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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

New Beginnings at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters #Review

Having read its predecessor, Coming Home to Glendale Hall (you can read my review here ), I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in the celebrations for the next in the series, New Beginnings at Glendale Hall, which was published on February 5th. 
Two weddings and a baby…but who will get their happy ever after?

Emily Prescott’s life isn’t going to plan. Her dreams of starting a family with fireman boyfriend Greg and opening up her own bakery in London feel like they will never come true. So when a wedding invite arrives from her oldest friend, Beth Williams, Emily is thrilled. Not only will she get to return to her childhood home in Scotland, but best of all – Beth wants her to bake the wedding cake!
However, her excitement is cut short when she discovers that Greg has cheated on her. Devastated by his betrayal, Emily flees to Glendale Hall, Beth’s grand estate in the Highlands, and tries to distracts herself with helping with the wedding plans, but that’s not easy when Greg keeps hounding her to forgive him. Then she’s introduced to Glendale’s new young and handsome vicar Brodie, and things become even more complicated.

When Emily discovers that Greg’s betrayal runs deeper than she imagined, she finds herself with a whole host of decisions to make, especially when she discovers her long awaited dream is finally being fulfilled – at exactly at the wrong time…

Escape to Scotland and fall in love with this gorgeous and inspiring romance from the bestselling author of Coming Home to Glendale Hall! The perfect feel-good read for fans of Holly Martin, Heidi Swain, and Jill Mansell.

My Thoughts

This is another of those books where I keep dipping back into the final chapter- I loved it that much! I settled back into the story of life up in Scotland so easily and all the characters were a delight to meet again. That is not to say that you cannot read it as a standalone. You absolutely can but I am sure that if you love it, you will want to find out how Drew and Beth got together. 

    Full of romance and warm, uplifting scenes, there are, nevertheless, some hard and serious themes running beneath the storyline. It is not all hearts and flowers but some difficult decisions have to be faced. I also like how different generations are met and shown to have their own issues and relationships. You certainly feel part of the community. Having the courage to take a risk to attain your dreams and supporting each other are major strands to the story. I can't wait for the third in the series- hopefully there is going to be one!

In short: Starting again and taking a risk. 

About the Author

Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. Her
moving debut novel THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE was chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star. Her heart-warming new novel SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFE is available to download now.

As well as being an author, Victoria also works as a Waterstones bookseller and buys far too many books there. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry (named after Harry Potter). Victoria is not only obsessed with books but loves buying slogan tops, mugs and notebooks, and posting them all on Instagram.

You can discover more about Victoria – and find pictures of Harry the cat – by following her on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at
Book links: Apple Books   |  Amazon UK   |  Kobo
Thanks to Victoria Walters, Hera Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources   for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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