Kit Gossard has her life neatly mapped out. She is engaged, has a secure job as a food photographer with a well-known magazine and her family owns a vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Sure, she has an overbearing mother and a fiancé who appears to care more about his work and image than intimacy and togetherness. But on the whole, her life seems pretty perfect. So why then, does she feel restless?
She bumps in someone on the vineyard – Raph. He is nothing like she has ever known and he brings out feelings she has suppressed for a long time. Kit’s discontent slowly comes to fore. Kit engages in black truffle hunting, illicit pastry lessons and photography that is nothing short of seductive.
While it feels wild and right, it’s not long before it all goes wrong.
The Dangers of truffle hunting is Sunni Overend’s debut novel. Romance is not a genre I normally read but this was a light read after some heavy books. It’s predictable in the way any romantic film or book is I suppose: Girl is engaged to one guy but attracted to another and then has to overcome a number of obstacles to see if that will work out or not. But if you love romance, food and travel, you will love it. Alternatively, if you are just looking for a light summer read which isn’t emotionally draining, then you might find this all right too.
While the plot is predictable, the writing is not. Overend’s writing is actually quite beautiful. She describes scenes, emotions, food and wine in amazing detail and you can see it all play out in front of your eyes. While I couldn’t identify with any of the characters as it’s not my scene, there was still just enough there to care about them. A few things such as feeling stuck in a relationship were things I could identify with. On the other hand, the luxury, the animal-like attraction, and the setting were completely alien to me.
Until next time,