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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

Summer at Blue Sands Cove by CP Ward #Review #GloriousSummerBook1


Today I am featuring CP Ward's latest novel, Summer at Blue Sands Cove which is the first book in the Glorious Summer series.

Tired of the city, Grace Clelland returns to Blue Sands, the quiet Cornish seaside village where she grew up. There she will meet old flames and old friends, rekindle old loves and ignite new ones in a novel that will have you dreaming of the soft crash of the waves on the shore, the feel of sand between your toes, overloaded ice-creams and smoky beach barbeques.

 My Thoughts

Starting over and taking a second chance runs through this contemporary romance. Grace has returned to the seaside village where she lived as a young girl and takes the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and familiar haunts. Grace had ambitions to spread her wings beyond the life she knew but has found that the grass is not necessarily greener. 

    This is a light and enjoyable story with romance in the background. Grace's friendship with Joan is believable and central to the story. Grace finds that for some, there have been lifechanging changes and this is dealt with in a matter of fact manner but with sensitivity. I enjoyed the humorous episodes, especially when Grace came into contact with her next =door neighbour. This is a book to take on holiday, with a warm uplifting tone and plenty of subplots to keep your interest.

In short:  A light romance full of summer sun.

About the Author

CP Ward is an author from the UK who currently lives and works in Japan. For more information, please visit his website here.

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Book link:  Amazon UK


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

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