The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge #BookReview #BlogTour #Aria #NetGalley #5*



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Sometimes the best holidays are the ones you least expect…

After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them.

But the sisters turn up to tatty beaches, basic wooden shacks, a compost toilet and outdoor cold water showers. It turns out that at the last minute Amy decided a conservation project would be much more fun than a luxury resort.

So now Sarah’s battling mosquitos, trying to stomach fish soup and praying for a swift escape. Life on a desert island though isn’t all doom and gloom. They’re at one with nature, learning about each other and making new friends.

And Sarah is distracted by the dishy, yet incredibly moody, island leader she’s sure is hiding a secret.


Perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Mandy Baggot and Heidi Swain.


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Superbly Entertaining!      stars 5


A gorgeous read from an author who never fails to entertain!

Sarah and her sister Amy live together; it’s nine years since Sara had a holiday as she was too busy working to keep a roof over their heads. Now, Amy’s lotto numbers come good and she wants to treat them both to a holiday. Spotting a luxury resort with all the trappings on her sister’s laptop, Sarah begins to dream of relaxing by the pool sipping cocktails, enjoying spa treatments and sinking into a sumptuous bed at the end of the day .. so it’s a shock to find out that Amy swapped islands at the last moment . . .

With both romance and adventure, Samantha Tonge has excelled herself with this one; she must have done extensive research into the habitat and conservation issues facing the Virgin Islands and other places like them – but this is a very amusing tale as well! With a great cast of varied personalities there is plenty going on in this one. Lots of laugh out loud moments as well as the ‘aaww’ ones, especially every time Chatty makes an appearance! It’s a fun read whilst being very in keeping with the current eco-climate issues. There is an abundance of information on the damage caused by environmental issues in the world as well as a wonderful insight into the wild life and all cleverly incorporated into the story. It’s a superb read and earns every one of the five sparkling stars I’m happy to give it.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley and to Vicky Joss for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: romantic comedy
  • Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook
  • Size: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Aria
  • Publication Date: 7 May 2020
  • Links: Goodreads
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Author Bio


Samantha Tonge

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studies 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.

She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQ Digital at Harper Collins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, 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. in 2018, Forgive Me Not heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.


Social Media


Twitter: @SamTongeWriter

Facebook: @SamanthaTongeAuthor


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