Guest Post: Romance in Reverse by Samantha Tonge

Today I am very pleased to welcome Samantha Tonge on my blog. She is going to talk about her last book, Mistletoe Mansion. So Samantha, all yours:

Romance in Reverse by Samantha Tonge

Wannabe celebrity and aspiring cupcake maker Kimmy is the main character in Mistletoe Mansion, and her love life really represents romance in reverse. Many of us start off falling in love with the riskier, more unpredictable men but, as we mature, learn to recognize different qualities in partners to value, such as loyalty and long-term commitment. 

Of course there has got to be the Phoar! Factor in any relationship, but flowers, chocolates and exotic spontaneous dates don’t mean anything, if there isn’t the emotional support. I consider my husband at his most romantic when we had the kids - his unerring keenness to change nappies and get up to do the nightfeeds meant an awful lot! And despite her young age, Kimmy seems to have worked this out. After a turbulent childhood, she goes out with Adam, a sensible, well-grounded fellow. He checks her car is safe and looks out for her welfare at every opportunity. Kimmy appreciates this. He makes her feel secure.

However, Adam becomes keen for Kimmy to ditch her celebrity lifestyle fantasies and settle down with a mortgage and pension plan. He wants her to accept a lifelong job in the factory where he works. This is a step too far, even for Kimmy, so Adam asks her to leave. Fortunately, Kimmy lands a job housesitting Mistletoe Mansion.

And here she meets surly, unpredictable Luke who doesn’t hold doors open for her or treat her with kid gloves. He’s a self-made business man who’s taken financial risks – he’s everything Adam isn’t. And to her annoyance – not that she’d tell him! -  Kimmy finds this arrogant handyman irresistible! 

So who will she choose? Will she settle down with Adam, and create the secure family life that she never enjoyed as a child? Or will she listen to dogged Luke who himself has followed his dreams? It’s a very difficult choice. Both men have good qualities. Both men have flaws. 

Or perhaps  Kimmy will strike out on her own, and follow her lavish lifestyle, bonkers baking dreams… If you read Mistletoe Mansion, I hope you enjoy her journey to making some life decisions. There’s a bit of fun along the way, thanks to a supposed ghost haunting the mansion and a glamorous golfing wife living next door!

About the book: 

Kimmy Jones has three loves: cupcakes, gossip magazines and dreaming of getting fit just by owning celeb workouts.

When Kimmy’s Sensible Boyfriend told her he didn’t approve of her longing for the high life or her dream of starting a cupcake company Kimmy thought she could compromise – after all, she did return those five-inch Paris Hilton heels! But asking her to trade in cake-making for a job sorting potatoes is a step too far.

So, newly single - and newly homeless – Kimmy needs a dusting of Christmas luck. And, masquerading as a professional house sitter, her new temporary home is the stunning Mistletoe Mansion. Soon she’s best buds with glamorous next door golf WAG Melissa, and orders are pouring in for her fabulous Merry Berry cupcakes! The only thorn in her side is handsome handyman Luke, a distraction she definitely doesn’t need. And talking of distractions, something very odd is going on at night…

Kimmy is finally living the life she’s always wanted. But will her glimpse into the glittering lifestyle of the rich and famous be as glamorous as she’s always imagined…?

About the author:

Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family, and two cats who think they are dogs. When not writing, she spends her days cycling and willing cakes to rise. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Its fun standalone sequel is From Paris with Love. Mistletoe Mansion stars a new set of characters and is for fans of cupcakes and Christmas!


And don't miss the Pinterest Competition organised by Carina UK and Samantha Tonge to win a Party Dress!


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