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 mothIs 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.
Recipes for Melissa 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 h
This is a beautiful novel that felt like it was truly written from the heart.Recipes for Melissa is about a young woman who lost her mother to cancer at 8 years old When she reaches 25, she is given a journal that was written by her mother before she died, and intended for Melissa once she had grown up.Expect to be taken on an emotional and nostalgic journey as Melissa reads through her mother s journal.There is so much to love about this book I loved the recipes, part of it being set in Cornwal [...]
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 h [...]
What an absolutely beautiful story Every mother and every daughter should read this book The writing is magical, the recipes divine The pace never lags, every chapter ending in such a way that you want Even though we know from very early on that Melissa s mother is dead, this is an uplifting and heart warming book that urges us to savour each moment with our loved ones I loved all the characters, especially Eleanor I loved the way Max and Anna s relationship develops and especially admired how [...]
Review to follow once I ve dried my eyes and recovered with some sleep but truly magical writing 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 [...]
I initially wanted to read this book because the main character shares a first name with me However, it also had an eerie feel for me, as this Melissa s mother passed away a long time ago, leaving only a book of recipes as her legacy It was also fitting for me to read this book right now, as I m participating in an online writing retreat about memories related to food A lot of the story touched on that concept I liked that the story had than I was expecting, as it also features Melissa s father [...]
I would like to begin by thanking Net Galley and Bookouture for an advanced copy of this amazing book for my honest review This book by far deserves 10 stars I was so attached to the characters and their lives, from beginning to end.Melissa receives a packagea package she never expected but in a waited neededIs it ever to late to say good bye Even 17 years later Melissa s mother was fighting a battle with cancer She couldn t bring herself to burden her 8 year old daughter with her day to day tri [...]
I m a sucker for stories that tug at the heartstrings, so this novel was perfect for me Having lost my own mother just a few months ago, it hit very close to home It s only when we lose a parent do we realise how much of their stories we wish we could recapture, and though my mother was 96 at the time of her death, and not young as the mother in this story, I so wish she had kept some sort of a diary I could have picked up to read through after she had gone At least I was able to put myself in M [...]
Such a sweet and very sad book.The story will be stuck in my head the whole week now.I hate reading books about death.It makes me so freaking sad.I am angry right now, and appreciate life even .
Recipes for Melissa is an absolutely beautifully written book It is heartbreaking and sad, but at the same time it is also uplifting and inspirational The book is a reminder that you have to make the most of each day, making sure to laugh and love lots, and be true to your heart I picked this up and found it virtually impossible to put down again It took me on an emotional rollercoaster which, if I m honest I was sad to get off at the end It is quite hard to write a review which would do the boo [...]
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.Melissa and her father lived their lives without her mother Melissa managed by blanking out her memories of her mother, while her father clung on to them Both of them coping in ways they could On her 25th birthday, she gets handed a journal It is her mother s journal which she had left with special instructions to be handed over when Melissa turned 25 The journal that [...]
Recipes for Melissa The heartbreaking story of a mother s goodbye to her daughter by Teresa DriscollMy rating 5 of 5 starsOh 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 woul [...]
Teresa Driscolls F r alle Tage, die noch kommen ist ein ber hrender Roman ber eine junge Frau, die auch noch Jahre nach deren Ableben mit dem Verlust ihrer Mutter zu k mpfen hat.An ihrem 25 Geburtstag erh lt Melissa einen Anruf eines ihr unbekannten Anwalts Ihre Mutter, die seit 17 Jahren tot ist, hat ein Buch geschrieben, das sie nun bekommen soll Darin befinden sich nicht nur Rezepte zum Nachkochen, sondern auch Anleitungen f rs Leben und das ein oder andere Gest ndnis, mit dem Melissa nicht g [...]
This is such a wonderful and touching story It s about Melissa, who s mom died when she was 8 years old Now that she is 25, she receives a book with recipes and stories which her mother wrote down for her daughter I love how it is written.
Sem explorar descaradamente o conte do tr gico do livro, Receitas de Vida para Melissa traz nos uma hist ria comovente sobre uma menina que, n o tendo oportunidade de se despedir da m e de forma definitiva antes de ela falecer se que tal de alguma forma poss vel tem agora em mulher, aos 25 anos de idade, a possibilidade de o fazer de outra forma.N o querendo antecipar o seu sofrimento, Eleanor optou por n o dizer filha de oito anos que tinha cancro recusou tratamentos mais agressivos e tentou vi [...]
A heart wrenchingly good novel, with a story that will tear at your heartstrings and wring you inside out, leaving you feeling emotionally drained, but uplifted and thankful for every good thing in your life The plot has been lovingly devised and centres on the death of a mother wife and the long term effects on the daughter and husband left behind, whilst simultaneously interweaving a link between them again to promoting the healing process It is beautifully handled and leaves a lump in the thr [...]
I delayed reading this novel because my family was going through a sad time That was my first mistake.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 u [...]
