The Winter We Met by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @aria_fiction #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread

The Winter We Met written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and kindleunlimited format. The paperback is due out in the new year.

About the book

When charming, mysterious, Nik sits next to Jess on a plane home from a Christmas toy trade fair, she never could have imagined the impact he’d have on her life. As they touch down in London, Jess is hesitant to let Nik walk away, and before she knows it, she’s invited him to visit.

As the two take in the delights of the toy store where she works, Jess gets an upsetting phone call. Willow Court, her Grandmother’s care home, is to close before Christmas. With the help of Nik, and her best friend Oliver, Jess is determined to find the perfect new home for her Gran – and throw the best Christmas party Willow Court has ever seen! But time is running out and Oliver isn’t the only one who has suspicions about charismatic Nik’s intentions.

Will a chance encounter on an aeroplane bring love to Jess’s life or is this Christmas miracle too good to be true?

Buy links:

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Samantha Tonge’s latest novel: The Winter We Met.

The Winter We Met is wonderfully warm-spirited and beautifully romantic. There is a hint of something magical and enchanting about the storyline that transfixed me throughout and I could have carried on reading about the characters as I felt like I didn’t want this particular reading experience to end.

Jess works in a toyshop in a lovely leafy suburb of London, she’s on her way back from a Toy Trade Fair and gets chatting to a very charming young man on the plane. A young man that happens to be in the same industry as herself working for the family toy manufacturers in Australia. A young man that knows just how to make Jess feel at ease when he could sense her panicking and becoming anxious on the plane. This young man is called Nik and he’s on his way to London to investigate the toy shops and what appears to be big sellers in Europe. A friendship soon develops and Jess opens up this friendship more by inviting Nik to visit her shop.

Nik soon becomes enchanted by the small toy shop and of the quaint English town and the foodie traditions he’s missed out on. Jess decides to introduce him to a few of her favourite English meals and invites him to spend time with her Grandma and friends.

Jess’ Grandma lives in a care home and has a wonderful network of friends in the home. However, there’s bad news ahead and the home is due to close by Christmas. As you can imagine staff and residents are deeply upset and worried to be losing their home and being close to the group of friends they have made. Jess with the help of her old and now new friends plan to make a Christmas party to remember.

There’s a wonderful community spirit within the storyline of friendship, family but not a family in the traditional way, a family that you have built up around you. I really enjoyed learning about the elderly residents of the care home, I loved their history and their personality traits. Hearing about the day to day life in a care home like Willow Court sounded wonderful, the staff were very thoughtful and caring and generous of their time. You could sense that this job was more than a vocation to the staff.

I fell in love with the toy shop that Jess worked in, it reminded me of a toy shop I visited with my children when they were little. It’s a toy shop with traditional values that welcomes you in and makes you feel at home. I was feeling very nostalgic with this glorious toy shop.

This is a story of chance encounters but is it fate?! A story of old and young mixing together in harmony blending wisdom, experience, youth and energy developing into a perfect cocktail of friendship. A story of experiencing the highs and lows of life but enjoying each step along the way. Most of all it’s a festive treat of a read with a beautiful romance to welcome the festivities in.

About the author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely. When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines. She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and 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 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.

Follow Samantha:

Facebook: @SamanthaTongeAuthor

Twitter: @SamTongeWriter

Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor

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The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @aria_fiction #blogtour #bookreview #romcom #SummerIslandSwap

Book cover Summer Island Swap

The Summer Island Swap written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Sometimes the best holidays are the ones you least expect…

After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them.
But the sisters turn up to tatty beaches, basic wooden shacks, a compost toilet and outdoor cold water showers. It turns out that at the last minute Amy decided a conservation project would be much more fun than a luxury resort.
So now Sarah’s battling mosquitos, trying to stomach fish soup and praying for a swift escape. Life on a desert island though isn’t all doom and gloom. They’re at one with nature, learning about each other and making new friends. And Sarah is distracted by the dishy, yet incredibly moody, island leader she’s sure is hiding a secret.
Perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Mandy Baggot and Heidi Swain.

Buy links:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2AklZNU
Kobo: https://bit.ly/333XuPn
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2IuyI1q

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Samantha Tonge’s latest romcom: The Summer Island Swap.

The Summer Island Swap is a gorgeous, fun loving read that will have you crossing out your holiday wishlist and adding a small island off the Caribbean coast.  You’ll not only fall in love with the beautiful sunsets and the lush flora and myriad of fauna but your heart will be stolen by a little chap who loves freeze dried strawberries!

