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 Niklaus by her side…
Arriving back in Taxos for the first time in years, with suave boyfriend Henrik, Pippa barely recognises the tired little town – but is relieved to catch glimpses of the quaint, charming village she’s always loved. Together Niklaus and Pippa put together a proposal to save Taxos from tourist-tastic ruin, and at the heart of their plan is Pippa’s dream project: The Tastiest Little Tea Shop in Taxos. It’s time for Pippa to leave her London life behind and dust off her scone recipe that’s guaranteed to win over both locals and visitors. And amidst the rolling pins and raisins, it seems romance is blossoming where she’s least expecting it…
About the author
Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family, and two cats who think they are dogs. When not writing, she spends her days cycling and willing cakes to rise. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, came out in November 2013.
I was fortunate enough to receive a free copy of this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted summer read, set in an idyllic Greek village on Kos, then look no further. Samantha Tonge has created a deliciously moreish book and her scone fillings definitely give you food for thought. I’d only ever thought of scones as plain, cheese or cherry until reading this book. Now I want apricot and fig and … there could be a whole new sideline as a result.
Her characters are wonderful and totally believable. There is just the right amount of conflict and the background adds a bit of added tension as redevelopment beckons. I particularly loved the description of the grandmother. At first I wasn’t so keen on Pippa’s boyfriend but he endeared himself to me towards the end. I love a book with a HEA but you’ll have to read it to find out if Pippa gets her dream of running a teashop or not.