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An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…
Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.
However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.
Her long-term friends Mable and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…
Knowing You is about friendship and knowing who to trust with your deepest secrets; it’s about taking control of your life and not being afraid to stand out. Perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan, Gail Honeyman and Amanda Prowse
It’s totally true that the more we love a book, the harder it is for us bloggers to write the review. This is how I feel trying to write this one today.
I’m completely heartbroken after reading this devastating yet beautiful book about loss, love, friendship and dealing with the things about ourselves we don’t like.
Child Violet – A bookworm who never really fits into her new school and then suffers a very devastating loss that leaves both her and her mother in a lonely place. She meets Flint, a friend who she has adventures and can talk to about anything.
Pre-Lenny Violet – Now a kindhearted adult working in the publishing industry and living a quiet but happy life with her partner Lenny and her cat. She runs a book club with some elderly friends, takes care of her neighbour and is genuine friends with her colleagues.
Post-Lenny Violet – Has a new housemate named Bella who has encouraged Violet to shed her old image and re-create herself. Violet’s friends grow increasingly concerned as she shuts herself off from her previous life.
Violet’s story made compelling reading and I just couldn’t put it down. Throughout the first half of the novel I was thoroughly enjoying reading about Violet and her transformation after her break up. It was only after a while that I realised there was something darker and sinister lurking in the shadows.
Samantha Tonge has written this with such sensitivity and poignancy that you cannot help but become part of Violet’s story. It’s obvious how much emotion and heart has been given to the beautiful Violet and I imagine writing this novel was a rewarding and exhausting experience.
All I can say is read this book!
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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.