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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

The Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James #Review

We are back in Cornwall today for the first in Daisy James' latest series, The Cornish Confetti Agency. 

Welcome to The Cornish Confetti Agency!

When the grand finale of Lexie Harrington’s catwalk show ends with a disastrous twist on the ‘ice bucket challenge’, she knew her highly-strung boss would fire her on the spot. What she wasn’t expecting was to bump into her fianc√© cosied up with an attractive blonde in the restaurant opposite their apartment!

Desperate to escape her heartbreak, Lexie flees to her childhood home of St Ives to hold the fort at The Cornish Confetti Agency for her best friend Freya, leader of the yummy mummy network and firm believer in ‘happily ever afters’. Little did she know that delivering a Caribbean-themed wedding in sunny Cornwall would rival the fashion industry for drama, tantrums and mysterious goings on.
Who is responsible for dousing the bridesmaid’s dress with tomato ketchup? Or hiding the bride’s beloved Jimmy Choos? Or attaching googly eyes to everything in sight?

The perfect Cornish wedding? Is there such a thing for The Cornish Confetti Agency?  


My Thoughts

Having thoroughly enjoyed this feelgood novel, I can say that I am looking forward to the next in the series. There are lots of amusing moments, especially with some of the wedding details and as there is a gentle mystery to uncover as you go along. Lexie seems to be dogged by bad luck. Leaving her life in London behind, she seems to bring the chaos with her but luckily, there is a charming journalist to help her unpick just what is going on.

    There are some promising characters who I hope will figure in subsequent stories. The setting is beautiful as ever so in all, this is an escapist read which will transport you out of the grimness of life of the moment and offers the promise of some sparkling summer Cornish days. Bring on no.2 !

In short: Spend some time in beautiful Cornwall for a great feelgood read.
About the Author

 Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her summerhouse, she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

You can follow Daisy here: Twitter   |  Facebook

Book links:   Amazon UK  
Thanks to Daisy James and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.
 
  

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