New York food writer Tressa returns from honeymoon worried that she has married her impossibly handsome new husband Dan out of late-thirties panic instead of love.
In 1930's Ireland, her grandmother, Bernadine, is married off to the local schoolteacher after her family are unable to raise a dowry for her to marry her true love, Michael.
During the first year of her marriage, Tressa distracts herself from her stay-or-go dilemma by working on her grandmother's recipes, searching for solace and answers through their preparation.
Through the stories of these two women The Perfect Marriage challenges the modern ideal of romantic love as a given and ponders whether true love can really be learned.
*Originally published as Recipes for a Perfect Marriage.*
Kate Kerrigan lives in County Mayo, Eire, with her husband and children. Her novels include Recipes for a Perfect Marriage, shortlisted for the 2006 Romantic Novel of the Year Award and Ellis Island, which was a TV Book Club Summer Read.
Julia keeps a diary detailing her sexual fantasies, which she has with her at the moment of the blast that was the Halifax Explosion. She hides her diary in her coat, which is subsequently donated to a clothing drive for the individuals from the north end of the city who've list everything in the explosion. Peter discovers the diary and becomes fixated on its author, enlisting the help of his friend Stewart to find her.
Burden of Desire explores the repression and expression of sexual desire at the time of the First World War. It also offers a compelling fictional account of the impact on Halifax society of the Halifax Explosion.
Fiery Princess Shana will have her revenge on the man responsible for her father's death. To this dark end, she lures her enemy—Thorne de Wilde, Earl of Weston—into the forest to have him killed. But, mesmerized by his breathtaking masculinity, she spares him instead and takes the rogue prisoner. It is a decision she quickly regrets . . .
A Lord's Desire
Weston's powerful presence has been known to strip even the bravest men of their courage and will, but this bold Welsh beauty greets him with proud defiance, accusing him of foul crimes he never committed. Turning the tables on his brazen captor, the handsome giant of a man manages to escape and take Shana as his hostage—igniting her even greater fury . . . and a passion neither anticipates. And suddenly two sensuous enemies find themselves bound together in a searing alliance that will either destroy them both . . . or unite them in love for all time.
Joyis beautiful, but she has a secret fear. Although she is the toast of 1950s New York Society, with everything money can buy, she is afraid that one day her beauty will fade and she will lose the love of her glamorous husband.
Honor is a young seamstress, who has been working her fingers to the bone with little reward, but her luck is about to change. For her 30th birthday, Joy commissions Honor to create the the most dazzling dress ever seen.
Lily has always loved vintage clothes. Thousands follow her fashion blog. One day she stumbles upon an article about a legendary evening dress, created in the 1950s, but now lost to history. She knows that she must find out more.
What Lily uncovers is a story of glamour, friendship and love betrayed. The story of two women, one ruthless man – and a dress so sublime, nothing in couture would ever match it again.