Blog Tour - Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage by Samantha Tonge
A new start can come from the most unexpected places...
It's been years since Lizzie Lockhart spoke to her parents. But she was safe in the knowledge she knew everything about them. Once upon a time, they were as close as could be. Until they weren't.
After receiving the earth-shattering news of their passing, Lizzie decides it's time to unearth some family secrets and find out just who her parents really were... starting with Streamside Cottage. A cottage Lizzie never knew existed, in a place she's never heard of: the beautiful English village of Leafton.
Leaving behind London, and the tattoo parlour she called home, Lizzie finds herself moving to the countryside. Faced with a tight-lipped community, who have secrets of their own, Lizzie is at a loss for what to do, until her rather handsome neighbour, Ben, steps in to help.
As Lizzie finally begins to piece together the puzzle of her family history she realises she has to confront the truth of the past in order to face her future.
There is a hefty secret running through this intriguing story which is guaranteed to keep a reader turning the pages.
Lizzie is an interesting protagonist, in that she's rebelling against her cloistered, stuffy and very over-protected upbringing and in doing so has been abruptly forced to stand on her own two feet before she is emotionally or mentally ready.
She's vulnerable, yet edgy, sweet yet damaged, and I absolutely adored her.
Another thing I adored was her job and her creativity. I learnt so much about tattoos and tattooing, and it was fascinating. The mystery at the heart of this story is teased out thrown the pages, slowly, bit by tantalising bit. And as far as secrets go, this one is a doozey! And it keeps on giving, too! Just when you think you've got a grasp on it, it twists and turns in your hands.
Couldn't read it fast enough!
About the Author
Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and studied German and French at university. She has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris, and has travelled widely.
She has sold many dozens of short stories to women's magazines.
In 2014 her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Ebook Award.
In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.
In 2019 she was shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Award.
In 2020 she won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award with her novel Knowing You, from publisher Canelo.
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