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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 White Christmas on Winter Street by Sue Moorcroft #Review


What a treat a festive book by Sue Moorcroft promises to be.  A White Christmas on Winter Street was published by Avon on October 27th

When Sky Terran returns to the village of Middledip after losing the job she loves, she anticipates a quiet Christmas getting used to her new life. However, the annual street decoration competition is coming up and this year, the residents of Winter Street are determined to win.

As she is pulled into the preparations, Sky quickly grows to love the quirky, tight-knit community she is now part of. Including the extremely handsome Daz, who soon becomes more than just a friendly neighbour.

But when Daz’s ex turns up determined to win him back and it seems he might not be the man Sky thought he was, she remembers how much allowing people into her life – and heart – can hurt. As the snow falls, will she and Daz find a way through – and help win a Christmas victory for Winter Street?


My Thoughts

It is absolutely perfect to think of settling down with a Sue Moorcroft novel and one set near Christmas is the icing on the top! Middledip is a great place to return to and although this is a standalone story, there are some familiar aspects for readers who have visited it before. Sky is such an interesting character, with vulnerabilities and strengths in equal measure. Because of her upbringing, she is extremely unsure of how she relates to people and has tended to shy away from friendships as a self- protection reflex.  Her relationships with significant people in her life  can be hard for her but what shines through is her empathy for other people. Her friendship with Courtenay and Wilf is a case in point.

    Full of warmth and hope, I loved every moment of the story. It sparkles with all the snow and festive touches and the romance is gorgeous too, even if everything does not always go smoothly. There are some serious issues within the story which gives it some depth. I enjoyed Sky's love of all things nature and of course the ways in which she tries to conserve resources. The winter walk in the snow when she meets Wilf and Daz is a delightful touch as she points out all the animal tracks to the young boy. In all, one of my favourite festive stories, so far!

In short: A festive winner!

About the Author 

Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has reached #1 spot on Amazon Kindle UK as well as top 100 in the US. She’s won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award and the Katie Fforde Bursary. Sue’s emotionally compelling, feel-good novels are currently released by publishing giant HarperCollins in the UK, US and Canada and by other publishers in other countries. Her short stories, serials, columns, writing ‘how to’ and courses have appeared around the world.

Born in Germany into an army family, Sue spent much of the rest of her childhood in Cyprus and Malta but settled in Northamptonshire, England aged ten. She loves reading, Formula 1, travel, time spent with friends, dance exercise and yoga.

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

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