“Recipes for Melissa” by Teresa Driscoll
Blurb: 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 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.
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For 15 years Teresa presented the BBC’s nightly TV news programme Spotlight from Devon. She has worked as a reporter and columnist for a wide range of newspapers and is a popular short story writer for Women’s Weekly and other leading titles.
She has tutored Writer Workshops supported by the Arts Council and away from the laptop is passionate about her family…and great coffee!