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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 Year of Mr Maybes by Judy Leigh #Review


I am delighted to feature another uplifting romcom by Judy Leigh, A Year of Mr Maybes. It was published on 29th March by Boldwood Books

Never say never to falling in love…

Val didn’t expect to be starting again in her seventies, but when life gives her lemons, Val is determined to make lemonade.

Settled into her new home – a picture-perfect fisherman’s cottage in the small Cornish seaside town of Lowenstowe – Val is ready to start a new chapter. And with her son due to get married next Christmas, there’s also the little job of finding herself a plus-one to help her face her ex-husband and his new girlfriend.

With the support of her neighbour Connie, and after decades of married life, Val takes the plunge back into the world of dating with trepidation and excitement. But can she remember how the single life works, let alone what her type is? There seem to be plenty of Mr Maybes, but no sign of Mr Right.

As the year passes, and as friendships and community life flourish, Val begins to blossom. And as Christmas approach, she might just decide she doesn’t need that plus-one after all - although never say never...

Judy Leigh is back with her trademark promise of laughter, love and friendship. The perfect feel-good novel for all fans of Dawn French, Dee Macdonald and Cathy Hopkins.

 My Thoughts

This is a fun and entertaining read, which follows Val through a whole year, month by month. She is having to start again in her seventies after the breakdown of her long marriage. As she moves into her cottage in Lowenstowe, she meets her neighbours and builds up a network of friends and acquaintances. Desperate to have a plus one to take to her son's wedding, she sets about trying to meet one. Month by month she meets a different man and this gives much scope for humour with some lively characterisation. 

      As the year progresses, Val learns quite a lot about herself and whether she needs someone else to rely on or not. She emerges as a feisty, independent character, with a heart of gold and a brave attitude. This is well up to Judy Leigh's standard. The story has wit and also a little intrigue surrounding one of her elusive neighbours. There are some surprises along the way but it certainly makes for an entertaining read. 

In short: Can love find a way?

About the Author

Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of Five French Hens, A Grand Old Time and The Age of Misadventure and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.


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Book link: Amazon UK  
Thanks to Judy Leigh, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources   for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 
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  1. Thanks so much for a lovely, kind and joyous review. Sending best wishes, J x


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