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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

Janey Trelawney's Year of Surprising Triumphs #Review


Today we have a warm romcom from Georgia Hill, Janey Trelawney's Year of Surprising Triumphs. If you love classic old films, you will enjoy this!

Janey’s life becomes more disaster movie than romcom when the ruthless Becca steams in to manage Cheney House. Her job as head gardener in peril and her self-confidence in tatters, Janey must fight back. Finding an ally in Will, who’s more Clark Kent than Superman, it’s up to them to save the day while owner Clare is away having her Shirley Valentine moment. It doesn’t help that everyone is in love with the wrong people!

Why can’t people love the one who loves them back?

Will Cheney House survive - and will Janey ever get her When Harry Met Sally happy ending?

Find out in this warm-hearted romance from the author of the best-selling Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Café, full of Gregory Peck look-a-likes, snowdrops, cake, and a cocker spaniel called Camilla.


 My Thoughts

Georgia Hill's romcom has the most surprising and likeable central character in Janey Trelawney. You are always on her side and really believe in her character. She always wears her heart on her sleeve and her love of all things nature really shines through. Beside her is a cast of characters who add to the humour and who gradually show more and more of their true selves. There is loyalty and deceit in equal measure and you always know which outcome you are rooting for.

    I also enjoyed all the film references to the old classic actors. As the year goes by, I really looked forwards to Janey's gardening tips and references to all the plants. The setting at Cheney House is glorious- how I'd like to visit! This is a delightful escapist read which takes a look at love and romance and also puts human nature under the microscope. There are a few twists and turns as not everything goes to plan but friendship and loyalty are always on the winning side.


In short: warmth and humour with a tinge of romance. 


About the Author

Georgia Hill writes warm-hearted and up-lifting contemporary and timeslip romances about love, the power and joy in being an eccentric oldie and finding yourself and your community. There's always a dog. It's usually a naughty spaniel of which, unfortunately, she has had much experience. Her books are firmly rooted in small seaside towns similar to the one she lives in and she loves history especially when it insists on rearing up and battering at the present.

As a child she had an invisible friend called Gonky who lived on the third stair from the bottom. As an adult her invisible friends inhabit her head and refuse to leave until she commits them to paper. Readers of her books can escape into a warm bath of words and, no matter what challenges her characters face they will, ultimately, have a happy ending.

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Book links: Amazon UK  |  Amazon US

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


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