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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 12 Christmases of You & Me by Jennifer Joyce #Review


The 12 Christmases of You and Me by Jennifer Joyce is published today!

What if you could go back in time and fix the biggest mistake of your life?

Two years ago, Maisie’s best friend walked out of her life and she hasn’t heard from him since. When she wakes up in 1994, she naturally assumes she’s dreaming. But when she finds herself in the past again the next night and her actions in the dream alter her present-day life, she begins to wonder if she’s somehow hopping back in time. And if she is time-travelling, can she save her friendship with Jonas?

When Maisie is forced to relive Christmases of the past, will she face up to her mistakes, or make them all over again?

The 12 Christmases of You & Me is a magical tale of friendship, first loves, and learning to live in the present.

 My Thoughts

This has a magical feel to it as it mixes time travel with romance and a touch of Christmas! Set in the run up to Lily-s wedding, you follow three friends, Maisie, Lily and Jonas. As Maisie time travels back to Christmases past, you gradually learn more and more about the three friends and what has driven some of them apart. I enjoyed the humorous touches when Maisie realises that with the benefit of hindsight, she knows more about popular culture than her friends.

    There are plenty of characters involved in this story, especially Lily and Maisie's families and you certainly feel the pull of friendship and family bonds throughout. There is also the quandary which Maisie faces that if she is to travel back in time, she risks altering what happens in the future. This has a festive, light tone throughout and is well worth a place on a festive TBR.

In short: Wedding bells and Christmas lights

About the Author

Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. She's been scribbling down bits of stories for as long as she can remember, graduating from a pen to a typewriter and then an electronic typewriter. And she felt like the bee's knees typing on THAT. She now writes her books on a laptop (which has a proper delete button and everything).

You can follow Jennifer here:  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram 

Book links:  Amazon UK  |  Amazon US

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

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  1. Thank you for reviewing The 12 Christmases of You & Me. So pleased you enjoyed the book!


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