Recipes for Melissa by Teresa Driscoll

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Title: Recipes for Melissa

Author:Teresa Driscoll

Release Date: June 5th 2015

Pages: 290

Genre: Contemporary, Family, Chick Lit

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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.

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Melissa lost her mom to cancer, when she was just a little girl. She didn’t know about her mother’s sickness and so she didn’t get to say goodbye to her. When Melissa turned 25, she was given a journal, which was written by her mother. The journal contained a lot of recipes and also explanations how and why things had happened. After receiving the journal Melissa slowly read the journal and put all the pieces together from her past.

I really wanted to love this book, as the premise seemed compelling, but unfortunately it didn’t work for me as I hoped it would. The writing was good and the storyline was interesting, but it didn’t actually play with the strings of my heart. The story was also told from three different perspectives, which weren’t all needed, I’d have liked to read more about Melissa and her her mother’s story rather than to read about her father’s present life. It was a beautiful story about mother and daughter’s love, which makes you think how unfair and unpredictable can life be.

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