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The Fascination by Essie Fox #Review #Giveaway

   Today be prepared for a dark, Victorian gothic novel! The Fascination by Essie Fox is published on June 22nd by Orenda . For the chance to win a print copy of The Fascination see the foot of this post for details. Victorian England. A world of rural fairgrounds and glamorous London theatres. A world of dark secrets and deadly obsessions… Twin sisters Keziah and Tilly Lovell are identical in every way, except that Tilly hasn't grown a single inch since she was five. Coerced into promoting their father's quack elixir as they tour the country fairgrounds, at the age of fifteen the girls are sold to a mysterious Italian known as ‘Captain’. Theo is an orphan, raised by his grandfather, Lord Seabrook, a man who has a dark interest in anatomical freaks and other curiosities … particularly the human kind. Resenting his grandson for his mother’s death in childbirth, when Seabrook remarries and a new heir is produced, Theo is forced to leave home without a penny to his

Oh Crumbs by Kathryn Freeman ** Blog Tour Review & Giveaway**

It is my stop on the blog tour today to celebrate Kathy Freeman's Oh Crumbs. There is the chance to win a paperback copy of another of her books, Too Damn Nice. Details on how to enter this Worldwide Giveaway are at the foot of this post.


Sometimes life just takes the biscuit …

Abby Spencer knows she can come across as an airhead – she talks too much and is a bit of a klutz – but there’s more to her than that. Though she sacrificed her career to help raise her sisters, a job interview at biscuit company Crumbs could finally be her chance to shine. That’s until she hurries in late wearing a shirt covered in rusk crumbs, courtesy of her baby nephew, and trips over her handbag.

Managing director Douglas Faulkner isn’t sure what to make of Abby Spencer with her Bambi eyes, tousled hair and ability to say more in the half-hour interview than he manages in a day. All he knows is she’s a breath of fresh air and could bring a new lease of life to the stale corporate world of Crumbs. To his life too, if he’d let her.

But Doug’s harbouring a secret. He’s not the man she thinks he is.

My Thoughts

I wasn't too sure about the early chapters when I started reading Oh Crumbs but once I had got into the story, I realised that the early background was necessary to show you what Abby's life has been like before she joined the Crumbs biscuit factory. Abby Spencer is such a likeable character who wears her heart on her sleeve. On the surface, people may dismiss her but she shows that she has great strength of character, a quick mind and huge common sense. 

    Abby's chaotic family are also a delight. Warm and funny, all her sisters are individuals in their own right. As their big sister/ stand-in Mum, Abby has always put her family first, to her own detriment. They are quite a contrast to Doug's much colder upbringing and you see that both their childhoods have formed them into the adults they have become. I find Kathryn's style of writing enjoyable to read and it carried me along. You don't always see the best side of her characters but their actions and thoughts remain true to themselves and therefore the story feels credible. 

In short: Full of life and romance, a super read.

About the Author

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero. 

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn't always about hearts and flowers - and heroes come in many disguises.

You can read my review of Kathryn's A Little Christmas Wish here.

You can follow Kathryn here:  Website  |  Facebook   |  Twitter

Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US  

Thanks to Kathryn Freeman, Choc Lit and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

Check out the rest of the tour!

 Giveaway (International)

For a chance to win a paperback copy of Too Damn Nice by Kathryn Freeman, just follow the link below and good luck!
*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.
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  1. Thank you so much for taking part in the Oh Crumbs blog tour, Marianne, and for your very kind words. I'm delighted you enjoyed it 😊


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