The Woman Who Wanted More #BookReview #BonnierZaffre #NetGalley

Written by Vicky Zimmerman


150 hrt


Two women. One unusual cookbook. And a friendship that will show them how to savour each moment . . .

Kate Parker is about to turn forty and her world has fallen apart. Her seemingly rock-solid relationship is suddenly up in the air, and she’s been forced to move back in with her mother. In need of some distraction, Kate (reluctantly) volunteers at her local retirement home.

Cecily Finn is a ninety-seven-year-old resident of Lauderdale House for Exceptional Ladies. Her tongue is as sharp as her mind but lately she’s lost her spark, seemingly resigned to the Imminent End.

But then Cecily prescribes Kate a self-help recipe book with a difference – and so begins an unlikely friendship between two lonely and stubborn souls.

Together, these two very different women – one near the end of her life, one adrift somewhere in the middle – will show each other that food is for feasting, life is for living, and that it’s always essential to ask for more.








Stunningly  Good!  Stars 5


So enjoyable! A wonderful read about a single woman approaching the big 4-0 and her approach to life.

Kate Parker is finally in love! Approaching forty, she is thrilled with how the relationship is going until Nick drops a bombshell. Suddenly finding herself living at home with her mother, Kate’s friends come to the rescue and she is not so much persuaded to get into volunteering as presented with a fait accompli. Making acquaintances with 97 year old Cecily Finn changes Kate’s life in ways she could never foresee, and this is that story.

A stunningly good novel and one I raced through so easily! We’ve all been in relationships like Kate’s, and it definitely made some cringe worthy memories pop into my head! Despite a shaky start with Mrs Finn, the blossoming friendship is a joy to behold and I found myself full of admiration for Cecily’s wonderful memories. Discovering that she was, in fact, a real person and not a figment of the imagination made this book even more special, and I just adored everything about it. This is a story I completely adored, and not one I’ll easily forget. Beautifully told, it was truly a pleasure to read, and as such is definitely a five star novel.

My thanks to publisher Bonnier Zaffre for my copy via NetGalley. All opinions stated here are entirely my own.


Tags: women’s fiction
  • Format: ebook, paperback, audio
  • Size: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
  • Publication Date: 30 May 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
  •                                 Kobo
  •                                 W. H. Smith
  •                                 Waterstones
  •                                 amazon




Meet the Author


    Vicky Zimmerman lives in London. She worked in marketing and as a food tester at a major UK supermarket before leaving to write full-time. She has written for the Guardian and the Observer as well as for women’s magazines, specifically on food, body image and dating. She’s a passionate foodie and, when not writing, spends her days seeking out the perfect brownie and travelling Europe and the world in search of the best and most beautiful bowl of pasta. The Woman Who Wanted More is inspired by her own grandmother’s 1950s cookery manual.





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