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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Review of Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge

"A story of icing and flour…and how love doesn’t always go to plan!

Growing up, Pippa Pattinson’s summers were spent in the idyllic Greek island fishing village of Taxos. There she spent many long hazy days determinedly ignoring thoughts of the life her parents had mapped out for her (a dreary-but-secure accounting job and obligatory sensible husband!) Instead she daydreamed of running her own tea shop – serving the perfect scones –with mocha-eyed childhood friend Niko by her side…"


I loved, loved, loved this book, it begins with Pippa and Henrik who are both high flyers in the Business world and everything seems perfect but Pippa has started to have doubts about the relationship and decides to have a break in Taxos in Greece where she spent her childhood summers. However, Henrik decides to come too which worries Pippa because she had heard that he is going to propose to her and she is not sure that is what she wants. When in Greece she is reunited with the family who own the Taverna and sees Niko the boy she used to hang out with and he is now all grown up and engaged to the lovely Leila. Niko's grandma remembers Pippa's delicious scones and their exciting flavours and although she has been ill she is revitalised by meeting her again. Will Henrik propose? and if he does, will Pippa say yes? Niko is convinced that Henrik has an ulterior motive for being there which could turn all of their lives upside down. Will Pippa follow her head or her heart? 

This is the first Samantha Tonge book I have read and it certainly won't be the last, I loved the narrative from right inside Pippa's head which was a really fun place to be, being privy to her secret thoughts and very vivid imagination. I loved the quick pace of the book and I expected it to be set in an English garden so it was a lovely surprise to be transported to Greece right in the heart of Taxos. When reading the book I almost felt like it was playing like a film in my head which was amazing and I think that is because Samantha has managed to bring the characters and Taxos to life beautifully. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of scone making which I thought were very sensuous and the flavours sounded so yummy that my tummy rumbled alot. All in all I would say that this book is truly scrumptious and I want more. Oh yes and I want butterfly kisses too.

Thank you so much to Samantha Tonge, NetGalley and Carina Books for allowing me to review.

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About the Author

Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and two cats who think they are dogs. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A love of fiction developed as a child, when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. A desire to write bubbled away in the background whilst she pursued other careers, including a fun stint working at Disneyland Paris. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. Writing romantic comedy novels and short stories is her passion.

Samantha has sold over 80 short stories to mainstream women’s magazines. Her debut romantic comedy novel from CarinaUK Harlequin, bestselling “Doubting Abbey”, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award, 2014. Its fun sequel is From Paris With Love. Mistletoe Mansion is a fun standalone Christmas novel.


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