Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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…
I picked this up quite cheaply and thought it looked like a short summery read. I found this very easy to get into, and it seemed to flow well.
Pippa has returned to her childhood home of Taxos in Greece, on her arrival she discovers lots of things have changed. She is with her handsome boyfriend Henrick, who she is not as fond of as once she thought, she begins to change her mind about him, especially when she meets up with her best friend Niko after all these years. Niko has also moved on over the years and is set to marry.
I loved the setting for this book, it is perfect for the summer. The book is also relatively short, which allowed me to really get into it and read it quick.
Although Pippa loves making scones, I am not sure why the title is 'game of scones' there doesn't seem to be any 'game' with them. I also thought that really was a sideline to the story.
Overall I thought the book was O.K, it is nice for a summer beach read where it doesn't require you to think too much.