at once memorable and modest; one's old love's new love; the man one hopes will stay on after dinner; the man one hopes will not ...'.

Can Kate find a menu to help a broken-hearted woman let go? If Kate moves forward, might Cecily too?

The cookbook holds the secrets of Cecily's own remarkable and heartbreaking story, and the love of her life. It will certainly teach Kate a thing or two.

So begins an unlikely friendship between two lonely and stubborn souls - one at the end of her life, and one stuck in the middle - who come to show each other that food is for feasting, life is for living and the way to a man's heart is . . . irrelevant!

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