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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

One Family Christmas by Bella Osborne #Review


Here's another festive read! One Family Christmas by Bella Osborne was published on October 15th by Avon

A big family. A whole lot of secrets. A Christmas to remember…

This year, Lottie is hosting one last big family Christmas at the home she grew up in – just like her Nana would have wanted.

But when her relatives descend on the old manor house, Lottie gets more than she bargained for. Every family has its secrets, but in this family, everybody has one!

So, between cooking a Christmas dinner, keeping tensions at bay and a stray dog out of mischief, she has plenty on her plate and not just misshapen sausage rolls and a frozen turkey. And then her first love shows up – nine years after he walked out of her life.

Can Lottie make their last family Christmas one to remember… for the right reasons?

 My Thoughts

This festive read is brimful of seasonal touches. We see Lottie's family gather for one last family Christmas and there are some genuinely humorous episodes. The mix of characters is spot on with all generations included. Everyone has their own backstory and there are one or two secrets hanging there in the background. Even the animals are great fun and add to the slightly chaotic goings-on in the family.

    Lottie is at the centre of the story and she is a thoroughly likeable young woman. As the Christmas holiday passed by. I loved how her patience began to wear thin, despite her affection for her family. This is a great feelgood read. It is fun and at the same time, has plenty of poignant moments. Bella Osborne paints a picture of a Christmas celebration which the reader can recognise, filled as it is with human moments, a touch of romance, kindness and, ultimately, a recognition of what makes the characters happy.

In short:  Fun and games at the family Christmas.

About the Author

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. Since then she’s written six best selling romantic comedies and she’s been shortlisted three times for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

Bella's stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. When not writing Bella is usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.

For more about Bella, visit her website at follow her on Twitter - @osborne_bella or Facebook

Book links: Amazon UK   |  Kobo  |  Universal Amazon link

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

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