Book Review: Game of Scones, by Samantha Tonge

A story of icing and flour…and how love doesn’t always go to plan!

Game of Scones

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.


Thank you so much to Carina UK for providing me with an ARC via NetGalley. With the sunshine finally making itself known again, it’s great to get into some fun, holiday reads again, and Game of Scones is pretty much everything that a summer read should be.

As Pippa prepares for her first trip to Taxos in years, she has suspicions that her boyfriend Henrik is preparing to pop the question, and she’s not 100% sure how she’ll feel if he does.

Going back to the Greek Village suddenly makes it all the more real how much time has passed since Pippa used to spend her summers there with Niko, and how different she is to the young tomboy he knew back then. She barely recognises the island for how run down it has become, or Niko for how grown up (and handsome!) he is now.

Re-united with old friends, including Niko’s fabulously feisty grandmother and Niko himself, the pull Taxos has on her heart tightens, and Pippa is determined to do everything she can to help get Taxos back on its feet again – including baking her infamous scones for the residents! In the mean time, she needs to keep reminding herself that Niko is engaged now, and she might be soon, too. No matter how gorgeous he is, or how he makes her feel.

As heart and head battle against each other, Pippa finds herself questioning if she is really the high-flyer, who wants the executive life with Henrik, or if she is the carefree girl who wants a relaxed life with friends and family in Taxos?

The characters in this book are an absolute dream, especially Niko and his grandmother, who made me smile every time she was present. The beautiful setting was so wonderfully described, it definitely transported me to a Greek Island for a day. I’d advise to have snacks nearby when you read this – with all of Pippa’s yummy baking and Samantha’s brilliant description, I could practically smell and taste the scones – who knew there were so many flavours to bake?

Whether you are on a sunny beach somewhere, or just wishing you were, Game of Scones is the perfect feel-good read to put you in the holiday spirit.

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Release date: 09 April 2015
Publisher: Carina UK
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