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Today, we're joining RABT for a tour already in progress and setting our sights on a Historical Mystery/Thriller series that'll sweep you off your feet. No, really...in more ways than one because I just read my assigned title in a hurry and WHEW! What a ride! So, if you're ready to add to your MUST READ list, keep your eyes glued to the screen because we're about to say HELLO to today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...
Date Published: 20 March 2016
Publisher: Landmark Media
Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
1899: Alice isn’t mad. So why has she been put away in a Victorian lunatic asylum without any hope of escape?
2016: Rose is excited when Dan asks her to go to the fair with him. But an encounter with some dangerous men leads them to an abandoned lunatic asylum with dark secrets of its own.
Visiting Scarborough over a century apart, Alice and Rose’s stories are nevertheless connected in mysterious ways.
I've been known to have issues with multiple stories playing out within the same work; often it has to do with the overwhelming number of them just as much as the way the writer handled relaying them to us. Such was not the case here... (woo hoo!) Right from the start, we're caught up in a story of yesterday year, Alice and Mary, and a tangle of the present, Rose and Dan. Though those listed are primary players, don't be fooled...those of a slightly lesser focus are no less important. As both stories unfold parallel to each other yet many many moons apart, bouncing between history and the here and now doesn't seem confusing in the least. The breaks are clear, the character's voices unique, and the drama, while abundant, equally their own.
travel from beach to water and change at the same time!
Once upon the 1800's...Alice was betrothed to a man 20+ years her senior. There was no love between them, merely an arrangement that "made sense"...I use quotations because, well, yeah, totally doesn't make sense, but such were the times. She and her lady maid Mary set off for a seaside escape to clear her mind and regain her footing in preparation for the pending nuptials, but sometimes fresh air and a new perspective changes a person's life in more ways than they can imagine...such is certainly the case here. The events that unfold are gasp inducing (an asylum?! ulterior motives?!), smirk generating (the switcheroo! the final boat ride!), and backbone strengthening (oh the things we learn from letters!)...and watching BOTH ladies gain control of their lives for once, even with a potential sudden (and final!) end looming on the horizon, was fantastic! Seriously, I was recounting the story moments after finishing and I got so into it that my "audience" has already added it to their wish list!
Once upon a present day...Rose came to the seaside with her mother to care for her ailing grandmother. Thing is...the fall she recently suffered is gonna be the least of her worries. After almost being mowed down, she finds a happy place spending time with Dan, the bad driver's son. Um, about that happy place...the relationship slowly forming is the happy part, the places they go and things they do...not so much. All their coming together's end in danger, and life threatening situations...and one of these times, it goes a oh so much farther than you'd ever imagine. The spirit and determination these two show in helping not only each other, but family and newly made friends, is heartwarming. I mean, it's not every day the girl you fancy will help you stake out mysterious thugs, explore abandoned asylums, and attempt to rescue you from certain death. Sounds like a keeper...am I right?
All in all, it was a thrilling ride from start to finish. Though I found myself truly enraptured in the history, dying to know what happened next, the present day story definitely had its own fire to content with. All I know is that it's a trilogy and the other two stories have made themselves at home on my own MUST READ list...how about yours?
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES...
Date Published: 16 December 2016
Publisher: Landmark Media
A party should be fun. Not a matter of life and death.
1923: A New Year's Eve Ball at Scarborough's Grand Hotel promises fun and excitement. But for Lilian it soon turns into a matter of life and death.
2016: At the start of term, Rose is keen to make new friends. Instead she makes an enemy. Someone is out for revenge. And Rose is the target.
Date Published: 13 January 2018
Publisher: Landmark Media
The thrilling conclusion to the Scarborough Fair series.
1957: In post-war Britain, Rock ‘n Roll is sweeping the nation, but some forms of love are against the law and pre-marital sex is a taboo subject. Sandra and David find themselves in entirely different, yet comparable, circumstances. Is love ever enough?
2017: All Rose has to do is give evidence in court and her nemesis will be put behind bars for a very long time. But Max isn’t going to let a group of teenagers stand between him and freedom. He will fight till the end. No matter who gets hurt.
The events of the past come back to haunt the present. Nothing is without consequences.
About the Author
Margarita Morris was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. She studied Modern Languages at Jesus College, Oxford and worked in computing for eleven years. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two sons.
Special thanks to Cami at RABT for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the series, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This series is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today...and stay tuned to the tour for more bookish fun!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!