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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 First Date by Zara Stoneley #Review

We are back with Zara Stoneley today for her latest romcom, The First Date, whichj is published by One More Chapter on June 25th. I always enjoy her books and you can read my reviews of Bridesmaids here , The Wedding Date here and Four Christmases and a Secret here.

Right place.

Right time.

Wrong guy …

After breaking up with her childhood sweetheart, clueless dater Rosie has found herself in a boyfriend-drought. So when she finally swipes right on a guy who seems interested, she can’t wait to meet up in person.

Until she’s left standing alone. In a bar. Stood up.

Enter Noah. Confident, funny … and a serial first dater. Offering to give Rosie a crash course in seduction, this could be just what she needs. Until her matchmaker turns out to be the best date she’s ever had – and Rosie wonders if she wants the fake dates to be the real ones after all …

A hilarious, heartwarming romantic comedy about what happens when the wrong guy turns up at the right time, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Mhairi McFarlane.
From the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date!

My Thoughts

This is a fun read which is light and fast paced. I enjoyed the banter between Rosie and Noah which takes a gentle prod at so-called dating advice. Rosie has some issues to settle in her mind and can't help but measure the men she meets against her father's behaviour. Her relationship with her mother is another dimension, especially as you get to see what she actually feels about her 30 year marriage. 

    There are plenty of light-hearted scenes to keep your attention. Both Noah and Rosie have friends who add some colour and give you a little insight into their characters.  Interestingly, I did find the first chapter a little difficult to get into but once it had started, I felt swept along. For entertainment and escapism, give it a try!

In short: A romcom with plenty to offer.
About the Author

 Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of 'The Wedding Date'.

She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Born in a small village in the UK, Zara wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. She now writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say 'ahhh'.

 Zara’s bestselling novels include 'Bridesmaids', 'No One Cancels Christmas', 'The Wedding Date', 'The Holiday Swap', 'Summer with the Country Village Vet', 'Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage' and the popular Tippermere series - 'Stable Mates', 'Country Affairs' and 'Country Rivals'.

You can follow Zara here: Website | Twitter | Facebook 
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Book links: Amazon UK

Thanks to Zara Stoneley and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 
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