This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Season of Salt and Honey
Frankie Caputo thought she had life in the palm of her hand. She was going to marry Alex and live life forever with the man she loves more than anything in the world.
Fate, though, has other plans.
After Alex’s untimely death, Frankie does not know what she wants- but she knows that she cannot deal with her large Italian family, grieving along with her, checking on her to make sure she’s eating.
Frankie needs alone time and she goes to the one place that she can go- a place that is not filled with the daily reminders of Alex and the life that was tragically cut short. Frankie heads to the cabin, the Gardner family cabin.
Set away from her world, her life- the cabin is like a reprieve. Frankie is able to think, to grieve in her own way.
What Frankie does not know is that in the cabin, in this world away from her own life- she will encounter people who will make her question and reflect on her life with Alex, who will make her think about the future and who will show her, in various ways, that life is not over and she, when she’s ready, will be able to put one foot in front of the other and decide her next steps.
With family and new friends- Frankie will finally have the tools and the time to think about her past and her future.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
I was SO intrigued by the summary of this book. It sounded like my kind of book- a book that I would fly through and love!
So, was it?
Yes and no.
I adore a family drama- and this book has some of that. I also like a story about a woman figuring out her life after fate has dealt her a crummy hand. SEASON OF SALT AND HONEY has that in spades.
The recipes are a nice touch and I like that food is a huge character in this book!
What I can’t decide my feelings about is how Hannah presented Frankie and Alex’s relationship. He’s dead when the book starts- so we only get to know him through Frankie’s thoughts in flashbacks. How the book starts, how the book presents itself is a book that the heroine has loved and lost- and she comes through stronger- maybe even becoming more real. And for the most part- that is how the book is- especially when you really start looking at these flashbacks of Alex and Frankie. I think, although I’m not sure, that Hannah was writing the flashbacks in a way so that both readers and Frankie begin to realize that while death of a loved one is sad- that the relationship was not the great LOVE- it was love, but had become more of a comfortable love- a love that actually would hold both back in their desires and dreams. And through the death of Alex, Frankie is forced to really begin to see what she wants in life.
Bottom line: This book hits the mark on several things- it’s got the family drama angle, the rediscovering yourself angle, the recipes, and the cover. Is it perfect? No, there are times it’s a bit slow- and Frankie holds on to anger for much of the book. But, the ending is nice- and while it does not completely spell out what’s next for Frankie- one can make educated guesses. I actually would not mind Hannah writing a sequel of some sorts!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration by Touchstone Books. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T