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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Recipes for Melissa: The heartbreaking story of a mother's goodbye to her

Recipes for Melissa: The heartbreaking story of a mother's goodbye to her daughterRecipes for Melissa: The heartbreaking story of a mother's goodbye to her daughter by Teresa Driscoll
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my word where do I start with this wonderful piece of work.

I have been sat slowly pacing this book, taking in every detail, every emotion that came out from each page, every word, every full stop and coma.

This is a story that cannot be hurried. Its a story you need to sit and 'feel' and boy, did I feel. I digested it.

I can't give you, the reader, too much information or I would spoil it. But think of the title, Recipes for Melissa. As we can read from the blurb Melissa gets left a book written by her Mother, the Mother she lost at a young age through cancer. The recipes are not only baking recipes.

I felt I had my book open and Melissa has her book open, I felt nosy at times as I was peering into the written words of her lost Mother. She inherited this book when she was 25, her Mothers wishes. Her Father didn't know, her husband didn't know. She kept it hidden, except US the readers get privvy to what's in there. Its upbeat, its fun at times, its how to bake things, things that she shared cooking with her Mother in the kitchen when she was alive and she herself was young.

I felt in my heart for Melissa, the times she couldn't face reading on, what else she was going to discover.

She learns about herself, she learns why she thinks certain things, she starts to remember, but......
she also discovers a very important factor that can alter her life.....
she discovers another important factor that could change her life drastically.

Does your Mother know you?
Does your Mother know what choices you would choose when faced with something or would she just hope.

I just adored this book.

Like I say, this book really needs to be savoured for the taste and pleasure it gives. Digest it with care, read it with care and go on the journey with Melissa.


I have to thank Bookouture for my copy 

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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