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Miss Cecily's Recipes for Exceptional Ladies
Miss Cecily's Recipes for Exceptional Ladies: A Novel | Vicky Zimmerman
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Breakfast with a Hangover Dinner for a Charming Stranger Tea for a Crochety Aunt Food for feasting, friends are for savoring, and the way to a man's heart is...irrelevant When her life falls apart on the eve of her 40th birthday, Kate Parker finds herself volunteering at the Lauderdale House for Exceptional Ladies. There she meets 97-year-old Cecily Finn. Cecily's tongue is as sharp as her mind, but she's fed up with pretty much everything. Having no patience with Kate's choices, Cecily prescribes her a self-help book with a difference. Food for Thought: a charming 1950s cookbook high on enthusiasm, featuring menus for anything life can throw at the "easily dismayed." So begins an unlikely friendship between two lonely and stubborn soulsone at the end of her life, one stuck in the middlewho discover one big life lesson: never be ashamed to ask for more.
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BookishMarginalia
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Pickpick

I think this sums up the takeaway from this delightful novel. I quite enjoyed it. The audiobook is lovely as well.

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BookishMarginalia
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97-year-old Cecily on why a 40-year-old youngster 😏 should be a very happy camper 🤓

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BookishMarginalia
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Currently #ImmersionReading 👍🏼

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robinb
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@Louise Thank you for the bright ray of ☀️ in my mailbox today!! 💛 You always have the neatest, most unique wrapping paper. 😊 I was happy to hear from you and get caught up with you in your letter. I owe you one real soon.

I‘m looking forward to reading this fun-sounding book. The cover alone is a real spirit lifter!

Thanks again so much sweet #LitsyPenPal . 💕😘

LeahBergen How pretty! 2y
robinb @LeahBergen Puts a smile on your face. 😊 2y
Louise So glad it brought some cheer into your day! Yes, I have a thing for interesting wrapping paper. It makes gifting even more fun. Enjoy your reading! 2y
robinb @Louise 😊😊💕💕 2y
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Jody3
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It is a heartwarming story of an almost 40 year-old woman in denial of her love life and life itself meets a 97 year-old woman facing her last days and together build a friendship that changes both of them. I didn‘t want it to end. An amazing story of food, love, and finding ones self. Miss Cecily is a hoot, and I loved her. A very touching read.

robinb I just received this one as a gift and am looking forward to reading it. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! 2y
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kate, teetering on 40, is stuck in pretty much every aspect of life. For a much-needed distraction, she starts volunteering at an elderly ladies‘ home and meets Ms. Finn - a blunt, lonely 97 year old. I think you see where this is going. Utterly predictable with a satisfying outcome, but about 100 pages too long. The quirky cookbook references saved this for me. And I wish the Author‘s Note had been an Introduction instead. #bookclub

Cinfhen Super cute photo 🧡 2y
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britt_brooke
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It‘s that time of year! Back to living at the soccer complex. ⚽️😂

#bookclub #bookclubbook

LeslieO I feel you! I was a soccer girlfriend, soccer wife (my husband was a professional player in the early 1980s) and a soccer mom until my son graduated from college. I kinda miss it! 2y
britt_brooke @LeslieO Oh, how cool! I hope my boys continue to play as long as possible. I love being out here! 2y
theokiereader I‘m constantly reading at some sports field. 😂😂 Lacrosse season is about to start, and this year I have BOTH kids enrolled. I hate when other parents give you the side eye for reading when your kid is resting on the sideline. 😉 2y
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britt_brooke @theokiereader 😂 Both of my guys play soccer, so I feel ya! It‘s impossible for me to read at games, but sometimes I read through entire practices. It‘s my “I don‘t wanna chat with other parents tonight” shield. 😅🙅🏼‍♀️ (edited) 2y
Mtroiano My two just started soccer this year but I got roped into coaching the preschool team so no time to read 😩 2y
britt_brooke @Mtroiano Aw! You‘re a good mom! I‘m the manager of my 7 year old‘s team, but all that entails is sending welcome emails to newbies and answering parents‘ questions - of which there are many - but it‘s pretty easy. Hope you all have a fun season! 2y
Mtroiano @britt_brooke thanks! Y‘all too! 2y
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📚✉️: Miss Celicy is my IRL book club‘s March selection and the Marvel-Verse comics are for my boys. They are slim collections of famous/relevant comics focusing on a central character. Very cool! My 8 year old immediately cracked open Iron Man.

#bookmail #bookhaul #bookclub #raisingreaders