The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Gahhhh, Olivia Waite just writes such beautiful stories! Agatha and Penelope were both absolutely fabulous in their own right and even better together. I adored all their friends and family as well, and really appreciated the evolution of Agatha and Penelope’s relationships with them as well as with each other.
The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows was a fairly slow burn, which is not my usual cup of tea, but this one worked for me. Quite a bit of time passes over the first 70% of the book (not years, but weeks/months at a time), so the slow build into the relationship made sense. Also, there is just A LOT happening in this book. Lots and lots of plot lines. Which was a bit much for me at times, but the story as a whole is definitely worth it!
I do think that A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics resonated just a bit more with me, which probably has to do with both MC’s in The Care and Feeding being over 40. As a woman in my late 20’s, it makes sense that I would connect more with a book with younger MC’s. That said, I really appreciated the fairly unique story of two 40-something, working women near the end of Regency England.
Reading this book I chuckled – maybe even chortled, learned a thing or two about bees and English history, fell in love with the (slightly) grumpy Agatha and (fairly) sunshiny Penelope!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.