2015, Book review

Recipes for Melissa by Teresa Driscoll

Description : 

Is it ever too late for the gift of goodbye?

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.

  Publish Date : 5th June 2015

Published By : Bookouture

Format : Kindle Edition

* Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review*

My Thoughts : What a truly delightful read this was.
Melissa is 25 and has just received a journal her Mother wrote for her while she was dying from cancer when Melissa was just 8 years old.
A lot of the book is set in journal style and as you may have guessed from the title there are recipes, these aren’t just recipes though, they are stories that bring back many memories that Melissa has put to the back of her mind since her Mothers death.
On reading the blurb I thought this book would be a tear jerker and I was right in a way, although I shed a few tears it was also so much more. The story is about rediscovering and healing and the love Eleanor has for her daughter Melissa shines through, it’s beautiful.
Teresa has written a beautiful heartfelt story with wonderful characters that will stay with me for a long time to come. I’d wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone but just make sure you have a box of hankies and plenty time to read as once you start you won’t want to stop until the end.

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