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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

Dreaming of Italy by T A Williams #Review #Publication Day

I absolutely love T A Williams' Dreaming of... series and I am delighted to be taking part in the Publication Day celebrations for his latest, Dreaming of Italy

Up for a dream promotion, Emma won’t let anything get in her way – not even love.

Working for a major Hollywood film company isn’t all glitz and glam. But when Emma gets sent to tour around Italy to scout the perfect location for a new blockbuster movie, she’s not going to complain. Especially when it could make or break her career…

Historical adviser for the project Mark is a distraction that Emma does not need. As they explore the beauty of Italy, Emma starts to fall for the mysterious Mark, and soon finds herself torn between her job and her heart.

From the wild, northern mountains of Piedmont, down the vibrant coast of Cinque Terre and through the rolling hills of Tuscany, Emma’s journey becomes one of self-discovery as she questions her priorities in life.

                                                                                     My Thoughts

One of the high points of a T A Williams book is the gorgeous setting but I do think he has excelled himself this time. Not content with setting his novels in one beautiful Italian place, he has given us a whole tour of the country and it sounds stunning. I particularly enjoyed the story within a story format we have this time. Emma is researching places for the filming of a new film, Dreaming of Italy, so parallel to Emma's story, you also get the storyline her party are following. 

    Emma and Mark both have things to come to terms with. Mark has a slightly mysterious past. Emma has spent her whole adult life being focussed on her career to the exclusion of everything else. They both have decisions to make. They aren't the only couple with decisions to make. There are other romances blooming in the Italian countryside. I was waiting for an adorable labrador to make an entrance and she did not disappoint. Food and water, as always, turned out to be this ladrador's passions. All I can say is - where next?

In short: Italy shimmers as romance blooms.
                                                                              About the Author

I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations and, as a writer, I obviously have to go there in person and check them out first. I love my job…

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Book links: Amazon UK
You can read my reviews of some of Trevor's books here: Dreaming of Christmas |  Dreaming of Florence   |   Dreaming of St Tropez| Dreaming of Rome | Dreaming of Verona
Thanks to T A Williams and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the event.


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