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Recipes for Melissa: The heartbreaking story of a mother's goodbye to her daughter Paperback – June 3, 2015
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Is it ever too late for the gift of goodbye?
As I write now, you are eight years old – asleep in the bed next door in princess pyjamas, with a fairy costume discarded on the floor.
Twenty-Five. The age I had you. The age our story began. And the age, I hope, that will see you truly ready for the things that I need to say to you…
Melissa Dance was eight years old when her mother died. They never got to say goodbye.
Seventeen years later, Melissa is handed a journal. As she smooths open the pages and begins to read her mother’s words, she is instantly transported back to her childhood.
But returning to her past is painful and memories of her mother’s beautiful face are a cruel reminder to Melissa that she’ll never see her again.
As Melissa slowly makes her way through the precious book, reading the snippets of advice and cooking the dishes from the recipes she is also shocked to learn of her mother’s secrets – secrets that if shared, could change Melissa’s world forever.
A beautifully written, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting story of a mother’s loving legacy for her daughter – perfect for fans of Rowan Coleman, Lucy Dillon and JoJo Moyes.
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- Publisher : Bookouture (June 3, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1909490873
- ISBN-13 : 978-1909490871
- Item Weight : 10.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.65 x 7.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,051,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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have to do the test now too keep me in your prayers . I have a beautiful daughter and grand daughter.
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Basically, in my opinion, it has potential; the author is excellent at her thrillers; and in all fairness, if you like human interest stories then you'll probably love this, particularly as it all ends with everyone living Happily Ever After. But, as you may have gathered, it wasn't my cup of tea at all.
Okay several hours later and a period of recovery later 😉
Well I'm going to be honest I've marked it as five stars but I have this niggle in my brain saying 4.9, 4.9..... I'll explain why, to be a five star it has to have captured me hook line and sinker and been like that throughout the book and for the best part of the story this did but I have to confess at the start I was a bit annoyed at the modern day sections telling me about Max at work and Sam and Melissa on holiday as I felt I was missing out on the much nicer sections about Melissa reading her mums journal and Eleanor back when she was ill with cancer writing it. However that said I very quickly began to overlook this and blend the sections together more as the book progressed.
The sections of writing and reading the journal are really the main focus of this book and I was worried when I started this that it would have a lot to live up to after reading The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman but this section of the storyline really held my focus and certainly lived up to the standards I had set in my mind, the more I read the more it became unputdownable actually once I hit 50% through it was finished in 2 sittings (not easy as a mum of a 5yr old and a 3yr old)
Though the journal was titled with the name Recipes for Melissa it became so much more than that and a truly inspiring read I loved the recipe angle though (and may well try a few at some point) it was a nice starting point to bring out the bits that mum and daughter could bond over through words where physical presence wasn't possible.
Very well written and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future
I thought the idea of including recipes in a book had been done to death. That was my second one.
Then I reached the stage and state of mind when I could read it and do it justice. I’m so glad I did, because although it moved me to tears, they were good tears. In this moving but triumphantly uplifting story you’ll find emotion without sentimentality, characters but never caricatures and a depth of understanding which makes you want to go back and read it all over again – as I did.
I warmed to Melissa, whose mother, Eleanor died of breast cancer. Eleanor left behind a journal, which she instructed should be given to Melissa on the latter’s 25th birthday.
But it was Eleanor who stole my heart: her warmth, bravery and compassion. It takes a skilled writer to literally bring a dead character to life, but Teresa Driscoll passes all expectations.
Male characters are incredibly convincing. Maybe I’m showing my age, but Max – Melissa’s father – is someone who will stay with me.
This is billed as debut novel, but Teresa Driscoll is not someone who has simply struck lucky. She’s worked hard to achieve her success and I’m looking forward to her next book.