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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

Summer on a Sunny Island by Sue Moorcroft #Review

How great to be able to take part in the celebrations for Sue Moorcroft's latest novel, Summer on a Sunny Island which was published by Avon on 30th April. 
This summer, sparks are flying on the island of Malta…

When Rosa Hammond splits up from her partner Marcus, her Mum Dory suggests a summer in Malta. Not one to sit back and watch her daughter be unhappy, Dory introduces Rosa to Zach, in the hope that romance will bloom under the summer sun. But Rosa’s determined not to be swayed by a handsome man – she’s in Malta to work, after all.

Zach, meanwhile, is a magnet for trouble and is dealing with a fair few problems of his own. Neither Rosa or Zach are ready for love – but does fate have other ideas? And after a summer in paradise, will Rosa ever want to leave?

The Sunday Times bestseller is back with a glorious summer read, perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews.

My Thoughts

How lovely to be transported back to Malta , especially at the moment when foreign travel seems so far away. The island is centre stage and all the colours and scents of the island seem to be captured here. You slip effortlessly into the story and I found all the characters to be intriguing in their own way. Rosa and Zach have complicated relationships with their families, especially their fathers, but there is always a feeling of care and togetherness which makes for a heart-warming read. There is plenty of background detail about the lives of the Army families who were billeted on the island, as Rosa's mother was as a girl. It emphasises the strong sense of place which you have. 

     I  found some of the secondary characters to be the most entertaining, especially the irrepressible Paige  Nevertheless, it is Rosa's independent streak which she is always true to, which drew me to her. Zach's image of himself is in severe need of a makeover but you can see that he cannot help but try to help the underdog. There is a strong 'will they, won't they? ' theme running through the story but you are rooting for them.

In short: Sun drenched Malta is the perfect backdrop for this summer romance. 

About the Author

 Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times and international bestselling author and has reached the coveted #1 spot on Amazon Kindle. She’s won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, Readers’ Best Romantic Novel Award and the Katie Fforde Bursary. Her novels of love and life are currently released by publishing giant HarperCollins in the UK, US and Canada and by an array of publishers in other countries.

An army child, Sue was born in Germany then lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK. She's worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper (probably a mistake), as a copytaker for Motor Cycle News and for a digital prepress. Now she has the best job in the world ... author.

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Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Sue Moorcroft and Sanjana Cunniah of Avon Books for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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  1. Thank you very much indeed for your lovely, positive review of Summer on a Sunny Island. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip there. I love the island! Can't wait to be able to visit once again. Thanks also for taking part in the blog tour. :-)


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