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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 Christmas Wedding in the Cotswolds by Lucy Coleman #Review


Having loved  Lucy Coleman's festive Christmas at the Lock Keeper's Cottage , I was delighted to be invited onto her latest novel, A Christmas Wedding in the Cotswolds. It was published on 2nd September by Boldwood Books.

What could be more festive than a winter wedding in the picturesque English countryside? 

Join us for Christmas in the Cotswolds with the bestselling Lucy Coleman.

Imogen Tolliman and Gray Adams can’t wait to get married after getting engaged the previous year, when they were stranded by snow in a blizzard. Now they are busy planning their wedding, but when the date slips six months because Gray is working on a huge film project, it seems like fate that after their snowy start, they will end up getting married at Christmas.

The couple are living in Immi’s grandfather’s picturesque lock-keeper’s cottage at the Aysbury marina in the Cotswolds, which they are renovating to become their forever family home. As well as building work, full-time jobs and wedding planning, Immi is in charge of raising money to build a children’s playground, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Santa Ahoy Cruises – her grandfather Tollie’s life work.

When Gray is suddenly forced to travel abroad, Immi is left to cope with everything alone, and before long, even the best-laid plans start to wobble. When a terrible betrayal is uncovered, the whole community of Aysbury is left reeling, and Immi is left wondering if there will be a wedding after all…

Let Lucy Coleman transport you away to an unforgettable Cotswolds Christmas full of romance and laughter, friendship and family and much-loved festive traditions. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley, Holly Martin and Sue Moorcroft.

 My Thoughts

It was lovely to catch up with Immi and Gray , as well as the other villagers who make up their close knit circle of friends. This can be read as a standalone but definitely benefits from reading Christmas at the Lock Keeper's Cottage as there is  quite a lot of background to catch up on. Immi learns quite a lot about what is important to her in this sequel and grows up a little. The story has a warm, community feel, with some acts of real kindness and care.

    Immi learns that it is OK to ask for help in planning her wedding. She also has to examine her feelings about her grandad and her mother. I liked the message which came out of this story: that you have to be true to yourself amd not put on a facade. Everything about Immi's life seems authentic and down to earth. Complicated her family relationships and friendships might be but Immi and Gray learn to look through others' eyes and change their attitudes towards people accordingly. This is a warm, uplifting story with a festive tone at the end.

In short: Community and family values rule!

About the Author

Lucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include Snowflakes over Holly Cove. She also writes under the name Linn B. Halton. She won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award and lives in the Welsh Valleys.


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

Catch up with the rest of the tour!



  1. A big thank you for being on the tour and taking the time to review, Pam. So delighted you enjoyed a little trip to Aysbury! xx


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