Written by Samantha Tonge
An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…
Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.
However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.
Her long-term friends Kath and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end.
She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…
Highly Original, Stunning Read!
Stunning! This is a wonderfully insightful read which draws you in and let’s you get right into Violet’s psyche.
Violet works as an assistant editor in a publishing house and, unlike the vast majority of her colleagues, is quite comfortable in her own skin. However, when her live-in partner leaves her for another – more fashionable – woman, Violet’s world begins to change. Lonely on her own, she makes the decision to find a new flatmate, and that’s when the new Violet begins to take shape . . .
I’ve enjoyed Samantha Tonge’s rom-coms, but this is certainly a lot different. Engaging and topical, this has a highly original plot. The details of the publishing industry were enthralling and I found myself very quickly invested in events. We find out more about Violet’s childhood as the book progresses and the details of her life then and now are interesting and attention-grabbing. And the ending? Never saw that coming, not in a million years. Absolutely awesome and totally enjoyable. I’m loving the new direction this author’s work is taking, and look forward to reading much more in future; it so deserves a full house of stars!
My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for both my copy of this novel and for inviting me to take part in this Blog Blitz promotion. This is, of course, my honest and unbiased review.
Tags: psychological thriller
- Format: ebook
- Size: 233 pages
- Publisher: Canelo
- Publication Date: 14 March 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
- Barnes & Noble
Meet 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.
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. Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction with publisher Canelo, and is a story about acceptance, forgiveness and trying to put things right. Her latest dark women’ fiction novel, Knowing You, is out March 14th. Her 2018 romcom, One Summer In Rome, has recently been shortlisted for the Best Romantic Comedy RoNA award.