When you’ve worked in the hotel industry for a long time and your sister surprises you with a treat of a month long holiday you can’t help but fantasise about role reversal and being the recipient of pampering at a luxury hotel.  However, Sarah was in for a surprise from sister Amy as when they got to their destination the staff at the resort were none existent, unless you counted the guests including yourself who have paid to volunteer at a conservation resort.  Sarah was not impressed at all and was all set to return on the next flight home.  She’d packed new holiday clothes including dresses, strappy sandals and bikinis which were totally unsuitable and not on the required inventory list on the resort website.  Amy was going to be in trouble with her sister!

Sarah soon found a fellow confederate with another guest who was as equally unimpressed with the destination.  However, Sarah is a very determined young lady, from a young age she’s had to prove she can cope under adversity and she’s not going to let a few creepy crawlies, basic accommodation and a bit of hard graft beat her.  She decides to give the conservation project a go but it’s not all plain sailing for Sarah.  She’s like a fish out of water and stumbles through many obstacles physically and mentally and a handsome owner of the project is one of the obstacles she has to contend with.

I really enjoyed this story by Samantha Tonge; it was filled with plenty of light hearted fun and frolics but it also held a serious side to the storyline with the sisters coping with a troubled and painful childhood.  The conservation side of the story was very interesting and inspired me.  It’s left me food for thought on what is most important in time away from home; is it luxury or is it a sense of achievement in helping good causes such as a conservation project like the one in Samantha Tonge’s book?  A story with plenty of heart and warmth with an underlining feeling of inspiration.

About the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and 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 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award

Follow Samantha
Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/
Twitter: @SamTongeWriter
Facebook: @SamanthaTongeAuthor

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Website: http://www.ariafiction.com
Twitter: @aria_fiction
Facebook: @ariafiction
Instagram: @ariafiction

**Cover Reveal** – The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge @SamanthaTongeAuthor @aria_fiction #coverreveal #TheSummerIslandSwap

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I am so pleased to be involved in the cover reveal for the new upcoming novel by Samantha Tonge: The Summer Island Swap.  Here are all the important details:

Book Title:  The Summer Island Swap

Author:  Samantha Tonge

Publisher:  Aria

Format:  eBook

Release Date:  4th June 2020

To buy/pre-order links:  

Amazon: https://amzn.to/38xIJFD
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2IuyI1q
Kobo: https://bit.ly/333XuPn
iBooks: https://apple.co/39x8VS9

Book Blurb

Sometimes the best holidays are the ones you least expect…

After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them.
But the sisters turn up to tatty beaches, basic wooden shacks, a compost toilet and outdoor cold water showers. It turns out that at the last minute Amy decided a conservation project would be much more fun than a luxury resort.
So now Sarah’s battling mosquitos, trying to stomach fish soup and praying for a swift escape. Life on a desert island though isn’t all doom and gloom. They’re at one with nature, learning about each other and making new friends. And Sarah is distracted by the dishy, yet incredibly moody, island leader she’s sure is hiding a secret.

About the Author 

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely. When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines. She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and 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 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.

Follow Samantha:
Facebook: @SamTongeWriter
Twitter: @SamanthaTongeAuthor

Follow Aria

Website: http://www.ariafiction.com
Twitter: @aria_fiction
Facebook: @ariafiction
Instagram: @ariafiction

AND NOW FOR THE COVER REVEAL …

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PRICE DROP PROMO – The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @Aria_Fiction @rararesources #TheChristmasCalendarGirls #festiveread #pricedroppromo

The Christmas Calendar Girls - 99p

I read and reviewed The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge back in October and absolutely loved it!  You can catch up with my review here.  The book is currently on special price of 99p for a limited time only.  Now is the perfect time to fill up your ereader in readiness for the winter season.

Book Blurb

The Christmas Calendar Girls
This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…
Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.
Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).
As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.
In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.
Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?
This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

Purchase Links –
Heart-warming, cosy and charming, get The Christmas Calendar Girls for just 99p for a limited period!
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About the Author
christmas calendar girls Samantha TongeSamantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and 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 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.

Social Media Links

Website:  http://www.samanthatonge.co.uk
Twitter:  @SamTongeWriter
Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor

 

The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @aria_fiction #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread

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The Christmas Calendar Girls written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Aria Fiction, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy links:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Z2u7NO
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2YgggEa
iBooks: https://apple.co/2yXpzJU
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2Z8YiTO

Book Blurb

This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…

Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.

Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).

As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.

In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.

Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?

This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Samantha Tonge’s latest novel: The Christmas Calendar Girls.

The Christmas Calendar Girls is wonderfully uplifting and is the ultimate festive read; as the year draw’s to a close we often take a look back of our lives, it’s a time of reflection and our thoughts widen to those less fortunate.  This is a story about family and the strength of friendship bringing a community together to help those in need.

