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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

What if? by Shari Low #Review


I am happy to be taking part in the celebrations for the 20th Anniversary of Shari Low's first published novel, What if?

The book that started it all! A classic retro romcom from #1 bestselling author Shari Low.


Carly Cooper is 30, single, and after coming close to saying ‘I Do’ to six different men, she’s wondering if she accidentally said ‘goodbye' to Mr Right.

But there is a problem.

Her ex-boyfriends are scattered all over the world and Carly lives in 1999; an era before Facebook, Google, smartphones, 4G and Broadband, when it was impossible to track people down with a few clicks of a mouse.

On a mission to discover if she walked away from her 'happy ever after', Carly quits her job, her flat, her whole life and sets off on a quest to track down all the men she has ever loved.

Her Mr Right is out there, but can she find him?

And what if he’s moved on from the ex-girlfriend who said goodbye? A wonderful classic 20th-anniversary re-release.

 My Thoughts

This is a fast moving romcom with quirky characters and many funny moments. Re-issued to celebrate its 20th anniversary, it was great to read it and to enjoy all its now retro qualities and life in 1999. I see that Shari has revisited the characters and her sequel, What now, is due to be published in early 2021. The premise of the story is that Carly, after a series of broken engagements and doomed relationships, has decided to revisit all her ex's to discover if any one of them is 'the one who got away'. The first part of the novel looks in flashback at all these candidates. The second part covers her visits to them, years later. This structure certainly helps you to make sense of the story.

    Carly's friends and family are a close knit bunch, with a few exceptions. Her decision to leave her job and home to travel takes them by surprise. I enjoyed the banter between them all and their friendships were totally credible. This is a warm and witty story which takes you back to a time before the internet was all encompassing and social media was absent. It has stood the test of time and is well worth a read.

In short: What if?...

About the Author

Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 25 novels, including One Day In Summer and My One Month Marriage and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow.

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Book link:  Amazon UK

Thanks to Shari Low, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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