The Dangers of Truffle Hunting (Sunni Overend, HarperCollins)
Kit Gossard thinks her life is on track. She’s a photographer for an internationally renowned food magazine, and is engaged to a man who can provide a secure future. So on a trip home to her family’s boutique vineyard, Kit is surprised to find she harbours a secret desire for something more. When she meets Raph, the handsome, reserved newcomer to the estate, that desire becomes a deeply embedded hunger for the unrestrained. What follows will test Kit’s patience and integrity as she learns that unearthing the key to happiness is not always so straightforward. Kit is a somewhat frustrating main character, although as the story unfolds it becomes apparent this frustration stems from Kit’s inner struggle to reconcile her desires with what is expected of her. The globe-spanning locales of Melbourne’s inner city, Australian wine country and French provinces also reflect Kit’s longing for something more exotic and exciting than the neatly planned out life she leads. The author’s passion for food and fashion is evident, with richly detailed references to both throughout. A little slow to start, it is nonetheless an enjoyable summer read with some well-developed characters—Rosa and her French cooking school are just divine! It is recommended for fans of Zoë Foster-Blake and Lauren Weisberger.
Jessica Slade is a bookseller at Abbey’s Bookshop