Fern with her young daughter Lily moved to Chesterwood for a fresh starting following the tragic death of her husband.  It’s now been a few years since her husband’s untimely death but the sadness is easing with the help of the friends she has made in Cara and Davina.

When the friends hear of the struggle of the local food bank keeping up with the growing demand for food packages and with the daily expenses of running the bank they come up with a plan to raise much needed funds to keep this required resource going.  With the festive season approaching the girls decide to incorporate the joy of the season and bring to life a Christmas Advent Calendar.

With just over a month till Christmas Fern, Cara and Davina have much to organise for this epic festive fundraising extravaganza.  We follow the girls with their efforts to bring their plan to fruition whilst juggling family life with all it’s ups and downs.  The combining of the strengths within the friendship group and community are a force to be reckoned with. There’s also the prospect of new romance on the horizon but the couple in question have so many emotional hurdles to overcome before they can let their heart accept love again.

The Christmas Calendar Girls is such a warm-hearted, uplifting story with a wonderful ethos that’s quite inspirational.

About the Author

christmas calendar girls Samantha TongeSamantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and 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 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award

Follow Samantha

Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

Twitter: @SamTongeWriter

Facebook: @SamanthaTongeAuthor

Follow Aria

Website: www.ariafiction.com

Twitter: @aria_fiction

Facebook: @ariafiction

Instagram: @ariafiction

 

**Cover Reveal** – The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @Aria_Fiction @rararesources #TheChristmasCalendarGirls #BookCoverReveal

 

Cover reveal page

I am so pleased to be involved in the Book Cover Reveal for Samantha Tonge’s upcoming novel.  Here’s the important details:

Book Title:  The Christmas Calendar Girls

Author:  Samantha Tonge

Publisher:  Aria Fiction

Release Date:  3rd October 2019

Format:  eBook

Pre-order Links:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YAAmUI
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2YBNoBH
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2SUjoPS
iBooks: https://apple.co/2YwUjfd

Book Blurb

This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…
Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.
Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).
As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.
In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.
Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?
This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

About the Author
Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and 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 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.

Social Media Links –
http://samanthatonge.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor

And here is the gorgeous festive cover:

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Knowing You by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter #bookreview #PublicationDayBlitz @canelo_co @rararesources #KnowingYou

 

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Knowing You written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy links:

Amazonhttps://amzn.to/2UyHvnk
Applehttps://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/knowing-you/id1449854707?mt=11&uo=8&at=1000l5Q7
Googlehttps://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=aRiEDwAAQBAJ
Kobohttps://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/knowing-you-6

Book Blurb

An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…

Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.

However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.

Her long-term friends Mable and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…

Knowing You is about friendship and knowing who to trust with your deepest secrets; it’s about taking control of your life and not being afraid to stand out. Perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan, Gail Honeyman and Amanda Prowse

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Blog Blitz for Samantha Tonge’s latest novel: Knowing You.

Knowing You is an exceptionally written story by Samantha Tonge.  The author has included a storyline dealing with many of life’s struggles; bullying, grief, heartbreak, self-doubt, self-esteem all told with honesty and sensitivity.  Samantha Tonge’s writing felt so warm and comforting one minute and the next you are emotionally drawn in to the heart and mind of a young girl having to deal with such a traumatic event at a tender age.  My heart ached for young Violet.

Knowing You is the story of Violet Vaughan who is now living her dream as an editor at an independent publishers in London.  She shares a flat with her boyfriend Lenny who is an aspiring book agent.  Life is looking up until Violet’s heart is left broken.  This heartbreak brings back memories of times that Violet wishes she could forget but these events in her past have shaped her life now.

The story travels back in time to 2001 to when Violet was 7 years old and she’d recently moved house and had started at a new school.  Violet hid so much of her life from her mother in fear of upsetting her any further but the trauma from this time that had evoked so many emotions in Violet would take a dramatic turn.  It’s not until the final chapters of the book that the author spins her tale a final time leaving you breathless.

Knowing You is a story that would resonate with many and I would highly recommend it to young adults at secondary school as I feel the story would give many young people hope and be life affirming.  I felt every emotional struggle and battle in young Violet and in the young adult she has become.  A storyline that feels very current with social media implying certain images causing anxiety and self-esteem issues in many but it’s a storyline that will never go out of fashion as the nature of people will always struggle with moments of self-doubt.

An exceptionally written story that is emotive, thought-provoking but filled with assurance and hope.  I believe it’s the author’s best story yet.

About the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, 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.

Links
Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor
Website:   http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

 

*Cover Reveal* – Knowing You by Samantha Tonge

 

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I am so pleased to be involved in the cover reveal for Samantha Tonge’s latest novel: Knowing You, which is due to be published by Canelo on 14th March 2019.

