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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (2 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330419110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330419116
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 566,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Kerrigan was born in Scotland to Irish parents and reared in London. She began her career in Journalism at the age of nineteen rising to become editor of various publications before moving to Ireland in 1990 to relaunch Irish Tatler. After ten years working in Dublin, she fulfilled her dream of moving to the west coast of Ireland to become a full-time author. Living in the picturesque village of Killala, she has two sons Leo and Tom with husband Niall. She writes most days in a small cottage in her mother's back garden and loves to take day trips in her camper van. She also writes a weekly column for the Irish mail about her life as a mother and writer and her latest addiction is Pinterest and finding pictures of lovely lady novelist fashion. Her novels include Recipes for a Perfect Marriage which was shortlisted for the 2006 Romantic Novel of the Year Award and Miracle of Grace. Ellis Island was a TV Book Club Summer Read and the story of Ellie Hogan was continued in City of Hope published in 2012. The final part in the compelling trilogy Land of Dreams is due to be published in 2013. Kate is currently writing a new novel due for publication in 2014.

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'An easy, down to earth, lively read' -- Easy Living

'This engaging story challenges the modern perception of romantic
marriage and queries if love can be learned through time' -- My Weekly magazine

'[a] charming tale of love and acceptance...and the bonus is some really good recipes' -- Lincolnshire Echo

'an elegantly written tale of love, marriage and family, interspersed with traditional home recipes' -- Heat Magazine

About the Author

London-reared of Irish parents, Kate Kerrigan worked as a leading magazine editor in London before moving to Dublin, Ireland in 1990. She is currently a full-time writer and lives in the historic village of Killala in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland with her husband and young son.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "sabine-id" on 1 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm not usually keen on women's fictions, but this book got me hooked from the beginning. At first i picked it up because i liked the bookcover, then i read the synopsis (didn't sound too special). But when i took a look inside... i couldn't stop reading. It was moving, beautiful, and insightful. The pages about Tressa's grandmother were so vivid that i could imagine Grandma Bernadine moving about in her kitchen and her tidy house daily, taking care of a husband she didn't love while her heart remained true to a man she couldn't have. But in the end she came to realize that love was indeed there all along in their marriage life, and it was this that brought peace to both herself and her dying husband.
This was not a tear-jerker kind of book. Not one that you gulped down impatiently and then forget quickly. This book is like a cup of delicious tea that you seep slowly, savoring and enjoying every moment of it. Some pages will make you smile, some will make you sigh with understanding and empathy.
And oh... there are the recipes of course. Another charming addition.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Robyn E. Page on 16 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful book! It was recommended to me by an older family friend who had learnt that I had recently married. I feel that it was her way of trying to tell me what she had learnt in a very long marriage without being intrusive or patronizing. And I'm so glad she did! Whether you're passionate about food, eating it or preparing it, or even if you're not this book is a warm, intelligent 'can't put it down' kind of read. 'Recipes for a Perfect Marriage' should be handed to persons ,young and old, as a manual on getting through life with another person. It offers up humour, comfort, brute honesty and a wisdom that you could sadly go a lifetime without knowing. Kate Kerrigan is an emotionally intelligent genius with a beautiful flair for writing. She clearly writes from the heart. My Marriage and outlook on life is better for having read this delightful book. Read it if you want to understand life and love better!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Atha on 15 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this after reading a review and the title caught my curriosity.

It took me a few months to start reading it due to time constraints and kicked myself for not opening it sooner. When I did, I couldnt put it down. It swaps between two lives, two generations apart, but the parallels they draw are remarkable. It gave me solace at a time I needed it most.

I reread the book a second time and the last few chapters again and again. Very thought provoking. Gives food for thought for those wondering where life is taking them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SaraDee on 13 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Recipes for a Perfect Marraige" is a book for anyone who has ever doubted their relationship, or the strength of their love for their partner. Tressa, the main character is so flawed and imperfect that you cant help but feel for her - her doubts about her marraige and her idea of a perfect man are thoughts i'm sure many women have held about the men in their lives.
This book gives a wonderful insight into the different types of love and how expectations of love and life can sometimes flounder or be more than you ever imagined. Wonderful!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
couldnt put this book down and read it in a matter of days. could relate to all the marriage stuff which is so cleverly observed and written. have recommended it to all my friends who loved it to. made me think about my own marriage and encouraged me to keep going with it and appreciate what i have instead of longing for what i could have had!! hope that makes sense and hope u buy it soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Haigh on 27 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is just the sort of book I like, it has all the right ingredients. I had not heard of Kate Kerrigan before but the book sounded great from the summary. Some of my favourite authors are Patricia Scanlan, Sheila O'Flanagan and Cathy Kelly and Kate Kerrigan is now going to be among those and I will read all the books I can find that she has written. This is such a powerful and wise book. It hits the nail right on the head about relationships and marriage and the doubts that can prevail in a new marriage. This author can say so much in so few pages. The book switches between the present with Tressa and Dan and the past with Tressa's grandparents. On Tressa's wedding day she is given her grandmother's diaries and recipes. Each part of the book begins with one of these recipes and each one symbolises a certain factor which contributes to a successful or unsuccessful marriage, for example the first part is concerned with 'chemistry' and the recipe is for jam which seems to suggest things not quite jelling with Tressa and Dan's marriage. The book continues in this way and, for me, this unifies the whole book. Sheila O'Flanagan uses this sort of technique of having a theme running throughout the book. This works so well, Tressa also has a career in food writing/Tv etc. This book is quite therapeutic if you have been through relationship doubts/breakups, it helps you to understand things more clearly and makes you feel that you're not alone. The book is very well presented, like a home recipe book. I would have liked to have seen the recipes in a 'handwriting' font though, that would have had just that bit extra realism and feel for the action. The book continues alternating between past and present, often with parallels between the two eras. The writing is lovely, very cosy and beautiful.Read more ›
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