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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

A Summer Wedding for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett #Review

I am delighted to be featuring the second in Jo Bartlett's series about a team of Cornish midwives, A Summer Wedding for the Cornish Midwife which is published by Boldwood today. 

It’s wedding day in Port Agnes!

The venue is booked, the dress is picked, and Senior Midwife Anna Jones only has to say ‘I Do!’ to the man she loves! Theirs might have been a whirlwind romance, but Brae Penrose is everything Anna dreamed her husband would be and she can’t wait to start a family with him. 

But as the big day approaches, Anna still isn’t pregnant and when disaster strikes, their perfect day looks destined not to happen at all! Is it a sign to slow things down? 

The other midwives won’t hear of Anna and Brae postponing their big day, and soon the whole community of Port Agnes comes together to make sure the Penrose wedding goes off without a hitch!

And Anna realises, baby or not, she already has her dream family with Brae and her friends by her side.

Meet The Cornish Midwives of Port Agnes- where community, friendship and love are always delivered.

An uplifting and escapist read, perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Jessica Redland and Holly Martin! 

 My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed the opening novel in this series, The Cornish Midwife so I was delighted to read what happens next to Anna and Ella and the rest of the Midwifery team. Their work lends itself to meeting interesting characters and situations and once again, you get to see the variety of their work. It is crystal clear how well regarded the team is by the local community, most of whom feel they owe them a debt of gratitude. Ella and Anna's professionalism shines through again as their work always takes priority.  

With family at the centre of Anna's work and her personal life, you always have sympathy for her as she struggles to cope with grief and loss. Nevertheless, she stays positive and her hard work and kindness is repaid when she needs it most. There is true romance within these pages and some close relationships which results in a warm and uplifting read. It is also interesting to glimpse the flip side of a happy family through the adoption and fostering segments. You are certainly led to the conclusion that families can be made if the will to love is there. Anna is nearing her forties and struggling to conceive her own longed-for baby. Through the story, you see her grow in her attitude to what is important. With its gorgeous setting and lively characters, the novel did not disappoint and hopefully, the next in the series will let you know what happens next...

In short: family takes on a special meaning

About the Author

I was born a stone's throw from the English Channel and I still live near the sea in Kent, with my own family - so close to the South Eastern edge of England that we're very nearly French - and it's probably why so many of my books are set near the sea too. I've made up stories for as long as I can remember, but never really took it any further. Concentrating on my career and family, writing went on the back burner until a catalyst called cancer gave me a major kick up the proverbial. I decided I was going to write that novel after all. 

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Book link: Amazon UK

Thanks to Jo Barlett, 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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