While on holiday in September I gave myself a challenge to read a few books. I didn't manage as many as I wanted but I did read a fair few. Game of Scones was one of the stories that whisked me away and made me feel like I was part of the story. Especially with me being in the sun as well.
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…
This book captured my attention by a friends recommendation, the cover, then the blurb. The promise of a sunny romantic tale drew me in and made me think of a perfect holiday read to take away with me. Although this has taken me a while to write up its definitely a good review.
The thought of making scones intrigued me as honestly I didn't know they came in other variations than cheese or the standard with a topping of jam and cream. I was amazed and inspired by the many creations Pippa makes during this book and if I ever get the time I am going to have to try my hand at making some of my own.
Another thing this book does is capture the visuality of another country perfectly. It's so easy to imagine the setting, places and people in your minds eye when reading this book. Everything was brought to life from the beach to the steaming scones out of the oven and instantly made it an easy loveable read.
Pippa was an easily relatable character and, although predictable, Niko was the perfect love interest to compete with Henrik. I loved the complications in this story and the way the community came together to stop all of Henrik's plans. The love between all three of the triangle parties was as delectable as the scones were made out to be.
There's a love triangle, there's drama and their's baking - tell me you don't want to read this little beauty.
I definitely fell in love this this story and will be looking forward to reading some more of Samantha's work.
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