‘Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage’ by Samantha Tonge

Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage: an uplifting absolutely gripping page-turning novel by [Samantha Tonge]


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.

My Review

I have read and enjoyed a few of Samantha’s books.  I love the way in which she writes such heart warming and funny feel good stories.  I read the synopsis of ‘Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage’ and it certainly sounded like another corker of a read.  Well it certainly was that and so much more.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage’ but more about that in a bit.

As soon as I started reading ‘Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage’ I knew that I was going to be in for a treat and so it proved.  I picked the book up only intending to make a start on it and read a couple of chapters to fill in half an hour but I ended up becoming so wrapped up in the story that I was still sat there reading over an hour and several chapters later.  I wasn’t able to read the book over the course of a day because things like life got in the way but any spare time I had, I rushed to get back to this amazing story.  I found ‘Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage’ to be an enchanting and fun read, which held my interest throughout.

‘Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage’ is really well written.  Samantha certainly knows how to create truly lovable characters and she describes them so well that they seem just as real as you and I. For me this story hit the ground running and maintained a gentle pace throughout.  I love the way in which Samantha tackles some difficult subjects but she does so in such a compassionate and sensitive way.  I felt as though I was part of the story and that is all thanks to Samantha’s very vivid and realistic storytelling.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage’ and I would recommend it to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more of Samantha’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.

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