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READ PDF Í Recipes for a Perfect Marriage ⚤ A tender, funny, heartfelt novel about an uncertain bride and the Irish grandmother who teaches her the unexpected ingredients of marital happiness Tressa is sure of almost everything her career as a successful food writer, her great friends, and her sophisticated New York lifestyle She has never been so sure of men, however, and as she hits her late thirties, the prospect of never marrying looms large When Dan shows up on her doorstep, she hopes that he s the one, and soon they are married There s just one problem With all the excitement of finding him, and then the wedding, Tressa is struck with an awful idea maybe he s not the one after all Into this mess of uncertainty comes an unexpected life preserver the journals and recipes of her grandmother Bernadine Bernadine and her husband, James, had the kind of marriage that Tressa always believed she should have the perfect marriage Or so Tressa thought In Recipes for a Perfect Marriage the unexpected secret to marital bliss unfolds through the voices and recipes of Tressa and Bernadine They are generations and oceans apart, yet in this charming, beautifully imagined novel, they learn that marriage, like brown bread, is both sturdy and fragile, and never to be taken for granted This book is like a gorgeous piece of hot chocolate fudge cake without the calories This book is just the sort of book I like, it has all the right ingredients I won this book in a goodreads.com giveaway and had not heard of Kate Kerrigan before but the book sounded great from the summary given on the giveaway Some of my favourite authors are Patricia Scanlan, Sheila O Flanagan and Cathy Kelly and Kate Kerrigan is now going to be among those and I will read all the books I can find that she ha This book is like a gorgeous piece of hot chocolate fudge cake without the calories This book is just the sort of book I like, it has all the right ingredients I won this book in a goodreads.com giveaway and had not heard of Kate Kerrigan before but the book sounded great from the summary given on the giveaway Some of my favourite authors are Patricia Scanlan, Sheila O Flanagan and Cathy Kelly and Kate Kerrigan is now going to be among those and I will read all the books I can find that she has written This is such a powerful and wise book It hits the nail right on the head about relationships and marriage and the doubts that can prevail in a new marriage This author can say so much in so few pages The book switches between the present with Tressa and Dan and the past with Tressa s grandparents On Tressa s wedding day she is given her grandmother s diaries and recipes Each part of the book begins with one of these recipes and each one symbolises a certain factor which contributes to a successful or unsuccessful marriage, for example the first part is concerned with chemistry and the recipe is for jam which seems to suggest things not quite jelling with Tressa and Dan s marriage The book continues in this way and, for me, this unifies the whole book Sheila O Flanagan uses this sort of technique of having a theme running throughout the book This works so well, Tressa also has a career in food writing Tv etc This book is quite therapeutic if you have been through relationship doubts breakups, it helps you to understand thingsclearly and makes you feel that you re not alone The book is very well presented, like a home recipe book I would have liked to have seen the recipes in a handwriting font though, that would have had just that bit extra realism and feel for the action The book continues alternating between past and present, often with parallels between the two eras The writing is lovely, very cosy and beautiful I didn t want it to end and had to keep reading to see what happens next and the book didn t lag or go off at all, it continued superbly right to the end and concluded in a satisfactory fashion It has been an absolute treat to read It has parts that really get at your emotions, suspense, comedy page 88 sister in law s outfit love it It s a scrummy, sumptuous book, I can t give it enough superlatives Just one tiny thing I thought the cover a little old fashioned I feel it could put potential readers off because the writing is both modern and in the past So, what a feast of a book, I have enjoyed it so much It brought a tear to my eye at the end Life lessons which seem obvious with hindsight but this is not a predictable book at all Wonderful One of the books I ve enjoyed most being editor of, and one I was proud of discovering for Serbian market So much, that I made my friend Croatian editor bying rights too I truly enjoyed this book I couldn t put it down as I wanted to find out what happened to the main character s grandmother s romance and the secret behind her arranged marriage.Young food writer Tressa Nolan wakes up one morning after her honeymoon and realizes that she may have married the gorgeous Dan, a maintenance man in her building out of panic than love Then Tressa unwraps one of her wedding gifts, her grandmother Bernadine s cook book and diaries In her grandmother s diaries and cook I truly enjoyed this book I couldn t put it down as I wanted to find out what happened to the main character s grandmother s romance and the secret behind her arranged marriage.Young food writer Tressa Nolan wakes up one morning after her honeymoon and realizes that she may have married the gorgeous Dan, a maintenance man in her building out of panic than love Then Tressa unwraps one of her wedding gifts, her grandmother Bernadine s cook book and diaries In her grandmother s diaries and cook book, Tressa finds not only her grandmother s recipes but advice on marriage and a secret that her grandmother has been carrying around for years Tressa has always idolized her grandmother s cooking and marriage to her grandfather but Tressa soon discovers that her grandmother wasn t at all happy in her marriage as she led on until she discovered the truth about why James the man that she had everyone believe was the ONE she loved except herself, truly married her The story traverses from 2004 in Manhattan to 1932 in Ireland where young Bernadine first met the man she really loved.I truly enjoyed this book I first read it when I first got married and was delighted by this unique and well written book Throughout the book there are recipes you can make from Irish Stew to Bernadine s honey cake In the end there s space to write your own recipes When I started to read it I wasn t sure I could relate with the main character It is about a single New York food critic who has a cute guy fall in love with her and she marries him After the hoopla of the wedding, she realizes that she really doesn t love him and decides that in 6 months or so she will back out and say she gave it a good try Meanwhile, she takes her Irish Grandmothers old recipes and starts to compile a cookbook to publish She finds that her Grandmother has included her mem When I started to read it I wasn t sure I could relate with the main character It is about a single New York food critic who has a cute guy fall in love with her and she marries him After the hoopla of the wedding, she realizes that she really doesn t love him and decides that in 6 months or so she will back out and say she gave it a good try Meanwhile, she takes her Irish Grandmothers old recipes and starts to compile a cookbook to publish She finds that her Grandmother has included her memoirs with her recipes too, and her story of their 50 year marriage is enthralling The book ends up going back and forth between the G ma and the current gal This books gives voice to that inner dialog that most women have that shapes our excuses, abuses, and sanity It is honest, humorous, and I cried in 3 places I really ended up loving the wisdom in this novel, and I can look past the dozen swearwords