Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage by Samantha Tonge
Oh my gosh, just go read it. A fabulous story that drew me in and wouldn’t let me go.
Definitely not one to miss out on.
Tattooist Lizzie has been a bit of a disappointment to her parents, who were rich businesspeople. After a childhood of fabulous lavish overseas holidays, she doesn’t want to follow in her parent’s footsteps. She wants to study art.
Following her parent’s untimely deaths Lizzie learns of a secret property that’s been left to her Auntie, Streamside Cottage. Her Auntie is tight-lipped about the details and just wants it sold. It’s always been a rental property, so Lizzie moves from the city to the countryside and rents it for herself hoping to delve into why it was a secret that her parents never told her about.
The village setting where Streamside Cottage was located was beautiful. I visualised it so well I felt like I was there.
I loved the handsome neighbour Ben. They had a good connection from the first meeting. She digs into the history of the cottage and learns family secrets from the past. We learn of things that went on that explain quite a bit about why Lizzie wasn’t talking to her parents anymore. At the time I sided with Lizzie, but as I learned more throughout the story I began to understand her parents viewpoint.
It was actually quite a gritty story rather than a traditional romcom.
And I learned a lot about tattoos, even enough to consider one.
Thanks to Aria Fiction and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.
About the Book
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.
Publication date: 15th April 2021
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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.