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Samantha Tonge: The writer that roared… (Book review)

Book Blurb 

How far would you go to make amends?

When Emma fled her home at Foxglove Farm, she’d let down and hurt those who cared for her most. But now, two years later, she’s ready to face up to her past; she’s ready to go back.

But Emma’s unannounced return causes more problems than she could have foreseen. The people she knew and loved aren’t ready to forget, let alone forgive. And the one person she wants to reconnect with the most, her mother, can’t remember who she is.

Just as Emma starts to rebuild trust, an uncovered family secret and a shocking past crime threaten her newly forged future…

Sometimes simply saying sorry isn’t enough. 

Available from Amazon here 

My review

Emma returns to Foxglove farm, with more baggage than Heathrow airport in an effort to try and redeem her life after a period of homelessness. But life on the farm throws up a new set of difficulties and sometimes going back is the hardest option of all.

I have long rated Sam as a writer to watch and have enjoyed everything she’s ever written. Her last two books showed signs of a divergence from the cookie-cutter style of romance she’s famed for. But with Forgive Me Not this is a step up again. I didn’t just read this in one sitting, I devoured it. 

I’ve heard many writers describing writing as a journey but as an analogy I place it in my own personal Room 101 alongside phrases such as Blue-sky-thinking and In the Back of the Net. I view writing in the same way I do nursing in that it’s a progression from From Novice to Expert, a five stage progression towards Competence, as coined by Benner in 1984. Each person progresses through the stages at their own pace and not everyone can ever reach that final accolade. With this book Sam has aced writing. I wonder what she’ll turn her hand to next? 

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