Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook format. The paperback is due out in July.
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.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Samantha Tonge’s latest novel: Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage. I gave you a sneak peak of my review on Publication Day but I’m now thrilled to share my full review.
You know you've read a good story when you get to the end and are gutted there's no more. This is literally how I felt with Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage. However, author Samantha Tonge, had me so absorbed by this story I feel as if I could continue and imagine what comes next for the characters I've grown to love. Lizzie has had quite a sheltered upbringing with loving but over protective parents but when she goes off to university Lizzie's eyes are opened to lots of new opportunities. When Lizzie's path takes a different direction to the one her parents had mapped out relations between parent and child becomes very strained. Several years have now passed and Lizzie receives devastating news of the death of her parents. She later learns of a property their parents kept hidden from her and wonders what others secrets were boxed up? Determined to find out the mystery of the property in the country Lizzie decides to stay in the cottage for a month with the hope the walls wills help reveal the life her parents had. Samantha Tonge has written a modern day family saga filled with mystery and intrigue, tragedy and longing, forgiveness and new beginnings. I was so absorbed in Lizzie's journey for the truth but I was also falling in love with this new temporary life Lizzie had stepped into. The cottage sounded so idyllic but also a little like stepping in a time warp as time left like it had stood still within the walls. Lizzie's character was very warm and friendly and you soon become invested for her happiness. Streamside Cottage charmed me but also the village and it's residents welcomed me with open arms. The storyline was very emotive and tragic at times with a loss so great I felt overwhelmed with my emotions. A wonderfully spun story of the struggles of life, love, acceptance and new beginnings. 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 Follow Aria Website: www.ariafiction.com Twitter: @aria_fiction Facebook: @ariafiction Instagram: @ariafiction