Samantha Tonge is a writer who is well-known on the magazine circuit, particularly to those readers of ‘The People’s Friend’, and, more recently, has added the description of popular novelist to her list of credentials.
Sweet Talk is her collection of 21 short stories, which is eponymously named after one of the stories within the book, and is published by Alfie Dog Fiction. It contains a series of gentle and heart-warming tales featuring both men and women of all ages looking for love; a generous smattering of babies, animals and birds, and some of the most pleasant and unselfish prepubescent children in the western hemisphere, in my opinion. The occasional overuse of commas proved momentarily distracting, but nothing that some intensive proofreading couldn’t remedy. Although the overall effect is charming, I prefer something grittier and more contentious these days. However, I guarantee that if you enjoy this particular genre, you’ll love this book.
On a different note … remember me mentioning in an earlier blog that I wasn’t going to be fazed by rejections anymore — well, shortly afterwards, I had some good news. Just like couples who are trying unsuccessfully to conceive then become pregnant when they relax, I discovered I’d been named runner-up in the March 2015 — Reader Competition at Alfie Dog Fiction. You can read my review here. So, my strategy must be working. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out to be a one- hit wonder.