I'm delighted to be sharing my review for Forgive Me Not today and I want to wish Samantha Tonge a very Happy Publication Day!
So first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
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.
I'm sure if you are a fan of Samantha Tonge you will know that this book is a slight change in direction. I guess you could say that this is a more emotive story however you will still find the same warmth and love just like in her other stories. In Forgive Me Not we meet Emma who has had a very turbulent past and as this story progresses we see exactly how her actions not only affected her but others close to her. It is a deep and honest story about what happens when a person reaches rock bottom but then luckily begins to see a way forward. After all the hardest thing to do is live with yourself and that is what Emma faces. Emma is such an interesting character, I felt drawn to her even if at times the things she did were so very wrong. I always appreciate the flaws in characters as they are truly the ones that are most realistic.
Forgive Me Not has a balance of warmth and grit that easily pulled me into the story. As we are shown Emma's past and present giving you a complex character that made me want to know more about her. The storyline isn't what I would call light hearted but I still loved the message that this books portrays. It highlights human frailty but also strength and determination. How we all have struggles that can be hard to face but it is all written in a sensitive and honest way.
The theme of forgiveness is a big one and I loved how Samantha Tonge explored this from all sides within the story. I was left thinking about the characters long after I had turned the last page proving this book had the power to get under my skin.
Thought provoking and emotional with a powerful message.
Five stars from me!
With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources and Canelo for my copy.
Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.