Melissa is handed a journal on her 25th birthday She lost her mum when she was 8 and before she died she had started a journal to pass on some treasured memories and family recipes She really struggled with the loss of her mum as a child and just tried to block it out and avoid mention of her As she reads through the pages and looks at the old photos certain little glimpses into her childhood come back to her.She is in a relationship but is scared to take the next step losing her mum at such a y [...]
I had high expectations when I started this book because I head only positive things about it Unfortunately the book didn t really work for me Judging from the blurb I expected the book Melissa got from her dead mother to play an important role in the book Sadly this wasn t the caseere were only a few excerpts The rest of the time the story was only dragging The story was told from different perspectives what I generally like but here the one told from Melissa s father was just needless.I couldn [...]
Melissa was only 8 when her mother died and her way of coping was to block out and so has little memory of her Fast forward 17 years and she is handed a book that even her father knew nothing about In the form of recipes it is a journal written for Melissa by her mother as her way of saying goodbye, it is so full of love and every recipe is an anecdote about her life, and it starts to bring back the memories that Melissa has long buried.It is a beautiful book well written and certainly tugs at t [...]
This book is very touching It also portrays an interesting description about how cancer was being researched during the nineties, when gene research first brought up questions about genetic transmission and heredity But the book is much than that it is an emotional rendering of a young woman s search for her Mother, through the means of the diary her Mother left her, together with recipes, photographs and secrets secrets so terrible that risked putting all of Melissa s life in questions, until [...]
I have en eight year old daughter myself, so reading about a girl of this age who loses her mother felt really poignant I loved the narrative which wove its way back and forward in time but somehow all felt very present, interspersed with some wonderful recipes many of which I look forward to trying Teresa Driscoll writes passionately, truthfully and movingly about this difficult subject, leaving the reader guessing right up until the last moment how it will pan out An accomplished debut, I look [...]
This is a beautiful story told through a journal left to Melissa by her mother She was 8 years old when her mother died of breast cancer and since her mother knew she wouldn t be around she wrote to her about boys, food, life and her father I loved this book and the little tidbits and food stories that were scattered throughout the story Set in England this tale is easy to read and divided nicely into chapters set in Melissa s view, her dad s view, her boyfriend and of course her mother I look f [...]
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I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review Loved this bookheartbreaking, funny, and poignantA definite must read for the love story lover.
Originally posted on beccasbooooks I ve had my eye on this book for a while now and I was so excited when I finally reached it after wading through my gigantic to read pile, so I couldn t wait to dive in I knew, after reading the blurb, that I was in for an emotional ride and it turned out I was right Please note Recipes for Melissa should be read with tissues, ice cream, and a phone on hand to call up your nearest and dearest to tell them you love them.I won t re tell the blurb, mainly because [...]
Meine Meinung F r alle Tage, die noch kommen wird abwechselt aus verschiedenen Sichten, auktorial erz hlt Am Anfang erf hrt der Leser zun chst erst einmal ein bisschen mehr ber Melissa Auf den ersten Seiten geht es darum, wie die Protagonistin das Buch erh lt, welches ihre Mutter f r sie geschrieben hat und wie sie anf ngt, es zu lesen Im Grunde genommen sind dies an sich ziemlich emotionale Szenen, doch ich muss leider sagen, dass der Funke erst einfach nicht berspringen wollte Es fiel mir schw [...]
Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the advance copy I received for my honest review.When Melissa was just 8 years old, her mother Eleanor died of breast cancer Knowing that she wouldn t be around to watch her daughter grow up, and to share with her the wisdom that is so often passed down from mothers to daughters, Eleanor decides to leave Melissa a book that she will receive when she is 25, explaining many of the things that she won t be there to share with her in person Containing not only [...]
Melissa bekommt 17 Jahre nach dem Tod ihrer Mutter Eleonor vom Notar ein Buch bergeben, in welchem Eleonor ihre Gedanken, Ratschl ge und Rezepte aufgeschrieben hat, um diese an ihre Tochter weiterzugeben Doch als Melissa das Buch bekommt, befindet sie sich gerade in einer Phase ihres Lebens, welche von Zweifel und Zukunfts ngsten bestimmt ist Denn gerade hat sie den Heiratsantrages ihres Freundes Sam abgelehnt W hrend des Lesens des Buches denkt Melissa immer mehr ber ihr Leben nach und beginnt, [...]
This is one of the most touching stories I have read for some time I was expecting to be needing a lot of hankies but while it s emotional, it s not actually a sad book There are some sad moments, of course, but on the whole it is just a beautifully written story At the age of 25 Melissa, very unexpectedly, has been given a book of recipes compiled by her mother who died when Melissa was only 8 Along with the recipes, Eleanor has written about her memories of time she has spent with Melissa and [...]
I loved loved LOVED this book I want everyone to know and everyone to read it now Having just wiped away the tears from finally allowing myself to finish it I tried but I really couldn t read it any slower I wanted to share that if you want an emotional beautifully written novel to take on your holidays this year then this is my top recommendation to take with you Don t think it s about recipes or death, it is about a woman s love for her daughter and the way she chooses to express this after be [...]