Monday, 28 December 2015

Season of Salt and Honey by Hannah Tunnicliffe (Romance, Food fiction, 9/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

Pretty cover!
  September 2015, Touchstone, 352 pages, Paperback, Review copy from NetGalley

Content: clean romance, lots of humour, tissues needed 

Summary from Simon and Schuster 
Frankie is a runaway bride. Or rather, she is running away from her fianc√©’s funeral, the unthinkable event that has thrown her entire life into crisis. Frankie and Alex were high school sweethearts and each other’s first loves. They should have been together forever. But Alex died in a surfing accident, and now Frankie is walking away from her family, driving north and east, letting her body do the thinking, all the way into the Cascade Mountain range.

At Alex’s family cabin, Frankie can give in to her grief and think about nothing. There are no aunts trying feed her just a few polpette or just a taste of affogato, despite her lack of appetite; none of Alex’s family around to look questioningly at her left ring finger, no one there to perform for. Except for Jack, the cabin’s caretaker, who has been tasked with forcing Frankie out of the property that isn’t rightfully hers. And except for Bella, Frankie’s wild-child younger sister who deserted the family years ago only to reappear at Frankie’s lowest moment to dredge up painful memories from the past.

But Frankie learns she can’t hide—not from her family, not from the past, and not from truths about Alex she’d rather not face. The seasonal magic of the forest and its welcoming residents remind her that everything—flowers to bud, bread to rise, a heart to heal—takes its own time. 

Nayu's thoughts
A touching read about a woman who loses her fiance, which means you need a pack of tissues. I may not have been married, but I know a little what it's like to lose someone you love. Grief affects us all differently, and when the opportunity presents itself Frankie is able to take herself off to her fiance's cabin and stay there. I liked to think of her as an elegant squatter, because there's a time when her husband's parents behave horribly and want her out, even so much as sending a lawyer and an eviction notice. 

Not that Frankie pays much attention. She gets to know her new temporary-ish neighbours, as well as some other member's of her husband's family who have a sense of a humour and in their own way don't want her to leave the cabin. The strength of support from people who had been strangers to Frankie is heartwarming and places much hope in people's compassion, a stark comparison to how his parents treat her. Along the way Frankie bakes her way through the trials and tribulations she faces – food can be healing. I didn't try any of the recipes but they all sound delicious. I wish everyone who grieves has the support which Frankie eventually got, as it helped her adjust to her new life, and later to let love in. 

Find out more on Hannah's website.

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