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The Woman Who Wanted More

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  3,948 ratings  ·  458 reviews
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 s ...more
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Published May 30th 2019 by Zaffre
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Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
3.5 ⭐️ Rounded down

I wish I had known before reading this, that the story was inspired by the author’s grandmother, and an actual cookbook...

I may have read the story, with a different eye...or listened to Cecily’s reminiscing with a different ear
had I known these facts-as her life really was quite EXCEPTIONAL!

With that being said, you will now be able to do so, if you choose to add this book..📚


I may have gained 10 pounds just opening the cover of this book!

It’s a book written for people w
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oh my gosh, look at that adorable yellow cover! This books like a sweet one, doesn’t it? Let me tell you, it has great depth to balance that sugar.

Kate Parker is almost forty when she is dumped and forced to move back in with her mom. Kate volunteers at the Lauderdale House for Exceptional Ladies where she meets Cecily Finn, a clever ninety-something who recently lost some of her sass.

Cecily gives Kate a cookery manual from the 1950s that answers questions of what to cook for whom and when, curi
Rating 4.25

What an unexpected fun read! While looking for a foodie book for a buddy read with Dana, I came across this one. The bright yellow cover, the title, caught my eye. Knew nothing about it but reviews I read gushed about the food descriptions. Food descriptions......Sold!

Kate's life is falling apart. She's about to turn 40, her boyfriend is an absolute cad, her job is going nowhere. And then, she's on a break from her boyfriend, she looses her flat, leaves her job and moves in with her m
Sweet and Sour Sauce

I would describe the first part of this book as a rom-com which I like in movies, but am not enamoured with in print. In addition, I don’t identify with foodies and I’m loathe to social media posts of other people’s dinner tables. Yawn.

So why did I enjoy this book so much?

I loved the main characters! Kate’s life is a muddle, but her clear thought process and pithy observations had me laughing at times and empathising at others. She spoke her mind while attempting not to suffe
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
3.5 cooking stars

I really enjoyed the main character in this one, Kate Parker, although Cecily might think that she should be the main character! It does seem like a trend that there are more books written lately about older people and I do tend to like them.

In this case, we have Kate who is about to turn 40. She’s been working way too long in a job she doesn’t enjoy anymore, and her love life is not exactly perfect. At loose ends, she ends up volunteering at the Lauderdale House for Exceptiona
Diane Barnes
I confess right up front that my "just average" rating has more to do with when I read this book than the book itself. It was a library hold that came in while I was reading another absorbing novel, so I chose to read this at bedtime since it was a lighter, happier book. I should know better, I find it hard to concentrate on a plot when I'm tired, so I probably didn't give it the attention it deserved. It was good, it was witty, I loved both Cecily and Kate, but I was hoping for some actual reci ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite reads of 2020. Absolutely charming.
Dawn Michelle
This book has 65 chapters and it doesn't really pick up and become interesting until chapter 50. While I liked Cecily very much [SO much snark!], Kate just about drove me mad. And the early chapters about her and Nick and all the dysfunction...Yeah, no. Just no.

While the recipes were amazing to read [along with the ideas and advice] and the supper club idea was intriguing, it just wasn't enough to keep my mind from wandering, and for me to not skim [and then have to go BACK and reread when I wa
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone on Twitter is talking about The Woman Who Wanted More by Vicky Zimmerman and I can see why. I myself had to tweet about this book as I think it's sensational with a mixture of food to feed the heart and love and friendship. Kate Parker feels lucky to be in love with her boyfriend Nick, who just so happens to be a good cook, knocking up those delicious recipes that Kate enjoyed so much. Let's face it, we all love food cooked by our boyfriend. Nick has plans for Kate to move in with him, ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies (also published as The Woman Who Wanted More) is a novel by British author, Vicky Zimmerman (also writing as Stella Newman). They were on vacation in France when he told her. The plan had been for Kate Parker to move in with her boyfriend Nick Sullivan on their return, but now he is unsure, confused about how he feels. She gives him two months to unconfuse himself (they are so happy together!) and reluctantly moves in with her irritating widowed
Kate Parker's 40th birthday is approaching and she feels like her life is a bit stuck in a rut. She's bored with her job, her boyfriend won't commit and her biological clock is ticking. Trying to do something positive she volunteers at the Lauderdale House for Exceptional Ladies and there she meets 97 year old Cecily Finn. Cecily can be a bit caustic and she's not afraid to speak her mind. As Kate spends more time with Cecily and learns her life story, an unforgettable friendship begins to form. ...more
This was such a lovely story!! I am so happy I got a chance to read this one! A celebration of friendship and food! I loved reading about Cecily and Kate's unlikely friendship. Kate thinks her and her boyfriend Nick are doing great! They both love cooking and going out to eat together and it's everything to her! He wants to move in together. She is so happy because she's close to 40, and she's more than ready to settle down. When he decides that he's not really ready to commit to moving in toget ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review to come! But this book is so adorable! Such a great book, the characters were fabulous! Thank you Source Books for the ARC!
Karen Mace
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a charming and delightful book! I adored the characters - especially Cecily! - and found it to be one of those books that is heartwarming and inspiring, and even made me shed a tear or two!

