A NOVEL OF LOVE, GRIEF AND ANTIPASTI.
RRP $34.99 Macmillan Publishers.
Francesca ‘Frankie’ Caputo has it all figured out. She’s finally going to marry the man she loves and then they will live happily ever after. But when a freak accident cuts her fiancé Alex’s life tragically short, all of Frankie’s future plans suddenly disintegrate.
Drowning in grief, Frankie flees from her overbearing Italian-American family, and escapes to an abandoned cabin owned by Alex’s parents in a remote part of Washington forest.
As her heart slowly begins to heal, Frankie discovers a freedom that’s both exhilarating and unsettling to everything she has always known for sure. So when her old life comes crashing back in, Frankie must decide: will she slip quietly back into her safe, former existence? Or will a stronger, wiser Frankie Caputo stand up and claim her new life?
Born in New Zealand, Hannah Tunnicliffe is a self-confessed nomad. She has previously lived in Canada, Australia, England, Macau and, while travelling Europe, a campervan named Fred. She currently lives in New Zealand with her husband and two daughters, having happily ditched a career in Human Resources to become an author. When she is not writing or reading she can usually be found baking or eating and sometimes all four at the same time (which is probably somewhat hazardous). She is founder and co-author of the blog Fork and Fiction, which, unsurprisingly, explores her twin loves – books and food. Season of Salt and Honey is her second novel.
Review by Esther in the Eldernet office.
Season of Salt and Honey
Hannah Tunnicliffe is a NZ born author, but seems to very much be a global citizen. Her novel "Season of Salt and Honey" is set in America, her previous novel was set Macau. I had thought that perhaps her New Zealand-ness would result in a local (NZ) setting and it was a surprise (although not an unpleasant one) to find this novel set in the USA. I do wonder if this is to appeal to a wider market – but either way it rings true and the sense of ‘place’ and the depth of description is fantastic. The wee ‘hint’ of NZ is great too – not too heavy handed, but enough to appease a kiwi looking for a taste of home in this novel.
The novel sat for me, quite firmly in the "Chit-Lit" genre – it is the story of the woman with a broken heart and lost dreams who finds herself, her family, and her friends, as she travels though those first weeks of raw grief.
Tunnicliffe creates a diverse and interesting cast of characters and her writing explores the changing relationships between them all – it’s a pleasurable experience to watch them as they grow and change. The author creates a sense of intimacy and closeness with each character skilfully and gently and nothing feels forced or out of place.
I really enjoyed this novel – and I’m not sure why – but this surprised me. It’s well-crafted and doesn’t feel too complex, however it’s certainly not ‘fluff’ – there is real depth and skill demonstrated by the author. I am looking forward to reading more from her. I also really enjoyed how some storylines were not laboured or over analysed – in some cases, almost left hanging. It created prefect anticipation.
Finally, one of the best parts of this book is the inclusion of recipes from the narrative. Personally I was able to better visual the meals and moments discussed when I could almost taste them. A really awesome idea.
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