Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge

3rd May 2016

What the publisher says:

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…

 

 

What I say:

 

I expected to like this story and to a certain extent I did.  I liked the way that Pippa is not afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right even though it pits her against her boyfriend Henrik and  felt that the descriptions of the Greek village were realistic, although I have never been to Greece so perhaps they are not.  I did find tiresome the way the Greek characters spoke in a kind of pigeon English whereas Henrik, who is also not English seemed not to be portrayed in such a stereotypical manner.  It became clear quite early on that Pippa’s future was not with Henrik and there was a little twist in the story with regards to how she actually “got” the man of her dreams but I found that I was a little indifferent as to whether or not she did.  I did cheer at the village being saved but all in all this is what is promised – a lighthearted read probably okay for the beach or a time when you don’t want too much of a challenge.

Rating 3 out of 5

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