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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

Twelve Dates Till Christmas by Jennifer C Wilson #Review


Festive reading continues today with Jennifer C Wilson's Twelve Dates 'till Christmas which is published on October 5th.

Callum and Lexie are perfect for each other - at least, that's what everyone tells them. But they're just good friends, aren't they? And neither wants to ruin the solid friendship that's treated them so well since university.

But when an old school friend of Callum's asks Lexie for a date, and passions overflow on a work night out, could it be the trigger to show each of them what they have been missing out on all this time?

With twelve weeks until Christmas, that's a lot of opportunity for romance - and for misunderstandings...

 My Thoughts

I found this such an enjoyable festive read with some amusing and enjoyable characters. Callum and Lexie have a fantastic friendship and of course, they don't want to spoil that by becoming a couple. In factm many of their friends think they already are and for work events they are happy to go along with that. There is an entertaining 'will they, won't they? theme which keeps you hooked through the twelve dates.  You see the story through both their perspectives which I appreciated. 

    Being a novella, it is a light, easy read which you can fly through. Structured around the twelve separate dates, you follow their story all the way to Christmas. It is not an overtly Christmassy read  and the action really centres around the two characters and their changing feelings. Nicely written, with plenty of characterisation, you are quite invested in their story as the last date arrives.

In short: a fun novella with engaging characters

About the Author

Jennifer C. Wilson stalks dead people (usually monarchs, mostly Mary Queen of Scots and Richard III). Inspired by childhood visits to as many castles and historical sites her parents could find, and losing herself in their stories (not to mention quite often the castles themselves!), at least now her daydreams make it onto the page.

After returning to the north-east of England for work, she joined a creative writing class, and has been filling notebooks ever since. Jennifer won North Tyneside Libraries’ Story Tyne short story competition in 2014, and in 2015, her debut novel, Kindred Spirits: Tower of London was published by Crooked Cat Books. The full series was re-released by Darkstroke in January 2020.

Jennifer is a founder and host of the award-winning North Tyneside Writers’ Circle, and has been running writing workshops in North Tyneside since 2015. She also publishes historical fiction novels with Ocelot Press. She lives in Whitley Bay, and is very proud of her two-inch view of the North Sea. 


You can read my review of The Last Plantagenet? here and The Raider's Heart here.
You can follow Jennifer here: Website  |  Facebook   |  Twitter 
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 Book link:  Amazon UK
Thanks to Jennifer and to Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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