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Is life too short to play it safe?
Kit Gossard’s life is neatly mapped out. A secure photographic job. A partner ready to commit. A wedding in the family vineyard for her mother to preside over.
So why the apprehension? Why a hunger for something … more?
Then someone new appears. Earthy, reserved, magnetic, this new man brings out feelings she has long suppressed, and suddenly Kit can’t contain her simmering discontent.
Black truffle hunting, illicit pastry lessons, vine fruit on flesh – Kit is seduced.
It feels right. Before it all goes wrong.
Artful, sexy, sophisticated, THE DANGERS OF TRUFFLE HUNTING explores how a man can be more to a woman than a destination.
The Dangers of Truffle Hunting is a viciously indulgent read, best enjoyed with a glass of fine wine and a plate of good food. Sunni Overend’s book reminds us of how life is too short to make unwise choices. Sometimes it is worth taking the risk and throwing caution into the wind!
The Dangers of Truffle Hunting introduces lead protagonist Kit Gossard. Kit has a keen eye for photography and food. She melds these two passions into the one career as a food design photographer. In her personal life, Kit is engaged to industrial designer Scott and she is also the daughter of winery royalty. Her family owns one of the largest winery operations across the Yarra. Despite the excitement of her upcoming wedding nuptials, Kit feels like life is passing her by and she may be making decisions to please others, not herself. When a new worker arrives on her family’s winery, his appearance seems to have come at the right time for Kit. She soon finds herself longing to break free from her current relationship and indulge in an illicit dalliance with this mysterious man. Kit’s attraction to Raph plays out on a stage filled with delectable truffles, a stunning apple orchard backdrop and a picturesque vineyard setting. Kit must decide if she is to follow her heart, or do what she believes is the right path in life to take.
I was immediately attracted to The Dangers of Truffle Hunting due catchy title, the absolutely stunning cover and the promise of a foodie themed read. I found Sunni Overend ‘s novel sumptuous and a lot more seductive than I imagined. Overall, it was the perfect reading treat and I consumed this novel in a couple of sittings.
At the base of Sunni Overend’s novel is the lead character of Kit. Overend does a good job of revealing all aspects of her lead protagonist. We learn of Kit’s hopes, dreams, fears, love, life and the important figures in her life. I kind of had a love/hate thing going on for Kit. I loved her career and personal pursuits, but her decisions (or lack there of) seemed to get right under my skin!
The secondary characters supporting Kit are a good crowd. I liked Kit’s family, including her brother Marc and her larger than life mother Annalise. Overend explores the dynamic between mother and daughter very well. The relationship between Scott and Kit is not quite so clear cut. I could see from a mile away that these two were not a good match at all and things really did need to come to a head. I liked the involvement of Piper, Kit’s friend in the mix, she bounced off Kit really well. I must also mention Raph, the mysterious man who enters Kit life at a pivotal point. I liked how Raph was cast with areas of uncertainty, he came across as quite alluring in the page. I certainly saw Kit’s attraction for him. The love triangle that ensues between Kit, Scott and Raph shakes this story up perfectly and I enjoyed being an onlooker!
The Dangers of Truffle Hunting is a rich sensory and grand gastronomic journey. There are plenty of references to fine food, thanks to Kit’s career and interest in food design. Photography features significantly in the novel and I was able to learn a thing or two from Kit. In addition, if you love a good drip of wine, expect to be dazzled by some stunning descriptions of vineyards through Kit’s family business. Furthermore, there is the business of truffles, an aspect of the book I found very enlightening, along with the secret cider work!
Overend’s setting is breathtaking. Through this book I whisked from one locale to another, from the rolling vineyards of the Yarra, through to the beautiful provinces of France. It was a journey I appreciated taking.
The romance in this novel is complicated, fun, sizzling and contemplative. I felt a little indulgent while reading this novel, it is the perfect pick me up! For me personally, The Dangers of Truffle Hunting was a welcome distraction from day-to-day life. I felt satisfied by the final turn of events and I agree with the direction that Overend took her characters.
All in all, I found this a pleasurable read. I loved the good food and wine elements. The Dangers of Truffle Hunting is a sultry read, that I recommend.
The Dangers of Truffle Hunting by Sunni Overend was published on 19th December 2016 by Harper Collins Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
To learn more about the author of The Dangers of Truffle Hunting, Sunni Overend here.
The Dangers of Truffle Hunting, is book #113 of the Australian Women Writers Challenge