Two timelines for two wives. One is Nellie Murdoch, the "perfect" housewife of the 1950s, and the other is Alice Hale, a "modern" woman. When Alice and her fiancee buy and move into Nellie's old house, she discovers Nellie's recipe book stuffed with handwritten notes and recipes. As Alice reads the book and learns more about Nellie, she discovers just how different (or similar) their lives are.
I enjoyed this comparison between the lives of the 1950s and modern 'housewife'/stay at home woman. The dual narrative was very effective and the plot unfolded quickly. Perhaps somewhat predictable, but I thought it was an enticing enough story for a quick read.
It is the first book by this author that I have read and I'm enticed to try another.