In Seasons of Salt and Honey, Hannah Tunnicliffe has told a story that I could relate to on a deep emotional level. Tunnicliffe's lead character Francesca "Frankie" Caputo has lost the love of her life when he dies suddenly in a surfing incident. I've never had a partner who has passed away, but I could feel the raw, lost, empitness that Frankie experiences staying in a cabin in the forest, trying to work out how to go on, and what next?
It is that same feeling I've had when a relationship has broken down and you feel as lost in your own grief. I loved the use of recipes and food throughout the book which shows the healing and nourishment you get when you start to come out of grief and really start to taste life again. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it as a great read in general, but also as a must read for those that are looking to find the joy in life again after an emotional loss.
Synopsis: A NOVEL OF LOVE, GRIEF AND ANTIPASTI.
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?
Seasons of Salt & Honey by Hannah Tunnicliffe is published by Pan Macmillan Australia.