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.
Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage has everything i love in a book, love, warmth, laughter and a big slice of mystery, and did I mention tattoo’s! When I opened Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage I was expecting a feel good read and that’s what I got plus a whole lot more.
Lizzie is a tattooist with a past and each chapter reveals another layer of her life. Chapters alternate between present time and past which leaves you hungry for more, you gradually realise that Lizzie has had a very unusual and restrictive background which have a affected her whole life. When her parents die Lizzie finds out about a cottage in a sleepy village called Leafton that they owned but kept secret at all costs.
Lizzie starts a mission to find out what Leafton meant to her parents and why they insisted nobody knew about it. There are twists and turns throughout the story, some of which I was not expecting!
I loved getting to know each and every character within the pages of Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage, the romance between Lizzie and Ben is a joy to read and I loved .
the fact at the beginning of every chapter surrounding tattoos.
Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage has left me with withdrawal symptoms which for me is the sign of a perfect read!
All About Samantha
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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