To pre-order/buy link: https://amzn.to/2WbItHh

The ebook is also available to download on apple iBooks, Google and Kobo.

Product Details

An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…

Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.

However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.

Her long-term friends Mable and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…

Knowing You is about friendship and knowing who to trust with your deepest secrets; it’s about taking control of your life and not being afraid to stand out. Perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan, Gail Honeyman and Amanda Prowse.

And now the fabulous cover …

knowing you cover

About the Author

sam tong - knowing youSamantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, 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.

Social Media Links:

Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor
Website:   http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

Forgive Me Not by Samantha Tonge Publication Day blogblitz book review

 

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Forgive Me Not written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

The ebook is available to download on amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play and Apple iBooks.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2Ld2Z8O

Product Details (as per amazon page)

How far would you go to make amends?
When Emma fled her home at Foxglove Farm, she’d let down and hurt those who cared for her most. But now, two years later, she’s ready to face up to her past; she’s ready to go back.
But Emma’s unannounced return causes more problems than she could have foreseen. The people she knew and loved aren’t ready to forget, let alone forgive. And the one person she wants to reconnect with the most, her mother, can’t remember who she is.
Just as Emma starts to rebuild trust, an uncovered family secret and a shocking past crime threaten her newly forged future…
Sometimes simply saying sorry isn’t enough.

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I am so pleased to be able to share my review on the Publication Day blitz for Samantha Tonge’s latest novel:  Forgive Me Not.

Forgive Me Not is Samantha Tonge’s first departure away from her well loved romcoms.  This story sees the author tackling serious subjects and also issues that some areas of society still struggle to talk about.

We all at times draw a conclusion to someone on their first appearances but when you actually sit down and talk openly to that person and understand the reasoning behind their current situation you start to open your eyes and mind and appreciate that their character is far more in depth than their current situation.

Young Emma’s life had been slowly spiralling out of control; disobeying her mum and her sister’s wishes she was constantly out partying, had turned to stealing to fuel her lust for her addiction and believed her wild ways made great insta-feed.  However, one Christmas Eve her foolish ways became too much and Emma was forced to move out of the family home.  Emma thought she’d hit rock bottom then but worse was to come.  Now homeless, shunned from her family Emma sought solace in the streets of the city.  A total contrast to her home on the farm.  She soon adjusted and became accustomed to days rolling into nights and back again looking for her next addictive fix.  Her rock bottom came a little later, when not only her life was at risk but the life of another.  Eventually Emma had no choice but to ask for help.

Nearly a year and a half had lapsed since Emma’s rock bottom and she felt ready to return home.  We follow Emma on her journey back home to seek forgiveness from so many, we also travel back to her dark days when times were tough.  Would Emma’s family, friends and neighbours welcome her back with open arms or would old wounds of the hurt and damage she had caused still be too deep a wound to have healed over?

I was totally absorbed in this story that opened my eyes to situations that people sometimes find themselves, through no fault of their own, in.  It was quite thought provoking at times but the author has woven some lovely inspirational, endearing moments into the story.  However, there a few twists in the tale that shake your emotions in to a tailspin  The story also makes you take a look at yourself in a different light and learning to accept yourself is the first step to any chance of acceptance.

Totally absorbing, thought provoking but filled with a sense of hopefulness.

To learn more about the author Samantha Tonge please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor

 

*Cover Reveal* Forgive Me Not by Samantha Tonge

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Forgive Me Not written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Canelo is available in ebook format from Monday 23rd July 2018.

To purchase and pre-order any of Samantha Tonge’s novels please visit her amazon author page:

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I am so pleased to be able to reveal the cover for Samantha Tonge’s latest book, Forgive Me Not and here it is; such a beautiful cover.

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About the book

Forgive Me Not
Forgiveness can be hard to come by… An unputdownable new novel from bestseller Samantha Tonge
How far would you go to make amends?
When Emma fled her home at Foxglove Farm, she’d let down and hurt those who cared for her most. But now, two years later, she’s ready to face up to her past; she’s ready to go back.
But Emma’s unannounced return causes more problems than she could have foreseen. The people she knew and loved aren’t ready to forget, let alone forgive. And the one person she wants to reconnect with the most, her mother, can’t remember who she is.
Just as Emma starts to rebuild trust, an uncovered family secret and a shocking past crime threaten her newly forged future…
Sometimes simply saying sorry isn’t enough.
Perfect for readers of Ruth Hogan or Amanda Prowse, this is an extraordinary and unforgettable novel about running away from yourself – and finding a way back.

About the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, 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.

Links
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor
Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

 

Forgive Me Not looks a beautiful, intriguing, emotive read and would be perfect to add to your summer reading schedule.