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Recipes for a Perfect Marriage (edition 2006)

by Kate Kerrigan

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A normal, modern girl, who believes that you sleep with a series of men until you find The One, finds herself married to Dan, and horrified at all the things about him that annoy her. The book alternates between her story and that of her grandmother, Bernadine, who in Ireland was denied the chance to marry the young man she loved, and was forced to marry James. She let her bitterness cloud their marriage for over 50 years, until finally as he is dying she realizes love is an action, not a feeling.

Both stories were interesting in how the women came to a mature realization that marriage takes work... But they were both too immature and selfish to really enjoy the stories. ( )
  dolphari | Sep 1, 2013 |
March 2011 Church of the Cross Book Club selection.

I have mixed feelings on the book myself, but it made for an excellent discussion as we had a couple people who loved it and a couple for hated it. For me, I didn't want to put it down once I got started, but after finishing and thinking about it, the messages didn't sit all that well with me. I completely agree that love is not an easy thing and demands work, but was put off by Prunty's too perfect male characters and unlikeable female narrators. The way the characters were constructed led to me feeling like the "work" of love was all put down as the women needing to change themselves. I think the book would have really benefited from having some sort of male viewpoint - it might have made things seem more balanced. Also, the inconsistencies in dates, ages and historical accuracy made my mom crazy, but I didn't notice them at all. I think I wasn't expecting that kind of attention to detail in this style of book for some reason. Food for thought. ( )
  JenJ. | Mar 31, 2013 |
Recipes for a Perfect Marriage by Morag Prunty is one of my favorite books that I stumbled upon by accident. The story is about Tressa Nolan, a woman about to turn 40, who marries this kindhearted man, Dan, who loves her completely. Tressa only wants the marriage her grandparents had, or thought they had. Tressa's new husband is the super in their apartment building, and this embarrasses her along with Dan's unsophisticated ways. She begins to doubt her love for Dan and wonders if she just married her husband because she was getting older. Tressa is in the process of taking her grandmother's recipes and publishing them in a cookbook. While going through her grandmother's recipes she finds notes and letters that tell the story of the grandmother's life. The story alternates between the present and the past. Secrets are revealed, and valuable lessons are learned about love and marriage. ( )
  2LZ | Nov 30, 2012 |
Young food writer Tressa Nolan wakes up one morning after her honeymoon and realizes that she may have married the gorgeous Dan, a maintenance man in her building out of panic than love. Then Tressa unwraps one of her wedding gifts, her grandmother Bernadine's cook book and diaries. In her grandmother's diaries and cook book, Tressa finds not only her grandmother's recipes but advice on marriage and a secret that her grandmother has been carrying around for years.

Tressa has always idolized her grandmother's cooking and marriage to her grandfather; but Tressa soon discovers that her grandmother wasn't at all happy in her marriage than she led on... until she discovered the truth about why James, the man that she had everyone believe was the ONE she loved except her,self, truly married her. The story traverses from 2004 in Manhattan to 1932 in Ireland where young Bernadine first met the man she really loved.
I truly enjoyed this book. I first read it when I first got married and was delighted by this unique and well-written book. Throughout the book there are recipes you can make from Irish Stew to Bernadine's honey cake. In the end there's space to write your own recipes. ( )
  TheGoldenPen | Jun 12, 2012 |
This book was quite a good read or listen in my case. It was narrated by Caroline Lennon and she is quite good - the story is told by Bernadine (Irish accent) and her grand-daughter Tressa (American accent) and not bad too.

Tressa Nolan has returned from her honeymoon wondering if she married Dan for the right reason - or did she just marry him because she doesn't want to be alone into old age? Tressa is a food writer and she starts writing a book using her grandmother's receipes and at the same time her mother Neve, gives her Beradine's diary to read.

Bernadine wanted to marry her first love Michael but her parents couldn't pay a dowry for her and her wealthy aunt wouldn't so Bernadine is basically given in marriage by her father to the local school teacher James. It took Bernadine a lifetime of marriage to realize that she did indeed love her husband.

These stories are told entwined, with the tracks interchanging between the two stories - I really enjoyed it. It certainly left me thinking at end of it.

The funny thing is I was listening to another story "Wildflower Hill" and it also a story told similaniously by a grand-daughter and her grandmother. ( )
  bhryk0 | Mar 31, 2011 |
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This novel tells the stories of Tressa, a food writer who fears she has married in a late-thirties panic, and her Irish grandmother, married off for financial reasons in the 1930s to the local schoolteacher. The narrative challenges modern ideas of romantic love and asks whether true love can be learned.… (more)

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