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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 Village of Happy Ever Afters by Alison Sherlock #Review #TheRiversideLaneseriesBook4


It is a great welcome back to Alison Sherlock and her novels set in beautiful Cranbridge with The Village Inn of Happy Ever Afters. 

Molly Hopkins has happily watched all of her friends’ dreams come true on Riverside Lane.

Deciding to follow her passion for baking, Molly with the help of her friends takes the plunge and opens a Tea Garden in the village hoping to make it a summer to remember!

Meanwhile, after a rather public end of his marriage, Logan Armstrong trusts no one but his beloved Grandad. He just wants his brief stay in Cranbridge to be as quiet as possible. But his Grandad has other ideas; he dreams of seeing the old watermill working again which might just mean Logan has to ask the village for help.

Can Molly finally overcome her lack of confidence and believe in her abilities to make the tea garden a success?

Will Logan discover that Molly might just be the one to mend his broken heart? And will both of them realise that life is for living and loving?

Over a long hot summer in Cranbridge, perhaps everyone’s dreams of a happy-ever-after can finally come true.

My Thoughts

 I have really loved this series, set in the village of Cranfield and relished meeting up again with some familiar faces. This fourth novel is centred around Molly, who turns out to be totally likeable. She has some insecurities as she likes to please everyone and, in some ways, this story shows you how she begins to mature and put her wishes and ambitions to the fore. I could absolutely picture the village as each of the houses on the riverfront are smartened up and the watermill at the end makes the whole scene quite idyllic.

    Logan has learnt to keep himself to himself as a form of self defence and it takes quite a bit to bring him out of his shell. Both Logan and Molly are kind and concerned for others with a strong sense of family loyalty. They seem to pick up a few waifs and strays as they go along and really give people a second chance without judgement. An uplifting story, this makes for a delightful read. 

In short: Delightful storytelling

About the Author

Alison Sherlock is the author of the bestselling Willow Tree Hall books. Alison enjoyed reading and writing stories from an early age and gave up office life to follow her dream. Her new series for Boldwood is set in a fictional Cotswold Village and the first title was published in July 2020.

You can read my review of The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts here and The Village of Lost and Found  here and The Village Inn of Secret Dreams  here.

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Book link: Amazon UK 
Thanks to Alison Sherwood, 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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