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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

The Juggle by Ellie Barker #Review #TheCherryBlossomPark Series Book 2

Today I am delighted to feature Ellie Barker's second book in her Cherry Blossom Park Series, The Juggle. 

Married couple Molly and Dan are forced to swap lives. But will it bring them closer together or drive them even further apart?

It was only a blip. Just a little mistake. But in the world of television, Dan Whitehead’s little slip could cost him his career.

His only chance is to swap roles with his wife, Molly, who also works part-time, behind the scenes at the show. It’s just for a couple of months. Easy. What’s so hard about looking after their twins and taking a step away from the limelight for a bit? Only, it’s not quite as simple as Dan may think.  With more time, his past begins to haunt him. Then, when a friendly school-mum offers him the comfort he needs, is she everything she seems?

Meanwhile, Molly is more than happy in her sweatshirt and leggings. Why would she want to go back on-screen when she doesn’t even like leaving the house? But she needs to save her husband’s job. After all, it is her fault.  Then, when she’s offered an exclusive interview on the other side of the world, her life in Cherry Blossom Park is under threat. Why is she the only person to ever be offered this interview?  Dan must never know the truth.  

The Juggle is more than just a story about parents keeping everything in the air. It’s about secrets from the past and hopes for the future.

It asks the question – is a marriage every big enough for two dreams to come true? 

 My Thoughts

This is a thoroughly enjoyable read which kept me hooked to the end. You follow the story of Molly and her husband, Dan, through alternating chapters as you are given their two viewpoints. On the way, you get to find out quite a lot about their past and come to understand the some of the tensions which seem to be pulling them apart. There are some interesting questions posed about marriage and relationships and how equal partners can ever truly be.

    I particularly enjoyed the Help with Helen episodes which are peppered through the story.  There are some amazing coincidences which you have to take at face value and a whole host of interesting and sometimes eccentric characters who give the story such colour. Both Molly and Dan show us their vulnerable side and all their insecurities spill out. I found it much easier to like Molly than Dan. For much of the book, Dan seems quite vain and selfish to me. It is only as the story develops that you realise that he is covering up a huge secret and is feeling pretty desperate as to how things can be put right.

In short: Secrets from the past and choices to be made


About the Author

 Ellie Barker is a television reporter and presenter. The Juggle is her second book. You can find out more about Ellie at

You can follow Ellie here: Instagram  |  Twitter 

Book links:  Amazon UK  |  Amazon US

Thanks to Ellie Barker, Flowerpot Publications Ltd and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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