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Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage: an uplifting absolutely gripping page-turning novel Kindle Edition
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.
Praise for Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage:
'Wow! I adore Samantha Tonge's books and this is the best one yet! Such a wonderful, warm, and heartfelt novel. Easily the best book I've read so far this year!' – Jaimie Admans
'A page-turning novel full of secrets and mystery with a wonderful setting' – Della Galton
'A heartwarming story about secrets, lies and new beginnings. A delightful, cosy read' – Nicola Gill
About the Author
- ASIN : B08NWC5V52
- Publisher : Aria (15 April 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 999 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 263 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,865 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Streamside cottage, the landscape, the village, the people. I could imagine myself in each location. The story line captivated my attention around the relationship of parents and children. How one life event can change the trajectory of so many peoples lives. Alter human behaviour to the point of stifling individuality and personality and creativity.
How different the lives of the characters could have been. I would love to read a sequel to this book. The reunion between Rose and Elizabeth. The development of the relationship and life between Elizabeth and Jimmy Jammy.
A great read would recommend this book to those interested in social interaction.
Top reviews from other countries
Earning a living as a tattoo artist when your parents wanted you to work in the finance sector, just as they did, is bound to cause problems but suddenly everything Lizzie thought her future would hold has been swept away. Their sudden deaths have left her totally bereft and so she secretly rents the cottage she had no idea they owned to try and get a grasp on her new future.
Leafton is a place which Lizzie likes immediately, even if it is a totally different world to the one she knew. As she gradually begins to accept what has happened, some new information comes her way which leaves her facing a future more shocking and empty than she could ever have imagined.
This is a beautifully written book with so many good things within its pages. For me Samantha Tonge has nailed the perfect cosy, feel-good, novel that is an absolute pleasure to read.
The main storyline is compelling from page one and I really liked Lizzie and the other main characters she meets in her temporary new home. There are interesting facts about the history of tattooing at the beginning of each chapter which I found fascinating and finally, as Lizzie looks at her family and their history, the value of friendship, however new, is explored.
The story also looks at what a 'normal' upbringing is as Lizzie sees her childhood in flashback while trying to understand why her parents behaved as they did. The dialogue used for the advice offered and received is open and caring, while wrapping the reader in the same reassuring if sometimes shocking comfort blanket as Lizzie in this lovely book.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. This is a lovely read.
I thought it was rather wonderful that upon stepping inside the idyllic and dreamy cottage, she felt comforted. I loved the way Lizzie spoke about the walls supporting her and it feeling like the place wrapped her in a hug when she needed it or answered her questions when she felt lost. The cottage and the town of Leafton sounded so welcoming and picturesque. I loved the descriptions of the quaint cafes and the stationary shop and the supermarket with the post office, it was all too cute and made me smile.
What I found really awesome about 'Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage' was that Samantha created a real mysterious page turner. I was desperate to find out what the connection between Lizzie's family and the cottage was, as well as what was behind all the rumours and spooky ghost stories. As the story unravelled, I felt such a love and understanding towards her parents and their need to protect her, even if at times it was too much. I loved how Lizzie felt that too and how she was able to get some closure on her past and focus on all the magical and happy memories she had of them. This story touches on some difficult topics and shows how parenting is far from easy when it comes to figuring out what's best for your child while struggling with past trauma. I was happy when all the secrets came to light, especially for the likes of Trish, who I felt had been carrying such a sad weight for twenty years. It showed that good things can come when everything is out in the open.
Lizzie building her life in Leafton and getting to know her neighbours, Ben and Jill, was also such a joyful part of the book. I really liked Jill and I adored that Ben was so kind and friendly to everyone around. He really gave off that cosy town vibe, helping everyone and being content in his hometown. I don't want to say too much about him and Lizzie's relationship for fear of spoiling the story, but their memories and adventures together are wonderfully endearing.
Another cool piece of this book was that Samantha shares tattoo facts at the beginning of each chapter which I thoroughly enjoyed. I did especially like hearing about Lizzie's designs and more about the tattoo process and why she loved tattooing. Creating her own tattoo space was awesome and I loved that she got to make her dream come true with that and add her stamp to Streamside Cottage. My brain definitely started going through all the tattoo's I would like to get and wishing that I could visit Lizzie and have a chat with her about them.