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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062237284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062237286
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'This book is one to keep. Anyone who reads it will return to it, time and again, either for the story or to seek out one of the many old recipes' Ireland on Sunday" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kate Kerrigan is the author of three previous novels. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two sons.


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Kate Kerrigan is an author living and working in Ireland. Her novels are Recipes for a Perfect Marriage which was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year in 2008 and been translated into 20 languages, (it is published under the name Morag prunty in the U.S) The Miracle of Grace, which has been adapted as a film script with funding from the Irish Film Board and Ellis Island, the first of a trilogy which was selected as a TV Book Club Summer Read in Britain and launched in the U.S. with Harper Collins in July 2011. Its sequel City of Hope and the final part Land of Dreams are all published in the U.K. with Land of Dreams due for release in the U.S. in October 2014.
Her latest novel, The Lost Garden will be published in the U.K. in May 2014.

Kate began her career as an editor and journalist, editing many of Britain's most successful young women's magazines under her birth name Morag Prunty before returning to her native Ireland in the 1990's. She writes a weekly column in the Irish Mail about her life in Killala, County Mayo - and contributes regularly to the RTE radio program Sunday Miscellany.

www.katekerrigan.ie

Kate Kerrigan: what her peers say.

This story is written with so much heart you can hear its beat and feel its pulse in every word on every page.
Cecelia Ahern

Recipes for a Perfect Marriage is that most prized of things, a unique treatment of an old subject. Not only an extremely entertaining read, this wonderful novel is also chock fill of wisdom about all aspects of love and marriage
Cassandra King

This is a wonderfully written and instantly engaging novel. But what's most impressive here is the wisdom about relationships. Recipes for a Perfect marriage should be required reading not only for those who are married or contemplating tying the knot, but for any person who longs to make any relationship work better.
Elizabeth Berg

Customer Reviews

I will be eagerly looking forward to the third book in the series from this talented author.
Ann E.
I’m hoping that there will be one more book as I think there are still things that can be resolved before really saying good-bye to this wonderful story.
Darlene
Fantastic character development, outstanding descriptions and details throughout the stories.
Kary Paige

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patti Smith on July 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
Short and Sweet Summary

Ellie leaves her Irish homeland and returns to New York after her husband John unexpectedly dies. She finds that the New York of her past, the New York that almost took her away from John once before, is not the same and she must find a way to re-invent herself in order to truly figure out exactly who she is and her purpose in life without John.

What I Liked

The interesting and ironic complexities of life in Ireland and the United States before and after the Irish Civil War as well as The Great Depression. Irish families who left their home country for America, fearing for their family's lives, found themselves thrown back into poverty after experiencing prosperity for a while. Ellie travels back and forth during these times, and I couldn't help but get caught up in the politics.

the fight of the common man trying to keep his head above water in the United States with Roosevelt's New Deal politics, the formation of unions, and a mob run city...and especially the intermingling of all.

Bridie - what a character...on the surface a grumpy old woman...but deep down the best of the bunch. Loyal, honest, outspoken, talented and practical. She reminded me of the Mrs. Pattmore character in Downton Abbey. My favorite Bridie episode is when they meet Frank Delaney when he comes looking for the mobster Dingus...who knew Bridie had that much guts?? LOVED it!

Matt - the good guy. That's all I can say.

What I Didn't Like

Ellie - I had a hard time getting on board with Ellie at first. I couldn't help but think of her as selfish...her husband had already waited on her for 3 years while she ran away, the first year to earn money for him but after that?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dellen on February 11, 2013
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I read Ellis Island and was looking forward to the sequel, but I found City of Hope to be rather weak and the main character disappointed me at times. However, I am looking forward to the next in the series and hope that will be more satisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kary Paige on April 3, 2014
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Both "Ellis Island" and "City of Hope" captured my attention from the opening pages. I couldn't put the books down. Fantastic character development, outstanding descriptions and details throughout the stories. I felt I was right there with Ellie and all of the good deeds she accomplishes. Can't wait for the third book (sequel). Would highly recommend these books for book club reads and discussions. Kate Kerrigan is an exceptional writer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BellaChica on October 13, 2013
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I won the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Let me first state that I did not read Ellis Island so I had no history of Ellie prior to meeting her in this 2nd installment of a trilogy. The story is written in a straightforward prose with lots of historical background and many believable characters.

Kate Kerrigan's second novel revolves around Ellie's life back in the U.S. after the death of her husband. She has run away from her grief and hopes to lose herself in the glittery, fast-paced, life of New York City. Unfortunately, the depression has also come to New York.

Ellie is, as the back cover says, "a woman ahead of her time". She is smart, intelligent, and a shrewd business woman. Rather unheard of in late 1930's America. It's her capacity to find solutions to problems that gets Ellie back on her feet.

I didn't like her character very much. I found Ellie to be self-centered, demeaning and intolerant, especially towards men, even her husband. While in Ireland she seemed to value her work and businesses over her husband using the pretense of giving them a better life to justify her actions. She runs away because she can't deal with her grief and gives the impression that John was at fault for dying....how dare he!

So if Miss Kerrigan wanted to create a protagonist that left you wanting for more than what you got, she did an admirable job! I can't say I didn't like the story as much as I didn't like the main character.
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Glad I purchased all three books in this trilogy, as I enjoyed both Ellis Island and City of Hope. It's a fireside read that makes you wonder if Ellie is just a restless person or running away from her feelings--or both? Her mind never stops, and her rush to leave Ireland after her husband dies and return to New York (where she finds so much has changed in the 10 years since she was there prior) has her actively helping the homeless. I love the way the author puts the diverse characters together, and there are many!, without having to remember all of them. I suggest reading Ellis Island first before starting this book, and also suggest getting the third book, Land of Dreams, as this book will leave you knowing it's a story to be continued!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jean Grainger on April 18, 2013
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I loved this book. Like all of Kerrigan's novels the characters are beautifully drawn and the plot lines engaging and interesting.
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By jacqueline on June 7, 2014
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i chose this rating because it just didn't measure up to Kate Kerrigan's "Ellis Island". Sadly I found it too repetitive and I like happy endings. I did not find this to be so. However, I will continue to read books by this author as I do like her style.
I would recommend other books by this writer. Enough said there.
I was unable to 'FEEL' emotions or become as familiar with the characters within the story as I love to do. I want to miss them after the last page. This is mainly why I would seek out other stories by the author.
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