“358 pgs. ”Erika wrote this review Sunday, November 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A woman returns to her hometown in Texas after being fired from her job in New York and must decide whether to stay or move on. She gets a job cooking "last meals" for those on Death Row and is haunted by the fact that this is the first job she has had that she truly enjoys. Funny, plot moves nicely.”Melissa R wrote this review Sunday, September 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a truly beautiful book about love and hope. -Melissa, Ciculation ”Boulder Public Library wrote this review Saturday, August 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Liked it very much ! A great summer read ”Stefanie Hammond wrote this review Tuesday, July 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Queenie Wake has been running away from her hometown of North Star, Texas for most of her adult life. But after being fired from her most recent job at an upscale New York City restaurant, she has no choice but to return. Faced with painful memories and surrounded by a cast of predictable small town characters, Queenie must choose her next move. Liza Palmer writes with poignancy and intelligence and has a keen ability to capture the emotions of her heroine. A sweet, funny, satisfying read.”WHPL Readers wrote this review Friday, July 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
I really loved this book. What book can make you identify with the main character when you are nothing like her? But I did feel very close to Queenie Wake. Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer is a book that is very difficult to stop reading. The main character, Queen Elizabeth Wake was named by her mother in order to get respect from the town. Her mother, Brandi Jacques Wake is good looking, an unwed mother, a thief and promiscuous. Her mother was cold and never cared about the whereabouts of her daughters. The only good thing that she gave Queenie was to know how to cook.
It was a tough life for Queenie and her sister Merrie Carol. They were girls from the other side of the tracks. Their mother had been shot when Queenie was growing up. Little bits and pieces were gently revealed about her mother and why Queenie left town, North Star, Texas. After being fired in New York City for scolding a customer for wanting to put ketchup on eggs, she gives up and decides to return to North Star.
Queenie has spent years everywhere and has run out of places to work. She decides to come back home to her sister and her nephew. She finds that the town is the same when she left it, even though her nephew has found a way to escape the scorn. He is a star on the local football team. Her old boyfriend seems to be the same, the gossipy women in her sister’ beauty shop seemed to be the same. This book made me really care about Queenie, Merrie Carol and her nephew.
What stands out to me is the way the author incorporated themes of jealousy, forgiveness, love and down home cooking into a wonderful book. The description of her meal preparation was Zen like,there was a beautiful ending. I have no negative comments about this book. I loved it!
I highly recommend this book to all my friends.
This book was received from the Amazon Vine and that in no way influenced my review. ”
“The Good Stuff
Totally enjoyed just losing myself in this lovely story about redemption, family, forgiveness, prejudice and hope
Full of unique, yet believable and interesting characters
Wonderful character development
Liked the plot line that involved Queenie being a cook for last meals at a prison - could lead to some very interesting conversations
Makes you think
I cried - I consider this a good thing as you feel an emotional attachment to a character - that my friends is a sign of a good story
Loved the humour in this one
The type of story you don`t want to put down - not that it is non stop excitement - its just the type of story that you care about what is going to happen to these richly developed characters
Loved the relationship between Queenie and Merry
The type of book you want to hug when you are finished
Made me wonder if I could grant the wish of a convicted murderer - he or she was a child once - what made them become who they were? - do they deserve forgiveness? - do they deserve to get a final wish? - so many thoughts
Must read more by this author - have a feeling that I will enjoy her other works
Sad that others could judge children based on what their parents actions - and you know this happens in real life
No preaching about whether the death penalty is the right thing to do
Could have easily turned into a stereotypical small town caricature type of story but the author is truly gifted and instead you get something real
Strong realistic female characters
The Not So Good Stuff
A tad repetitive - nothing horrible - just some stronger editing would have given this a 5 instead of a 4.5
Made me crave Southern Cooking - I am trying to stay away from that stuff it is not good for me (yes this is made worse because my hubby is cooking ribs for his work and it smells divine in this house)
a wee bit predictable - but in this case it is ok - because you are so invested in the characters
`` Food that`s good, but not great enough to tolerate someone `being kind of a bitch`` is surely sweeping the Irish culinary world.``
``Fine. Maybe I was going to point out the tragedy of One-Minute Wes being your only sexual experience. I mean what kind of whore are you?``
``We`re finally sinking in is the knowledge that their opinions only reflections of themselves and how unhappy they are in their own lives. I should know. I`ve spent years snarling at people because of how lonely I am.``
Who Should/Shouldn`t Read
Must send this this review to Jennifer Estep - think she would enjoy
Anyone looking for a good character driven story that leaves you with the feeling of hope
Perfect for a vacation read
Those who like `chick lit`with heart - I don`t take the term chick lit as a negative thin - but lets face it guys aren`t going to get the appeal of this
I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review ”
“I friggin' love everything that Liza Palmer writes. Her characters are always so layered and relatable and the scenarios are always something I've never read before. This book managed to be sweet and funny and heartbreaking all at the same time - I actually shed real tears while sitting in the park reading the last few chapters. I wish she'd write faster! I want more!!”Sugar Malone wrote this review Thursday, May 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm a sucker for novels of the small town-themed variety, so this was right up my alley and I'm happy to say it was a delightful and satisfying read and should be liked by those drawn towards this type of tale. Palmer presents here a down-home sort of story that is funny, touching, and romantic and had me imagining its movie counterpart.
The novel revolves around Queenie Wake, one of the daughters of the town slut who has returned home after the latest failure in chef career. She finds herself still unaccepted by the town, still in love with the same man... and cooking last meals for a prison. This latter plot line was my favorite.
Queenie provides a strong and admirable voice to the story as she wryly describes life back home. The events of the town are likably dramatic: the story of Queenie's murdered mother, a chance at new love, her nephew's high school football career in spite of his family connections. Palmer does this all through her strong writing and storytelling, both to be commended.
This is one of those books that is perfect for a rainy day or the beach. It's a comfortable and entertaining tale told well.”
“Queenie Wake is a chef. She has just been fired for yelling at a customer. Queenie has no where else to go but back home. Queenie has no intentions of staying long. That is why when she is offered a job working for the prison as their chef, she accepts. The job is short term. Queenie starts spending time with an old flame. Sparks are sure to ignite again.
Nowhere but Home is a charming read. I love Queenie. She was caring, strong, and had spunk. I would have liked to have seen this spunk more as it was these moments that I had a smile and laugh on my face. Not that I was not smiling at other points in this book. For example when Queenie was fired from her job for telling a customer that her “bangers” were bigger than his dick or when Queenie yelled at a man for wanting to put ketchup on his eggs! Which for some reason the thought of putting ketchup on my eggs does not sound very appealing to me.
This book is like a chick lit but with more depth and heart. I was generally surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book. The ending was a good one. I was happy with the ending.