Season of Salt and Honey Review - Charming Depiction of Twists and Turns Life Serves Up

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Season of Salt and Honey, a novel by Hannah Tunnicliffe, is another page turner penned with her skillful artistic strokes adding layers of human emotions intertwining untimely heartache and natural healing process with the magic remedies of culinary creations.

Season of Salt and Honey, centers around Francesca "Frankie" Caputo who when we meet her is running, and understandably so. Planning her wedding she is almost and finally married when tragedy strikes. As the celebrating turns to sadness, she runs. Fight or flight took over and flight won.

At this time, the main source of comfort would be complex carbohydrates.  Now with no wedding dress to squeeze into and no photographer to worry about and black being the accepted color of the day, food is the companion.

Of course a time like this could not be complete without, at ones darkest moment, family. And Season for Salt and Honey is no different as Frankie's Italian-American family shows up. Could life get any worse?

A confessed nomad, Tunnicliffe brings in her life experiences as she shapes the character of Frankie and especially her love for the Pacific Northwest, where she escapes after fleeing the funeral of her betrothed, Alex. Even as the families were supportive, the circumstances were more than suffocating, they were strangling her.

A through-line of forgiveness seems to present itself as unknown element of Alex's life unfold, friends unknown to Frankie, a life, home, belief that every aspect of ones life was shared and finding not every secret was shared.  

Tunnicliffe, admits she is a romantic and wanted to push the circumstances to include a relationship and felt it might insult the readers as grief is such a powerful emotion, to walk away so quickly, not that  it can't be honest or true it just didn't ring true for her characters.

Folding in traditional specials recipes into a captivating storyline, Tunnicliffe, uses the recipes as food does in life, breaking the tension, diverting the attention, veering away from the direct.

Season of Salt and Honey is a book club favorite and provides pause points for discussion at the end. As it is a fictionalized, the recipes held together by, in this case the Italian culture, where dinner and families were important and are a way to capture some of the ambiance and mood.

Season of Salt and Honey is an easy and memorable pleasure read. The mixture of a food culture with the story is unusual and a nice way to include portions of these fictionalized characters into a life.

The story in one of intrigue and as it unfold, the hope that the bombshell isn't what one has imagined and then one realizes that life if it is anything often serves the salty and unthinkable seasons with tinges of sweet to keep us just hopeful enough.

My small critique of  Season of Salt and Honey have nothing to do with the story, or imagination of Hannah Tunnicliffe as she completes the story, punctuates each detail, add humor, and paints a realistic picture of life most difficult moments and when the chips are down just how people show up  . . .to pour salt in the wounds.

My critique is with the editing. Personally, even in print, I feel it isn't important to add each detail, which can in reality ruin the moment. Readers do like to use their imagination.  And as articulate as Tunnicliffe is, there are moments when more is just more and her editor should have thought of her audience.

Season of Salt and Honey is enchanting, captivating and inviting. An enjoyable page turner.

Season of Salt and Honey is published by Touchstone Books a division of Simon and Schuster.

For more information: www.simonandschuster.com

 

Haute Tease

  • TRISHNA, A Tragic Love Story, From Director Michael Winterbottom

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    TRISHNA, a tragic, ill-fated, love story, highlights the societal struggles in contemporary India while weaving a tale of lovers who try to move beyond the confines of position, cultural structure and boundaries.

     
  • Interview: Automaker Unveils Unmanned Concept Car and More

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor CO., LTD (GACM), unveiled its highly anticipated new unmanned concept car, the “WITSTAR,” at the preeminent North American International Auto Show held in Detroit during a press conference held on January 12th, 2015.

     
  • Lian Lunson Taps Legendary Country Music Superstar Willie Nelson to Star in Waiting For The Miracle To Come

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Production is set to begin next month on Lian Lunson’s film WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE TO COME, starring country music icon Willie Nelson, the legendary Charlotte Rampling, and newcomer Sophie Lowe.

     
  • Academy Announces 2014 Student Academy Award® Winners

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Beverly Hills, CA – Fifteen students have been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 41st Student Academy Awards® competition.  They will arrive in Los Angeles for a week of industry activities that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m., at the DGA Theater in Hollywood.  The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in the five award categories will be announced at the ceremony. 

     
  • Mommy Review – Character Driven Brilliance

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Mommy, from TeleFilm Canada and Roadside Attractions, brings to the screen a deeply concerning story of a widowed mother, her bi-polar violent son, a traumatized neighbor and the choices, intersections and decisions contemporary life presents.

Crime

  • 911 Tapes Released In Sandy Hook Massacre

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Ten days before the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre the community of Newtown, Connecticut will relive the tragedy as state officials released six 9-11 calls made the morning of December 14, 2012.

     
  • James Bulger Appeal Deadline Nears

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    James Bulger, the notorious Boston mobster convicted in what has been called a sham proceeding, is fighting for the chance at a new trial to present evidence of alleged deals he had with members of the Massachusetts State law enforcement.

     
  • Terrorist Attorney Lynne Stewart Receives Holiday Pardon

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Lynne Stewart, the famed New York Civil Rights attorney arrested for smuggling messages for a blind Egyptian sheik serving a life sentence for plotting to blow up New York City landmarks, has received a compassionate release.

     
  • UPDATE: Chicago’s Bloody Christmas Weekend Thankfully Ends; 2016 Expected to Be Third Highest

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Chicago’s bloody rampage continued Monday with a sharp spike in shootings and with five days before New Year’s Eve the 61 shootings, 50 wounded and 11 homicides, over the three-day holiday weekend bring the 2016 total to 785 homicides.

     
  • Ariel Castro Found Hanged to Death in his Cell

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Ariel Castro, the man found guilty of holding three Cleveland women hostage for over a decade and sentence to life plus 1000 years in prison, was found hanged to death in his prison cell.

Theatre, Music, Books

  • After Snowden - Privacy, Secrecy and Security in the Information Age Review – Opens The Floor to Debate

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    In June 2013, Edward Snowden leaked thousands of documents he stole from the National Security Agency (NSA), from several laptop computers, exposing flaws and violations of the Fourth Amendment routinely practiced in the Domestic Surveillance program.

     
  • The Sword & Scabbard: Thieves and Thugs and the Bloody Massacre in Boston - A Page Turning Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Sword & Scabbard, from Allen Woods, looks as if it would appeal to Boston’s very tony elite, not until pushing through the labyrinth of technology interruptions does one realizes Woods has created a page turning account of corruption, violence, and a bloody re-revolution massacre.

     
  • NYPD Green Book Review - Page Turning Detective Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    NYPD Green, a memoir from Luke Waters, details his life from undocumented Irish immigrant to ranking detective in one of the largest police departments in the world solving horrendous cases and the interactions and working with other judicial agencies.

     
  • HL A&E Presents The Best Summer 2016 Music Festivals, by the Numbers

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Every year, thousands of people flock to church. The devotees pray in flower crowns and straw hats, fringe-laden vests and neon body paint. They are the congregation of music lovers, gathering from many different corners of the world to worship at the summer’s many music festivals.  

  • Seven Continents Book Review - The World At Your Fingertips

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Seven Continents, from Schiffer Publishing, brings together an unforgettable fifteen year collection of photography amassed through personal travel by Dr. Mohan Bhasker, of unique and remarkable imagery, the expected and the unexpected captures, across each continent.