I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Forgive Me Not by Samantha Tonge
Also by this author: How to Get Hitched in Ten Days, Game of Scones, One Summer in Rome
Published by Canelo on 23rd July 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Psychological
Source: from Netgalley
Forgiveness can be hard to come by… An unputdownable new novel from bestseller Samantha Tonge
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.
Perfect for readers of Ruth Hogan or Amanda Prowse, this is an extraordinary and unforgettable novel about running away from yourself – and finding a way back.
Thank you to Canelo for my copy of this book via Netgalley. I have previously read some of Samantha’s books and I really enjoyed them but this book was a little different to Samantha’s usual genre.
Usually Samantha’s books are romance based. This book however was not. I don’t quite know how to describe it. It wasn’t thriller, it wasn’t your typical chick lit, it wasn’t a horror. If I had to place this in a genre I would really struggle.
Emma left her home and family 2 years ago. She has been to hell and back in that time and has now turned her life around. She returns hoping for a family reunion. While things don’t go quite like she hoped I think it was still the right decision. Emma is a hard character to love but also a hard character to hate. She has made so many bad choices in her past. However, in her present she is trying so hard to not to necessarily make up for those choices but to make a difference.
Some parts of this were quite hard to read. It’s scary how some of the character’s lives changed and how close we can be to the edge. This book really made me stop and think.
Samantha’s writing was engaging and I really struggled to put this book down. Like I said I have read some of Samantha’s previous books but I think this book was another level. I think this genre suits her writing better than her romance novels.
The ending left the story a little unfinished and I would love to carry on that thread. I think Samantha has another book planned in this genre so I’m very excited for this.
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