Sunday, 10 May 2015

Game of Scones – by Samantha Tonge

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

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 banking job and obligatory sensible husband!) Instead she daydreamed of running her own tea shop – serving the perfect scones –with mocha-eyed childhood friend Niko 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 Niko 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…

If you’re a fan of Lindsey Kelk or Lucy Diamond then don’t hesitate to step into Samantha Tonge’s truly delightful tea shop.

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

First of all I just wanna say that the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Pippa and her boyfriend Henrik are goung to Greece for a three weeks holidays. She is unsure about her feelings for him and is scared he is going to propose.
Taxos is a litlke Greek village that is like a second home for Pippa. She came here as a child and has found like a second family in some if the villagers.

It has been her dream to open a cute little teashop, selling scones on this little island.
Back in Taxos she bumps into her childhood friend Niko, he is gorgeous, funny and their chemistry us amazing from the start. Their friendship is back within seconds and I just luved their scenes, so free, real and authentic. Niko is currently  engaged to Leila and Pippa is not sure what to think about that.

Taxos is not the same anymore, recession has hit them and when a big surprise comes up, including Henrik and they mayor of Kos, to redevelop the whole place, Pippa is determined to help the villagers. They are happy to have her back and see her as their savior.
Of course Pippa's relationship to Henrik takes a turn as well and she sees herself falling for Niko more and more, but what about Leila?!

Some other misunderstandings and incidences add mire mystery and spark to the story. Taxos is a cute luttle place and I liked all the ideas to help the village, one even including Pippa's dream. She had to figure out a lot in this story, her live lufe and her whole life actually. It was great following her journey. Samantha's writing is fresh, vivid and authentic. I fekt that some things origressed a bit slowly and at times I found it hard to really get into it.

Game of Scones is a tasty feel-good read, perfect to read at the beach and it will definitely put a smile on your face!!!


My possible cast:

Pippa: Joanna Garcia

Henrik: Greg Vaughan

Niko: Fedon Kefaleas

Samantha on Twitter: @SamTongeWriter


  1. Yummy actors. I have thin on my kindle to read and am looking forward to it x

    1. Thanks Simona for such a lovely review - the casting is great!

      Hope you enjoy it, Tanya! :)

  2. Yay! Great review. I am so glad that I added this to my Kindle recently. I look forwarded to reading it. Isn't the title the kitschiest?