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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

Cornish Gold at Summer's End by Laura Briggs #Review #Giveaway


Today is Publication Day for the fourth book in Laura Brigg's Return To Cornwall series.  I also have a great giveaway with the chance to win an e-copy of the book. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.

Rumors of a ghostly presence haunt Julianne’s Cornish autumn in the series’ charming fourth installment.


What began as a bit of teenage mischief in the village quickly became stories of spooky lights and ghost sightings in the wood. Being sensible, Julianne is more worried about whether she can finish her kids’ costumes in time for the annual Halloween contest—and whether husband Matt and his eager assistants will be selected for the exclusive Brookshire Garden Design Competition. So when everyone in town begins flocking to the local ‘ghost walk’ tours Julianne assures her wide-eyed children it’s just a case of imagination run wild...until she experiences her own brush with the supernatural, that is.

Real or imagined, Julianne can’t shrug off what she saw, or even bring herself to confide in sympathetic Matt for advice. Best friend Kitty is on hand to help, despite her usual family battles, including that of her cousins’ shady new scheme to profit from the town’s ghost mania. But even Julianne’s friends can’t fully understand her need to find a solution this time, one that leads her on a quirky quest from local lore, to meetings with the village’s ragtag paranormal club, and even a creepy abandoned cottage hiding secrets in the woods.

Join Julianne for suspense, surprises, and (of course) heartfelt moments as book four in the series brings an autumn like no other to sleepy Ceffylgwyn.

My Thoughts

 This is another opportunity to see what Julianne and Matt are getting up to. As ever, it is like relaxing back among familiar friends. This story has more than a touch of mystery about it, so there is the slightest whiff of cosy mystery about the place. Julianne and Matt's family are growing up from the baby stage so they are beginning to enjoy a little more freedom and time for each other. Both their careers are going well it seems and they are fully part of the community in Ceffylgwyn. 

    The story centres around Julianne's preparations for Hallowe'en and the local rumours around a few ghostly sightings which seem to be gripping the village. This fits in nicely with the autumnal feel of the story as Julianne looks for answers as to what could be going on. It also introduces a few quirky characters who are on the hunt for the truth. As the story develops, you realise that there may be changes coming for Julianne's family. There is nothing settled about life for them, it seems. This is a gentle read with a touch of humour and a mystery to unravel. It seems there is plenty to come in this series.  

In short: ghostly lights and strange happenings point the way to changes afoot

About the Author

 Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

You can read my review of Return to Cornwall  here.

You can follow Laura here: Facebook   |  Twitter 

Book links Amazon UK 

Thanks to Laura Briggs and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources 
for a copy of the book and a place on the event. 


Giveaway (Worldwide)


Giveaway- to Win an e-copy of Cornish Gold at Summer’s End (Open INT) just follow the link below and good luck!

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