Kate Parker is the main character and her life is seemingly all going swimmingly - she's in a loving relationship with Nick who shares her passion for food and cooking (note - do NOT read this book on an empty stomach!!) and is settled in her work life, but that settled life is soon disrupted by Nick drop
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A heartwarming story about an unlikely friendship between two (40 and 97 year old) women.

A feel-good buddy read with PorshaJo. One we both really enjoyed - and don’t we all need that right now!
Tabatha (tab.talks.books)
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was so cute. Took me awhile to finish it (six days) however it was none the less delightful. It’s a great book of unlikely friendships and the trials and tribulations of life, going out of your comfort zones and making yourself your priority. A lot easier said than done but the friendship between Cicely and Kate was so cute and progressed naturally. The end was predictable but had a pleasant surprise. A great read in between heavier reads, though the book is quite lengthy.
Laura • lauralovestoread
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a cute story, and apparently I’m drawn to books with themes of friendships and food—which this book definitely has both of.

I had just come off a streak of suspenseful and fantasy reads when I picked up this book, and it was just the heartfelt read I was looking for. The characters have continued to stay with me even after finishing, which are signs of a great book!

Kate Parker is close to turning 40 and dating a guy named Nick Sullivan, but he couldn’t be more of a user. It’s here that she h
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is just a complete joy to read, I loved it! Cecily is such a fantastic character and the book has a comforting, happy feel to it although it did make me cry like a baby at one point. So wonderful to read about a feisty older woman for a change, and I definitely wish her cookery book really did exist, I'd definitely buy it! Reading the notes at the end and finding out that this wonderful character is based on a member of the author's own family was just the icing on the cake, her grandma sou ...more
A heartwarming novel about friendship, modern-day relationships, self-discovery, books and the comfort of food.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a truly beautiful book that I really enjoyed. I didn’t like Nicks character, I wanted to shout at him but I loved all the other characters. The growing friendship between Cecily and Kate was beautiful to read. The food sounded gorgeous and it all felt so real so I wasn’t at all surprised to discover the book is based on the life of a real Cecily.

This will be a book I read again and again.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC in return for an honest and unbiased opinion.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Miss Cecily's Recipes for Exceptional Ladies.

I love food and I love to eat, so I was excited when my request was approved.

The premise is formulaic; an almost 40 year old woman named Kate is slogging through life with a crappy job, narcissistic boyfriend and low self esteem.

When she meets a feisty, almost centenarian named Cecily, who has lived more lifetimes than Kate can count, Kate cleans up her life, her attitude and her behavior.

I didn't like Kate; I
Victoria George
Apr 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this book. First, the way Kate was acting over Nick for at least the first quarter of the book was so grating. There were so many pages just full of her pining away at this man-child when she's well over old enough to know better. Second, the writing just fell flat to me. I wanted so many more descriptors of moments and things and got none. The book would have gone so much faster if we'd gotten a little blurb about Kate going through a breakup (or maybe not a breakup, a wobble, ...more
Isabelle Broom
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolute perfection – I adored this book!
Jacqueline The Pufflehuffle Kitteh
The Woman Who Wanted More is one of my favourite reads of 2019. I knew going in that I'd enjoy it, but I did not realise just quite how much I'd enjoy it. I devoured this book in absolutely no time at all. It was the perfect read to break up all of the Fantasy and Young Adult books I've been reading.
Firstly, the cover is eye catching. It's a beautiful colour, the font and theme of the book stands out at first glance.
The plot was great, I found myself pulled in from the get-go and I couldn't wa
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Charming, funny and uplifting, The Woman Who Wanted More is a wonderful read from a talented writer. It is a celebration of food and female friendship, full of insights about life, the choices we make and the effect those we encounter have on us. Heartbreak is always best remedied with food and with good friends, and this book shows why. It's an empowering reminder that life is full of opportunities, once we are open to them. And that admitting you've failed is "not really failure; it's the firs ...more
Jeanette (Again)

An unexpected delight!
Stay tuned for my review.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
4.5 Stars: Vicky Zimmerman wrote this story based on a real book written by her mother in 1957. Parts of the character, 97 year old Cecily were based on her grandmother's history, but not her temperament. Both Cecily and Kate were lonely people. Cecily was old and her body was giving out on her, even though her mind was still sound. She lived in a care home, Lauderdale House for Exceptional Ladies, and was ready to die. Kate was a volunteer at the home and met Cecily during her cooking classes. ...more
What a wonderful book.
It warms your heart and makes you hungry.

Kate thinks she’s finally in a great relationship. She’s turning 40 this year, she’s waited a long time to meet “the one”. She loves their time together. They love cooking together, they enjoy going out for great meals, they have cute little routines. They’ve been together about two years and Kate’s boyfriend finally makes the big commitment of asking her to move in with him.
Everything is moving forward at a nice pace. And then her
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a joy of a book to read. From the book cover with the delicious iced biscuit to the surprise of photographs from the author in the back I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The only strange thing was I started reading it on the day it dropped through my letterbox and when I picked it up the next day I found my bookmark at page 147, meaning I'd stopped at Page 146 (read the book you'll see why this made me laugh).

Kate is rapidly hurtling towards 40 and is childless and not yet mar
mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy) Perfectly delightful and cozy and delicious. Can’t recommend highly enough to anyone who likes reading about food and relationships ❤️
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