Happy Publication Day to Summer Secrets at the Streamside Cottage by Samantha Tonge!
Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage
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.
Samantha Tonge is my favourite authors, so when I heard her new book is about to be published I was absolutely delighted.
The sunshine and blue skies on this gorgeous cover look so sweet and invting that if I asked you what the book is about, you’d never guess it is about dark secrets and digging in the family past. Lizzie is a tattoo artist. She is passionate about her work which more often than not requires empathy and a deeper understanding of her clients’ state of mind. She also needs to be focused and concentrated. Something that is difficult to do when your aunt arrives to give you the worst kind of news- Lizzie’s parents, from whom she has been estranged for five years, have passed away. They left one of their properties Streamside Cottage in a tiny picturesque village of Leafton to her aunt, who cannot even bear the very mention of it. It appears that Lizzie’s parents let an agency deal with renting it out and kept it secret for years and years. But why? Lizzie decides to investigate and what she finds out completely changes her world.
I really enjoyed learning fun facts about tattoos. Every chapter begins with one of them, which of course propmted me to do more research, which in turn helped me understand better Lizzie’s fascination with her chosen medium of art. We get glimpses from the past – Lizzie’s relationship with her strict parents. Subconsciously Lizzie has always known that there was something off, some secrets (and what secrets they were!). Had her parents made different choices, Lizzie would have grown up having a closer relationship with them.
Small towns and villages make such a great setting for a novel of this kind. People remember things from long time ago, but are often reluctant to talk. Keep reading and you will understand that they are sweet and kind neighbours and Leafton is indeed a lovely community, although the pace of life is very different from London.
Samantha’s trademark writing style that makes it very easy to follow this intriguing story and I’m sure fans of this versatile author are going to be delighted with this new book.
Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources, NetGalley and Aria for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
Author Bio –
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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Happy Publication Day to Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage!