- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pan MacMillan; New edition edition (March 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447213122
- ISBN-13: 978-1447213123
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,677,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Recipes for a Perfect Marriage Paperback – March 1, 2012
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London-reared of Irish parents, Kate Kerrigan worked in London before moving to Ireland in 1990. Her books have been widely acclaimed - Recipes for a Perfect Marriage was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelist of the Year Award and Ellis Island was a TV Book Club Summer Read. She is now a full-time writer and lives in County Mayo with her husband and sons. www.katekerrigan.ie http://katekerriganauthor.blogspot.com/
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Although the two women are generations apart - but shared a similar dilemna, learning to love their husbands after marrying them.
Tressa is newly married and already wondering what she has gotten herself into. As Tressa continues to struggle with her own doubts, she starts to read her grandmother's journal and glimpes the truth behind the facade of perfection in her grandmother's marriage.
Both of the women's lives in this book are believable and the author doesn't shy away from hard truths - that love, even in the best of marriages, can wax and wane, that it may have to grow over time and that commitment and hanging on through times of deep, deep doubt and stress may be what separates those who stay married from those who do not. Enduring some periods of lovelessness and animosity may even be normal.
What I like best about this book (besides the wonderful writing) is the point that the author returns to time and again...that there is no one formula for success in building a successful marriage - but there ARE goalposts along the way, characteristics that temper youthful romance and build a mature union.
In showing the growth of these two women as they struggle with doubt about whether they truly love their husbands or not, the author, Morag Prunty, reveals how the deepest love may come from LEARNING how to love as a marriage goes along and in turning away from romantic fantasies to the hard reality of the work it takes to maintain commitment and build a history.
This is the world of real love, not fantasy, not formula romance - and it should be required reading for many couples, married or single. It raises so many questions: what IS the basis of a good marriage? How important is just "hanging in there" when all seems hopeless? When is it time to walk away? How is one's personal growth affected by learning to tolerate someone with habits which may be very different from one's own?