Friday, October 2, 2015

Season of Salt and Honey by Hannah Tunnicliffe

Published September 1, 2015 by Touchstone


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?

My Thoughts…

Season of Salt and Honey is a story of grief, love, family, and food.   What Italian family doesn’t gather around food for any occasion?    The family of Frankie’s doesn’t even need a reason to gather, they just enjoy being together.    Until, Alex, Frankie’s fiancĂ©, dies.   Then Frankie runs away.

The story starts slow.   Not painful, just with enough history to really understand the storyline and characters.   Once the storyline is set the story goes full speed ahead.     The love within the family is evident from the first time you see them together.    I also enjoyed how the characters that lived near the cabin that Frankie runs to interact.    They are like a family also.    It is so wonderful how they accept Frankie, Bella, and their family into the world without questioning it.   They also respect the privacy of others while never really leaving anyone alone.    

The recipes were an added bonus.   I do not have an Italian bone in my body, yet my mouth was watering at all the great food that was shared and eaten within this story.    I loved that the recipes for many of these delicious dishes were shared with the reader throughout the entire book.  Yet the recipes did not take away from the story.    They were not in every chapter just enough to let the reader have their own taste of Italy if they were so inclined.  

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What others are saying…

'A lovely, charming read with enough salt to make it interesting and enough honey to make it sweet' - FRANCES WHITING, author of Walking on Trampolines 

'A beautiful exploration of love and loss, and the ways in which unexpected family, new and old friends, and even a spring risotto and warm banana bread can bring comfort, change, and hope.' - MIA MARCH, author of The Meryl Streep Club 

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