Australian Women Writers Book Reviews

Book Review: The Dangers of Truffle Hunting #AWW2017

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.

My rating:

***Read and reviewed for the 2017 Australian Women Writers Challenge and linking up with the Write Tribe Problogger Challenge, Denyse for Life this Week and Alicia for Open Slather***

Until next time,

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  • Lydia C. Lee
    23 October 2017 at 7:05 am

    Nice review – esp the plot is predictable but the writing is not….
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  • Jo Tracey
    23 October 2017 at 7:31 am

    I struggled a little with this book. The writing was at times so luxurious & at others so sparse. I read romance, well women’s contemporary or romantic elements – whatever you want to call it – but had problems saying I enjoyed it…yet I kept reading. Too weird.

  • Vanessa
    23 October 2017 at 11:13 am

    I rarely read fiction these days but sometimes you really want that light, distracting book!
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  • Prasanna
    23 October 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I’m not much of a reader of romance books but I do like Chick-lit. Sophie Kinsella books kind. But these days I’m only attracted by the crime and thriller books 🙂

  • Suzy
    24 October 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Not my kind of book and with just 2 stars will give this a miss. Good honest review.
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  • Surbhi Prapanna
    25 October 2017 at 8:43 am

    Sounds Interesting…I like the way you had put your honest thought while reviewing. I like to read romance genre, will try to read it. thanks for sharing.

  • Tina
    25 October 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I like how you have been honest with the review. I’ll give it a miss after this, though
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  • Geeta Nair
    25 October 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Nice review. I’m more into reading thrillers and fantasy fiction. But yes, once in a while I pick up a book of this genre especially if I’m sure I’ll like the writers style of writing.

  • Denyse
    26 October 2017 at 9:30 am

    Thank you for sharing your review. I see our local libraries serve you well.
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  • Anami
    28 October 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Nice and honest review.
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