"They say there is no such thing as a perfect marriage. A perfect marriage is one where two people live together for most of their lives until death separates them. What there is no such thing as is an easy marriage". New York food writer Tressa returns from honeymoon worried that she has married her impossibly handsome new husband Dan out of panic rather than love. In 1930's Ireland, her grandmother, Bernardine, has wed James, the quiet and unexciting local schoolteacher after her family is unable to raise a dowry to allow her to marry her true love, Michael. On her own wedding day, Tressa is offered her grandmother's diaries and hidden in the pages finds unexpected comfort, learning - amongst the timeless recipes for jam, soda bread and rhubarb tart - of an age old narrative about grandparents, her mother, and ultimately herself. And soon she realises that she has been given a true gift, for what she discovers is how to capture the perfect marriage. "This story is written with so much heart, its beat is palpable in every word on every page" - Cecilia Ahern. "Recipes For A Perfect Marriage" is an enchanting, richly informative and perceptive novel which challenges the modern ideal of romantic love as a given and ponders whether true love can really be learned.
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Tressa is admirably sure of almost everything -- her career as a successful food writer, her great friends, and her vibrant New York lifestyle. When Dan -- good-looking, capable, and trustworthy -- shows up on her doorstep, she hopes that he’s The One. Soon they are married, but once all the excitement of the wedding is behind her, Tressa is struck with an awful idea: Maybe Dan isn’t the great love of her life, much as she wants him to be. Amidst her uncertainty, Tressa finds an unexpected beacon: the journals and recipes of her grandmother, who had the kind of marriage that Tressa always believed she should have -- the perfect marriage. Or so Tressa thought. They’re generations and oceans apart, yet in this charming, beautifully imagined novel, two women learn that marriage, like brown bread, is both sturdy and fragile, and never to be taken for granted.About the Author:
London reared of Irish parents Kate Kerrigan worked in London before moving to Ireland in 1990. She is now a full-time writer and lives in County Mayo with her husband and son.
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